Shooting Challenge: 25 Shots Of Reflections… Vote For Your Favourite!

Shooting Challenge: 25 Shots Of Reflections… Vote For Your Favourite!

It’s Gizmodo Australia Shooting Challenge voting time! There are some amazing photos in this bunch, so start voting for your favourite photographer. They might just win a shiny new Olympus OM-D EM-5 camera.

Note: In the interests of fairness, voting has been restricted to one per user, based on cookie and IP.

Voting closes at 10am on Tuesday, October 30.


That’s right, we’re back with another Olympus OM-D EM-5 camera to giveaway! The EM-5 is designed to make the jump into Micro Four-Thirds shooting easy. With Live View functionality that lets you see exactly what a shot will look like before you take it, coupled with a 5-axis in-body image stabiliser for shooting in low light, and a retro design inspired by the first OM-D from 1972, the EM-5 lets you capture some beautiful shots. More at Olympus.

We’re excited to be able to give this one more away to Gizmodo’s Shooting Challenge faithful.

The kit you’re playing for is valued at $1299, and includes the OM-D EM-5 body and the compact 14-42mm zoom lens.

How Judging Works

  • Once again, for three weeks, Gizmodo readers will vote one weekly Shooting Challenge finalist through to the prize round to be judged and announced by Gizmodo editors on Friday, November 30.
  • This week’s entries close at 10am on Tuesday, November 13.
  • ‘Reflection’ voting will begin at 11.30am on Tuesday, 13 November, and close at 10am on Tuesday, November 20.
  • Note: Linking friends from your social networks to the Gizmodo voting page is encouraged, however, use of “vote farming” sites including (but not limited to) GetOnlineVotes or links directly to will result in disqualification. The goal is to grow the Giz Shooting Community in the fairest way possible.

    Please be respectful and constructive if leaving a comment about any photo.

    This Week’s Entries

    Click on images to zoom into gallery mode, and don’t forget to scroll down to vote.


    David Symons

    I wanted to take a photograph that was reflective on a physical and emotional level.
    I used a rough metallic card which gave the reflective self portrait a painterly feel.
    And fittingly I think, taken on Rodin’s birthday.
    Nikon D80 50mm lens f3.5 1/60

    John Bradley

    I have just started getting into water drop photography, this is my 4th effort. I used my Canon 5D and 100mm macro lens and 3 flashes behind the water tray with different gels and a honeycomb grid on the centre one to spot light the drop. Over the 3 hour session I took about 570 photos, most of which were discarded. White balance and levels adjustment and minor touch ups of dust in the water.
    ISO 640
    Shutter 0.5s
    Aperture f18
    Flashes setto 1/64th to frezze the drops.

    Aaron Lim

    This photograph was taken using shards of a broken mirror as the reflecting material. The glass represents the pain and challenges in photography, that a good photograph is created from the painful experiences and lessons of failed pictures in the past. As the hands reach out toward the camera, it reflects the the never ending pursuit towards better pictures as one of the hallmarks of what makes photography meaningful and important to me.

    Ryan Adams

    Reflecting Lake.
    This was taken down at the River at Windsor on Sunday afternoon. i was looking for buts to do some macro on but i was delighted to capture this. and it fitted perfectly for this weeks challenge

    Stephen Moylan

    The Boat Shed on Mounts Bay Road, Perth, is so photogenic! I’ve been wanting to take a photo of it for a while and this comp gave me the motivation to do so.
    I opted for long exposure in the evening- f13 at 13 seconds- to get some of the chop out of the water. I wished it wasn’t so windy so it could be a crisp reflection of the whole boatshed but tough luck I guess. Still, the reflection of the light bouncing all over the water looks pretty cool and with the sky going to sleep for the night leaving a nice gradient of blues in its wake.

    Georgina Luczi

    Title: Under the mangrove trees

    What could be more romantic on a rainy saturday, than taking a stroll through the Brisbane botanical gardens, under the mangrove trees? While we were watching the tide come in, I noticed the reflection on the handrail.

    Camera: Olympus E-PL3
    Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 14mm-42mm
    ISO:800, F/7.1, 1/50

    Xiaowei Wang

    Remembrance Day 2012, a day dedicated to the brave. We visited the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. This shot was taken off the sunnies of my boyfriend when we sat in the garden where the red poppies were placed.
    Nikon D90; Focal Length: 55mm
    f/80; 1/250; ISO 200; 0.00 exposure bias
    Image was cropped and colours slightly enhanced.

    Todd Fletcher

    Camera: Canon 600D
    Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 @45mm
    ISO: 100
    ShutterSpeed: 1/500
    Aperature: f/8
    Some changes to contrast and temperature in photoshop.
    Out with someone special on Sunday (she knows who she is) we were exploring around this recreational park and came across this pond so the shot was going for an artistic effect of the gum tree reflection off the pond’s surface on such a perfect day, great finish to the weekend I think

    Alex Tam

    Went out to visit some friends in Roma on the weekend. It was fortunate that the clouds had cleared in the evening to allow the stars to be clearly seen. Was fun hanging out with friends under starlight. Definitely not possible in the big cities.

    Camera: Nikon D7000
    Lens: Tokina ATX 11-16mm
    Aperture: f2.8
    ISO: 200

    This photo was stacked together using 100 shots taken over a 1 hour period. Tried to capture the reflection of the star trails and the big rig in the water

    Yunis Tmeizeh

    Canon 600d, 50mm
    iso200, 1/640, f5.7

    This is a close up photo of puddle filled blue stone path in a local lane way in Fitzroy. The source of the reflection is the ever changing rich and colourful graffiti.

    Noah Stammbach

    Fuji x-pro1
    60mm macro
    f/22, iso 1600

    From top:

    Chris Ball

    first time submitting, tough assignment as I had a thought lots of nice photos, spent sunday walking around thinking hat to do, then I thought what would happen if i shot my headlight in my car, so after many attempts, I ended up with this one, showing reflections of the mechanism itself but also the surrounding trees on my street. Only a small tweak on lens distortion and sharpening, otherwise raw, from borrowed O-MD, damn it takes nice photos, hence why I would like a one

    Dez Boyd

    iPhone5 panorama AWB 10800×2470 17MB JPEG ISO 3200, 4.1mm,f/2.4, 1/120, brightened in P’shop.

    Looking for a reflection of myself I went to a pond I visited as a child.
    The pond image seemed dull much like the dishwater that now fills it. In the process though, I discovered the panorama option on my phone camera. So while turning on my chair I took an image of my office and desk, hoping to catch a reflection of me.


    Richard Edwards

    The irony of this sign at Melbourne’s Crown Casino and the reflection from the pokie machine right next to it was not lost on me.

    Taken with a Sony TX10, no adjustments.

    Rebecca Wilton

    This was shot on an Olympus E-5, with the 7-14mm lens. My settings were 1/3200 ƒ/4 ISO 200 7 mm.
    We’re up in Far North Queensland chasing the solar eclipse which is happening on Wednesday. On our way to the crocodile farm (and to check out possible locations for shooting the eclipse) I saw an awesome rainbow, so we pulled over to take shots (along with everyone else who had also spotted it!). It looked absolutely amazing, and was just such a beautiful location. I consider a rainbow a “reflection” of light in a different form 🙂

    Edmond Chung

    I love sunsets. I’ve been shooting sunsets with my iPhone since the 3GS came out – it’s so good for unplanned shots.

    So my train crosses this bridge on the way home and normally there’s nothing to see.

    But everything changes when spring arrives and the train ends up crossing the bridge at the golden hour – where i take a shot or two each day.

    The train’s fast so all I got is one or two shots!

    But on Friday I was lucky to capture a rowing team, making their way across the river with the sun setting over the water :]

    Joel Bramley

    My mums Sony NEX 5 @ f.5.6/ISO 200/1/20 sec spot metering in Aperture Priority (Cameras Date/Time was 13 hours off)
    What’s better than one reflection? Two! I had an idea to get a reflection of a camera lens which led to this shot of last Fridays sunset reflected in the water and then off the CPL filter on my Olympus e420 taken just down the road from my place on a small dam. If you look close you’ll spot a silhouette of a home made zip line.

    Wayne Sparks

    This photo was taken from a hot air balloon at about 500 ft over Sunraysia in North West Victoria. My son was lucky to win the balloon ride and I was lucky to be his accompanying adult. I believe the water is a naturally occurring pool with the colour a result of the water coming to the surface through the ground.
    I am very new to photography so I am sure I will get better at this! I hope you like it!
    Canon EOS 60D, F-stop f/5.6, Exposure time 1/100 sec, ISO-100, Focal length 18mm, Original image 5184 x 3456 pixels.

    Merlyn Cantwell

    Reflections of glitter and lights in anodized tumblers. The starry effect has come from the use of an old variable cross hatch filter. There probably is a way to do the same thing in Photoshop but I wouldn’t have a clue how to do it! Canon EOS 550D
    5 sec exposure

    Michelle Fewings

    It’s a shame this photo is a bit late for the X challenge, but I think it works well enough for reflection.
    Took this shot while going for a walk through the park, enjoying the weekend and the sun.
    Canon 600D
    F-stop: f/16
    Exposure: 1/30 sec
    ISO: 800
    Focal length: 18mm

    Gabriel Feng

    I wanted to, at first, capture a standard landscape image where the subject will look great reflected as it were in front of me but it was too windy and I couldn’t get a nice flat body of water. After mulling over it I saw a perfect reflection in my girlfriend’s eyes.
    I used a 70-200 f2.8 with extension tubes to get a close-up macro shot of just the eyes

    David Johnson

    While out on a ride today (Sunday) I came across a British motorcycle show and thought I’d walk the dog round and shoot from the hip so to speak.
    This simple tank shot worked so it became this weeks entry for the Shooting challenge.
    Camera:Canon 600D
    Lens Sigma 10-20 f:3.5 @20mm
    Shutter 1/640-Apperture proirity
    ISO: 400
    Manual focus
    Image editing: none

    Michael Evans

    There seem to be a lot of odd insects around our house, not the horrible kind, more the quizzical “where am I and how did I get here…okay okay…I…hmmm” kind.
    We found this guy on my marble kitchen bench, pondering his lot in life, the choices he had made that landed him in this strange place being gawked at by giant monsters.
    The included photo was taken with my Nikon D3000 / 70-300mm lens and a tripod ISO -100.

    Alex McGregor

    On the 14th of November there is an eclipse in cairns and I wanted to take a photo of it. So I made a filter from Shade 10 glass from a welding mask and a coffee cup and then slipped it over the lens. Turns out it also made a good filter for long exposures during the day or in bright locations. Because the glass is a deep green hue, I had do white balance correction.
    This is a 30 second exposure, at f/11. It is the ore conveyor and stockpile at Century Mine, QLD. I put a platter of water in front to capture the reflection.

    Frank Liu

    I started shooting with micro fourth thirds camera at June 2012. I am currently a proud owner of an Olympus E-PM1 & another 5 m43s lenses. I have a passion for my photography and have been wanting to upgrade to OM-D E-M5! I shoot this photos in my room with my latest purchase of M.Zuiko 45mm 1.8 lens. I love all the reflection of lights/flares from the lens – because this is where the photos ‘start’!

    My lenses collection are:
    -OLYMPUS : M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R
    -OLYMPUS : M.ZUIKO 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 Micro ED Digital Zoom Lens
    -Panasonic : LUMIX G 14mm F2.5 ASPH.
    – Sigma 24-70 f2.8 Macro (OM mount)

    (for my photography work – see


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