Shooting Challenge: 44 Shots Of Cars… Vote For Your Favourite!

Shooting Challenge: 44 Shots Of Cars… 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 Friday, November 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 AEST on Tuesday, November 27.
  • ‘Cars’ voting will begin at 11.30am AEST on Tuesday, 27 November, and close at 10am AEST on Friday, November 30.
  • 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.


    Vivek Mathiamudhan

    this shot was taken with a nikon d5100 kit lens and in sports mode to protect me and my camera from getting soaked from the down pour. I always had great fascination on cars from my childhood and in the recent years been developing keen interest on muscle cars. I like their time defying silhouette married to brute force and blink to death handling dynamics. This shot is my attempt to image the characteristics of the timeless beauty pontiac gt. Bless her


    Victor Osoianu

    Decided to take this car to the Spit at dawn. Played a little with the light, to make the lines of the car stand out more. The only thing that’s not so good is the blackout of the license plate.
    Canon 600D
    18-55mm Lens


    David Symons

    I wanted to try and capture an image of a car from the drivers view point that went beyond the physical shape of the car. By zooming in and out with a slow shutter speed I tried to get the idea of speed within the car.
    Nikon D80 18 – 135 zoom 5.6 at 2 seconds


    Gustavo Dalence

    Weathered old truck set to rest at the Grounds, Alexandria. Took this photo after a very yummy brunch.
    Samsung Galaxy W Android Phone
    ISO: Unknown


    Wilson Zhang

    A convoy of all white classic cars driving along the The Rocks in Sydney on an almost perfect November day.
    Camera: Nikon D300s
    ISO 500
    Tamron 17-55mm, F2.8
    50mm, F2.8


    Jatin Thakur

    I have a fair amount of Hot Wheel cars and as soon as I saw the topic as cars, my mind was set to use my collection. out of all the shots I took this was the one I chose to use.
    Camera : Canon 60D
    Lens: 100mm F2.8 L IS Macro
    F-stop : F11
    Shutter : 1/80 Sec
    At ISO-100 With Manual Focus Mode.


    Kory Leung

    Camera Settings:
    Shutter Speed – Multiple exposures, so multiple shutter speeds
    Aperture – F/11
    ISO – 200
    Focal length: 13mm
    This was lit with flashes, multiple exposures and combined/blended in Photoshop.
    I shot this specifically for this challenge, to challenge myself. A friend of mine offered his fathers rare Porsche 964rs to me and i couldn’t say no!
    Scouting for locations, we found this glitzy looking office block entrance and decided it would look great as a Euro themed impromptu shoot! This is the outcome.


    Yan Naing

    Retro design Olympus OM-D EM-5 camera with a classy retro car. Perfect match!
    Camera – Sony NEX 7 with kit lens
    ISO 200
    Exposure 1.


    Sallu Kazi

    Couldn’t afford a real Lamborghini, so bought a 1/18 scale model of Gallardo Superleggera over the weekend. It was the last piece at the store and got a good bargain. I pretty much had a idea on how I wanted to photograph the scale model, but at the end didn’t have enough studio resources. Used desk lamps to light the scale model. Tried to get a soft light reflection using the ipad, but it was too small 🙁


    Simon Lee

    Canon EOS 7D, Tamron 18-270mm (@59mm), ISO 100, f29, Bulb mode (22 sec) on Manfrotto 290 tripod.
    Taken from an overpass in Lane Cove I wanted to show the journey of a solitary car as it travels through life’s “s-bends” and off into the unknown.


    Chris Ball

    The rise of the fire bird, symbol of power, strength and I guess ultimately the re-birth of the Pontiac Firebird year after year. Shot at GM owners day late morning bright sunny day using OM-D, 8 ND with extra -2.3, circ Polariser, f22, 1 second exposure and steady hands whilst manually zooming in (12-50mm kit zoom used) as i did not have my tripod on me (All hail the 5axis stabiliastion). Only processing is a little saturation and contrast.


    Francis Fung

    This was shot with the Apple Iphone 4s using just the default camera and application.
    I thought this car would be perfect for a photo, It is a reconditioned vintage car that is actually for sale (not mine).
    The setting was a nice sunny afternoon on a relatively quiet street. The angle of the car was done to highlight the unique front while not compromising the the overall shape of the vehicle.


    Nick Karras

    Decided to set up a shot of a hotwheels car on a brick with a landscape of Australia from a book. The lighting is actually achieved by using a dolphin torch with baking paper over it to diffuse the light taken in the dark.
    Taken with a Canon 600d
    manual mode
    no flash
    ISO 3200
    Only minor editing in cropping the photo was done.


    Josie Ruth

    Headed into the city on a Sunday I came up behind this great little car. It reminded me of all the times I move or helped friends move when we were just out of home. We all came to the task with what ever we had, no car to small and no bed to big!
    Nikon D300, 18-70mm, iso400, f/5.6, 1/4000


    Kaitlyn Muller

    The picture was taken by a Nikon DX 3100
    I took the picture because I was sick and tired of sitting in mums car, I see it every day.
    I took the photo in my mums Captiva 5 series 2 because I like the Holden logo.
    I like the picture because it is a brand new car and you get that fun feeling when you are in it.


    Matt Holliday

    Thought i would try a bit of light painting with my new fisheye that i got. I just put the 60D on the tripod, set the shutter to 30 seconds, and walked around my car with an LED torch. Just some small adjustments in lightroom to make the blacks stand out.


    Simon Sheldon

    What can I say, one of my favourite cars well a model of it (50mm long) and a drawing I did some time ago.
    Taken with a Canon G11 and edited in Pixelmator


    Jason Ruth

    during my morning walk on the weekend I encountered this Peugeot being warmed by the morning sun, the condensation on the bonnet now running, the sun glinting off the lion.
    Nikon D300, 50mm f/1.8, ISO100, f/6.3, 1/400sec.


    Phil Burnham

    I got the chance to go Rally driving at the weekend, I took this one of a mate doing a hot lap with a pro driver late in the afternoon.
    I was trying my hand at a few panning shots, and this was my favourite. The small aperture/slow shutter combination produced the starburst from the car.
    Cropped to 16:9, no other PP.


    Sean O’Sullivan

    I don’t have a bike now, I see a lot of cars on the “Old Road” nowadays, when I go to shoot bikes, I went up there Sunday morning, I went to the median strip so I could have some foreground, I had a few bikes on my card when I turned around and suddenly saw the only Ford I love, a classic Mustang convertible, I turned and snapped only 1 picture, this is untouched except for altering the guys numberplate, and resized for the competition, the original is a 20MP 16:9 shot on a Sony a65 a DT 55-200 (kit lens) and Aperture Priority, aperture was at f4.5, shutter at 1/400th, I used a center weighted metering, and while the chrome blows out a little, it really is a nice clean shot, and the guy is just cruising on what was a really nice day on Sunday (turned out very hot later). The reflections are nice, the car is very straight and tidy, the subject also is looking at me w ith a tilt to his head, which I liked, it was satisfying. The framing I am completely satisfied with, the rotation and all, and I love the dynamic range on my a65, this needs very little to make it pop, sure it is a green car, but it is a very dark green anyway, I just love a candid moment, the driver saw me snap the pic, but the car never knew!


    Brad Calautti

    A short trip to the Barossa over the weekend gave some friends and I a chance to head out late afternoon for a quick photo find. Just by luck, we saw this truck by the side of the road and stopped to take a few shots.
    Equipment/Settings: 5dmk2/Sigma 24mm f1.8 @ ISO100


    Balazs Illemszky

    Camera: Olympus OM-D
    Lens: Kit obi 12-50mm
    Monochrome picture

    I was strolling in North Sydney and saw a beautifully renovated and tweaked 550BHP Holden Station wagon from 1962 in foront of a house. I started to take pictures and the owner come out. We had a chat and I learnd that this is his hobby and spent 3 years to renew this beauty. His next project will be the rusty truck on the picture.

    Origninally I wanted to keep only the colours of the wagon and leave the rest of the picture as monochrome.

    The title of ther picture would be: Waiting for Ressurection


    Cam Pianta

    Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a 24 -105mm f/4 lens.
    0.6 of a sec exposure at f/13
    Off camera soft box aimed at roof.
    When ever I think of cars I think of lots of movement and speed. Nothing that is slow is ever that fun and that’s what I wanted to portray in this shot


    Stephen Loo

    Camera: Canon 550D
    Lens: 18-55mm
    ISO: 200

    I thought a juxtaposition of a 1/36 scale model and my car would be a good shot. It wasn’t until I had the shot on my computer that I noticed the model looked the same size as the green Falcon in the background.


    Grant Williams

    Reading Giz in bed this morning I was reminded about the competition. I thought “I might not have the good camera gear, but I do have a good model”, and besides it may be a way of winning some good camera gear. I had washed and polished my car yesterday and it was looking pretty schmick. The sun was shining, what better opportunity to show off its curves.

    On my iPhone I use the ProCamera app. It has some great features for both photo and video and I had previously got some quite good results with some of the standard filters it comes with.

    This photo was taken on my iPhone5 with ProCamera and I then applied the “Hard Gray” filter. I think it shows up the beautiful curves of the bonnet and body of my Triumph really well.

    In case you were wondering, the car is red (of course).


    Dishan Marikar

    I’ll admit right now that I shoot cars professionally, but I didn’t see any exclusions in the The Rules regarding pro shooters…

    The stars aligned when I was asked on Wednesday evening if I could shoot a V8 Supercars test the following morning. Fortunately I had no other shoots scheduled until later so off I went to cool and windy Phillip Island.

    I particularly like this image of the new 18″ wheels that are part of changes to the 2013 Car Of The Future regulations. They are beautifully machined from billet aluminium – with the combination of spokes and circular elements, and the gold coloured detail matching the yellow writing on the tyre in the foreground, it just begged to be photographed.

    This was shot with my trusty back-up Canon 40D and a Canon EF70-200mm f2.8 (non IS). I had just been shooting inside the dim pit garage, so still had the ISO set a little higher than preferred at 1250, but I’m happy with the results.

    As it was shot in JPEG as per client’s request, I’ve had to apply a mild graduated filter in Lightroom to bring out a little more foreground detail. Other than that, it required very little post-processing.


    Martin Calderon

    I have passed this car for years on the M1 and always wanted to capture it.

    Canon 50D EF70-200mm f/2.8L @ 70mm f/2.8 1/400sec ISO 100. CP filter attached.

    Processed in NikSoftware HDR Pro and Lightroom 4


    Varun Mhatre

    Camera Specs:
    Cannon EOS 500D.
    AV: F6.3
    TV: 1/80
    ISO: 800
    Saw this old Jaguar X16 roughly a month back near my house and wished I could have snapped it but never saw it again.. Today after all that time it appeared back again… ran n got my camera and clicked plenty of shots… this is one of em…love the classic round lights and the front grille.


    Matthew Harth

    Girlfriend and I decided we would take the 86 for a quick photo shoot. Some minor editing to bring out detail in shadows, added saturation and minor contrast to bring out the lovely green in our trees and blurred my number plates.

    Taken with Canon 350D and “nifty fifty” EF 50mm f/1.8 II at ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/800.


    Kim Cheatley

    I’ve only just started photography as a hobby and this is one of my first attempts. Came across this run down car on a walk and thought it would make a good photo for this competition.

    Nikon D3100 with 55-300mm lens at 55mm, 1/2500 sec, f/5.6, ISO-400.


    Joel Bramley

    Olympus e420 with 40-150mm lens. 1/320sec @ f/5.6 ISO 200
    I wanted to get a nice detail shot of a car and ended up walking over 4kms on a lunch break to locate a rusty old car that i’d found months ago, on the walk back I was looking for other interesting shots I could get and found this great pattern. Just needed a good perspective and here it is!


    Sean Shen

    Canon 5D Mark II
    EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 105mm
    ISO 3200

    Shot in very low light with a model car on a coffee table and a cup of water in-front.

    Due to the harsh and interruptive lighting I decided to go B&W to concentrate on the shapes and angles.


    Steven Su

    Electric Vehicles are generally limited by their range, this one, however is different!

    Photo taken at NZ, whilst driving on the ridges of mountains, on State Highway 4, Parikino, New Zealand.

    I can’t believe I was there, driving one of the most technical advanced vehicle on such a beautiful road.

    Hopefully the photo managed to capture a glimpse of the mood and setting.

    Camera: D300s
    Lens: Kit lens: 18-105mm


    William Price

    Since I know no-one with even a reasonably awesome car I thought: SOLUTION!!! I”ll just set something on fire, that always works.
    Camera: Pentax Q


    Yunis Tmeizeh

    Canon600d, Samyang Fisheye, iso100, 47sec, f5.6

    Light painting using Long exposure. I chose this one because the car best suited the dark Monday night setting in Fitzroy. I particularly like seeing the torch lines…


    James Bernard

    Photo Equipment: HTC Desire HD phone and Big Round Thing in the Sky for lighting.
    Photo taken while camping close to sunset, the lighting was changing all the time and at this moment looked good – to me anyway!
    No special effects or photoshop, this is straight from the camera – err phone!


    Kelvin Lee

    Organised with a friend to do this shoot for the competition. Located under a nice row of trees, I think the black and white brings out the character of the car. Shot at 1/125sec, f/2.8 at 70mm.


    Chris Nicholls

    Equipment: Canon 50D, 35mm f/1.4L lens. Shot at f/1.6 and 1/4000.
    I’m a professional motorsports photographer, and while walking through the pits at Island Magic last weekend, chanced upon this ultra-rare Subaru Impreza STi 22B. Only five were officially imported into this country, so it’s pretty special. I shot several angles, but this best captures one of its unique qualities – the 80mm wider fenders modelled off those on the WRC car of the time.


    Paul Tirchett

    After buying some sparkers my friend Rhys and I drove to Melbourne Airport. We drove there to get away from all the city lights, so the sparklers stand out in the photo. After some time planning we finally captured this photo.
    Camera: Olympus E-620
    Focal Length: 14mm
    ISO: 100
    Shutter Speed: 60 seconds
    Aperture: f/13


    Liang Chu

    Inspired by the anime Initial D, I took this long exposure shot of my car at Yarra Bend.

    30 sec, f/8, iso-800

    Sony Nex 5n, 16-50mm
    Mobile phone light to paint

    Thanks for looking!


    Sean Harman

    Automotive Photography is a passion of mine and thought choosing the Hatchback Super Cars of today to be perfectly fitting to this weeks challenge. The Polo GTi is regarded by most journalist as the best bang for buck car to date, while the Fiat 500 Arbarth is an underdog in the industry. The perfect location for such nibble rides is no doubt the mountain roads so Mt Tamborine was perfect choice.

    Taken with a Nikon D7000 coupled with a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8, @ 24mm, f/8, 1/80, ISO 250


    Kelvin Ng

    Camera: Canon 5d Mark II
    ISO: 200
    Aperture: F11
    Shutter Speed: 13sec
    Lens: Sigma 20mm

    Timing is everything, my mate is selling his car and he asked me to take some photos of it, just so it happens it coincide with is photo competition. So it was an impromptu shoot at the local shopping centre. Had the tripod setup and some homemade reflectors from car windscreen sun shades and some homemade leds which lead to this shot.


    Chris Thompson

    My friend Jon and I rented a car and drove up to Mrs Macquaries Chair overlooking the Sydney CBD. We took the shot using my Olympus E-P3 with a super long exposure of 40 seconds. I ran bac and forth with my phone on full illumination to create the light lines while Jon stood in various positions to appear in the scene multiple times. It took several attempts to get right but was totally worth it. Everything was shot inside the camera with the levels tweaked in Photoshop to crunch the blacks a little.

    Olympus E-P3
    Lumix 20mm
    ISO 200


    David Johnson

    I was out for a ride with the dog when I came across this shocking scene…. There was no driver around and they looked like they were taste testing the metal , it was eerie like they were frozen in time. I was trying to call the dog quietly when she stopped and looked at something behind me…. I turned to see another Grabbed the dog left quickly, by now the only evidence of these giant metal eating ants is likely a massive mound in the bush somewhere…. so if touring in the Lower Hunter Valley be careful where you park It could happen to you….. (ok enough dribble)
    Camera: Canon 600D
    Lens Canon 50/F1.8 @ 50mm f:22
    Shutter 1/500 sec


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