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 PEN E-P5 camera.
Note: In the interests of fairness, voting has been restricted to one per user, based on cookie and IP.
IMPORTANT Voting closes at 10am on Tuesday, 6 August.
Styled to look like the old Olympus Pen F from the 1960's, the brand-new Olympus PEN E-P5 is a retro masterpiece. Packing the same 16-megapixel Micro Four-Thirds sensor from the beloved Olympus OM-D, the E-P5 is really something to behold. The new Olympus Pen E-P5 is slimmer and smaller than the OM-D, but retains much of bigger camera’s fantastic functionality.
The new, top-of-the-range E-P5 is also packing a high-resolution, 3-inch tiltable touchscreen on the rear with 1.03 million dots so that your image preview looks as gorgeous as the subject matter. Focus peaking on the E-P5 also makes an appearance, showing you exactly where the optimal focal point for your image is before you snap it. It can manage all this thanks to a souped-up new processor inside the camera that makes everything much snappier.
The E-P5 also packs better Wi-Fi connectivity than ever, with an app now allowing you to view, sync and shoot images remotely from a tablet or smartphone, effectively setting your photos free.
The new Olympus E-P5 is the perfect addition to your digital life, and we're excited to give two away over four weeks to Gizmodo Shooting Challenge faithful. You'll be playing for an Olympus E-P5 single lens kit, which includes the Olympus PEN EP-5 body in silver, with an Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm II wide-angle zoom lens. The prize pack is valued at $1199, and we can't wait to give them away!
We had a few absolutely stunning entries this week -- the best we've had in a while -- and the race is going to be a close one. Check out the images and vote on your favourite!
This Week's Entries
This is the first time I've tried merging multiple images into one. It appears to be 5 different planes flying by but it's actually 5 images of a single plane. I like the natural background but wanted to show motion without blurring it. Canon 7D EF24-105mm f/4L USM ISO 250 f/5 1/2000 sec
Took the kids to the Great Moscow Circus on the weekend, absolutely amazed by these guys who leapt and somersaulted from one platform to another. The timing was fantastic and when they landed it looked like they just walked onto the platform. It was really dark so had the camera on aperture priority to open the lens up as much as possible. Over exposed a little which I fixed up in Photoshop, otherwise untouched.
Meet Phillip, Golden Retriever. He doesn't often move, but he does really, really like food. You will often catch him sleeping, but he displays uncharacteristic bursts of athleticisim and dexterity when presented with the prospects of edible goods.
I realise that photos taken from a phone aren't the greatest, but I decided to take advantage of the handy 'Zoe' function on my HTC One to capture this one, after we tossed some food in the air. I'd just like to add that despite the incredible leap, he still missed the snack. He needs to work on his aim.
Gonzalo Perez de la Ossa
"Focus" Shot with a Canon 600D 55-250mm kit lens F5.6, 1/160, ISO 200
At Etihad, Kangaroos won this one easily. I was going to a photography meetup afterwards so I had my camera with me, and became a sports photographer for an afternoon. I also found out that I *need* a much bigger zoom! :)
How to get an Action Shot. Step 1 - Find a sleeping shark Step 2 - Tickle his tail Step 3 - Take Action Shot Step 4 - Hope he swims the other way.
Olympus TG-2. f/2.8, 1/500sec, ISO-100
For this challenge, I have shot a martial artist going through a Kata. LED's were attached to hands and feet to capture the motion. Mounted on a tripod with a cable release and processed in Lightroom 4. Sony A65, SAL1650, 16mm, ISO100, f4.5, 45sec.
The biggest story behind this shot is that Gizmodo forced me to finally dust off my Zuiko 150mm F2.0 and check whether it’s still working. I grabbed my Panasonic GH-2, Olympus MMF-3 (m43 to 43 converter), Olympus EC-14 teleconverter and the mentioned lens, and went down to the beach. This configuration means manual focusing only. Since this was the case, I decided to present it in grainy B/W to underline the spirit that lies behind this cumbersome combo.