For my free for all challenge, I went out to my usual playground, a series of former coastal defense bunkers used to protect the country from a potential Japanese invasion during WWII obviously that never happened, so all the facilities were abandoned and now the hills are covered with crumbling concrete fortifications. It seemed like an appropriate place for a shot free from the oppressive Gizmodo master! I brought out Jane the mannequin and was inspired as soon as I saw the old gun mount. I thought it would be cool to do a "color wheel Jane" shot. Taken with a sparkler and a few cheap Target red green and blue flashlights. I traced Jane with each color (and the sparkler) and moved her to the next location and repeated.
Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Iso 100, 15mm, f/ 5.0, 346.0s.
- Eric Mulligan
Last night was probably one of the greatest nights of my life. On the beach with a friend, a camera, tripod and a flashlight. First time attempting a long exposure shot of any type and it went off without a hitch. The camera in question is my Nikon D5000 with a standard 18-55mm lens, ISO 200 and f/3.5. Focusing issues burned the first couple shot and then I got this one. Who knew a peaceful night on the beach could be turned into mayhem simply by walking with a flashlight. - Greg Rosen
The Final Boss: Laser Arms
This Shot was taken of a Friend of Mine named Kim Hidalgo, I had attempted this as a concept before varying result as its difficult to get people to stay as still as possible for that long of an exposure. But what is the Purple?! One of my Favorite and most dangerous tools, The Wicked Lasers Arctic S3 1000MW Spyder Laser ! It had a Cross-Diffused lens on, Was set to low-Power (100mw), And it was VERY carefully guided through the shot For an exposure of almost 3 minutes. She stayed in each position for a bit longer than the last to make it brighter as we went up keeping her head as still as possible. The Strangest part about this laser, is the the UV From it seems to be converted into some sort of white balance adjustment, making the JPEG a BRIGHT Pink, While the RAW is a DEEP blue. A massively obvious difference. Taken on a T3i, F/11, Exposure was 173 Seconds (She was a champion), ISO-200, Using a Stock 17-55mm Canon Lens, From a Tripod, Using a Remote to start/Stop the exposure.
- Reid Godshaw
Laser Team Unite
I took this shot in my garage of my friends Sean and Kaleb with a 30 second shutter and a laser pointer. We didn't have a tripod, so we left it on a side table and it actually turned out alright! What I didn't expect was how well the light from the laser pointer would illuminate their faces. Nikon D5000, shutter: 30 seconds, aperture:f3.6, iso:640.
- Evan Johnston
I was playing around with shooting some colored lights hanging on my wall. I brought the ISO way down to 100 and set the focus to manual and de-focused the lights. I set up my T3i for a long exposure and changed the focal length though out the shot from about 70mm to 270mm. I took about 30 shots trying to get the background as dark as possible and the lights to look like solid streaks. Canon T3i w/ Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ISO 100 f/6.3 3.2sec. exposure. - Elijah Rosenn
I had a really hard time figuring out what i wanted to take a picture for this challenge. When i was driving around i saw a tree with led lamps hanging from the branches. There were 4 trees and they all have different color LED's. After a few shots i got this cool effect. I'm using my Canon EOS T3I with the EFS 18-55mm lens, the settings were at 0"8 sec, f/32, 100 iso. Hope you guys enjoy the picture. - David Chau