Posts Tagged ‘Gizmodo SC’

25th December
2011
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Gizmodo is having this shooting challenge. The challenge was to take an xray of your presents. The idea is to take a picture of the gift while it’s wrapped. And then take another one of the unwrapped gift, but in the same spot. Then, you’re supposed to take the photos and merge them together somehow – so that it looks like you’re taking an xray of the gift, and can see what’s inside.

So I tried… first I took a picture of the wrapped gift (above). Then I took a picture of the gift, unwrapped. I used my tripod, and tried to keep the lighting the same. But when I tried to merge the two… I don’t know what it is. I just can’t seem to get it to even look remotely decent. So instead, we’re sticking with this as my picture of the day.

UPDATE (12/30): I decided to try again. To get the xray thing to work. It’s no where near as good as some of the submissions to Gizmodo… but at least I didn’t give up? So, above, you can see the xray version.

6th November
2011
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This week’s Gizmodo Shooting Challenge is to get a splash at a high shutterspeed. I wanted to do something different than just water, but had no ideas. But then I remembered that I had a little silver paint and a lot of coins. And I thought the silver on silver would make something interesting? Maybe?

Anyway, I didn’t have a ton of silver paint, so I did a top down photo, instead of a from the side photo. It was really hard to get the paint to splash. Sometimes the coins would land and just sink, slowly. And when I did get a splash, I missed the shot – even when shooting on continuous mode.

I did not turn this picture in. I would have liked to have found a better background, like black poster board, so the colors would have been all black and silver. I would have liked to have had more paint, so I would have gotten a bigger splash.

What I do like about this picture is the spiral of paint created from splash. (You may have to click the picture and view it in a larger size to see the spiral.) I used full-spectrum light bulb to provide lighting for the scene, so I could use a high shutter speed indoors.

22nd April
2011
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I walked around with my DSLR today when I walked Wrigley, but I kept my phone on me as well. I ended up taking more pictures with my phone in order to get a photo for the Gizmodo Shooting Challenge.

I liked this picture, but it was slightly blurry and the color was a little dull. The cellphone challenge has a rule that you shouldn’t use photo editing software on a computer, but anything you do on the phone is fine so I went looking for photo editing apps for my phone. I found a good app that let me alter the normal settings (contrast, brightness, etc) and I could even sharpen it a bit. The only thing I don’t like is that it resizes the image. The original was 5MP and the final image was only over 1MP! 😮

I found another app that would turn the image to grayscale and let you bring only part of it back to color. Then I adjusted the contrast in the first app. Here are the results:

So, at least I have some candidates for this week’s Shooting Challenge now.

UPDATE (4/26/11 2:39PM) – Results of the challenge. Overall results. My image.

18th April
2011
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Leave it to Seattle to be sunny during the “golden hour” the day after the Golden Hour Gizmodo Shooting Challenge is over… I got home from flute lessons when the sun was still barely over the mountains. That’s one thing that’s interesting about Seattle. Golden hour is supposed to be when the sun is 10-12 degrees over the horizon, but the horizon west of Seattle has the Olympic Mountains. So as the light started to become golden, the sun was a few minutes from being behind the mountains. I took a picture of these plants that are placed around the deck/patio area of the roof. I think the leaves reflect the golden-ness of the light fitting the shooting challenge criteria.

8th April
2011
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This week’s Gizmodo Shooting Challenge is on Black Card Photography. The idea is that you want to take a picture that has a bright and dark part to it. You use a black card to obstruct the bright part of the field in view and leave the dark part exposed. And then you remove the black card to expose the bright part of the image for a shorter period of time.

I tried to do this, thinking the sky was bright enough over the buildings in the city that this might be useful. But the shutter speed was still to high for me to be able to use the black card with the ISO down to 100, fstop up to 20, and exposure value down to -1. So instead, I went into manual mode changed the shutter speed to 1 second. Then I placed the black card in front of the lens and removed it sometime after hitting the shutter release. The image above was the result. It was very over exposed. However, it’s no where near as bad as the image without the black card used at all. You can see that image here.

Other than finding something to take a picture of with the right range in brightness, the other thing I learned was that you can’t do this with a filter. I couldn’t get the black card close enough to the lens without taking the UV filter off.

Note, I didn’t do any post-processing either so you could see the difference in the images themselves.

1st March
2011
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This is another item made by Wilk in his glassblowing classes. I wanted to see if I could do something more than just take a picture of the vase. I decided to try a top down picture.

UPDATE (3/2/11 9:27PM) – Wednesday, Gizmodo released their newest photo challenge. The idea is to take a picture of an object from an unusual angle such that it’s unidentifiable. But you have to have taken the picture since the contest was announced, which was at 11:40AM Wednesday and I took this picture on Tuesday night. I think I might take another picture like this before the contest is over and actually submit something this time.

UPDATE (4/25/11 2:43PM) – I decided I should post links to the results of the challenge as well. Overall results. My image.

18th February
2011
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Gizmodo’s current weekly photo challenge is black and white street photography. I took my camera with me to work so that I would have it when commuting home. The idea of the challenge is to freeze a moment in time. I had my ISO up the 1600, but I don’t think it was enough to freeze the moment, especially with the drummers hands moving so fast.

I also don’t feel like I spent enough time on the angle of the picture. I was standing, maybe the angle would have been more interesting if I had kneeled, to be at the same height of the drummers…