Technical Challenges

Challenge series hosted by dark goob. Challenges start on Thursdays.
Based around technical aspects of photography, rather than subject matter. E.g. "shots exemplifying the benefits of stabilization" or "shots taken at f/1.4" or "full-frame only" etc.
Finished (6 challenges)
Entries: 7
Winners announced: 5th September, 2013 GMT
Winner: 20130821-_D8E6024
- Image must be taken with a fisheye lens of the same brand as the camera body used. - Lens native format to camera sensor format relationship must be "full frame" — i.e. the lens must not be cropped by the sensor and the sensor must not be cropped by the lens. - It must be a "diagonal" fisheye projection (no black areas visible) — not a "circular" fisheye projection (a circular image...
Entries: 14
Winners announced: 8th March, 2012 GMT
Winner: Orang Utan
It may look ridiculous. But pack that 24-70 f/2.8 onto your Nikon 1 and head out for this challenge! Throw that 90-250 f/2.8 ZD onto your E-PM1, go ahead! Where is the camera? Can't see it, all I see is lens! Who cares! Load that Sony Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 onto that NEX-C3. Who cares if they kick you out of the studio and the models laugh at you? ...... READ RULES CAREFULLY. ONLY the following is...
Entries: 44
Winners announced: 1st September, 2011 GMT
Winner: Tokyo Rain
Warning: READ CAREFULLY, your entries WILL be disqualified if they do not fit these criteria. So don't take it personally! (Someone always does, but oh well.) Shots must taken with zoom lenses that are F2.8 or F2.0. Shot must be taken with lens aperture wide open (smallest F-number). Must be stabilized lens or stabilized body. (E.g. Nikon D3000 with 300mm F2.8 VR II or Canon Rebel XT with 200mm...
Entries: 35
Winners announced: 14th April, 2011 GMT
Winner: Saturday
PANCAKE LENSES ON MIRRORLESS 4/3 OR LARGER SENSOR ONLY! MUST BE SHOT WITH A PANCAKE (NON-ZOOM, FIXED FOCAL LENGTH, THIN) LENS. (See "Additional rules" section for list of permissible lenses at the time of this writing.) MUST BE SHOT ON THE KIND OF BODY IT'S NATIVE TO (e.g. Micro Four Thirds lenses must be used on Micro Four Thirds bodies; NEX lenses on NEX bodies; Samsung lenses on...
Entries: 55
Winners announced: 20th January, 2011 GMT
Winner: Blizzard
Must be shot with a camera whose lens format matches the sensor format (full frame relationship). Interchangeable lens cameras only. E.g. a DX-format lens on a DX-format camera. An EF-format or FX-format lens on a 135-format sensor. A Four Thirds lens on a Four Thirds camera. Etc. Caveat: lens and body must be weatherproof. Lens must support auto-focus, but shot may be taken in MF...
Entries: 7
Winners announced: 13th January, 2011 GMT
Winner: Hong Kong Park
Stabilized shots taken at normal or wide focal angles with long shutter durations. Prime lenses only. Hand-held shots only -- braced shots OK. Show off your normal- to wide-angle photos taken at a slow shutter speed, made possible by image stabilization (shots that would have most certainly been blurry otherwise). Voters might consider giving extra points for longer shutter speeds (1...