Shooting Challenge #26 — The Winner of the iPad Air Is...

By Martin Snelling on at

The last Shooting Challenge was all about the strange but often wonderful photographic technique of Intentional Camera Movement or ICM for short. As usual, we had a bumper crop of high quality photos so thanks for getting involved with the challenge.

The only problem with so many great submissions is that it makes picking a winner that much more difficult. But a winner has been chosen and so many cheers, a big slap on the back and a 16GB iPad Air from our friends at Ebuyer goes to Thomas Dunnett for his brilliant set of images on the theme of 'digital communication'. I thought the theme was very relevant given how we live today. Before I'd even read Thomas' description of his images, I instantly thought they looked like fibre optic cables.

Here are some words from Thomas on the thought process behind his images:

"A theme I followed whilst capturing these photographs is that of digital communication. Whilst some of the images look like structural visualisations of a shielded digital cable others represent the seemingly chaotic nature of the data the cables are transmitting. The interruptions in the paths of light hint at the lack of a permanent connection which is something many feel they suffer with. The images show both simple and complicated data transmission.


To capture the attached images a Nikon D90 was used with an 18-200 mm telephoto lens. The patterns in the images were generated by a USB powered LED fan I purchased in Egypt which was plugged in to my computer monitor. The fan cycles through a number of light sequences adding to the interest of the image set. I turned all the remaining lights in my room off and reduced my ISO to 250 and shutter speed to between 1/6 and 2 seconds. To capture the images I had to move pretty quickly making abrupt changes in direction as the fan rotates fairly fast. No flash or filters were used and an aperture of f14 was selected.

I should probably sleep now, but I had fun."

As is customary, hearty handshakes and shout-outs to the following:

George Phillips --  I loved the tranquility of this.

Rogerio Bromfman -- A fab set of photos that wouldn't look out of place on the walls of a music venue.

Dina Perkins -- Great colours and theme of Japan in autumn.

Chris Lamb -- I really liked the subject matter.

Andy Adams -- A fun set of photos from the POV of someone having a very good night out on the tiles.

You can see all of the entries over on our Flickr page; go check them out and let us know your favourites.

Thanks again to everyone that participated. We'll have the final challenge of 2013 next week and there will be another prize up for grabs, too!

Martin Snelling is a Hampshire-based photomatographer and wearer of fine hats. He tweets here, Flickrs here, and does his website stuff here.

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