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Boot Camp 2, Assignment #4: What Moves You

Summer may have unofficially ended yesterday (no more white belts or manscaping for me) but we still have one more assignment to get through for Boot Camp 2.

Being strong believers in delayed gratification, I think I can safely speak for the entire staff here at Strobist International HQ when I say we tried to save the best assignment for last.

Your Assignment, Should You Decide to Accept It...

This one, as you might have gathered from the post header, is about transportation -- literally, what moves you.

It's been a popular theme in the Strobist Flickr Pool for the last three years. So I thought it fitting to give some of you a chance to show off a little.

I'd like to point out that the photo above is of my own car in my own garage.

I'd like to point that out. But, sadly, I cannot. I wish those were my wheels. (Click through on that or any other pic in this post to get to the rightful Strobist group photog.)

Three vehicles comprise the actual real-life Strobist corporate fleet. The human-powered division is a 2004 Trek 430 hard-tail mountain bike. It was purchased used in a stunning stroke of good luck, given my ridiculously short frame size.

The internal combustion division of the fleet consists of a pair of 2006 vehicles -- a Scion XA and a used Yamaha Vino 49.5cc scooter. The combined mileage for the above is slightly over 69 MPG, I might add.

The point being that any of these types of vehicles would eligible for this assignment. Stretch it a little.

Use this as an excuse to get a little creative, as this assignment will not be nearly as constrained as the previous three. But try to keep the subject matter to an object which could reasonably be classified as transportation.

And, red sports car photo notwithstanding, try to remember that the assignment will not be judged on the hotness of the vehicle. In fact, if you do scrounge up a killer car, the onus will be on you to make an extra hot picture.

How You Can Help

If you are looking for the charitable component, this one is kinda no-brainer. Not only could you help someone sell a hot ride, but you could pretty much pick out exactly the vehicle you might like to photograph, sans any modeling fees.

In the US, I would suggest checking out the "used searches" in If you don't have your own car to shoot, you might make a seller very happy with a cool photo (or group of photos) of their car. Plus, it'd make a nice keepsake after the car is gone. Just an idea.

Prizes, We Gots Prizes

Midwest Photo Exchange went a little nuts on this one, so we're pretty much throwing in everything but the kitchen sync.

For starters, how 'bout an LP120-based starving student light kit, a Speedlight Prokit 6 Reflector, and a new special Strobist Gel / LumiQuest FXtra combo kit.

And, as with the other prize packs, a set of Strobist DVDs and a set of Trade Secret Strobist lighting cards round out the package.

Remember, this is the last assignment and thus the last chance to shoot yourself into a pretty cool swag bag.

And, as the person coughing up for all of this international postage lately, I would like to point out that after the first three assignments the score is now:

Shifty-Eyed Foreigners: 3
U.S. Photogs: El Zippo.

(Kinda like watching World Cup Football qualifiers, no?)

Just sayin'.

The Fine Print

Because someone asks in the comments every single time, please refer back to the first assignment post for the basic info on how to enter your photo and where to go if you have Flickr problems questions.

But PLEASE NOTE that the tag is different for this assignment. It is:


So don't screw up and repeat the tag from the first assignment. The photo must also be in the Strobist pool (so remember to add that lighting info) to be entered. If you are successful, your photos should appear in this search within a few minutes. Please, only submit one entry.

If you want to ask questions, or otherwise discuss this assignment, you can do so in this thread.

And you can check out some of the other bloggers following along, here.

The due date for this assignment is end of day, local time, September 21st, 2009. Don't be late.

And for the verification shot (which will be required of the winner to prove he or she took it after the assignment date) reach around that camera and make a second version of the same shot with your hand showing four fingers in the foreground.

You know, just to keep it legal.


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Blogger James said...

This is gonna be fun!

September 08, 2009 4:35 PM  
Blogger Loren said...

I sat the other sessions out, but better late than never. I think I have an idea for this one...

September 08, 2009 4:44 PM  
Blogger Łukasz Kruk said...

WTF is kitchen sync? some special piece of gear to go with with cooking strobe? :)

September 08, 2009 4:56 PM  
Blogger arianabauer said...

Is there any way to move the deadline any? The St. Louis Strobist Group has a meetup on the 27th with an amazing list of vehicles and I am sure we would love to post our results for this assigment?

Just hoping :)

September 08, 2009 4:57 PM  
Blogger David said...

@ Łukasz-

That'd be a bad pun from an English-language colloquialism. How could there be any confusion there?


Yeah, and if I did that, the Oslo Strobist Group would be shooting hot-rod, steroid-charged reindeer on OCt 5th. Where would it end?

September 08, 2009 5:27 PM  
OpenID punchphoto said...

Tres bien, Mister Hobby. And here's hoping that you can at some point eventually have that killer hotrod in your garage.

So say we all.

September 08, 2009 6:37 PM  
Blogger A Arnold said...

I love this new assignment. Was on my way last night to do some strobist work when the subject decided it didn't like the tarmac life and wanted to know if the grass really was greener on the other side.

Looks like i'll have to find another subject. I can tell you the owner was not pleased either.

Can't wait to see some of the entries.

September 08, 2009 8:25 PM  
Blogger John said...

lol, I think the 'manscaping' link was completely unnecessary. ;)

September 08, 2009 9:14 PM  
Blogger Bugi said...

Can a person be included in the photo? I know a hot chick by the car won't get anymore points as the other guy, but I was thinking that my subject will be someone who would like to get a nice photo of his ride and himself...

On the not so serious side, in asia we use goats to pull carriages for transport. Will that be valid?

September 08, 2009 9:31 PM  
Blogger Sandrino said...

I am going to love this one!!!

September 09, 2009 1:14 AM  
Blogger Liam said...

Aw shoot! I thought the steroid charged reindeer was the 13th... I'm away at the leperchaun wrangling on the 5th

September 09, 2009 4:11 AM  
Blogger Saad said...

I just bought a car yesterday. Its black, and so is my cervelo road bike. Something with those two would be sweet

September 09, 2009 4:30 AM  
Blogger Łukasz Kruk said...

well, my english is far from perfect itself so i thought i could get away with a bad pun. heh.

September 09, 2009 6:06 AM  
Blogger Sakki said...

@David : Shooting raindeer is a great idea, with projectiles that is - Thank you! Of coruse, since the hunting season has already begun, you won't be seeing us.

That aside, I like the assignment. Maybe I'll try and participate for once.

September 09, 2009 6:44 AM  
Blogger Dom said...

"Winners will be required to submit, on request, a shot of their subject, taken in the same shoot, holding up one finger. This is for authenticity verification reasons only. So, don't forget to shoot a frame of that while doing your assignment. Just in case you win."

Dave, how are we supposed to get an inanimate object to hold up a finger? ;-)

September 09, 2009 8:21 AM  
Blogger Vien Chon said...

DH - To ensure the US photogs win something, I'd like to suggest that you add a consolation prize for a photo with the most potential for improvement.

On a more serious note: I've learned from your critique on less-than-perfect photos as much as on eye-catching ones. Thank you!

September 09, 2009 11:36 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

Sounds Awesome, just one question, do you have to be 18 to be eligible to win?

September 09, 2009 3:22 PM  
Blogger chuck said...

now that i've finally finished lighting 101/102, i think i'll participate in this one.

i hope i don't fail miserably.

September 09, 2009 4:20 PM  
Blogger Ericson Calderon said...

Ohh boy! This sounds like fun :) It's funny, the title is the slogan for my car's make.



September 09, 2009 5:48 PM  
Blogger pepperperfect said...

Is multiple photo composition allowed? Not for HDR purposes, but a different lighting reason.


September 10, 2009 6:17 PM  
Blogger iamunique127 said...

steroid-charged reindeer and leperchaun wrangling maybe but "nobody tosses a dwarf" (Gimli, LOTR).

I'm dusting of my trebuchet as we speak.

September 10, 2009 11:02 PM  
Blogger John said...

Here's a little inspiration for the car photographers...

September 22, 2009 7:58 PM  
Blogger Bozeus said...

I am probably repeating mistakes done by people before me but I was wondering.
I uploaded a photo for the 4th assigment, on time but I missed the part where you are supposed to tag your photo sbc2assign4 and I only now added the tag.
I was wondering if my photo might still take part in the contest?

September 24, 2009 7:32 AM  

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