2013 Challenge, Week 47: LOW ANGLE

It’s time we started getting down and looking up. This week’s theme is Low AngleLow angle shots are generally taken from below eye level, looking up. Changing your point of view helps you see scenes from new perspectives, which can lead to more interesting compositions in your shots. 

Getting a low point of view can be a challenge, especially with the weather turn cold and wet.

010/365 - Dusting

Dusting by djwtwo

Getting down on the ground can help you see new subjects, or familiar subjects from an new perspective.

Day 7 - Low Point of View

Low Point of View by AlwaysBreaking

On the deck

On the deck by stephen-cleary

Low angles also let you see the world from the perspective of our four-legged friends. They always look up at us, maybe we should look up at them for a change.

Ruby

Ruby by Bev Goodwin

As always post your best shot and share with the Photo Challenge Community.  Post and share your images with the Photo Challenge Community on  Google+, Facebook,or Flickr.

2013 PhotoChallenge, Week 45: SYMMETRY

One of the most helpful tools I brought with me to photography was a general understanding of graphic design and art appreciation. Knowing effective ways to compose a piece of art, whether following the traditional rules or not, can make the difference between a snapshot and photographic art.

“Symmetry”, by Todd Page

So this next week I’d like you to seek a symmetrical composition.

sym·me·try
noun
the quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis.

There are even natural occurrences of symmetry. Look around. Photowalk a bit. Make several photos, and contemplate that one shot you think could be your best submission.

“Symmetry”, by Gerwin Sturm

I found a couple of articles that address of handful of good tips, both of which address the value of some symmetry.

“Holmbury St Mary Church”, by Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel

Remember, our general goal is to select just one photo to share with the rest of us, and that we make the photograph and submit it, all within the week of the said theme. Please try hard to submit your photo this week. If you get behind, don’t worry about it, but there’s no need to submit this week’s theme, next week. If you miss a week, join us again with the existing week’s theme.

“Victorian warehouse with Nottingham Castle in the background”, by blinking idiot

Also, the best ways to share with the rest of the PhotoChallenge community is to post your photo, or a link to it elsewhere, at our Google+ Community, Facebook Group, and/or Flickr Group.

2013 Challenge, Week 43: Neon

Looking over the themes for this year, I was surprised to see that Neon has not been a theme yet. Well, let’s remedy that this week. Grab your tripod, and hit the streets after dark to find some neon.

There’s an entire photography subculture around shooting neon. The soft, inviting glow captivates photographers. Just do a quick search on Flickr and you’ll see millions of examples.

Neon America

Neon America by theqspeaks

Many neon signs are works of art, and if you live in Las Vegas, you can visit an entire museum devoted to the art form. Even if you’re not in Vegas, there are probably plenty of neon signs around for you to shoot.

Las Vegas Neon Race Car

Las Vegas Neon Race Car to Me by Nutch Bicer

Neon SLR

Neon SLR by Jeremy Brooks

Neon 100

Neon 100 by jbhthescots

Neon

Neon by jayneandd

As always post your best shot and share with the Photo Challenge Community.  Post and share your images with the Photo Challenge Community on  Google+, Facebook,or Flickr.

Also, if you’ve missed a few weeks, feel free to catch up and post shots from past themes. We all have busy lives, and getting out to shoot every week isn’t possible for a lot of us. No worries, look back through the themes and grab some shots when you can.

2013 Challenge, Week 42: CHEMISTRY

Chemistry. The study of composition and properties of substances and elementary forms of matter. Or maybe it is the class you hated the most in school.

“The Chemist” by Martin Biskoping

What can you find this week that fits the theme “Chemistry”?

“Chrome Alum Crystals” by Paul’s Lab

If you feel stuck, do some research on chemistry in everyday life. You may be surprised at how many things we take for granted are the result of a better understanding of chemistry.

“Chemical Fluorescence in Color” by Woflram Burner

“You Found Drierite” by Chris Smart

As always post your best shot and share with the Photo Challenge Community. Participating in the 2013 Photo Challenge is fun and easy. Post and share your images with the Photo Challenge Community on  Google+, Facebook,or Flickr.

Now get out and shoot!

2013 Challenge, Week 39: Sky

For this week, all you have to do is look up. The theme is SKY. Shoot anything that incorporates the sky as the key element of the shot. Sunsets and sunrises are always good for sky shots, but venture out and get creative.

Crop Rotation (Sunset & Cows), Dorset

Crop Rotation (Sunset & Cows), Dorset by flatworldsedge

Looking up in the city usually means you’ll be including skyscrapers, which make for great leading lines that seem to stretch into infinity.

All of These Things You Say to Me

All of These Things You Say to Me by Thomas Hawk

Night skies can be dramatic, and challenging. I’ve never taken a long exposure of the sky that I liked. It’s a technique that requires practice, patience, and plenty of spare batteries.

365::225 - The Dark Half

365::225 – The Dark Half by bulliver

You can also incorporate a main subject set against the sky as backdrop.

oooo babe...

oooo babe… by TahoeSunsets

Fly By

Fly By by AlwaysBreaking

This week’s challenge is good opportunity to experiment and try something new. The sky is everywhere, even if it’s cloudy. The sky changes throughout the day, so you can take shots just about anytime you’re in the mood. Look up, and shoot.

As always post your best shot and share with the Photo Challenge Community. Participating in the 2013 Photo Challenge is fun and easy. Post and share your images with the Photo Challenge Community on  Google+, Facebook,or Flickr.

2013 Challenge, Week 38: ART

What is Art? This week is your chance to answer that age-old question. For this theme, I’m just going to provide some quick examples of things that came up in a Flickr search for “art”. After that, you’re on your own to interpret the subject.

“Hand in Hand” by Brandon Doran

“TEST PATTERNS” by ALL CHROME

“Alice in Wonderland: White Rabbit – Long Live the Queen” by Brandon Warren

“Cuba Art” by Doug Wheller

So what do you think? Do these images represent art? Take a moment to think about what “art” is to you, and then go out and capture it to show the rest of us.

As always post your best shot and share with the Photo Challenge Community. Participating in the 2013 Photo Challenge is fun and easy. Post and share your images with the Photo Challenge Community on  Google+, Facebook,or Flickr.

Now get out and shoot!

2013 Challenge, Week 37 : LOVE

"Holding Hands", by Eleven ~ NYC~ slowly going...

“Holding Hands”, by Eleven ~ NYC~ slowly going…

OK guys, this one might take some creative thinking. You can go out on the hunt to capture LOVE, or you can conceive of a nice idea, and set it up. The end result is the most important part; create a wonderful photograph.

Casualty Evacuation, Afghanistan

“Casualty Evacuation, Afghanistan”, by UK Ministry of Defence

With this one, I’d love to see you show us love in action. Try to avoid the cliche shots, please. But remember, love means different things to different people. It would be wonderful if you could seek to capture love as understood by the largest audience as possible, as opposed to a more narrow or cultural specific view. Just a thought.

“I love you forever, I like you for always”, by Deirdre B

As always, please make sure you post your submission to at least one of our little communities, found at Google+, Facebook, and/or Flickr. Some have been submitting their photo to their own blog, then posting a link, and that’s just fine too!

29th ID Soldiers return to Virginia after duty in Afghanistan

“29th ID Soldiers return to Virginia after duty in Afghanistan”, by Virginia Guard Public Affairs

2013 Challenge, Week 28: LITTER

A pet peeve of mine is litter, especially in our natural habitats. It seems that no matter where we go litter is more and more apparent. From fast food wrappers to paper cups and empty containers of alcohol, littered areas seem easier to find than a nice pristine area.

Steve Troletti Photography: Litter in Montreal Nature Parks / déchets dans les parcs nature de Montréal &emdash; Welcome to l’Île-de-la-Visitation Nature Park - Bienvenue au parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-VisitationThis bottle of Jack Daniel’s found early morning in a nature park was photographed with some amount of back lighting to enhance the glass container…

Steve Troletti Photography: PICTURE OF THE DAY / PHOTO DU JOUR &emdash; Eastern Gray Squirrel Drinking a Fresh Cup of Tim Hortons Coffee!
At times wildlife can interact with our litter as a source of food. This may provide some amusing images as in this squirrel appearing to be drinking from a cup of coffee.

Steve Troletti Photography: Litter in Montreal Nature Parks / déchets dans les parcs nature de Montréal &emdash; Déchets - Parc Nature Île-de-la-Visitation Nature Park - Litter
Litter can turn into a dangerous hazard. A broken glass container can present a serious risk of injury to people pets and wildlife.

Steve Troletti Photography: Litter in Montreal Nature Parks / déchets dans les parcs nature de Montréal &emdash; Déchets - Parc Nature Île-de-la-Visitation Nature Park - LitterThis 6 pack holder may seem harmless. Did you know it’s one of the biggest threats for young mammals such as Fox kits and marine birds. The young ones get trapped in a ring and slowly suffocate as they grow…

Steve Troletti Photography: PICTURE OF THE DAY / PHOTO DU JOUR &emdash; Plastic Bottle Dumped by River Bank / Bouteilles en plastique jetés près de la rivièreWe hear more and more about the accumulation of masses of plastic objects polluting our oceans. Plastic water bottles are an easy and convenient way to carry our water. Unfortunately they also seem to be the most apparent form of plastic littler along our forests, lakes, rivers and oceans.

I’m sure you won’t be short of subjects to photograph. As always post your best shot and share with the Photo Challenge Community. Participating in the 2013 Photo Challenge is fun and easy. Post and share your images with the Photo Challenge Community on  Google+, Facebook,or Flickr.

2013 Challenge, Week 24: BUGS

Here we are week 24 of the 2013 PhotoChallenge and Spring is rolling to an end. Birds are are in full nesting season and the primary source of food for their chicks are BUGS. Our gardens, forests and even our homes are fair game for insects, arachnids and creepy crawlers of all kind.

Steve Troletti Photography: Insects / Insectes / Insecta &emdash; Gerridae / gerrid�s

One of the places we’re less likely to look for bugs is on water. With the use of a polarized filter and the different textures of plants on a marsh you can achieve a unique look.

Steve Troletti Photography: Insects / Insectes / Insecta &emdash; Phantom Crane Fly / Phant�me des maraisFlies are not all pesky little creatures buzzing around our heads. This Phantom Crane Fly and other Crane Flies are found in marshes far from human presence. It’s larger size makes it an ideal subject to photograph without a Macro lens.

Steve Troletti Photography: Butterflies / Papillons &emdash; Butterfly Eggs / Oeufs de PapillonBugs come from somewhere as in the case of these butterfly eggs that will turn into caterpillars within a week.

Steve Troletti Photography: Arachnids / Arachnides / Arachnida &emdash; Spider Carrying Egg SacSpiders are synonymous of fear for many of us. If you stop to observe them for a while you’ll get to see how fascinating they can be. A great example is this spider carrying its egg sac.

Be safe and vigilant! Although most bugs are harmless, some bugs can sting you, bite you and even inject a venom that can have adverse effects on your health. When photographing in a wild environment be careful of plants like Poisson Ivy and Poisson Oak. There’s always the risk of running into a venomous snake are a large predator like a bear or mountain lion. So be safe and have fun!

Participating in the 2013 Photo Challenge is fun and easy. Post and share your images with the Photo Challenge Community on  Google+, Facebook,or Flickr.

2013 Challenge, Week 17: Music

There are some things we can all agree on… and some things that people will never see eye to eye on. The theme this week is all of those things: Music!

“Beautyproof” by larskflem

From classical to jazz, rock-n-roll to country, and punk to bluegrass, there is some kind of music out there for everybody. This week, use your camera to capture what music means to you. Do you play an instrument? This could be an opportunity to explore a self-portrait with your instrument. Have you tried concert photography? Are there musicians playing on the street in your area? Maybe you could try capturing the experience of seeing music performed live. Or use your imagination and show everybody a unique interpretation of the theme — it’s up to you.

“jazz bass” by shoothead


“Harmonica Hinds” by Randy’s Dailies

Whatever you end up shooting, have fun with the theme. Now get out there and shoot!

“Sounds” by Fey Ilyas

“Elvis!” by kevin dooley

As always, make sure you share your result with the rest of the PhotoChallenge Community! Google+, Facebook, and Flickr are the most common.