2017 PHOTOCHALLENGE, WEEK 8: Long Exposures Animated GIF

This may sound a little strange, but it’s as much fun as you can have with a camera, a computer and a little time on your hands. If you let your imagination run wild, there is no limit to what you can create. The foremost objective of this challenge is to produce a unique visual experience to dazzle your 2017 PhotoChallenge Community Members.


The above image by Pedro Belleza is the perfect example of what we’re looking for, an animated GIF with a mix of long exposures. There’s also an added little touch of Tilt-Shifting. Long Exposures have been covered several times in the past ( SEARCH LONG EXPOSURE CHALLENGES ) and animated GIFs as well. ( SEARCH ANIMATED GIF CHALLENGES )


Since we’re working with light, long exposures are by definition easier to create at night. With a few simple tools you can work your long exposures during daylight hours. We would usually use a Neutral Density filter or a Variable Neutral Density Filter to reduce the amount of light entering the camera through the lens. For those of you who want to avoid the cost of a pricey filter, you can always use a pair of dark sunglasses from the dollar store. Here are some DIY ideas on a GOOGLE SEARCH


Incorporating Light Painting and many other techniques we’ve covered in the past will help you create your very own unique touch for this PhotoChallenge.

What you will need to create your challenge image :

  • When working with long exposures, a stable tripod is a must. I would also suggest a wired or wireless trigger to make sure the camera doesn’t  move when pressing the trigger.
  • A way to reduce light. A store-bought filter or a DIY project. You will also want to reduce your ISO and close your aperture to increase your exposure times.
  • This will demand a bit of planning for each frame of your animated GIF. You may want to create a little story board to maintain your creative focus throughout your shoot.

When it comes to creating an Animated GIF there are plenty of resources online for which many are free. You can also use Photoshop and other purchased software.

Searching for LONG EXPOSURE ANIMATED GIF on Google will reveal plenty of inspirational images.

Our Friendly Community Guidelines are simple :

  • Post one original photograph (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to Google+Facebook, or Flickr (or all three). Tag the photo #photochallenge and #photochallenge2017
  • The shot should be a new shot you took for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2016 PhotoChallenge is fun and easy.

February Challenge, 2010: I Ate This

It’s time for the first Monthly Challenge of 2010! In addition to the 2010 Challenge, we will have monthly challenges every other month during the year. Everyone is welcome to participate in these challenges.

"White Raspberries And Fig" by libraryman
"White Raspberries And Fig" by libraryman

The theme for the February Challenge will be “I Ate This”. Each day, take a photo of something you ate, and post it to the photochallenge.org pool on Flickr. When you add it to the pool, be sure to tag it “februarychallenge2010”.

"Yet Another Sushi Roll" by moofbong
"Yet Another Sushi Roll" by moofbong

If you have never tried food photography before, now is your chance. Or you could use this opportunity to explore some new types of cuisine. Get out there, show us what you ate, and above all have fun!

"dan dan mian, upclose", by chotda
"dan dan mian, upclose", by chotda

February Challenge recap

Since I’ve already apologized, I won’t wade through my guilt again. However, I am still quite sorry that I dropped the ball and failed to actively participate in my own February Challenge. However, many of you did, and for that I am grateful.

Over 250 photographs were tagged with “februarychallenge” at Flickr and Zooomr. Way to go! Below are just a few of my favorites…

GoldenCabbageIron HeartsGo! Bokeh...I Want To Do It Somewhere FunYellow Number 1quenchiceDayBeautiful day for a walk...Yellow Tailcarry to fireStraight To My HeartConstruction in February

Speaking for myself, even with the few photos I submitted, I have found that even now I’m more aware of the colorful opportunities around me. I see more contrasting color while trying to compose a shot, and I think it’s making me a better photographer.

Thanks again for joining us, and check back here soon for the April Challenge announcement.

Do you have it in you to forgive me?

I want to just come out and say it…

I am a looser, and I did not effectively participate in my own challenge!

There, now I feel better. This month turned out to be a poor choice, for personal reasons. Everything is fine, I just did not have the time, motivation, or energy to accomplish the February Challenge, like I wanted.

So, many of you did an awesome job of shooting with a color theme each week. I saw that a lot even shot more than the basic 3 shots, but chose your own favorites to blog about. Well done.

I’ll gather up the majority of your shots, and blog a recap here, in a few days. I already have an April Challenge planned, and I’ll be announcing that in a week or so. Hopefully, I can get this back on track.

February Challenge, blue

February Challenge, blue #2

So, this challenge is really a hard one. It’s turned out to be much more difficult than I thought to hunt down a few good photos each week. The first lesson I learned was that it’s probably easier to commit to shoot every day. At least that way, I know when I’m getting a shot, every day.

This month I’m finding myself procrastinate my shots until the end of the week. Then I’m rushing. What makes it worse is that I’m working my 12 hour shifts Wednesday through Saturday. Killer for the schedule. In March I switch to the other end of the week. Too late though.

Scheduling aside, I am really enjoying the difficult task of searching for my color each week. Next week I’m going to try and shoot all three images in the beginning of the week.

February Challenge, blue #3

Multiple Challenge submissions today…

Blue Sky

Today’s submission to the February Challenge launches my new color, blue.

When I’m driving home from work in the morning, I get to see some gorgeous sunrises. I stopped today and took this one, looking back east, over the mountains. The focus wasn’t the best, but I was mostly interested in the sky’s beautiful colors at this time of the morning.

I’m also submitting this photo for this week’s 2008 Challenge. My community stretches a bit during my work week. I work an hour’s drive from home, and my drive is quite pretty.

Beautiful day for a walk…

Beautiful day for a walk...
February Challenge, week 2

Today we took the kids to the park. The Princess and The Padawan brought their bikes and we let them ride all over the place. With our small backyard, opportunities like this are great for us all to get out and stretch our legs.

I set out to capture a nice grassy shot with my 10-20mm ultra-wide angle lens. It developed just like I wanted. The pretty clouds were a great bonus too!