BUDS – “In botany, a bud is an undeveloped or embryonic shoot and normally occurs in the axil of a leaf or at the tip of a stem. Once formed, a bud may remain for some time in a dormant condition, or it may form a shoot immediately. Buds may be specialized to develop flowers or short shoots, or may have the potential for general shoot development” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud

Steve Troletti Photography: Flowers, Plants and Trees /Fleurs, plantes et arbres &emdash; Blooming Magnolia

This week we’re looking for buds, not flowers in full bloom as described by Wikipedia. A great example would be this Magnolia flower bud beginning to bloom.

Steve Troletti Photography: Flowers, Plants and Trees /Fleurs, plantes et arbres &emdash; Allium fistulosum - Welsh onion about to flower

Vegetable plants flower as well as in this Welsh onion about to flower.


Sans titre

The same goes for these Ladies Lace flower buds just about to bloom.

Although we associate buds to Spring, that’s not always the case. Many plants can flower throughout the year and the Welsh Onion for example is an early Fall crop.

It’s a simple Challenge and the emphases is on image quality. The composition, choice of lens and lighting is entirely up to you. Reflectors and diffusers are often great tools when going out on a quest to photograph vegetation.

Close-up and Macro will probably be the type of photography employed to complete this challenge and a tripod can help you take the time to properly compose and photograph your subject.


The choice is yours. Nature can be appreciated in B&W as it takes on a totally different persona…


For those interested, I invite you to remember the location of your BUD and follow it’s weekly development posting an update once a week in the comment section of the current challenge. You would be in essence cataloging your subject throughout the remainder of its life-cycle.

The rules are pretty 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.org or #photochallenge2016.
  • 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.
  • The posted image should be a photograph, not a video.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2016 PhotoChallenge is fun and easy.




2010 Challenge, Weeks 45-48: SHIFTING SEASON

"autumn", by shoothead

For the next four weeks we will be shooting on the theme “SHIFTING SEASON”. This theme can be celebrated in many ways. Even our friends in the bottom half can participate, just shoot for Spring. The majority of us will be shooting for Autumn, or Fall. Let’s see the changing leaves. Let’s see the incoming colder temperatures.

The Pennsylvania side of the Delaware Water Gap - autumn
"The Pennsylvania side of the Delaware Water Gap", by joiseyshowaa

Whatever you end up doing, please follow the guidelines of one photo per week. Even though you’ll probably shoot more than one shot each week, take some time to select the best photograph. If you’re not being forced to select one from many good photos, then you may not be challenging yourself enough. We trimmed the 2010 Challenge down to one shot a week, for the very reason of allowing you the freedom and time to plan and practice each week’s shot. Shoot many, but select just one.

Leaves ... fall in Millstone NJ
"Leaves ... fall in Millstone NJ", by joiseyshowaa

You can post your weekly shot any time during the week. When posting, please add your photo to the photochallenge.org pool on flickr, and tag the photos with “2010challenge” and “2010challengeXX”, where XX is the week in a two digit format (45, 46, 47, 48). Of course, you are welcome to join in at any time, and if you miss posting during one week, just make it up the following week. This is about having fun and challenging yourself to become a better photographer, so the rules are guidelines. You won’t be punished or banned from the group if you miss a week or make up a shot.