2016 PHOTOCHALLENGE, WEEK 46: URBAN DECAY – SELECTIVE COLOR(S)

Here we are slowly getting closer to the end of the 2016 PhotoChallenge. For some reason it keeps getting harder to come up with FUN and CREATIVELY-MOTIVATING PhotoChallenges. This one came to me like a light bulb lighting up in a dark room. I went from absolutely no idea (Bad Ideas) to this ingenious Challenge.

Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: City Streets / Rue de la Ville &emdash; BREAKING NEWS: Steve Troletti, Photographer and Adventurer, Finds the Entrance to THE BAT CAVE!

I actually first thought of drabbing or grunging it, at least a sepia/vignette look. Looking through my images, I found the image above and that’s when I realized that selective colors, RED in this case, would have totally changed the image.

Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: City Streets / Rue de la Ville &emdash; The Haunted House / La Maison Hant�e

Falling onto this image of mine, I figured that allowing not only ONE SELECTIVE COLOR but multiple in targeted areas of the image would better bring-out the photographer’s vision…

Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: PICTURE OF THE DAY / PHOTO DU JOUR &emdash; Urban Decay : When Clean Drinking Water Stops Flowing!

Here’s what I tried to accomplish with the image above. I truly wanted to put forward a message of water, more specifically water scarcity. Although all the Urban Decay elements were in place, the colors of the graffiti on the wall overwhelmed the message. Selecting the items necessary to portray the message and applying selective colors to only those items made them standout in the image.

What your final IMAGE will need :

  • The scenery must show some sort of urban decay.
  • Areas of your image that are the most important to portray your vision as a photographer must maintain a level of color/colors.
  • The remainder of the image must be in B&W, GRAYSCALE, SEPIA, etc…
  • A short text to define and portray your vision to the rest of the world.

As usual focus on the in-camera attributes of your image. Apply yourself composition-wise and experiment taking different images at different angles, apertures and height. A tripod is always a great tool when experimenting. You may even want to push your images further with HDR or other technique we’ve covered in the 2016 PhotoChallenge.

 

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 and #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 not be a Video.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2016 PhotoChallenge is fun and easy.
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2013 Challenge, Week 34: Color

This week we are going to go out and look for color. This theme could be shot many different ways, and there will be subjects everywhere you look.

“16 colors umbrella” by Gavin Bobo

You could go out and find a variety of different colors, or arrange some objects of different colors together.

“Color Your life” by Capture Queen

Another way to approach the theme would be to select a single color, and make an image that contains primarily that color. This might sound familiar to you, since it was what we did for the 2012 Color Challenge

“Plans For A Future War” by Jeremy Brooks

As you look for this weeks photo, try to think about what appeals to you about color. Is it a certain color? A group of colors together? A bright blue sky above a green forest? Let’s see your favorite color or colors on display!

“Colour – love” by Doug Wheller

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!

2012 Color Challenge

Holy cow it’s been a long time! I know you’ve missed me. I’ve missed me.

Well I’m back because I have a new idea. What’s this idea, you ask? No, you didn’t. You know the idea, it’s in this post title.

I was watching this short little video, promoting a cool app called Snapseed, by Nik Software. Apparently it’s been out for iOS devices, and it was just announced in desktop form for OSX, and soon after that for Android tablets. (Sorry, this wasn’t meant to promote some new app.)

Back to the video. The video has this dude challenging a few photographers to make an exhibit thematically geared towards one color each. Each photographer then heads out and sticks to their assigned color. It’s that simple. Go watch the video, to see what I mean: http://www.snapseed.com/

Obviously I saw this and said, “Um, welcome back PhotoChallenge.org, I missed you.”

The Challenge:

You select a color and shoot with that color in mind, all month long. Then next month, you choose another color. My goal is to shoot to my heart’s content, some months ending up with more accomplished than others. Then as 2012 nears its end, I’ll go through and select my top 9 photos from each month, arrange them into a clean 3×3 arrangement, and self-publish a 12 page book.

We really do need to know who’s participating, so we can all encourage each other. So for now, please comment with your intent, the color you’re choosing for January 2012, and where we can find your work as you publish it. For those of us that use photo-sharing websites that allow you to tag your images, please use “2012colorchallenge” or “#2012colorchallenge” to help us keep track easier.

I’ll be posting to SmugMug, Google+/Picasa, and maybe a few to Flickr (I’ve let my pro account expire there.) But at the end of each month I’ll post a recap blog post of my work at my personal blog.

2009 Challenge, Day 38: COLOR:ORANGE

Today’s theme for the 2009 Challenge is the color, ORANGE. This is my favorite color! I love not only shooting the color orange, but I love to wear it, and see it.

So, make this one count!

"Happy Days", by mrhappy

Once you’re ready to submit your work to Flickr, you’ve got to do two important things. First, make sure you tag your photos correctly; “2009challenge″. Also, if you haven’t already, join the PhotoChallenge group on Flickr. Then, submit each day’s photo to the group’s pool.

"Orange mood", by Pensiero
"El árbol de la vida", by MAH7

2009 Challenge, Day 37: COLOR:BROWN

Today’s theme for the 2009 Challenge is the color BROWN. Now, this color occurs so often, naturally, that you should be able to easily find something to shoot.

"Grain", by edwardleger

Once you’re ready to submit your work to Flickr, you’ve got to do two important things. First, make sure you tag your photos correctly; “2009challenge″. Also, if you haven’t already, join the PhotoChallenge group on Flickr. Then, submit each day’s photo to the group’s pool.

"Virgin Dune", by Hamed Saber
"I just hate it when UPS trucks try to sneak up on you", by Jim Frazier

2009 Challenge, Day 36: COLOR:PURPLE

Today’s theme for the 2009 Challenge is the color PURPLE. This one might actually be harder than the others. Purple doesn’t occur naturally as often as other colors, and we don’t use that much purple in regular signage and commercial design. So, you’ll have to hunt far and wide to get your target! Consider the sky, at sunrise and sunset. Sometimes you can get some really nice purple, along with other colors, in the sky.

"Venice by night / Punta Sabbioni", by annia316

Once you’re ready to submit your work to Flickr, you’ve got to do two important things. First, make sure you tag your photos correctly; “2009challenge″. Also, if you haven’t already, join the PhotoChallenge group on Flickr. Then, submit each day’s photo to the group’s pool.

"The Bridge to Spring - Part 2", by WisDoc

"CorkScrew", by Ozyman"my purple-blue world", by josef.stuefer

2009 Challenge, Day 35: COLOR:YELLOW

Today’s theme for the 2009 Challenge is the color, YELLOW! Just like the past few days, head out and seek your new color assignment. Yellow shouldn’t be that hard. In the city, you have taxis. In the country you have fields of flowers and possibly a crop or two. In between, you have at least a few signs. Get it done!

"Girasoles para los amigos", by Claudio.Ar - Hermes

Once you’re ready to submit your work to Flickr, you’ve got to do two important things. First, make sure you tag your photos correctly; “2009challenge″. Also, if you haven’t already, join the PhotoChallenge group on Flickr. Then, submit each day’s photo to the group’s pool.

"For you / Para vosotras", by . SantiMB .
"Lemon Splash", by AHMED...