2014 Challenge, Week 13: LANDSCAPE – VANISHING ROAD

As I look at some of my own favorite landscape photographs, I tend to migrate to certain styles and/or certain subjects. I think the same could be true for many of us, with all sorts of types of photos. So as I looked at my own faves, I found that one common subject was some sort of road.

Take the black road
“Take the black road”, by Trevor Carpenter

If you didn’t know already, lessons from more traditional forms of art can lend themselves to the photographer. A study of Rembrandt’s paintings can help the portrait photographer. The impressionists can help us with composition. And on and on. One of the most basic of art projects is the vanishing point. Many who take illustration, sketching, and/or basic art tend to do a few projects with a vanishing point.

“Verge”, by Daniel Zedda

As photographers, we can look out for opportunities to highlight an existing vanishing point. And for this landscape theme, I’d like you to specifically apply the vanishing point concept to a vanishing road, on your horizon. Here’s a brief Google+ post about using vanishing point in your photography, by Brian Matiash.

To be specific, I’m looking for you to compose a traditional landscape, but deliberately include some sort of road. However I want you to compose the image with the road traveling off, away from the camera, towards a vanishing point. Pay attention to balancing where you place the horizon. Sometimes is just works to have the horizon bisect the photo. Most of the time, however, it’s a little freshman to do so. Experiment with having the horizon be high, so that you capture more foreground. Or, place the horizon low, to include more sky. Either way, your photos tend to be nicer, when the horizon is NOT in the middle.

Road to Rome
“Road to Rome”, by Tommy Clark

As always, please post/share a photo you take THIS WEEK. We love your old photos, but not for the challenge. The point of the PhotoChallenges is for you to set out to create a new photo, to share with us all this week. Share them with us all at our Google+ Community, Facebook Group, and/or our Flickr Group.

The Road to Ribblesdale
“The Road to Ribblesdale”, by Luc B

2013 Challenge, Week 9: Road

Welcome to week #9 of the 2013 Challenge! Glad you’ve hung in this long!

If you’re new around here, welcome! You’re joining an awesome community of photographers who desire to increase the creative thinking behind, and the quality of, their personal photography.

Bixby Bridge from Above - Highway 1, Big Sur, CA
“Bixby Bridge from Above – Highway 1, Big Sur, CA”, by Daniel Peckham

This week I’d like to see you all head out and document a road. It’s that simple. However, take some time to think about what a road is, where you live. For some a road can be a walking path, made of simply dirt. For others, it’s a major superhighway.

California Street
“California Street”, by Thomas Hawk

For some, you might just consider your commute or path to work or school. Along that route, you’re bound to have plenty of photo opportunities that document your common road. Or maybe there’s a special place close to home where you like to visit on your days off? Where ever it is, please take some time to consider a unique or fun way to share it with the rest of us.

Pink and Copenhagen Blue
“Pink and Copenhagen Blue”, by Mikael Colville-Andersen

You might think about changing your perspective, like each of the two photos above. Or you may try photographing it in different light. Then select the best result.

Picket fence and yellow trees
“Picket fence and yellow trees”, by joiseyshowaa
Absolutely amazing scenery on the way to the White Domes!
“Absolutely amazing scenery on the way to the White Domes!”, by Alaskan Dude

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

2009 Challenge, Day 162: ROAD

"May the road rise with you", by Pear Biter

Today is Thursday, June 11th, 2009. Today’s theme for the 2009 Challenge is ROAD. Head out and and hit the road! Just don’t get hit by a car.

"On the road again", by pierre pouliquin

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″ and “2009challenge162“. Also, if you haven’t already, join the PhotoChallenge group on Flickr. Then, submit each day’s photo to the group’s pool.

"bend in the road", by snarl

To see all of the shots for today’s challenge, click here: