2017 PhotoChallenge week 14 – Take a walk on the Wild Side – URBAN NATURE

Here’s our true (NOT APRIL FOOLS) Challenge for Week 14 of the 2017 PhotoChallenge.

Since we’re multiple contributors and many of the challenges focus on different techniques, I think it’s time we apply what we learned to bring out some urban nature photography. Being urban nature, they can include man-made objects as long as the main subject is nature related within an urban / semi-urban or rural area…OUTDOORS.
Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: PhotoChallenge &emdash; Ice flowing on the St-Lawrence River

The above animated GIF (App 36 images) was taken handheld with an Android Phone. You don’t need to be equipped with the fanciest gear and software to complete a PhotoChallenge, you just need imagination and a little inspiration… Going back on all the techniques we’ve encountered this year, you can now apply them to this challenge.
Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: PICTURE OF THE DAY / PHOTO DU JOUR &emdash; Ice floating away on the St-Lawrence River

I wasn’t there to make an animated GIF, I was there to capture an Infrared Image with a Fisheye Lens to get a unique point of view on the early spring melting of the ice as it flows down the St-Lawrence River. We’ve covered infrared in past challenges and a quick search on our site will provide you with all the helpful tools to accomplish this Challenge in IR, if that is what you want…

Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: PICTURE OF THE DAY / PHOTO DU JOUR &emdash; Une petite percée de soleil / Sun peeking through

Nature Parks in Metropolitan areas can offer a unique perspective on Urban Nature. Take advantage of the sun, clouds and other elements to add some drama to your images.
Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: PICTURE OF THE DAY / PHOTO DU JOUR &emdash; Ospreys in Nest / Balbuzards au nid

At times we create man-made objects to attract and nurture nature in an urban area. Platforms to invite Ospreys to nest are more and more common in Urban Nature settings. You’ll need some far-reaching lens as these platforms are often nestled out of reach to assure a successful nesting season.

Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: PICTURE OF THE DAY / PHOTO DU JOUR &emdash; Eastern Gray Squirrel Drinking a Fresh Cup of Tim Hortons Coffee!

Squirrels are probably one of the most common encounters of wildlife in our urban areas, they are also very opportunistic feeders making our litter a golden find.

Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: PICTURE OF THE DAY / PHOTO DU JOUR &emdash; Man Overboard!

Sometimes Nature can swallow up City Folks in one gulp, be ready for the action shot…

Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: PICTURE OF THE DAY / PHOTO DU JOUR &emdash; Tiny Planet - Carved Living Room - Salle de séjour extérieure sculptée

We’ve even covered 360 PhotoSpheres and Tinyplanets. These are a great way to show off your findings in an urban nature area.

 

I’ve given you plenty of examples and I’ve barely scratched the surface of what can be accomplished. It’s important to think through and properly plan what you want to accomplish, or you’ll only be taking a snapshot. A local search on google maps can reveal interesting locations with pictures to document the environment you will find yourself in.

Anything but a VIDEO will be accepted.

Bring what you will need to stabilize your camera I.E. a tripod

Filters to enhance contrast, change light colors, IR, Polariser or ND to slow down your exposures.

If wildlife is what you are after, please be respectful. Successful wildlife photography is only part photography. Observing and understanding the animal you want to photograph is the key. You will need to be patient.

Understanding and educating yourself on both local fauna and flora will keep you and your subject safe. Touching plants as much as wild animals can be unsafe. Never feed wild animals for the purpose of taking a picture.

Your final image should document nature in a world affected by man. Our interactions with nature a much as its interactions with us, where humans live.

 

Our friendly community guidelines 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 #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 2017 PhotoChallenge is fun and easy.

 

 

 

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.

2014 Challenge, Week 32: "Tilt Shift" Quasi-Landscape

Ok my friends, it’s time for a brief post from me. I’ve been getting decent rest, and really wanted to contribute another post. My own participation has been limited lately, and I think this one will let me get another theme under my belt.

Montana del Oro tilt-shift

This weeks will require a little forethought, but also some post processing. I urge you, don’t shy away because of that need.

I’ll post a link or two for tutorials, and suggest a few apps as well.

Tilt-Shift

This whole Tilt Shift thing is nothing to fear. In fact, you may just find that you’ll enjoy this new skill for unique images, and start creating many more of your own.

To stick with the landscape theme, start there. But don’t worry about a natural landscape if you don’t want. This technique works well with all sort of wide landscapes. Urban, suburban, it doesn’t matter! You may find a preference, but that’s up to you.

Tilt Shift Bridge

To be technical, you should know that a true tilt shift photo is actually created with the lens. How, I could try to explain, but I don’t really understand. Read up here for what I don’t know.

When you’re done, you’ll have this special toylike miniature-looking scene, that should really be transformed.

This was the first tutorial I used, I believe: http://visualphotoguide.com/tilt-shift-photoshop-tutorial-how-to-make-fake-miniature-scenes/

Here’s a tutorial for GIMP: http://www.scottphotographics.com/how-to-fake-a-tilt-shift-miniature-photograph-in-gimp/

For a post with several apps for iOS: http://digital-photography-school.com/tilt-shift-apps-for-the-iphone/

And if the whole thing is too much, Instagram can pull off the effect for you. Here’s several tips on getting that done well: http://mashable.com/2012/11/29/instagram-tilt-shift-tips/

Here is the app I own now that does the job just how I like: http://www.tiltshiftapp.com/
Or here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tiltshift/id579435992?mt=12

Fake Tilt Shift Attempt 1

**Update**

So sorry folks, I forgot to add our Guidelines. Please don’t disregard these, they help our little community remain focused.

The rules are pretty simple:

  • Post one original (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 #photochallenge2014.
  • 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 2014 Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

 

2009 Challenge, Day 98: URBAN

 

Today’s theme for the 2009 Challenge is URBAN.

 

 

2008-06-08-003 by Alex //Berlin _ as+photography
"2008-06-08-003" by Alex //Berlin _ as+photography
For today’s theme, see what you can find that says “urban”. 
untitled by Elephi Pelephi
"untitled" by Elephi Pelephi

 

 

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 “2009challenge98”. Also, if you haven’t already, join the PhotoChallenge group on Flickr. Then, submit each day’s photo to the group’s pool.

 

shelter by mugley
"shelter" by mugley

 

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

http://www.flickr.com/search/?ss=2&w=all&q=2009Challenge98&m=tags