October 21, 2014
This is something we haven’t tried before. It might be a bit tricky, but let’s give it a go. This one came to my imagination after reading about Halley’s Comet today.
I want everyone to have a go at photographing the stars. Astrophotography techniques can vary from simple to incredibly hard but I think everyone should be able to come up with something. You’ll need a tripod, although failing that you could rest the camera on something firm for the exposure. You’ll need to do a long exposure. I found a guide online about how to photograph the stars, although there are many more around if you search.
It’s up to you how ambitious you are and how hard you make it for yourself, but bonus points for interesting composition, e.g. having a go at star trails, or including interesting foreground objects.
Living in a city is no excuse – you can still photograph the stars in a city on a clear night, although you might need to edit out the characteristic orange glow from light pollution.
Please send your entries in by noon on Tuesday 28th October. Good luck!
Thanks and well done to everyone who entered this week and showed off their local area. The messages that people wrote with their entries seemed important, so I included them with the pictures. You’ll have to view the pictures in “big mode” to see the text.
October 15, 2014
Sorry I’m a day late publishing this week. To make up for it, this challenge is quite easy.
I want everyone to photograph a local landmark. It doesn’t have to be world-famous but it should be locally recognisable in your area. I’m mostly thinking of buildings but there’s no reason why it couldn’t be a natural landmark.
Please send your entries in by noon on Tuesday 21st October – let’s hope we have more than two pictures next week!
Just two lonely entries this week! Thanks to Ally and Kirsty for sending in your pictures, which both reflect the beauty of nature.
October 7, 2014
It’s another vague one this week. Beauty means different things to different people and of course is said to be in the eye of the beholder.
So I want everyone to find something that they consider to be beautiful, and photograph it in a way that demonstrates its beauty.
Thanks to Kate for suggesting this challenge ages ago – it’s been on my list for quite a while. If anyone else has an idea for a challenge, please let us know.
In the meantime, please send your entries in by noon on Tuesday 14th October. Good luck!
Seven very strong entries this week, all exhibiting their radii. Please give a warm welcome to Roo, who joins us for the first time this week.
Roo, while your entry wasn’t taken quite in the week of the challenge, I’ll turn a blind eye as it’s your first week I see you’ve already found the page of usual rules.
September 30, 2014
A slightly bizarre train of thought led me to this week’s challenge, which is about using circular shapes in photography. I was using a frustrating and complex piece of software called FreeRADIUS and the word stuck in my head.
So I want everyone to take a picture which makes use of a circle, or part of a circle.
Please send your images in by noon on Tuesday 7th October. Good luck!
Well done to everyone who sent in a picture on the theme of reward.
September 23, 2014
It’s another conceptual challenge this week. I want everyone to come up with a creative idea that represents reward.
I know not everyone likes these conceptual challenges as much as the technical ones, but as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I work at a university and this is our busiest time of the year. When it quietens down a bit, I’ll have some more time to write more detailed challenges. There’s a technical lighting tutorial and challenge in the pipeline
So please send your rewarding pictures in by noon on Tuesday 30th September. Good luck!
Well done to our eight entrants this week. Some of these are more obvious than others – please explain your work in a few words in the comments