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Photo Challenge

September 16, 2014
by Jonathan


This week the challenge is progression. This was mostly inspired because I work at a university, and this week we will be welcoming thousands of new and returning students as they progress in their lives and studies.

Of course there are many other meanings to progression – studies, careers, hobbies, journeys, projects, mathematical…

So please decide on a type of progression, and take a photograph that represents it. Artistic freedom is in your hands this week – amaze me!

Please send your entries in by noon on Tuesday 23rd September. Good luck!

September 9, 2014
by Jonathan

Caption competition

This week, I have a crazy idea. I want everyone to take an interesting or funny picture that could be used as the basis for a caption competition. This is all about waiting until the right moment to take your picture and catch something amusing as it happens.

Next week, after the results, we’ll all suggest captions for each other’s pictures. The triumphant winner will win the respect and admiration of their fellow Photo Challengers ;)

Please send your pictures in by noon on Tuesday 16th September. Have fun!

Tone it down – Results

September 9, 2014 by Jonathan | 6 Comments

Well done to our eleven entrants this week. I’ve been out of the loop with publishing the Photo Challenge for a couple of weeks but there are a couple of new names – welcome! Excellent work from everyone – please discuss in the comments :)

Tone it down

September 2, 2014 by Jonathan | 11 Comments

This week the Photo Challenge is to do with one of my interests – toning black & white pictures.

A black & white picture can be given a coloured tone (tint) to enhance the feeling that they convey. The most famous historical example of this is the brown sepia tone given to prints over a hundred years ago. Many other colours were also used – originally by using various chemicals but these days we have the luxury of computers.

I want everyone to take a photo, convert it to black & white and then give it a coloured tone to enhance the mood. This could be sepia to provoke nostalgia, red/brown to give it warmth, or blue to cool it down. For bonus points, you could try a technique called “split toning” where the shadow areas are toned a different colour from the highlights. Here are some examples I made, using a photo of my younger brother.

There are loads of comprehensive guides online if you search for Photoshop toning. Basically I’m looking for a good monochrome photograph, and a carefully-selected tone that enhances the character of the picture.

Please send your entries in by noon next Tuesday, the 9th September. Have fun!

August 26, 2014
by Kirsty


Not sure if this has been done before or recently, but it was inspired by a recent trip to a park where they had 3 original (and probably the only 3 pc) sideshows from early 20th century fairgrounds!
The aim is to produce a photo that tricks, twists and confuddles the minds of the audience through some form of illusion!

As per usual, please make sure that I can download your entry, or email it to :) And all entries in for next Tuesday the 2nd September! Enjoy!

August 19, 2014
by Jonathan


This week the theme is rhythm. Take a photo that somehow directly describes rhythm, or alludes to a rhythmic sound or sensation.

Please send your entry in by noon on Tuesday 26th August. Hope everyone has a good bank holiday weekend!