This year I decided to keep working on my photography. To ensure I don’t neglect it I have challenged myself to make at least one picture a week. I am following a specific challenge so I have a new theme every week. No excuses!
WEEK 1 – Look Ahead
New year. New beginnings. New you. Look ahead. Interpret as you wish.
It was more looking up than looking ahead but the plane going into the clouds on a sunny day felt right for the new beginnings theme.
WEEK 2 – Color Harmony
Get out your color wheel. Do opposites attract? Can there be harmony with opposite colors? Does the Hulk wear purple pants? Mix warm and cool colors.
This one isolated the cold and warm colors so well that I had to pick it for this week. I love how well the red goes with the turquoise window glass.
WEEK 3 – Full Manual
While the camera often determines shutter speed and aperture for the photographer, it doesn’t know your creative intent. This week, challenge your self to assume creative control over the camera by using full manual mode. Select a subject where varying the aperture and / or shutter speed helps enhance the composition and visual qualities of the image.
Selfie taken using the manual mode on my camera, edited in Lightroom with a gradient map applied in Photoshop.
WEEK 4 – Quiet Moment
Peace. Serenity. Tranquility. Convey a quiet moment.
This one is quite personal. At the time it represented a quiet moment spent at home.
Week 5 – Photographer’s Choice
Capture an image on your terms; who, what, where, when, why, how … it’s all up to you. Caveat: You must tell us your intent.
I find this shot so pleasing and such a good representation of London.
Week 6 – Alternating Rhythm
Alternate patterns of light to bring depth and rhythm to the photograph.
This one fits the theme like a glove.
Week 7 – Fill the Frame
Fill the frame with your subject, no background. You will need to get up close and personal, or use a good zoom lens.
Traffic light filling in the frame.
Week 8 – Zoom Burst
By changing the focal length during long exposure you can add movement to your frame, producing leading lines within your frame.
The first time I tried this effect and even though I am not very keen on the results it was fun to try something new.
Week 9 – Forsaken
Abandoned and Forgotten were favorites in the past. Let’s revisit the idea the idea this year with forsaken.
A close-up shot of the roof seemed fitting for this week’s theme.
Week 10 – Selective Color
I know, I know. Yuck. Selective color can be cringeworthy, however, when done right, it brings compelling focus to the subject.
It is not every day that you see a blue sky in London!