February Challenge

OK sports fans, it’s time to get ready for the February Challenge. I know you’re all working hard on the 2008 Challenge, shooting your communities each week, but this is different. Last October we chose to shoot black & white all month, challenging ourselves to grow and understand the beautiful complexity of B&W.

Then in December we shot a portrait a day, all month long. This challenge forced me to grow to love portraiture so much, that I’ve adapted my own business plan to focus primarily on shooting portraits. I’m now working to get equipment that is better suited for taking portraits.

So, following the every-other-month pattern, February 2008 is the next month for a challenge. I’ve worked hard the last few weeks developing some ideas and even bouncing them off of a few wise photographers I know.

I’ve decided to pursue a Color Theory challenge. What is Color Theory? Well, for our purposes it is basically making a concerted effort to capture an image with one single color overwhelming the majority of the image. Basically, your photo should be primarily one color. Be creative though, I’d love to see photos that capture a color in a new and unorthodox way.

For fear that I’m not getting it across to you, I’ve included a handful of great examples below.

Now, here’s where it gets tricky. I want three images a week. Not bad, no? It’s not one a day, but not one a week. Additionally, I want you to choose the same color for the whole week. Then, a new color for the following week. Since February spans 5 weeks, you’ll need to have 5 different colors, with 3 images each. Get it?