2010 Challenge, weeks 5-8

Well folks, it looks like we might just settle into a nice rhythm this year. I know for Jeremy and I, we won’t be so frantic, rushing to get a new challenge every day. This shifting of gears has really become a blessing for us both.

The 2010 Challenge launched quite well earlier this month. For the past four weeks we’ve been submitting one shot a week, focusing on the idea of “resolution”. I, for one, have been quite satisfied with the labor and creativity you all have been putting into each week’s submission. There’s been some duplication, but even that has taken a bit of a personalized spin each time. So, keep up the good work!

"Sossusvlei Landscape", by geoftheref

For the next four weeks, we’d like to see you take some time each week to plan out your shot. The theme is now Natural Landscape. What does that mean? Well, Wikipedia says, “A natural landscape is one that is unaffected by human activity.” That means we need to find a location that appears to have NOT been touched by human hands. Now, I know that won’t be completely possibly for every photog, but I really want you to give it your best effort. Seriously, only you’ll know how hard you worked on finding the best location.

Photographically, that also means that we’re looking for you to compose something that’s significantly larger than yourself. These samples in this post should help to get you thinking.

"Kauai Landscape Study", by ingridz

Now, just because you find the best location doesn’t mean that you’ll choose the best time to shoot. Take into consideration that your main light source is the sun, and it’s always changing. So, choose the right time of the day as well.

Let’s not forget the guidelines, Ok? You can post your weekly shot any time during the week. When posting, please add your photo to the photochallenge.org pool on flickr, and tag the photos with “2010challenge” and “2010challengeXX”, where XX is the week in a two digit format (05, 06, 07, etc). Of course, you are welcome to join in at any time, and if you miss posting during one week, just make it up the following week. This is about having fun and challenging yourself to become a better photographer, so the rules are guidelines. You won’t be punished or banned from the group if you miss a week or make up a shot.

  • Jan 24-30, “2010Challenge05”
  • Jan 31-Feb 6, “2010Challenge06”
  • Feb 7-13, “2010Challenge07”
  • Feb 14-20, “2010Challenge08”

I’ve found a few decent articles to teach you a bit more, if you feel so inclined…

So, you’re all set then! Let’s see what you’ve got in your area. I can’t wait!

"Hard landscape", by jipol

About Steve Troletti

I'm a Location Scout, Editorial, Nature, Wildlife and Environmental Photographer based in Malibu, California. I specialize in Nature and Urban Nature photography including Infrared Landscapes. The Bulk of my work takes place in the Los Angeles, California area, Greater Montreal Region, Canada, Switzerland, France and Varese in Northern Italy. Ethical wildlife photography is the main priority and focus of my work. A minimum disturbance of the animals, their habitat and the environment is my top priority. This applies as much to total wilderness areas as it does to urban nature environments. Ongoing education of environmental issues and building awareness for the protection of wildlife and wilderness areas around the world is what drives me to document the beauty that surrounds us.