In almost all cultures and communities, religious architecture tends to have a uniqueness unto its own. And to be honest, the older the better. Now, to each of us, an “old” building can mean something very different. In California, where I live, the oldest religious buildings tend to be one of our 21 Catholic missions, which were all built between 1769 and 1833.

For you Europeans, that’s not really too old. I know. So bare with me.

Monument at Mission San Miguel founded 1797, with a Star Trail Sky

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsFirst off, I’d like to challenge you to find a building that’s special and unique to your community. Feel free to exclude your own place of worship, if in fact you worship. I’m more interested in you capturing the bulk of a unique building. American Church//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

In the past, a “building” challenge allowed for something emphasizing a part of the overall architecture. I’d like you to step back and maybe even use a wide-angle lens to capture the majority, if not all, of the subject building.

Methodist Church, Battle Center, Iowa.

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsYou could tap into the symmetrical challenge experience, if the building happens to be symmetrical. Or you can go a little abstract. The technique is really up to you, just take your time to get a great shot. The Fisheye of Notre Dame//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

One of the most important things I’ve learned is to try to accomplish your vision, then take something different. Give yourself several images to choose from, before submitting your final photograph.

Christ Church Cathedral//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

The rules are pretty simple:

  • Post one original photograph (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to Google+Facebook, or Flickr (or all three). Tag the photo #photochallenge.org or #photochallenge2015.
  • The shot should be a new shot you took for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • The posted image should be a photograph, not a video.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2015 Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

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.