For this week you need to get in a mindset for a little chaos and disorder and find things that are falling apart. The challenge this week is Entropy.   We’re not dealing with the definition of entropy related to physics, your challenge deals with the other definition of entropy: gradually declining into disorder. You’re looking for deterioration and degeneration, things that are crumbling,  decomposing or otherwise breaking down. And you need to shoot it in black and white.

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Pay attention to texture and tones in your subject. The airplane above makes a great subject, but black and white accentuates the texture of the metal and ground. Likewise with the shot below, the textures of the decaying truck stand out. They would be great shots in color, but the use of black and white draws your attention to different attributes of a photograph that you might not notice in color.
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//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsYou can also use black and white to set a mood. The shot below feels a little haunting and mysterious, at least to me. The place may not be that haunting in real life, but it looks a little scary in this shot.
Deep in the forest, there was...

And don’t forget you can always shoot with your phone. There are many great photo apps for iOS and Android that will allow you to shoot in black and white. Both of the next examples were shot on iPhones using the Hipstamatic app. If your pressed for time, pull out your phone and start experimenting with different apps.

Point Reyes


If this challenge sounds familiar, it is. We’ve done Entropy in the past for challenges, but this time it’s a black and white challenge. Entropy is one of my favorite things to shoot. I love seeing things reverting back to a natural state. We have a lot of order, rules, and boundaries in our modern world, so I like to see nature taking some of that away.

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 #photochallenge2016.
  • 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 2016 PhotoChallenge 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.