This black and white challenge is one word: STEADFAST

stead·fast, adjective: resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.

It’s a simple definition, but leaves the challenge open to wide interpretation. No matter what genre of photography you prefer, you should be able to find something to represent the concept of steadfast, just it shoot in a black and white. While subject is a concept and may be difficult to represent, don’t forget about the technical aspects of your shot: framing, lighting, composition, and exposure. Your composition should speak to the concept just as much as the subject does.  The shoot and the subject should convey the concept together.

It took me a while to find some examples, not because there was a lack of subjects, but because I wanted to find photos that used composition to represent the concept. For me, each of these examples visually represents the word STEADFAST, and each for different reasons.


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Barry Buddon lights - Christmas Eve//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 #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.