There’s something about our natural world, especially wood and water that attracts me. I can spend countless hours in a forest or on my kayak simply enjoying nature. I had a totally different challenge in mind today but last night, while browsing some of my images, I just had to take this direction as so many of my photographs contain both elements.

Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: PICTURE OF THE DAY / PHOTO DU JOUR &emdash; The Dock IR

The infrared image above was pretty much my most inspiring image for this challenge. A combination of natural wood, trees, and a man-made wooden structure, the dock. This is actually a scene I’ve photographed time and time again, yet I’m never quite happy with the end result, I’m just never able to capture the essence of the scene as I truly see on site.

Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: PICTURE OF THE DAY / PHOTO DU JOUR &emdash; Female Wood duck / Canard branchu femelle

This is actually a double whammy, a Wood Duck, a fallen tree, and water… Although my images are based on nature, this can also be a challenge inclined on creative skills, indoor studio work or just a few raindrops on a wooden deck…

In this 360 degree photosphere, a wooden bridge crossing a soon to be frozen river.

Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: INFRARED - INFRAROUGE &emdash; Île de la Commune - IR


This challenge is very open to artistic interpretation and genre. Your images can be traditional images, infrared or 360 photospheres just like they can be color, B&W or just about any processing in between.

Unlike our OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE CHALLENGE, this challenge should encourage you to focus on your strengths to create an image that has two important elements, WOOD & WATER.

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Post one original photograph to our active community on our Facebook GroupFlickr Group or 500PX group (or all three). Tag the photo:  #10thanniversaryphotochallenge #2018photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • The shot should be a new shot you took this week, for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2018 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.


The Halloween Photo Challenge is coming soon 🙂

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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.