2019 WEEK 10: Single Subject

A big thank you to Cheryl Joy for suggesting this week’s challenge topic!

This week’s challenge rules are simple: Photograph one, single subject. The subject itself can be anything– big, small, still life, or living. The most important goal is to ensure that there is little or nothing else in your photo that distracts from your (single) main subject. The end result will be a clean, uncluttered photo of your subject.

There are a number of ways to help isolate your subject:

  • Fill the frame with your subject, such that there is nothing else.
  • Choose a nice, plain background that won’t distract from your subject.
  • Use a narrow depth of field / selective focus to ensure that your subject is in crisp focus and everything else is blurred.

Naturally the exact technique (or techniques) you choose are up to you. As before, the goal is that you focus on your subject with as few distracting elements as possible. The choice of subject is completely up to you. As always, creative or out of the box ideas are welcome and encouraged.

Post your photo during the week of Sunday, March 3 and Saturday, March 9.

Low Key Apple
Low Key Apple – Eric Minbiole

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebookor Flickr (or both). Tag the photo:  #2019photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2019 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

About Eric Minbiole

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been absolutely fascinated with anything technical– electronics, computers, cameras, gadgets, etc. Growing up, I loved taking things apart to see what was inside. While I couldn’t always put things back together, I loved trying to figure out how things work. Because of my love for all things technical, I pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering, and currently work as a Software Engineer. I’ve been fascinated with photography ever since borrowing my parents 110 film camera when I was young. It’s been a great hobby ever since: I love experimenting with photos, and trying new things. I especially love technical and/or trick photography. (“Gimmicks!”, as my wife jokingly calls them 😉 ) While I’m comfortable with the technical side of how to shoot, I struggle more with the artistic side of what to shoot in the first place. This is one reason I quite enjoy this group: There are fun, interesting ideas each week. I joined PhotoChallenge as a participant in 2014, and am amazed at how much this group has helped me learn. Each week, I look forward to the fun, creative challenges that Steve, Trevor, Gary, and Jeremy put together. Most importantly, the weekly challenges give me the motivation to get out there and take photos each week. (Otherwise, I suspect my camera might be gathering dust on the shelf.) As well, interacting with the fantastic members of the group– discussing suggestions, techniques, what works, what doesn’t– has been an invaluable help. I am absolutely thrilled to join the PhotoChallenge team– I’ve learned so much from the group, and hope that I can give back a little bit. If you’d like to see some of my photos, please check out my flickr page.