2020 WEEK 6: The Imperfect Perfect Circle

Circles are everywhere down to the crop of our profile pictures in Social Media. If it wasn’t for the perfect circle, our modes of transportation wouldn’t be as comfortable as they are today.

No matter how perfect a circle is, our angle of view changes everything unless you’re looking at a spherical object. The more you change your perspective, the more oval the perfect circular object becomes.

Slow shutter speeds and long exposures bring to life a circular object in motion.

Don’t be afraid to play with shadows. The above image is a night time photograph illuminated by street lighting. Circular objects are present everywhere from the no parking symbol to the ring bolted on the brick wall.


  1. Isolate a circular object as your subject. You can get inspired with a quick internet search.
  2. For night-time photography or long exposures, don’t be afraid to use a tripod to stabilize your camera.
  3. You image can be color or B&W.
  4. This is a great theme to think outside the box and be creative. Circles are as common in nature as they are in man-made objects.
  5. Most important, your subject has to be a perfect circle (Plus or Minus 10%) to start with no matter what it looks like from the perspective you photograph it from.

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 Facebook or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo:  #2020photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2020 Trevor Carpenter 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.