2020 WEEK 9: Magic and Mystery

This week’s challenge is to take a photo that conveys a sense of Magic, Mystery, or Wonder. This is a great week to show off your creativity. You can take a more literal interpretation of the theme, by photographing objects commonly associated with magic: Cards, Top Hats, Magic Wands, a Magician on stage, etc. Or, if you’re feeling a bit more adventuresome, you can try some trick photography and/or creative editing to make a surreal-looking or seemingly impossible image.

I love the look and feel of this first example: It looks like the cards are magically floating in air. While I don’t know for sure how the artist created this photo, something very similar could be done by simply throwing cards in the air, and taking the photo at the right time. No special equipment or editing needed– just a very creative eye.

Magic Santi! – Elias Ruiz Monserrat

In the photo below, I used a “levitation” technique, to make it look like I was floating on a magic carpet. (You can read a bit more about these techniques from Steve’s 2016 Levitation photo challenge.) Naturally, there are countless types of trick photography and/or creative editing that you can use to create a surreal or magic-looking image.

Aladdin – Eric Minbiole

The Challenge

  • Take a photo that conveys a sense of Magic, Mystery, or Wonder. Be as creative as you like!
  • Post your newly taken photo during the week of Sunday, February 23 through Saturday, February 29.
  • Please remember to comment on at least FIVE photo submissions this week by answering the question “why?” in your comments. In other words, “why do I like (or not like) this photo?” or “why did this photo catch my eye?” Thank you!

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 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.