WEEK 5: The Photographic Wheel of Fortune

Welcome to WEEK 5 of the 2021 Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge. I hope you enjoyed Jeanie’s introduction of Photography Projects for WEEK 4. If you missed it, I highly recommend you check it out as it’ll get you going on a project of your choice for the whole year.

Now for this week’s photography challenge. I’ve been working on a more complex and technical photo challenge for this week but I, unfortunately, did not have time to wrap it up in time.

I decided to bring back an older theme we’ve used in the past, actually, Eric Minbiole was the last contributor to bring the wheel back to life for WEEK 40 of the 2018 PhotoChallenge.

Due to the abundance of lockdowns, confinements, and curfews in many areas due to COVID-19, I made a few modifications that should make it easy to complete your challenge at home.

I encourage you to accept what the wheel gives you, except, if you land on pets, animals, and insects and none are available in your home, go ahead and spin again!

We have a WILD CARD that entitles you to make of it anything you want. There’s also an inspired by PhotoChallenge Contributor selection. That’s pretty simple, if there’s one of us, the photo challenge contributors who inspire you the most, you create an image along the lines of an image they’ve once contributed to one of the challenges.

This challenge is totally opened to creative interpretation. Think about it seriously, it’s not because the wheel handed you 2 choices that don’t immediately make sense that you can’t work something out that’s creative and witty.

Give it a spin and hope for the best 🙂



You may have some questions. Some of you may want clarification on the meaning of a specific tab on the wheel. I encourage you to do so in the comment section on our Facebook Group where this challenge is posted. I will clarify any techniques and guide you in the right direction.

Spin both wheels
Note down what the wheels give you
Attempt to create a photograph that contains both criteria
Explore creative ideas and truly challenge yourself

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: #2021photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2021 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.