Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2022! I hope you’re all having a great Holiday Season as we roll into the New Year!

Here we are the last week, the last photo challenge of 2021! We’re rolling into 2022 with some changes for the 2022 Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge.

Jeanie and Tonya are taking a breather for 2022. I’d like to extend a huge thank you to both of them for their great contributions here at the Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge.

We’re also getting a new contributor, Rainie Mills is joining the ranks of the 2022 Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge. A big welcome to Rainie!

We also have guest contributors who are already contributing to the 2022 Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge. As a community member, you can bring forward an idea or even create your very own Photography Challenge here at the 2022 Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge. Just contact me for details.

On with this week’s challenge!


I chose the word BOUNDARIES for this final challenge. Once again, within reason, you have total creative freedom over the word BOUNDARIES. Use your dictionary and your thesaurus (Synonyms / Antonyms) to come up with creative interpretations. Boundaries can be physical or not, for example, the boundaries as expectations of what’s permissible in a child’s behavior. Physical BOUNDARIES can also be large and tangible like geographical borders just like they can be small, something like the threshold of a door.


From a technical perspective, you can shoot in visible color or IR and you may submit in color or B&W. You decide what best suits your subject. However, it must be a LONG EXPOSURE. Your long exposure can vary tremendously based on your subject. It can be a short long exposure (1/30th – 1/100th) for a motion blur just like it can be a long ten plus second exposure to smooth out flowing water or waves.


I created a quick little video explaining how I created the long exposure VS a regular image. I also cover a bit of the gear choice addressing camera stability and precautions to minimize the impact of sea mist on your gear.

2021 WEEK 52 Example Image

The image directly below is the result of a 20-second exposure using a variable ND filter, a tripod and a remote to trigger the camera in an effort to maximize stability. The image was taken at 80mm – f/32 – ISO 64.

20 Second LONG EXPOSURE of the County Line Pillars with a DSLR
iPhone snapshot of my subject

The image below is a great example of how you can interpret the theme word BOUNDARIES in everyday life. The road and the cars for a boundary between each side of the road, the sidewalks. The rapid lateral movement of the vehicles creates a blur while in contrast, the people are more or less still, thus appearing clearly in the image!

Photo by Sane Sodbayar on Unsplash


It’s pretty simple. Your final image has to be a brand new image created for this challenge submitted from December 26, 2021, and at the latest January 2, 2022.


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  1. Based on a creative interpretaion of the word Boundaries (Synonyms / Antonyms)
  2. Must be a long exposure from a quick motion blur to a multi secont exposure suitable for your choice of subject.
  3. Image may be in color or B&W and can be captured in either visible light or the IR Spectrum.
  4. 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?”

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.