2022 WEEK 4: FLASHBACK – Antique, Vintage & Historical

For this week I decided to bring back a challenge of mine from 2020, WEEK 35: Antique, Vintage & Historical.

Some of you may remember it, and for our new members, it will be entirely new. This challenge gives you a wide variety of choices when it comes to subjects. Anything from a small piece of antique jewelry or a coin up to a full-size historical building. You can take a photograph of the entire subject or capture a small detail such as an architectural detail.

As stated by the title, your subject merely needs to be an antique, something vintage or historical.

Once you’ve isolated your subject, plan out your photograph. Think of your lighting, if it’s a building, be conscious of where the sun will be at various times of the day. You may also want to do a blue hour night scene. Don’t rule out HDR techniques as they can be a lifesaver when battling less than ideal light conditions. Plan out what time of day is best. Even with small objects, get creative with lighting. I’ve purchased Ring Lights for $5 and $10 each at Five-Below. You don’t need the best equipment to create a great image. You just need to invest a little bit of your time in your creativity.

The PhotoChallenge as created by Trevor Carpenter was designed for photographers of every level to participate by challenging themselves to the fullest. Read the challenge, think it through and if you have questions, we have a great Facebook Community where we’ll be glad to clarify and expand on any subject attributed to any challenge.

Flashback to the 2020, WEEK 35: Antique, Vintage & Historical PhotoChallenge

I wanted to do an architectural detail of old, Antique or Historical structures. However, with COVID-19 and the uncertainties from week to week, I’m broadening the scope…

360 Image Gracie’s Grave Site – Bonaventure Cemetery

For me, Historical Savannah, GA is a great place, conserving the structural beauty of what once was. I’ve passed countless hours in Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery. With grave sites going back hundreds of years, there’s just no lack of Old, Antique or Historical subjects to photograph…

Tempus Aura Studio - Eugenie Robitaille - Steve Troletti Photography: INFRARED - INFRAROUGE &emdash; Bonaventure Cemetery - Savannah Georgia

I find infrared photography to be particularly well adapted to photographing historical cemeteries in the Coastal Georgia area.

Unlike America, Europe has historical relics that even outdate the discovery of America. The above image is of L’Église de Font (Church of Font), right below Châbles, in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, Suisse Romande, on the eastern shore of the Neuchâtel Lake.

This Church dates back to the 12th Century with a crypt below it dating back to the Roman Empire from around the birth of Christianity.

Tempus Aura Studio - Eugenie Robitaille - Steve Troletti Photography: Fribourg, Switzerland &emdash; Les ruines de l'ancien château de Font et l'église de Font de Saint-Sulpice

From a different angle, we can see the old ruins of the original castle from the Font Lordship (Seigneurie de Font) dating as far back as 1011. The Baillivale house, named castle, was built at the end of the 1500s and still stands occupied today.

vintage black land camera on beige wooden shelf
by Daniela Cuevas on Unsplash

Being a Photography Challenge, some of you must have some vintage cameras around. I know I do, they don’t all work, but I still keep them around…

Tempus Aura Studio - Eugenie Robitaille - Steve Troletti Photography: ARTS-photos &emdash; Wrecked old cars
Photo by Eugenie Robitaille of TempusAura

Some antique cars show their age a little more than others to the point where they cross the line into entropy.

opened pocket watch
Photo by photo-nic.co.uk nic on Unsplash

Antique jewelry and small decorations can be used as props in a still-life image setup. In fact, I still use an antique automatic pocket stopwatch for timing my very long exposures.

black and gray vinyl player
Photo by Luana De Marco on Unsplash

Some old things are just becoming the hottest and newest commodities. Vinyl records are making a comeback and a new era of turntables are trickling onto the market.


  1. Identify an antiquity, something vintage or historical as a subject.
  2. Photograph the subject in its entirety or a particular detail of it.
  3. Post Process your image the way you feel suits it best.
  4. Post a quick text with your image describing your object’s properties as an antique, something vintage or historical.

I encourage attempting to use a vintage photography look to the image if it fits with your particular image.

Here’s a quick little slideshow with examples of my own for this week’s photoChallenge.

I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge and have fun with photography.

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:  #2022photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2022 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.