Challenge series hosted by Bren Dyer. Challenges start on Thursdays.
Anything goes...Landscapes to song titles
Finished (83 challenges)
Winners announced: 6th April, 2017 GMT
Anyone that is familiar with J.R.R. Tolkein's novels would be familiar with the land of Middle Earth. Enter an image in postcard format (framed and with title, wish you were here etc) that entices people to visit Middle Earth... Have fun and get creative.. Entries are a max of 2 images per person
82. On the Rails...
Winners announced: 30th March, 2017 GMT
Winner: High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad
Trains, Trains, Trains....with a twist...It HAS to be in a landscape setting. I am not talking orientation, I am talking location! No trains in the depot doing nothing but sitting there. I want trains travelling through beautiful countryside...so City trains are out...Thomas and his friends are IN! Try your best to use compositional elements...a beautiful photo with a great train going...
81. Dawns first rays
Winners announced: 23rd March, 2017 GMT
Winner: Morning At Picture Lake
This challenge is a landscape/cityscape challenge. Dawns first rays lighting up a subject, eg, a tree in a field. The shot must show early morning sunshine on a subject. It could be a bridge or a building in a city. No photos of the sunrise itself.
Winners announced: 16th March, 2017 GMT
Winner: Fenghuang fantasy
Large river systems are the subject. Rivers such as (but not limited to) the Thames, Missisippi, Missouri, Nile, Ganges, Amazon, Victoria, Waikato, Mekong, Ohio, Xi etc. Please show a piece of life on these rivers. Life on the riverbanks either people or wildlife. Boaters on the rivers, maybe bridges, or large waterfalls (Who is going to put an image up of Victoria falls?). Please state the...
Winners announced: 9th March, 2017 GMT
Winner: train driver
An environmental portrait is a portrait executed in the subject's usual environment, such as in their home or workplace, and typically illuminates the subject's life and surroundings.
78. Seafaring shots.
Winners announced: 2nd March, 2017 GMT
Winner: Sailing ship at night off the coast of Croatia
Ships, boats, anchors...anything to do with seafaring. I am after thalassic shots of boats, ships, sailors etc. The subject must be the main part of the images. A photo of the ocean with a tiny spec of a boat will not cut it. So get them salty dogs out and get clicking
Winners announced: 23rd February, 2017 GMT
Winner: Classic Cruisers
Little Deuce Coupe by the Beach Boys. Please represent this song title with an image that suits.
Winners announced: 16th February, 2017 GMT
Winner: Steep Thrill
Cheap thrills, by Sia. Please represent this song title with an image that suits.
Winners announced: 9th February, 2017 GMT
Winner: Only the Lonely
Only the Lonely, by Roy Orbison. Please represent this song title with an image that suits.
Winners announced: 2nd February, 2017 GMT
Winner: Old barn under the stars
This week's theme is a landscape image with either a covered bridge in it or an old barn in it. I realize that covered bridges are a rarity unless you live in an area like Maddison County..(Yes I know the film!), therefore old barns are included as well in this challenge. Please no old houses, it NEEDS to be discernable as a barn otherwise boot, off it goes. Good luck and happy snapping.
73. Sublime Summer
Winners announced: 26th January, 2017 GMT
Winner: La Jolla Sunset
Summer, Sun, Beach, Fun....This weeks challenge must scream out Summer. In the Southern Hemisphere summer should be in full swing, so if you are from down under (like me) you have no excuse not to find a summer scene...Green Willow trees, and sparkling blue lakes. Glittering beaches full of umbrellas....Show us your best summer image
Winners announced: 19th January, 2017 GMT
Winner: Cold morning
Winter, Snow, Beautiful...This weeks challenge must scream out winter. In the Northern Hemisphere winter should be in full swing, so if you are from up top you have no excuse not to find a winter scene...Stark naked trees against a grey backdrop or snowy streets in the morning void of the populace...Show us your best winter image
Winners announced: 12th January, 2017 GMT
Winner: Baltimore - Old and New
This challenge is about the URBAN landscapes...Cityscapes from the street. Submit your best image that meets the challenge title.
70. Aerial Landscape
Winners announced: 5th January, 2017 GMT
Winner: trees on snow
With the advent of drones, aerial landscape is now more affordable. Show us your best aerial landscape.
Winners announced: 29th December, 2016 GMT
Winner: When tomorrow comes
Bring in the big guns, show us your BEST landscape ever! Landscapes only...No birds, no bugs and no people...
Winners announced: 22nd December, 2016 GMT
Winner: Lost in snow
As Paulo Coelho said, “Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be.” With this in mind, try to minimize what is given to the viewer......old piers? churches in empty fields? A barn? or even a very serene empty meadow....make your image...
Winners announced: 15th December, 2016 GMT
Generally landscape photography is shot with an aperture between f7.1 and f11. The reason why is that is where most lenses are at their sharpest, and your depth of field (parts in focus) normally covers the entire image..However, sometimes rules are merely guidelines. With that in mind, the challenge this week is to shoot at the wider apertures. Anything up to f5.6 will be accepted. With a wide...
Winners announced: 8th December, 2016 GMT
Winner: Valley by the light of a blue moon
The subject for this weeks landscape club are Valleys..so get digging and show me an amazing valley shot...
65. Break the rules
Winners announced: 1st December, 2016 GMT
Winner: No Lifeguard on Duty
Photography has some set rules, things like the Rule of thirds, Level horizons etc...more like a pirate code...Here are some to start you off... Fill The Frame / Cropping. ... Don't Cut Off Limbs. ... Understand The Rule Of Thirds. ... Use Frames. ... Make The Most Of Lead In Lines / Shapes. ... Simplify – Know Your Focus. ... Watch The Background. ... Look For...
64. In the Dark
Winners announced: 24th November, 2016 GMT
Winner: Twisted Bristlecone
any landscape images taken after dark...including Blue Hour shots....Astro and Light Painting shots welcome along with car trails etc
63. Foggy day
Winners announced: 17th November, 2016 GMT
Winner: Misty Morning Valleys
A foggy day can add mystique to an image. Please present your best foggy day image.
62. Look Up
Winners announced: 10th November, 2016 GMT
Winner: Vatican Museum Stairway
Look up -Any image that forces you to aim the camera up. Dramatic clouds, Skyscrapers or whatever as long as the perspective is looking up
Winners announced: 3rd November, 2016 GMT
Winner: Bond Falls
A waterfall shot....waterfalls could be small back yard jobs or huge crescendos of liquid flowing off a cliff face. Personally, I prefer the quieter smaller ones, but each to their own. I am an avid waterfall chaser and love photographing waterfalls. Silky misty water or sharp droplets that are frozen in time? Your choice...
60. Fall colour
Winners announced: 27th October, 2016 GMT
Winner: From Maroon to Yellow
Autumn leaves on autumn trees are amazing. Submit your best autumn trees image
Winners announced: 20th October, 2016 GMT
Winner: crashing waves-1
No sandy beaches required.. Rocky outcrops and waves crashing is what we are after. Depict the challenge title in the best way possible
58. F7.1 to F11 only
Winners announced: 13th October, 2016 GMT
Winner: Lilac-breasted Roller
The sweet spot is often midway through your aperture range for sharpness. Submit a photo within this aperture range.
Winners announced: 6th October, 2016 GMT
Winner: Before the frost
Landscapes with a floral element- NO close ups...
Winners announced: 29th September, 2016 GMT
Winner: Sunflower Field
Blur and movement can help with impressionist pieces...try a landscape and modify it in post or in camera...stock standard shots are not welcome this week... Please mention what you did to achieve your result in the description
Winners announced: 22nd September, 2016 GMT
Winner: Langley dawn
Pre dawn shots only.......show us what is about before the Sparrow farts (slang for real early here in NZ) We want to see blue hour shots...no astro shots please....
Winners announced: 15th September, 2016 GMT
Winner: Moonrise over Mount Shasta
This challenge is all about zooming in. Any landscape image is accepted as long as you zoom in to at least 200mm (full frame)
Winners announced: 8th September, 2016 GMT
For this week's challenge we are focusing on subjects in water. The subject can be anything apart from people or dogs etc...Wilderbeasts are fine, and bonus points for wilderbeasts and Crocodiles together. Other subjects for those that cannot get to the Zambezi could be boats, or logs, or interesting rocks..the subject must be within the water though so shoreline rocks do not count...
52. Dramatic skies
Winners announced: 1st September, 2016 GMT
Winner: Last voyage
Please submit an image depicting dramatic skies...
51. Natural meadows
Winners announced: 25th August, 2016 GMT
Winner: McKinley meadow
A meadow is defined as...Full Definition of meadow. : land that is covered or mostly covered with grass; especially : a tract of moist low-lying usually level grassland. Please enter am image of a natural meadow. Make us smell the wildflowers and taste the rich dark earth. Make us want to be one with nature...
50. The "S Curve"
Winners announced: 18th August, 2016 GMT
Winner: Flowing light
One theory in landscape composition is the use of an S Curve to lead the viewer into the image. All entries into this challenge MUST have a prominent S Curve in the composition. https://imagecomposer.wordpress.com/composition-principles/the-s-curve/
49. The winding road
Winners announced: 4th August, 2016 GMT
Winner: Road of Many Turns
for this challenge please enter an image of a country road...
Winners announced: 28th July, 2016 GMT
Winner: Chicago Alley
Submit an image of an alleyway...the alleyway must be by definition a narrow streets or accessway. ..no dual carriage streets. Make the image interesting by if possible changing perspective, or include interesting subject matter. Go forth and have fun...
Winners announced: 21st July, 2016 GMT
Winner: Valley View, Yosemite
Grab your inner Ansel and submit a black and white traditional landscape image.
Winners announced: 14th July, 2016 GMT
Framing can add to an image. This week we will look at framing an image. In that I mean an image with some sort of framing within the image. For example, a grand Vista as seen through a church window. The framing can be either natural or man made
45. Used cars
Winners announced: 7th July, 2016 GMT
Winner: Ghost town truck
Hidden away off the beaten path one sometimes comes across derelict cars. Rusting corpses of automobiles exposed to the elements. Make these your main element in your image...Only post broken down cars, trucks or motorbikes....
Winners announced: 23rd June, 2016 GMT
Winner: Covered Wooden Bridge
Rustic items in a landscape photo... You decide what fits and voters will decide whose is best...good luck
Winners announced: 16th June, 2016 GMT
Winner: Sunset at the lake - 2
Two ingredients that can make a great photo are water and sunsets T The ocean or a lake it does not matter.the sun must be in the image and setting,..I will not accept blue hour entries..
42. Show me the snow
Winners announced: 9th June, 2016 GMT
Winner: Urban snowfall
Snowy snowy images....Please enter your best snowscape...Please, no images with a dusting of snow on faraway mountains. The snow must be part of the main subject
Winners announced: 2nd June, 2016 GMT
Winner: A Space Fortress
Use any weapons at your disposal to capture an awesomely lit urban landscape
Winners announced: 26th May, 2016 GMT
Winner: Mount Adams Washington
Spring is a time for blossoms. Make these the subject of this weeks image. Blossoms must be the subject, not just part of the image
Winners announced: 19th May, 2016 GMT
Winner: Sunburst Steam
this week's challenge is all about SUNFLARES and STARBURSTS. ..submit a challenge entry with either of these elements in it
Winners announced: 12th May, 2016 GMT
Winner: Ford Point Rider
Sometimes elements in the foreground of an image can lead a viewer into the image. Take for example a leaf floating on a lake . The foreground element must be able to interest the viewer and lead the viewer into the rest of the image. Submit a landscape image that has a strong foreground element. Any image that I feel does not fill the brief will be disqualified and no further responce ...
Winners announced: 5th May, 2016 GMT
Winner: Wandering in the Moonlight
This challenge is for those slow shutter shots of waterfall rivers and the ocean. Use a slow shutter speed to capture the silky movement of water. The shutter speed needs to be 1/2 second or longer..think about composition of the elements and if you can, use the foreground, middle ground and background rule.
Winners announced: 28th April, 2016 GMT
Winner: Tribute In Light 9/11 Memorial
One technique to encapsulate fantastic photos is the use of leading lines to draw the viewer in. Please submit your best image that draws on this idea. Railway tracks? A Road? Power lines? The choice is up to you. I will disqualify anything that I feel does not sufficiently fill the brief, and no further correspondence will be given for disqualified images
Winners announced: 21st April, 2016 GMT
Winner: Northern Lights Silos
Light painting- the art of adding light to long exposure images by the use of strategically used strobes and torches. In this challenge I would like to see landscapes painted with light. NO ORBS ETC. No overuse with pixel sticks etc. Make it subtle.. ... Anything I deem that does not fit the brief will be disqualified. No further correspondence will be given on disqualified images.
Winners announced: 14th April, 2016 GMT
You know the story, a beautiful warm day and then the storm rolls in. Quickly you pick up your tripod and head out knowing that this storm may turn into a thunderstorm. You set up your gear and the timer and hope for the best....When you get home there is an awesome photo of a bolt of lightning that makes it all worth it. I want to see that image! Entry limit is 2 per person
Winners announced: 7th April, 2016 GMT
Winner: Rainier reflection on a pond (Early Summer)
Ponds that are tranquil and beautiful. That is our subject. Think about what aspects you can add to the image. Reflections, leading lines, framing? I would prefer natural ponds or tarns, but the public will decide who reigns supreme. I will not disqualify based on if it is a pond or lake but ask voters to use their judgement as to what is a pond and what is a lake. A pond is defined as a...
32. Empty Playground
Winners announced: 31st March, 2016 GMT
Winner: No swinging in Winter
Time to get spooky with an empty playground. The image must scream out loneliness and isolation. maybe throw some light painting into the mix, a fog machine if you have one available. Think about your post processing and also your settings. A grungy black and white treatment? Film Noir? Something to suit a Hitchcock movie?
31. That old Church
Winners announced: 24th March, 2016 GMT
Winner: Church of the Good Shepherd
Churches are a staple of the landscape images. An old weathered church on a hill, or a more modern one? The image MUST have a church in it. The definition of a church is a building used for public Christian worship so please do not enter images with a Mosque or a Temple, these will be disqualified.
Winners announced: 10th March, 2016 GMT
Throughout history the sweeping vistas of fields and grasslands with or without animals have been a subject for art. Early humans drew bison and other game in the grasslands on cave walls. Monet, Renoir, Dupre and Van Gogh all visited this scene and interperated it their own way. The Renaissance art movement had many fine examples of pastoral scenes. Even Windows XP had their own version with...
29. From On High
Winners announced: 3rd March, 2016 GMT
Winner: no winner
A few weeks ago the challenge was High Peaks at dawn or dusk. Now I want you to be on to[p of things. Shoot from a high vantage point looking down. Now it could be from the top of Mt Everest, but I dont expect that. It could be from the top of the Empire State Building, or maybe your local cathedral steeple. On a mountain peak maybe? or even from a ferris wheel looking down at a local fair. The...
Winners announced: 25th February, 2016 GMT
Winner: SanFrancisco Street
Capture an inspiring image looking down the avenue. The avenue can be a street or a road, but it MUST have tall buildings on the side(s). 10 floors at least as a minimum. The image must be shot at street height. Ideally what I am looking for are shots of Manhattan, Tokyo, London, Sydney, Wellington, Dubai or similar.
27. A babbling brook
Winners announced: 18th February, 2016 GMT
Winner: Crystal Mill (condensed)
This challenge is to capture a stunning photo of a brook, or creek or stream. It has got to be small...i.e you can jump over it. Any rivers will be disqualified....
Winners announced: 11th February, 2016 GMT
Winner: no winner
Surf breaking onto rocks or headlands can be quite dramatic. Enter an amazing image of this subject.
Winners announced: 4th February, 2016 GMT
Mountain Peaks are the subject in this challenge. Compose an image that has mountain peaks at either dawn or dusk...Any that are shot outside of the dawn/dusk phase will be disqualified.
Winners announced: 28th January, 2016 GMT
Winner: Manhatten, New York City
You know the image, a city in all it's glory viewed from across a stretch of water. Something amazing can come out of this. Choose your time and location carefully to take full advantage of the Blue Hour.
Winners announced: 21st January, 2016 GMT
Winner: Badlands of Montana
Lone Tree, or a forest of trees....Compose an image that is captivating and showing trees. no close ups. The tree(s) must be the SUBJECT of the image.
22. By the lake
Winners announced: 14th January, 2016 GMT
Winner: King Mountain Crowned in Fire
This first challenge in "The landscape Club" is to compose an image by the lake. The lake must be visible. Please add the name and location of the lake in your description.
21. Aurora images
Winners announced: 31st December, 2015 GMT
Winner: Aurora with corona above southern Iceland
Night sky images can be both fun and tricky. I want to see your best aurora images.
20. Star Trails
Winners announced: 24th December, 2015 GMT
Winner: Mt. Hood from Trillium Lake
Show us your best long exposure star trail.
Winners announced: 17th December, 2015 GMT
Winner: Brilliant Sunset Over the Matterhorn
Long exposures, any subject. Shutter speed must be between 1 second and 30 seconds
Winners announced: 10th December, 2015 GMT
Winner: Hammingbird over Glossy Abelia
Get those shutters working at the faster end of the spectrum. Freeze water or motion, get that fast moving object tack sharp
Winners announced: 3rd December, 2015 GMT
Winner: River to Nowhere
Dig out and dust off those really wide angle lenses.. Ultrawide lenses are defined as lenses with a focal legnth shorter than the shortest side of a film or sensor...For APS-C that is shorter than 15mm, for full frame that is 24mm. these lenses can be a lot of fun, but also hard to use at times as distant objects literally fade into the background... Be creative with these lenses
Winners announced: 26th November, 2015 GMT
So, first of all let us describe Lens Compression. Compression is a phenomenon that occurs with larger zoom lenses where background elements are pulled forward within the image, and appear much bigger than what they are. The best example I can think of is the Video "Full moon silhouette" by Mark Gee. Search for that video and be amazed. It is not trick photography, it is created by using if I...
Winners announced: 12th November, 2015 GMT
Winner: Mycena sp08
Freelensing can be described as the poor mans tilt shift. It is a way to get really creative and come out of the box. For this you will need ideally an older DSLR and a 50mm prime lens. I use my older Nikon D5100 for freelensing. Photographs are taken with the lens OFF the camera. I also use it for macro photography... Go forth and research freelensing, and if you are game try your hand at...
Winners announced: 5th November, 2015 GMT
Winner: Night Rally
This week we are going to look at light painting again, but this time with a commercial focus. the aim is to create a photo of a car (or truck) at night using light painting to "paint the car". This is a fun project that can teach skills that can be applied to a variety of commercial projects. NO RANDOM PHOTOS OF CARS- They MUST be light painted. Motorcycles and trucks are also permitted in...
Winners announced: 29th October, 2015 GMT
A tryptic is normally three photos that are linked together by subject matter and aesthetics. They generally tell a story or set a mood. Visual narration is the key to these images. Make it something compelling. Please NO splitting of one photo into three.
Winners announced: 22nd October, 2015 GMT
Winner: Trona Blues-5111
Moving on from last weeks challenge we will look at the Blue Hour in general. The 'Blue Hour' is a mostly short period of time direct before sunrise and after sunset. The name 'Blue Hour' comes from the blue colored sky. This characteristic blue is based on the fact that there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness as the sun is below the horizon. Research Blue Hour photography to find...
Winners announced: 15th October, 2015 GMT
Winner: Citi Field Twilight
You have seen them on real estate magazines and home and lifestyle mags...those amazing shots where the lights are on and the place looks just oh so inviting. These shots are not easy and require a real balance of lighting..do some research on real estate photography and you should get some ideas...these are not night shots, the window for shooting these is quite small, and depending on...
Winners announced: 8th October, 2015 GMT
Winner: Cranes returning at Sunset
This week we are going to look into silhouettes...This can be tricky to get the exposure right as there is such a range of tones. Ideally you are looking at rich dark shadows and beautiful golden light...But the silhouette can also be created with artificial light...Be creative and get shooting.... Oh, and if I feel it does not fit the brief I will boot it, no questions asked.
Winners announced: 1st October, 2015 GMT
Winner: The Reflection of Bhumibol Bridge
Panoramas are images that show a wide angle of images, and are often stitched together using software to produce an image that you would not normally get out of the camera. Sofdtware like Microsoft ICE does a good job of stitching images together. In this challenge I would like to see panoramas that have been stitched together. The image MUST be at least a 2:1 ratio (for example a 12x6). Go...
8. Light trails
Winners announced: 24th September, 2015 GMT
This week we are going to explore light trails. These could be made by a long exposure of cars going down the road, or even star trails if you are into astrophotrography. They could be created by a torch on a stick (light painting) or ships leaving a harbor. I have even seen photos of LEDs going down a waterfall...The choices are boundless. Research how to photograph light trails and go forth...
Winners announced: 17th September, 2015 GMT
Winner: Sparkling sundew
Choosing the right aperture to achieve a shallow depth of field is a paramount skill in manipulating camera settings for a desired effect. Earlier on in my photographic journey I had not associated aperture to depth of field, but once I realised the relationship it opened up a whole new field of possibilities. I am not going to tell you what aperture you should be using, instead I want you to...
Winners announced: 10th September, 2015 GMT
Winner: A LOVING SPOONFUL
Capturing water drops can be tricky, but pulled off it can create wonderful photos. This challenge will probably require a tripod and extra lighting (off camera flash), although good window lighting can suffice. You will be required to capture an image of a splash. be artistic, think outside of the box. An ice cube falling into a glass of soda, a strawberry falling into a bowl of milk? This...
Winners announced: 3rd September, 2015 GMT
Panning is a skill used to show speed and blur. It is often used in sports photography. Put your camera onto M mode or shutter priority, and dial in your shutter speed etc. I have found that 1/30th of a second works better with slower subjects all the way to 1/100th for faster subjects. When panning you need to twist at the hips. Focus on your subject or pre focus where you feel the subject...
Winners announced: 27th August, 2015 GMT
This challenge is all about a different perspective. Shoot from as low as possible. Get down and dirty and shoot from your boots. I want to see photos taken at ground level. Not a foot above, or 2 feet above, but at ground level. Your choice of subject is up to you. A wide angle lens could give this a very dramatic look.
Winners announced: 20th August, 2015 GMT
Winner: AJW 001
Create an image with a hack filter. This could be the old Vaseline trick, or lace etc draped over your lens. It could be a plastic bag on the end of your lens (clear, opaque etc...experiment with this) . Different materials yield different results. Get out there, research and experiment!
Winners announced: 13th August, 2015 GMT
Winner: Bad Bimmer
Zoom burst is a photographic technique, attainable with zoom lenses with a manual zoom ring. Using the technique involves zooming while the shutter is open with a relatively slow shutter speed, generally below 1/60th of a second. This can be used to add another dimension to those city lights, or to the dance floor. Get researching and get creative.
Winners announced: 6th August, 2015 GMT
Winner: An orb of spinning light sticks
Welcome to the first challenge in The Technique Factory. Light painting has been used in photography since the dawn of photography. Even the word photography loosely translates to drawing with light....Picasso even tried his hand at light painting. The orb is a simple technique in light painting. Research Orbs and light painting and create something wonderful! The images entered must have at...
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