Creative Constraints

Challenge series hosted by Barry Twycross. Challenges start on Tuesdays.
I find restricting my photographic choices can spur creativity. Separate challenges for taking a new picture, or finding one in your archive, with a given constraint.
Finished (51 challenges)
Entries: 27
Winners announced: 30th November, 2021 GMT
Winner: IMGP5955 copy2
See what you can do with a macro lens, which is not macro-photography. Find a picture taken with a macro lens, this may not be a macro shot (or close up even). See rules for definition of Macro. If there's any question if this is macro/close up, it will be disqualified without comment. The lens must be a lens which is specifically designed as a macro lens, not just a zoom lens with "Macro" in...
Entries: 10
Winners announced: 23rd November, 2021 GMT
Winner: ROSE in Globe
See what you can do with a macro lens, which is not macro-photography. Take a picture with a macro lens, this may not be a macro shot. The lens must be a lens which is specifically designed as a macro lens, not just a zoom lens with "Macro" in the name. In general, the lens should be capable of 1:2 magnification, without additional tubes etc.
Entries: 19
Winners announced: 16th November, 2021 GMT
Winner: Snowy Owl at Dusk
Find a picture in your archive taken at your cameras highest ISO settings. This can be the highest regular ISO setting, or any "extended" ISO setting above that. If the camera has 7 stops or more of regular (not expanded) ISO, you can use the second highest stop of regular ISO.
Entries: 10
Winners announced: 9th November, 2021 GMT
Winner: Early morning Stag
Take a picture at one of your cameras highest ISO settings. This can be the highest regular ISO setting, or any "extended" ISO setting above that. If the camera has 7 stops or more of regular (not expanded) ISO, you can use the second highest stop of regular ISO.
Entries: 32
Winners announced: 2nd November, 2021 GMT
Winner: Launched by a Bunch of Bull! (Click on Image for Full Rez)
Find a picture in your archive taken in a small handful of milliseconds, 2 to 4 of them. That is, with a shutter speed between 1/250 and 1/500.
Entries: 17
Winners announced: 26th October, 2021 GMT
Winner: Milliseconds ahead of the storm
Take a picture in a small handful of milliseconds, 2 to 4 of them. That is, with a shutter speed between 1/250 and 1/500.
45. SunnyX16
Entries: 15
Winners announced: 19th October, 2021 GMT
Winner: A Small Dragonfly
Take a picture in bright sunlight, using any aperture except f/16. See below for more commentary.
44. Midnight
Entries: 10
Winners announced: 12th October, 2021 GMT
Winner: Claude Post Office Pano
Find a picture in your archive, taken within half an hour of midnight. This is the counterpoint to the high noon challenge. Again, midnight can either be the civil time when the clock shows 12 O'Clock, or 00:00, or can be astronomical time when the sun is lowest in the sky (and probably below the horizon, ie night). For the astronomical midnight, you'd need to state the location and date, as...
Entries: 6
Winners announced: 5th October, 2021 GMT
Winner: Cratered Moon
Take a picture within half an hour of midnight. This is the counterpoint to the high noon challenge. Again, midnight can either be the civil time when the clock shows 12 O'Clock, or 00:00, or can be astronomical time when the sun is lowest in the sky (and probably below the horizon, ie night). For the astronomical midnight, you'd need to state the location and date, as well as the time. If...
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 28th September, 2021 GMT
Winner: Red... Falling
Find a picture in your archive taken with a macro lens. The shot does not have to be a macro shot. The lens must be a lens which is specifically designed as a macro lens, not just a zoom lens with "Macro" in the name. In general, the lens should be capable of 1:2 magnification, without additional tubes etc.
Entries: 36
Winners announced: 21st September, 2021 GMT
Winner: Speckled Bush Cricket
Take a picture with a macro lens. The shot does not have to be a macro shot. The lens must be a lens which is specifically designed as a macro lens, not just a zoom lens with "Macro" in the name. In general, the lens should be capable of 1:2 magnification, without additional tubes etc.
40. High ISO
Entries: 38
Winners announced: 14th September, 2021 GMT
Winner: Airborne Anna's
Find a picture taken at high ISO. That's an ISO in the upper half of your camera's range of ISO settings.
Entries: 19
Winners announced: 7th September, 2021 GMT
Winner: Large White
Take a picture at high ISO. That's an ISO in the upper half of your camera's range of ISO settings.
Entries: 41
Winners announced: 31st August, 2021 GMT
Winner: Velvet Breasted Roller
Find a picture in your archive taken with a shutter speed of 1 jiffy. A "jiffy" has been used to mean various units of time. The one I'm thinking of is one cycle of A/C power, which is 1/50s or 1/60s (you can use either).
Entries: 19
Winners announced: 24th August, 2021 GMT
Winner: Sunrise handheld
Take a picture with a shutter speed of 1 jiffy. A "jiffy" has been used to mean various units of time. The one I'm thinking of is one cycle of A/C power, which is 1/50s or 1/60s (you can use either).
36. Fisheye
Entries: 17
Winners announced: 17th August, 2021 GMT
Winner: Grate photo
Find a picture you have taken with a fisheye lens.
Entries: 8
Winners announced: 10th August, 2021 GMT
Winner: Kitchen Light
Take a picture with a fisheye lens.
Entries: 39
Winners announced: 3rd August, 2021 GMT
Winner: Nan and her Van
For those who've inherited (or otherwise have legitimate access to) old photos taken by previous generations of your family, show us one. Must have been taken by a reasonably close relative. Tell us what you can of the photo, especially about when it was taken, and by who.
Entries: 18
Winners announced: 27th July, 2021 GMT
Winner: 35mm nephew
If you've gone digital, then gone back to film, this is the challenge for you. Show us a photo you took on film, after you've had experience shooting digital. Please tell us something of your journey back to film, and when the photo was taken. Since film doesn't have exif, anything else you can tell us about the exposure etc is welcome.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 20th July, 2021 GMT
Winner: Phil Collins
There was a time when film was the only way to do photography, show us a photo taken on film, before you went digital. Tell us (about) when it was taken, and anything else you can remember about the exposure etc. (If you started with digital, you need next week's challenge.)
31. 20mm
Entries: 32
Winners announced: 13th July, 2021 GMT
Winner: Lowlands
Find a picture in your archive taken with a 20mm lens (could be a zoom set to 20mm). No equivalence here, the lens must be 20mm, no matter what the camera format. This will present different challenges, depending on the format you're using.
Entries: 10
Winners announced: 6th July, 2021 GMT
Winner: ROSE BOUQUET
Take a picture with a 20mm lens (could be a zoom set to 20mm). No equivalence here, the lens must be 20mm, no matter what the camera format. This will present different challenges, depending on the format you're using.
Entries: 15
Winners announced: 13th April, 2021 GMT
Winner: Flying Low
Find a picture in your archive with a sunny-16 exposure. The "sunny 16" rule is an estimate of the exposure needed for full sun, an aperture of f/16, and a shutter speed of 1/ISO (For example f/16, 1/100s, ISO 100). You don't need to use f/16, but if you open the aperture you need to increase the shutter speed to keep the same exposure.
Entries: 7
Winners announced: 6th April, 2021 GMT
Winner: Last Snowy Owl Portrait This Season :(
Take a picture with a sunny-16 exposure. The "sunny 16" rule is an estimate of the exposure needed for full sun, an aperture of f/16, and a shutter speed of 1/ISO (For example f/16, 1/100s, ISO 100). You don't need to use f/16, but if you open the aperture you need to increase the shutter speed to keep the same exposure.
Entries: 46
Winners announced: 30th March, 2021 GMT
Winner: Vulture in Flight
Note: There is a maximum focal length requirement for this (and the previous) challenge. No ultra-long lenses. Find a picture in your archive taken with a long lens. I'm defining a long lens as having a focal length of between 3 and 6 times the long side of your sensor. For full frame, that would be between 108mm and 216mm.
Entries: 25
Winners announced: 23rd March, 2021 GMT
Winner: Female Anna's
Take a picture with a long lens. I'm defining a long lens as having a focal length of between 3 and 6 times the long side of your sensor. For full frame, that would be between 108mm and 216mm.
25. High Noon
Entries: 32
Winners announced: 16th March, 2021 GMT
Winner: High Noon
Find a picture in your archive taken within half an hour of noon. "Noon" can either be the civil time at 12:00 which is easy to work out, or the astronomical time when the sun is highest in the sky, which is more difficult (but there are aps for that). For the astronomical noon, you'd need to state the location and date, as well as the time. If anyone needs a little help working this out, feel...
Entries: 17
Winners announced: 9th March, 2021 GMT
Winner: no winner
Take a picture within half an hour of noon. "Noon" can either be the civil time at 12:00 which is easy to work out, or the astronomical time when the sun is highest in the sky, which is more difficult (but there are aps for that). For the astronomical noon, you'd need to state the location and date, as well as the time. If anyone needs a little help working this out, feel free to PM me. If...
Entries: 44
Winners announced: 2nd March, 2021 GMT
Winner: Passion Flower
Find a picture in your archive taken with a "Normal" lens. I'm defining that as a lens with a focal length of between 1 and 2 times the long side of your sensor. For full frame, that would be a focal length of 36mm to 72mm.
Entries: 25
Winners announced: 23rd February, 2021 GMT
Winner: no winner
Take a picture with a "Normal" lens. I'm defining that as a lens with a focal length of between 1 and 2 times the long side of your sensor. For full frame, that would be a focal length of 36mm to 72mm.
Entries: 49
Winners announced: 16th February, 2021 GMT
Winner: Eagle
Following the success of the Old tech challenge, show us more pictures shot with equipment (camera and lens) which was announced more than 10 years ago.
Entries: 20
Winners announced: 9th February, 2021 GMT
Winner: Laura's Flower
Take a picture with equipment (camera and lens) which was announced more than 10 years ago. I wasn't sure there would be enough interest for this challenge, but after the success of the recent Old tech challenge, I'm giving this a go.
Entries: 48
Winners announced: 2nd February, 2021 GMT
Winner: Sunset Milky Way
Find a shot in your archive taken with a wide angle lens. I'm defining wide angle has having a focal length between 66% and 1x of the long side of your sensor. For full frame that would be between 24mm and 36mm. This challenge is not for "ultra wide" lens any wider than the range given. That was the subject of challenges back in October.
Entries: 27
Winners announced: 26th January, 2021 GMT
Winner: Winter scape
Take a new shot with a wide angle lens. I'm defining wide angle has having a focal length between 66% and 1x of the long side of your sensor. For full frame that would be between 24mm and 36mm.
17. Old tech
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 19th January, 2021 GMT
Winner: Boston Sunrise Reflections
Show us an picture shot with equipment (camera and lens) which was announced more than 10 years ago
Entries: 32
Winners announced: 12th January, 2021 GMT
Winner: Mount Taranaki, New Zealand
Find a shot you have taken in the year end holiday season between the solstice and the New Year. I'll define that as having a date taken in December between the 21st and 31st in the time zone where it was taken. (--12-21 to --12-31 inclusive in ISO 8601.) This can be from any year.
15. ISO 100
Entries: 35
Winners announced: 5th January, 2021 GMT
Winner: NXT gas station Boekelermeer
Find a shot in your archive taken at ISO 100 (or 100 ASA, DIN 21°, ГОСТ 90, etc). If taken on film, please note film stock.
Entries: 28
Winners announced: 29th December, 2020 GMT
Winner: Early Morning Shrimp Boats
Take a picture at ISO 100.
Entries: 49
Winners announced: 22nd December, 2020 GMT
Winner: leaving the port
Find a shot in your archive taken with an ultra long lens. I'm defining "ultra long" as more than 6 times the long side of your sensor. For full frame, that would be anything longer than 216mm.
Entries: 29
Winners announced: 15th December, 2020 GMT
Winner: The Buck Stops Here
Take a picture with an ultra long lens. I'm defining "ultra long" as more than 6 times the long side of your sensor. For full frame, that would be anything longer than 216mm.
Entries: 32
Winners announced: 8th December, 2020 GMT
Winner: A Cold Front
Find a picture in your archive with a shutter speed of between 1/10, and 1/2.5 (0.1 - 0.4s), which is the time it takes for a human to blink.
Entries: 12
Winners announced: 1st December, 2020 GMT
Winner: Guitar
Take a picture with a shutter speed of between 1/10, and 1/2.5 (0.1 - 0.4s), which is the time it takes for a human to blink.
Entries: 28
Winners announced: 24th November, 2020 GMT
Winner: Falls in the fog
I'm looking for shots taken with a not so long lens. I'm defining this as a focal length 2 to 3 times the long side of your sensor. For full frame, that would be 72mm to 108mm, classic portrait lengths. (If you're confused by that, ask for you specific camera below). Find a picture in your archive, taken with a Not so long lens.
Entries: 17
Winners announced: 17th November, 2020 GMT
Winner: And then there was light
I'm looking for shots taken with a not so long lens. I'm defining this as a focal length 2 to 3 times the long side of your sensor. For full frame, that would be 72mm to 108mm, classic portrait lengths. (If you're confused by that, ask for you specific camera below). Take a new picture at a not so long focal length.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 10th November, 2020 GMT
Winner: WoodDuck
Find a shot in your archive taken at f/8.
Entries: 31
Winners announced: 3rd November, 2020 GMT
Winner: Chasm
Take a picture at f/8.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 27th October, 2020 GMT
Winner: Stormy Night
An ultra wide lens is one which has a focal length shorter than a typical wide angle lens (but not a fisheye). For the purpose of this challenge, I'm defining that as less than 66% the long side of your sensor. For a full frame camera, that would be 23mm or wider. (If you're confused by that, ask for you specific camera below). Find a picture in your archive, taken with an ultra wide lens.
Entries: 18
Winners announced: 20th October, 2020 GMT
Winner: Little Boy In Awe
An ultra wide lens is one which has a focal length shorter than a typical wide angle lens (but not a fisheye). For the purpose of this challenge, I'm defining that as less than 66% the long side of your sensor. For a full frame camera, that would be 23mm or wider. (If you're confused by that, ask for you specific camera below). Take a new picture with an ultra wide lens. (There will be a...
Entries: 42
Winners announced: 13th October, 2020 GMT
Winner: Off to the shops!
Wide open means the maximum aperture a lens has (at the particular focal length in the case of zooms.) Find a shot in your archive shot wide open.
Entries: 27
Winners announced: 6th October, 2020 GMT
Winner: Against the Light
Wide open means the maximum aperture a lens has (at the particular focal length in the case of zooms.) Take a new shot with your lens wide open.
Entries: 21
Winners announced: 29th September, 2020 GMT
Winner: Wood Duck; Shot with Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR
"Prime" lens now is used to mean a lens with a fixed focal length, so not a zoom. In days gone by, it meant the main lens which made the image, so could be a zoom. Take a new photo with your favorite prime lens, or a chosen focal length. If you choose a zoom, you must nominate a focal length you will be using before taking the photo. Please comment below, or send me a private message ahead...