The Soul Of Things

Challenge series hosted by Capivara. Challenges start on Thursdays.
"Eyes are the window to the soul", but there are many more (sometimes ordinary objects) claimed to have a soul. Capturing this takes more than technical skills alone.
Finished (29 challenges)
Entries: 81
Winners announced: 4th March, 2010 GMT
Winner: French Pigeon
Is your spouse drooling while asleep? Garbage on the street? Does your pet destroy your house? A leaking tap? Make us aware of your biggest annoyances in life and, if possible, make us laugh.
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 25th February, 2010 GMT
Winner: Passion
Anthropomorphism is the attribution of uniquely human characteristics to non-human creatures and beings, natural and supernatural phenomena, material states and objects or abstract concepts. Subjects for anthropomorphism commonly include animals and plants depicted as creatures with human motivation able to reason and converse, forces of nature such as winds or the sun, components in games,...
27. Snow
Entries: 248
Winners announced: 31st December, 2009 GMT
Winner: Solitude
Winter time -- at least in Northern Hemisphere. Pictures of snow can be beautiful, but can be boring, too Try to avoid the latter. :)
Entries: 82
Winners announced: 24th December, 2009 GMT
Winner: I know who's going to miss from my fridge...
Ordinary things of course, such as food and drinks, but what else do you store or hide in your fridge?
Entries: 249
Winners announced: 17th December, 2009 GMT
Winner: Beyond a light
Capture one isolated tree, dead or alive, taken from the lowest possible viewpoint, while the camera is pointed at the sky.
Entries: 198
Winners announced: 10th December, 2009 GMT
Winner: Policemen clearing the street after riots
Show us police officers in the line of duty - whether hanging around lazy, or solving situations.
23. Contrast
Entries: 200
Winners announced: 26th November, 2009 GMT
Winner: Generation Contrast
Young - old, black - white, small - large, all these are examples of contrast. Surprise us with your interpretation.
Entries: 28
Winners announced: 19th November, 2009 GMT
Winner: 3 daughters
This challenge will require some research of 1.) how antique portraits in the early 1900's were made, 2.) Clothing, hair styles and ornaments and 3.) lighting and post processing techniques. Make sure the result doesn't look too clean -- spots, cracks and other irregularities are part of the game. *please read all rules (capture date!)*
Entries: 200
Winners announced: 12th November, 2009 GMT
Winner: come baby..
This theme can be interpreted in many ways -- a telephone with the wire cut off, two people turning their backs on each other, or a homeless person roaming the streets. Be creative.
Entries: 31
Winners announced: 29th October, 2009 GMT
Winner: Big brother is watching you
For this challenge you must try to (re)create scenes that would fit in one of "The Matrix" movies. The specific green color should be present in the image.
Entries: 123
Winners announced: 22nd October, 2009 GMT
Winner: no winner
Grab your camera phone and show what it's capable of. EXIF must be present in your image.
Entries: 149
Winners announced: 8th October, 2009 GMT
Winner: Beam me up
Communication is the most important aspect of life, whether it is by phone, amateur radio, TV, satellite, or even two cans connected by a piece of wire. Show us communications equipment, either ancient or state-of-the-art. People using it may be included in the image.
Entries: 45
Winners announced: 1st October, 2009 GMT
Winner: no winner
Let's forget the boring cars for a moment, and focus on motorcycles, trikes and their riders. No static shots allowed: the vehicle and its owner must be in motion. No shots made at race tracks - only street bikes or trikes are allowed.
Entries: 19
Winners announced: 24th September, 2009 GMT
Winner: Cat up a tree!
When we think about panning, we generally have visions of cars, animals or other things moving from left to right or vice versa. This time, search for objects moving up or down. Make sure the subject is in focus, and its surroundings are blurred. Do not use post processing to achieve this goal ;)
Entries: 139
Winners announced: 17th September, 2009 GMT
Winner: Whirlpool
Reality can be so boring, so let's change it. The keyword in this challenge is something we normally try to avoid: distortion. A mild form could be accomplished by a special lens, such as a fish eye, but also by post processing. I strongly suggest to do some serious post processing in order to make your image stand out of the crowd.
Entries: 209
Winners announced: 10th September, 2009 GMT
Winner: Enjoying the Show
This is the last in a series of "xxx DSLR Only" challenges. Canon is the leading brand at this point in time. Dear Canon DSLR users: you are, of course, capable of making the most stunning photographs ever. Time to show off here.
Entries: 192
Winners announced: 3rd September, 2009 GMT
Winner: presence
Everybody has another idea of what's a scary place. It could be a bad neighbourhood, the edge of a cliff, seeing an approaching tornado, or even the dentist. What is yours?
Entries: 64
Winners announced: 27th August, 2009 GMT
Winner: Music of the spheres
This is the fourth in a series of "xxx DSLR only" challenges. It took some time before the public wouldn't only link this brand name to Walkmans, but DSLRs also. After all, audio equipment was Sony's field of expertise and few consumers were aware of their steadily advancing sensor technology. Dear Sonyites, your challenge theme is, of course, "Music". Have fun!
Entries: 36
Winners announced: 20th August, 2009 GMT
Winner: Fruit DNA
This is the third in a series of "xxx DSLR only" challenges. Nikon - bag one of these, and you feel like a pro. If not, others might at least think you are. Here is your chance to prove that it isn't only a matter of image, but that you deserve to walk around with that famous black & yellow strap around your neck. Dear Nikonians, your assignment is "Fruit & Veggies Product Photography". Because...
Entries: 127
Winners announced: 13th August, 2009 GMT
Winner: Right Hook
This is the second in a series of "xxx DSLR only" challenges. "If you're into sports photography, Pentax won't be on top of your list." At least, so they say. True, frame rates were low and buffers were small. With these limitations, Pentaxians argue, you just have to be a better photographer. Show us your skills capturing fast moving things. Trains, planes, cars, animals, people - it's...
Entries: 196
Winners announced: 6th August, 2009 GMT
Winner: Vertigo
This is the first in a series of "xxx DSLR only" challenges. Dear Olympians, always bragging about those illusive Oly colors, your challenge is: "Beautiful Blue Skies". However, don't just point your camera upwards and press the shutter - make sure the rest of image is worth looking at, too.
Entries: 231
Winners announced: 30th July, 2009 GMT
Winner: Ramona falls, OR
Many of us just aren't filthy rich and settle for a 18-55mm kit lens. In spite of their obvious flaws, we've seen stunning photographs made with them. Show us your best kit lens photographs.
Entries: 195
Winners announced: 23rd July, 2009 GMT
Winner: Angry
Sometimes ordinary objects appear to be something else, depending on your level of imagination. Perhaps the most well known (maybe even slightly boring) example are cloud formations, taking the shape of an animal, a face or another object. Search your archives for the best example of this type of photographs.
Entries: 200
Winners announced: 16th July, 2009 GMT
Winner: IMG_7
So you think your camera brand is the best in the world? Time for some fun! Make a picture of someone else, who's fiddling around with a camera from another manufacturer. Making the owner of 'The Other Brand" look silly is perfectly acceptable.
5. Fire
Entries: 196
Winners announced: 9th July, 2009 GMT
Winner: Dance on Fire
From a simple match or candle to something really big, show us the beauty of flames.
Entries: 135
Winners announced: 2nd July, 2009 GMT
Winner: Generations
Capturing old people can result in stunning photographs. Show us your interpretation of "Old And Wise".
Entries: 142
Winners announced: 25th June, 2009 GMT
Winner: Worthless Made Priceless
Post processing, isn't it great? Did you ever ran into a totally worthless shot, but managed to turn it into something amazing? Then this is your chance to show off your artistic PP skills. Both the original and the final result must be combined into one image.
Entries: 61
Winners announced: 18th June, 2009 GMT
Winner: Come Play With Me?
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio." Show us the world of ghosts, seen through your lens. Make us wonder about the world beyond, or make us shiver in fear.
Entries: 250
Winners announced: 11th June, 2009 GMT
Capture one musician (just one!). This challenge is all about the body language and facial expression of the musician. The instrument itself plays a less important role, but should be recognizable in the image.