Photography's Building Blocks

Challenge series hosted by bobcamm. Challenges start on Fridays.
An effective photograph is a compilation of visual components, harmoniously amalgamated to create an eye-pleasing result. The challenges within this series will attempt to isolate and highlight these essential at a time.
Finished (7 challenges)
Entries: 58
Winners announced: 30th May, 2014 GMT
Winner: Samos abbey, Galicia
The intent of this challenge is to explore the complexities of light and color temperatures, and how our delicate sensors interpret them. This challenge is not for the faint of heart. It will require a working knowledge of light and how our machines were designed to react to it. It requires that we abandon our Auto-White Balance and select a white-balance camera setting manually. (As we...
Entries: 80
Winners announced: 25th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: autumn refractions
Some call it "Bling". We've all created those sunburst anomalies, either by accident or by deliberate design. All that's needed are a small aperture setting, a bright point of light, and a little pre-planning. The light source can be natural or artificially applied to the long as the burst effect is created in-camera. This is the time to have fun...and shoot for the stars!
Entries: 54
Winners announced: 18th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: We all cast the same shadow, whatever our color.
Sometimes it can be fun to apply a title which conveys and certifies the intended message of the photograph's creator directly to the viewer...or least has them thinking in the same direction. The title can be a catchy phrase, a play on words, a popular song lyric, or whatever. This is the time to be creative. Anything goes, as long as the title and the photograph are in harmony. This is...
Entries: 41
Winners announced: 11th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: smash!
The essence of all photography is light, be it natural or created. The focus of this challenge is to chronicle the benefits and versatility of electronic flash. Show us a few of your best examples of how flash was used to freeze action, augment a landscape feature to create a point of interest...or, to tell a story.
Entries: 58
Winners announced: 21st March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Autumn Falls
It's usually the subject that defines the photograph, but often, it's how it's presented that transforms a mundane theme into a work of art. Show me your best examples of how a background dominates the scene and becomes the primary point of interest. It can be natural or created
Entries: 30
Winners announced: 14th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Lonely is ...
By definition, a Conceptual Photograph illustrates an idea. First, an idea (or concept) is pre-conceived. The artist then formulates a plan, assembles the requisite gear, then attempts to realize his or her mind's eye vision. A successful concept photo should instantly convey its message to the viewer. This is something I've dabbled with from time to time, and they can be a lot of fun to...
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 7th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: stairs
We usually try our best to hide, diffuse or fill in shadows to make them less distracting. Show us your examples of how shadow areas can actually accentuate the composition.