Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Welcome to All About Paper's Photo Enthusiasts Group
2014 Challenge Blog!
Each month a photo challenge will be presented with a focus on using a specific function on your camera or taking photos based on a specific theme or subject matter.
You are welcomed to follow along with the monthly challenges through this blog.
Once a month our group meets and shares our 3 best challenge photos for that month.  We discuss methods, difficulties, new things learned, etc.
For additional inspiration check out:
If you would like to join our monthly meetings...
We meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 2-4pm, at The Partridge House,
777 Lafayette Rd., Hampton, NH.
Remember to bring your photos for that month's challenge and remember to edit your selection to only your 3 best!
"Textiles & Fabrics"
These are close up shots of fabrics and textiles. 
We want to see the textures, colors, threads, patterns, etc.  The fabrics/textiles should fill
your photo; no background distractions.  Get close up.  Make sure you have sharp,
clear pictures, not fuzzy or out of focus.  Take the time to get great close up shots!
For those members attending the meeting...bring two sets of your best 3 photos, in 4x6 size. 
One set will be for you to present and then put into your photo folio; the second set will be turned in for a future presentation board project!



"Bling & Sparkles"

These will be close-up pictures of sparkling things.
You do not have to show the entire item, you may crop the picture or use filters.
No background distractions.  A tripod and well placed lighting will be tremendously
helpful in getting those sharp, clear, sparkling images.
Remember to try and make your compositions interesting as well!


"Frame This Shot"

Using an actual frame (no glass or picture in it), hold the frame up to your subject and take the picture.  Incorporating your frame, and even including the hand or object holding up the frame will give these pictures some unusual added interest!  Remember that your subject still needs to be interesting and is the primary focus of the pictures; the frame is an intentional prop being added to your compositions.


"One Word Describes The Picture"

For this challenge you will choose One Adjective; and your three photos will be an interpretation of that word.  This will take some careful thought and creativity!  Write or Print your word on an index card and present with your photos.



"Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign"

This challenge is all about fun and/or interesting signage or advertising.
Signs can be big, bold, colorful, esthetically pleasing, 3 dimensional,
makes a statement, catches your eye for some reason.
Any and all kinds of signage or advertising works for this challenge!


"June Flowers"

Photographing flowers is one of the easiest challenges to do; so to add to this challenge you will be asked to present your photos in a creative way.
Instead of just printing your standard 4x6 photo alone or mounted on a mat,
create something different that really catches the viewer's eye.
We are looking for creative displays for this one!

Now, my creative display of these photos:


"My favorite subject matter or technique to photograph is..."

This challenge is self explanatory.  When you are not taking pictures for challenges, what are you taking pictures of, just because you love it?  Pick a favorite subject matter or a favorite technique; create a trio of pictures that reflect the challenge statement.  The 3 photos will all be of the same subject matter or of the same technique.
For members participating in the August group show, this will be the featured photography.
Additional instructions will be discussed at our regular meeting.




A quick reminder....

Our group photo show is coming up!  This year's theme is 
"My Favorite Subject Matter Or Technique To Photograph Is..."

Each member will display a collection of photographs representative of their favorite subject matter or technique.  There should be quite a variety!!!

The photographs will be on display throughout the month of August
at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton, NH.

We will have a Meet & Greet,
 at the Lane Memorial Library
2 Academy Ave.
Hampton, NH
 on Wednesday, August 6th
Light refreshments will be served.
Everyone is Welcome!

Hope to see you there!!



"Out Of Place"

These photos will show an object or group of objects, in an unusual setting from where it or they would normally be found or seen.
This can be something you come upon by chance or a purposefully placed and staged object(s) that creates an interesting composition in it's "out of place" setting
Whether you find or set up your photos, think COMPOSITION.


September 2014 Photo Challenge

"From Songs To Photos"

For this challenge you will choose up to 3 different songs whose title's or lyrics inspire your photography!
The photos may be literal interpretations or may express an emotion evoked by the song title or lyrics.
Your song title and relevant lyrics will accompany each photo.

"...Well there's a rose in a fisted glove..."

Song Title:  Love The One You're With
Stephen Stills

"...Her royal gown is a satin dress that's stained and slightly torn,
And her sparkling jewels are rhinestones,
And her shoes are scuffed and worn...her scepter is a wine glass
And a bar stool is her throne..."

Song Title:  Queen of the Silver Dollar
Dr. Hook

"...sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe..."

Song Title:  The Air That I Breathe
The Hollies


October 2014 Photo Challenge

"Selfies with Statues, Sculptures or Costumed Characters!"

Time to set up your tripod, set your timer and get yourself in the pictures with your Statues, Sculptures or Costumed Characters.
Don't just passively pose with your subject...get creative, interact, make it fun!!!


November 2014 Photo Challenge

"Photo Journalism/Human Interest"

Every November we have this challenge.  We've had since January to take these pictures.
The only difference is that we have added the option of Human Interest as a subject matter.


December 2014 Photo Challenge

"The Big Remake"

Find 3 different pieces of artwork, advertisements, posters, etc., which are already in print...then stage your photos to the same likeness of these pre-existing pieces.  "Likeness" is the best way to describe your Remakes, because it would be extremely difficult to technically duplicate the pre-existing prints.  Let the originals inspire your remakes and try to capture the same essence of the originals!

1911 Oil on Canvas.  Pierre-Auguste Renoir
"Gabrielle with a rose"

1950's Pin Up Girl Illustration

2014 Oil on Canvas.  Anna Haldin-Maule
"Imitation of life"


2014 Special Project
Each photographer chose a specific object to photograph throughout the year; and created a cohesive collection of 12 photos of their chosen object.
This is my project...

"The Little Fairie Project"

"The snow is cold, but oh so beautiful"

"The Earth is waking up to Spring.  How fresh the gardens smell"

"Sometimes I feel so small"

"Welcome to my court.  Do you like my throne of roses?"

"Time for bed and magical dreams"

"The sun keeps me warm and dries my wings"

"There's always time for meditation"

"A tree hollow is the best place to cool off on a hot summer day"

"I wonder what is on the other side?"

" I watch and learn as the world goes by"

"Water bowls and an umbrella; what wonderful treasures to find!"

"Look, the red berries let us know that Fall is on it's way."


Thank you for following along with my blog for the 2014 photo year!

The 2015 blog will be posted in about a week with all new challenges for the new year!

Hope to see you at our Annual Photo Show held on Sunday, January 18th, 2015
at The Partridge House, 777 Lafayette Rd., Hampton, NH
2-4pm.  Light Refreshments.  Free & Open to all!
Come on out and meet the photographers and see all the 2014 photos!


Monday, December 17, 2012

 All About Paper's Photo Enthusiasts Group 2013 Challenge Blog!

"Still Life"
Take pictures of food, fruits, vegetables, etc.  The pictures may be serious, creative, funny, artistic...your choice!

"Winter Wonderland"
Think snow, ice, winter scenery...remember, batteries are affected by the cold and may not work for long, so keep your camera warm between shots.



"The Portrait"

Take an indoor studio portrait of a person other than yourself. 
Set up a backdrop, add lighting and reflectors and get creative with colors, filters, etc. to get interesting portraits.
 Your three pictures can be of just one person or different people.

"Contained Flowers"

Take pictures of flowers in various vases and containers.  You may choose to take single flowers, groups of flowers, or bunches of flowers...just make sure the container or vase is part of the picture.

The photos taken for this challenge by our group's members will be on display May 5, 2013, from 1-4pm at the Tuck Museum, 40 Parks Ave., Hampton, NH in celebration of the Lilac Sunday event at the Tuck Museum.

"Windows and Doors"
Find interesting windows and doors to photograph.  The composition should be centered on a single door or set of doors or single window; not multiple doors or windows and not entire buildings.  Your photographs need to be in a vertical orientation.  Taking a picture straight on and level can be challenging because sometimes the street or walkway will be at an angle, but you don't want your subject to be at an angle.
Capture reflections in water, glass, metal, mirrors or anywhere else you may see them.
The subject being reflected can be anything.
For those members participating in the August show, this is the photo challenge to be presented at the show.  Please print your 3 best as borderless 8 x 10 photos and bring to June's meeting.
Upcoming Photo Show Event: 
August 6, 2013 (Tuesday)
Lane Memorial Library
Hampton, NH
Everyone is welcome to come and meet our group's photo enthusiasts; see our year and a half of photo challenges, enjoy light refreshments and learn more about our passion for photography!
"Smoke & Fire"
Use your imagination for this challenge.  Take pictures where smoke and/or fire encompass the majority of the pictures; or the smoke and/or fire is the focal point of the pictures.  Please use caution around any fires.  Try to get some interesting shots!

The subject is hands...shaking, clasping, painted, dirtied, jeweled, scarred...any hands.
We don't want to see a lot of background distractions in these photos. 
 The backgrounds should enhance the subject not distract from it.
Make the hands the primary focus.
A lot of creativity is possible with this challenge!

Our photo group gets a wonderful write up in the Hippo Press
 (August 15-21, 2013 edition) by writer Emily Hoyt.   
   Thank You!
"What am I looking at?"
These are photographs that you really can't stop looking at...
But, you really aren't sure what it is that you are looking at!
This will take some thought, but the possibilities are endless.  For this challenge you will not only present your three best photos but you will also provide the accompanying photos that show the bigger picture of what you are actually looking at in each photo.
That's a total of 6 pictures.




Make a mask or find a mask, or photograph others wearing masks; but try to make the photos interesting and evocative.  The mask is the focus of the picture, not full costumes!

Our photo group will be entering a tree in the Portsmouth Festival of Trees, full of winter photography.  Our tree will be in the Rosemary Cottage.
The Festival of Trees, sponsored by the Portsmouth Garden Club, is held Friday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 24th; at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Rd., Portsmouth, NH. 
Come check it out!!!!
"Photo Journalism"
Take a newsworthy photo of a current event taking place.  Try to think like a photo journalist who wants their photo to tell the story of what is taking place in front of them without needing an explanation or caption.

This is not just about ice; it's about things frozen in ice or frozen by ice or covered by ice!
Get Creative!