Saturday, March 26, 2016

2016 Photo Challenge Blog




Welcome to All About Paper's Photo Enthusiasts Group
Photo Challenge Blog!

Each month a photo challenge will be presented with a focus on using a specific function of 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:
www.cmlppart-photography.blogspot.com


If you would like to join our monthly meetings...we meet on the 3rd Sunday of every month, 
from 2-4pm, at The Partridge House, 777 Lafayette Rd., Hampton, NH

Remember to bring your 3 best photos from that month's challenge.

And this year we are asking for 3 Bonus photos each month;
of anything you have taken photos of during the challenge month.
 We would like to see what everyone is shooting photos of outside of the challenges!


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We are starting the New Year with our Annual Group Photo Show!


Sunday, January 17th

2-4pm

At The Partridge House
777 Lafayette Rd.
Hampton, NH

Light refreshments will be served.

This year's musical accompaniment will be performed by
Barbara Lang, Jim Gregg and Cathryn Norris

Take a few minutes out of your busy day to join us for

great photography
superb music
and excellent snacks!

This event is free and open to the general public.

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January 2016 Photo Challenge

"It's Blowing In The Wind"

Photograph anything except the American Flag, blowing in the wind.






This year we are also submitting 3 Bonus photos that were taken during the challenge month.  To show the other types of photography that we individually are working on, outside of the challenges.





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February 2016 Photo Challenge

"Staging Toys To Create An Active Scene"

Create cute scenes using toys and props in an activity.
Think story telling photos.








February Bonus Photography:





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MARCH 2016 Photo Challenge

" Compositions With Books"

Stage interesting compositions,
 that include books as part of your props.






March Bonus Photography:









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APRIL 2016 PHOTO CHALLENGE

"Things Are Looking Up"

Photos taken from the point of view of looking up.












April Bonus Photography:






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MAY 2016 PHOTO CHALLENGE

" At ground level"

Photos taken from the point of view at ground level.








Tuesday, December 30, 2014


2015 Challenge Blog


Welcome to All About Paper's

Enthusiast's Group 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!

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January 2015 Photo Challenge

"An Urban Winter"

These are snowy street scenes in urban centers (NOT landscapes).  
Capture buildings, streets, pedestrians, workers, vehicles, etc. with snow all around.
Composition is Key!!!  We are looking for interesting well composed pictures.








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February 2015 Photo Challenge

"Photos Torn & Reconstructed"

Take 3 different pictures.  Subjects of your choice.  Print, then Tear or Cut.
Then Reconstruct each as a mosaic on cardstock.
Then re-take each photo so that your reconstructed picture fills the photo frame.
It is very important that your original photos have sharp, clear images.
Simple subjects and bright colors seem to work best.
Your reconstructed photos will have a certain amount of "graininess" that will give them
an old fashioned poster look!  This opens up a whole new technique of possibilities!
Play around with it and have fun!!!!








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March 2015 Photo Challenge

"Spur of the Moment Shots"

These are random, spur of the moment shots taken while working on or doing something else entirely.  Perhaps you were driving somewhere when you just had to stop to get the shot.  Choose your three favorite spur of the moment shots and plan to share the situations that lead to these moments of opportunity that you could not pass up.



I was shoveling out after the 2nd Blizzard when I thought it would be a great picture with the caption about Spring. 
I ran inside to grab my camera and tripod to get this shot. 
Little did I know that 2 more back to back blizzards were on the way...
and that pile of snow behind me would end up being 7 feet deep!!!



After all the blizzards were said and done, snow plowed off the roads and out of parking lots, etc.
I happened to be driving home from a store that my Mom and I had gone to,
when Mom shouted out about this collapsed building.
I whipped the car around to go back and get this shot!



I was working on painting this new photo backdrop when it occurred to me that it might be a good Spur-of-the-moment shot!

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April 2015 Photo Challenge

"Searching for Solitude"

These are photos of a solitary person within a space or landscape of solitary surroundings
(no other people in the shot foreground or background).
This is NOT a portrait shot, so the person does not have to be looking at the camera, and the person does not have to be recognizable (catch them in a moment of contemplation or thought, or maybe they are intensely focused on something)
You want to get the sense of Solitude from your photos.
The expanse of the background will be important to the composition.









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May 2015 Photo Challenge

"Objects In Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear"

All photos taken from the viewpoint of looking into a side or rear view mirror.
The mirror should be an integral part of the photo!








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June 2015 Photo Challenge

"Flower Centers"

These are photographs of Flower Centers; Not the full flower.
We want the beautiful and colorful centers to be the focus.
The key task here is getting sharp, clear photos of the centers.
It may be necessary to crop your pictures so that there are no background distractions.








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July 2015 Photo Challenge

"My Book Covers"

If you were to write a book, or in this case 3 books, what would the subjects and titles be?
For this challenge you will photograph your book covers and
add the Title and your Name to each photo.
The key here is planning ahead so that the placement of your Title and Name does not
interfere with your photo.  You may get creative in achieving this challenge.
Remember, books need eye catching covers; think this through!
Do your best; this will be our August Library Group Show Presentation!






Don't forget....Save the date....our group photo show featuring all of our book covers
will be held throughout the month of August at the 
Lane Memorial Library
2 Academy Ave.
Hampton, NH

A reception to meet and talk with the photographers will be held
Tuesday, August 11th
6:30- 8:00 pm 
Lane Memorial Library

This is a free event open to all!
Come out and join us!


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August 2015 Photo Challenge

"Bokeh with Shallow Depth of Field"

Bokeh was derived from the Japanese word for "blur".  This style of photography incorporates a sharply focused subject matter in the foreground, which your eye is automatically drawn to; and the background becomes a colorful blur.





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September 2015 Photo Challenge

"Leading Lines"

These are photographs with compositions that incorporate "lines" which lead your eyes to a far point on the horizon; or draw your sight to a specific point in the photograph.





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October 2015 Photo Challenge

"Altered States"

Using costumes, make up, camera filters, etc; anything to achieve
3 photos of yourself in altered states.






BONUS CHALLENGE:  3 Photos of  Fall Colors:




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November 2015 Photo Challenge

"Photo Journalism/Human Interest/Street Photography"

These photos tell a newsworthy story, show an image that is dynamic; evokes a strong emotion or gives the viewer a glimpse into everyday life.  These photos are not staged, they are found by getting out there and being in the right place at the right time.








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December 2015 Photo Challenge

"75%-100% White"

For this challenge your photographs will be primarily white.
This is about photographing white objects close up or photographing white objects on a white background.
It's the textures and shapes of the white objects that will give the photos dimension.
To get the best photos you will need to work with your White Balance on your camera so that your photos are not yellow tinted or blue tinted, etc...the off color tinting means you are not using the proper white balance or you may need to shoot in a different lighting environment.
Only a minimal amount of secondary color should be seen.  This is all about the white!






This concludes the 2015 photo challenges.
In a few days I will be posting the new 2016 photo challenges!