Choose Your Own: Weekend Photography Challenge - Digital Photography School

Choose Your Own: Weekend Photography Challenge

Over the last few months we’ve had a lot of fun with our weekend photography challenges. In each case we at dPS have chosen a theme, announced it and you as our valued readers have gone off and shot an image on that theme and come back and shared it with us in our comments section.

This week we’re trying something different – instead of us naming a theme, YOU are going to set yourself an assignment.

Jelly-Up by MPBecker

You know the type of photography that you want to improve on most – so this weekend choose a topic that you think will stretch you a little or that is something that you’ve been meaning to explore – and then go and shoot on that topic.

Examples:

  • You might need to take a headshot of yourself for your blog – ‘headshot’ could be your topic.
  • You’ve been meaning to use that new macro lens but never get around to it – ‘macro’ or ‘up close’ could be your topic.
  • You have a family trip to the aquarium planned this weekend – ‘jellyfish’ could be your theme
  • You’ve always wanted to try a technique like ‘slow sync flash‘ – there’s your topic!

It’s totally up to you (the main thing is that you get out and shoot something and improve your photography this weekend) – but to help keep you accountable what we’re asking is that pick a theme and share it below before you go and shoot it. This way you’ll have your assignment in mind before you go out.

Once you’ve taken your shot/s – select the best 1-2 and come back to this post and share it with us – either by sharing a link to it on your blog, flickr page or other photosharing site – or by embedding it into your comment.

Can’t wait to see the shots you take this weekend!

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • Krasimira Georgieva

    I like ethnographic areal, old home,tipical architecture, small windows,high fences,cobblestone streets.
    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4490193565_832f561361.jpg

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/bg_vagabond/ bg_vagabond

    [eimg link=’http://www.flickr.com/photos/bg_vagabond/4490038992/’ title=’Happy Easter!’ url=’http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4490038992_414c9d99e9.jpg’]

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/bg_vagabond/ bg_vagabond

    my third attempt to post, i apologize if it ends up showing up multiple times eventually!

    [eimg link=’http://www.flickr.com/photos/bg_vagabond/4490038992/’ title=’Happy Easter!’ url=’http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4490038992_414c9d99e9.jpg’]

  • Hussydog

    This is all new to me and this will be my first project. I am not 100% sure what to do as been working all weekend and my camera has been collecting dust, but I am going to a football match later today so may use motion/sports as a topic. Wish me luck!

  • anna_soffia

    Long exposure came to be my theme this easter. I was looking at the Volkano eruption from a mountainside 2 km. from the eruption and discovered that I forgot the thriphod.
    I used my canes and rucksack, a stone, a pile of stones and in one location a pole.
    My biggest problem was to frame my photos properly, lying on my stomac, trying to use the finder as well as getting the camera stable.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_soffia/4497223529/in/photostream/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_soffia/4497223513/in/photostream/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_soffia/4497922664/in/photostream/

    Then saterday night at my countryhome the sky was burning with the northen lights

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_soffia/4497922674/in/photostream/

  • Dandydane

    I had a great week-end at my sister’s chalet. One morning ,while people were having discussions and reflexions on life I was outside catching refexions on the lake…

  • Rina Minca

    Phillipa Chan, can you tell me how you did those spinning effect photos? They are GORGEOUS and I would love to know how to do it!

    Thanks

  • Dandydane

    ..I had a great week-end at my sister’s chalet. One morning ,while people were having discussions and reflexions on life I was outside catching refexions on the lake…Last try.

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4063/4499217634_1e19497572.jpg

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2804/4500470587_26bd4080b4.jpg

  • peony4me
  • peony4me

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4471242473_977e9b9ae6.jpg” width=”500″ height=”333″ alt=”Espresso coffee”

    Trying to post this again – see how coffee looks

  • peony4me

    [eimg link=’http://www.flickr.com/photos/peony4me/4471242473/’ title=’Espresso coffee’ url=’http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4471242473_977e9b9ae6.jpg’]

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/42720776@N02/ Darren Mc

    Attempting to balance ambient and flash:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/42720776@N02/4506453469/

    Wanted to experiment with using flash to fill with a fairly bright background. Hard to find anything much brigher than the sun.

    Used 580EXII on manual and full blast, under exposing the sky by about a stop to get details in the clouds. Messed with flash power and apeture till I got it balanced the way I wanted.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/42720776@N02/ Darren Mc

    Attempting to balance ambient and flash:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/42720776@N02/4506453469/

    Wanted to experiment with using flash to fill with a fairly bright background. Hard to find anything much brigher than the sun.

    Used 580EXII on manual and full blast, under exposing the sky by about a stop to get details in the clouds. Messed with flash power and apeture till I got it balanced the way I wanted.

    [eimg link=’http://www.flickr.com/photos/42720776@N02/4506453469/’ title=’11/52 – Kangaroo Tails (Choose your own DPS Weekend Challenge)’ url=’http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4506453469_bf623ebeda.jpg’]

Some older comments

  • Darren Mc

    April 10, 2010 10:58 pm

    Attempting to balance ambient and flash:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/42720776@N02/4506453469/

    Wanted to experiment with using flash to fill with a fairly bright background. Hard to find anything much brigher than the sun.

    Used 580EXII on manual and full blast, under exposing the sky by about a stop to get details in the clouds. Messed with flash power and apeture till I got it balanced the way I wanted.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/42720776@N02/4506453469/' title='11/52 - Kangaroo Tails (Choose your own DPS Weekend Challenge)' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4506453469_bf623ebeda.jpg']

  • Darren Mc

    April 10, 2010 10:57 pm

    Attempting to balance ambient and flash:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/42720776@N02/4506453469/

    Wanted to experiment with using flash to fill with a fairly bright background. Hard to find anything much brigher than the sun.

    Used 580EXII on manual and full blast, under exposing the sky by about a stop to get details in the clouds. Messed with flash power and apeture till I got it balanced the way I wanted.

  • peony4me

    April 9, 2010 02:13 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/peony4me/4471242473/' title='Espresso coffee' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4471242473_977e9b9ae6.jpg']

  • peony4me

    April 9, 2010 02:10 am

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4471242473_977e9b9ae6.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Espresso coffee"

    Trying to post this again - see how coffee looks

  • peony4me

    April 9, 2010 02:08 am

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4471242473_977e9b9ae6.jpg

  • Dandydane

    April 8, 2010 10:13 am

    ..I had a great week-end at my sister’s chalet. One morning ,while people were having discussions and reflexions on life I was outside catching refexions on the lake…Last try.

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4063/4499217634_1e19497572.jpg

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2804/4500470587_26bd4080b4.jpg

  • Rina Minca

    April 8, 2010 05:51 am

    Phillipa Chan, can you tell me how you did those spinning effect photos? They are GORGEOUS and I would love to know how to do it!

    Thanks

  • Dandydane

    April 7, 2010 02:34 pm

    I had a great week-end at my sister's chalet. One morning ,while people were having discussions and reflexions on life I was outside catching refexions on the lake...

  • anna_soffia

    April 7, 2010 05:23 am

    Long exposure came to be my theme this easter. I was looking at the Volkano eruption from a mountainside 2 km. from the eruption and discovered that I forgot the thriphod.
    I used my canes and rucksack, a stone, a pile of stones and in one location a pole.
    My biggest problem was to frame my photos properly, lying on my stomac, trying to use the finder as well as getting the camera stable.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_soffia/4497223529/in/photostream/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_soffia/4497223513/in/photostream/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_soffia/4497922664/in/photostream/

    Then saterday night at my countryhome the sky was burning with the northen lights

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_soffia/4497922674/in/photostream/

  • Hussydog

    April 5, 2010 01:30 pm

    This is all new to me and this will be my first project. I am not 100% sure what to do as been working all weekend and my camera has been collecting dust, but I am going to a football match later today so may use motion/sports as a topic. Wish me luck!

  • bg_vagabond

    April 5, 2010 12:15 pm

    my third attempt to post, i apologize if it ends up showing up multiple times eventually!

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/bg_vagabond/4490038992/' title='Happy Easter!' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4490038992_414c9d99e9.jpg']

  • bg_vagabond

    April 5, 2010 12:12 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/bg_vagabond/4490038992/' title='Happy Easter!' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4490038992_414c9d99e9.jpg']

  • Krasimira Georgieva

    April 5, 2010 06:45 am

    I like ethnographic areal, old home,tipical architecture, small windows,high fences,cobblestone streets.
    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4490193565_832f561361.jpg

  • bg_vagabond

    April 5, 2010 03:02 am

    Food photography on Easter

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/bg_vagabond/4489396299/' title='??????? ???? ? ???????' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4043/4489396299_a8c6f9453e.jpg'][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/bg_vagabond/4489395833/' title='my Easter eggs' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/4489395833_4a36bfac4e.jpg']

  • ostrichlime

    April 4, 2010 08:04 pm

    Macro photography. something up close and detailed. anything this time..cant go out much so will try something at home. looking forward to an interesting aspect of me. lets see how it goes!

  • sabse

    April 4, 2010 07:46 pm

    Hi everyone. This is my first DPS assignment and I chose Macro. This is my result:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/die_sabs/4486560671/' title='01 - Macro' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2712/4486560671_332c46eac9.jpg']

  • sabse

    April 4, 2010 07:44 pm

    Hi everyone. This is my first DPS assignment and I chose Macro. This is my result:

  • Michael Smallman

    April 4, 2010 11:57 am

    Hiloo.

    A couple of months ago my town had a show and I did some slow shutter speed pictures of rides.
    So my topic is home, Included is a shot of a gratified wall where I live.

    Cheers, Michael.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/48975121@N05/4488517484/' title='20100403-DSC_0017' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4028/4488517484_c46ab6f172.jpg'][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/48975121@N05/4487868705/' title='20100212-DSC_0109' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4050/4487868705_96b153a477.jpg'][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/48975121@N05/4487868279/' title='20100212-DSC_0102' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2739/4487868279_6cfd5f2174.jpg'][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/48975121@N05/4487867899/' title='20100212-DSC_0088' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4054/4487867899_c6756f8ff1.jpg']

  • Mike Tschop

    April 3, 2010 01:29 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/45916877@N03/4484869435/' title='rsz_dsc_0969_small.jpg' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2774/4484869435_2fb0028b6f.jpg']

  • Mike Tschop

    April 3, 2010 01:15 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/45916877@N03/4484869505/' title='rsz_dsc_0979_small.jpg' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2692/4484869505_c9ca589673.jpg']

  • Ariana Murphy

    April 3, 2010 09:45 am

    Well, I haven't been to the waterfall to shoot some "milky water" yet, but I did something that was part of my challenge. I went to the "Hawkwatch" to shoot some migrating raptors, and took the opportunity during a live bird demonstration to get some close-ups. Here's the important part: I spent the WHOLE DAY in Manual mode!

    In case the image doesn't show, you can see what I've got loaded so far here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/arianasart/4485519426/in/set-72157623757446898/

  • Mike Tschop

    April 3, 2010 09:36 am

    My goal for this weekend was to finally use my camera outside! I got a DSLR for Christmas but have been too overprotective to expose it to the harsh elements ;-)

    I went to Dingmans Falls, right down the road from my house...we've been having great weather.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/45916877@N03/4484869505/' title='rsz_dsc_0979_small.jpg' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2692/4484869505_c9ca589673.jpg']

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/45916877@N03/4484869435/' title='rsz_dsc_0969_small.jpg' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2774/4484869435_2fb0028b6f.jpg']

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/45916877@N03/4484869383/' title='rsz_1dsc_0887_small.jpg' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2700/4484869383_c3b0934ef9.jpg']

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/45916877@N03/4485519470/' title='rsz_dsc_1076_small.jpg' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4036/4485519470_488ab5b9a2.jpg']

  • Jennifer W.

    April 3, 2010 04:57 am

    I'm very new to photography...just got my first SLR. My good friend who is an incredible photographer challenged me to get a picture to go with a status I had expressed on Facebook, "Ahh...the sunshine is an elixir, diapers are drying on the line, iced coffee is wonderful...life is so good. Thank-you, Jesus!" So, that is my challenge for myself.

  • Nejla

    April 2, 2010 11:49 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarajevo_/4479099691/

  • afirmin

    April 2, 2010 11:17 pm

    Well, its cold and damp in Manchester (UK) and as I am undergoing chemotherapy I am staying indoors!! But this has a plus side, I have found a new love in photography.... indoor and macro work.
    And here are my projects this weekend:
    clean my sensor
    spring clean my mac
    get my web site up and running
    and try some of those stunning soap/bubble shots

    Will post pics when done!!

    Cheers and happy Easter,
    Ant

  • Kim B

    April 2, 2010 11:11 pm

    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b309/rentanangel/DSC08022.jpg

  • Samantha

    April 2, 2010 08:01 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/39657211@N05/4483256487/' title='Bloop' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4026/4483256487_dd00e6c5e0.jpg']

    I like to call this my bloop =)

    Water drop

    Shutter Speed: 1/250s
    Aperture: f/5.6
    ISO: 100
    Camera Model: Canon EOS 50D
    Focal Length: 49.0 mm

  • Roopesh

    April 2, 2010 02:31 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/8714695@N02/4482809487/' title='IMG_7402_1' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4034/4482809487_ea77538084.jpg']

  • steve nilsen

    April 2, 2010 02:13 pm

    I have a family of 3 set for a portrait sitting this weekend, I want to try something different, not just the "same old" static images. I'm going to try something a bit different. I hope the weather works with me.

  • Paula Mallia

    April 2, 2010 11:19 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunmallia/4464699200/' title='Day 84/365' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2760/4464699200_729aba4efe.jpg']

  • Bill Perry

    April 2, 2010 08:46 am

    I just got two new SB-600 speedlights and will use them off camera to get a self portrait in low light.

  • Nejla

    April 2, 2010 08:42 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarajevo_/4479099691/' title='Wonderful day-12' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2802/4479099691_2bda27d5ea_o.jpg']

  • Michelle D. Lewis

    April 2, 2010 06:18 am

    Someone asked me about Depth of Field the other day, and I realized that I didn't know as much as I would like about it. I really need to spend some more time experimenting with it. This challenge will finally get me on track. Thanks!

  • Flavio

    April 2, 2010 03:32 am

    I will try to get some reflections, looking the world from a not direct point of view. Let´s see what I will get.

  • Sheeba

    April 2, 2010 03:19 am

    Canon SX20 IS
    Exposure: 1/500
    Aperture: f/4.0
    Focal lngth: 15mm
    ISO: 160

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4009/4480117974_66550427eb.jpg

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4009/4480117974_66550427eb.jpg

  • Sheeba

    April 2, 2010 03:11 am

    ..trouble getting photo to post, also

  • Carrie

    April 2, 2010 02:18 am

    Hmmm, my photos won't post :(

  • Carrie

    April 2, 2010 02:14 am

    Whoopsie, that didn't work...try this again.

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4481392499_8f967a2ec6.jpg[/img][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/daddyoproductions/4482042252/' title='Sweater coat from Kaleidoscopek Closet' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4050/4482042252_ee21feb3ee.jpg'][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/daddyoproductions/4481392803/' title='Sweater coat from Kaleidoscopek Closet' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4481392803_131556dcd3.jpg']

  • Carrie

    April 2, 2010 02:09 am

    My task was to take some product shots of the sweater coats and hoodies my mom has started making and is trying to sell. Luckily my fave models were available (they work cheap, too:) Comments welcome on Flickr!

  • Sheeba

    April 2, 2010 01:58 am

    Canon SX20 IS
    Exposure: 1/500
    Aperture: f/4.0
    Focal lngth: 15mm
    ISO: 160

  • peony4me

    April 2, 2010 01:51 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/peony4me/4471302959/in/set-72157623599220931

  • peony4me

    April 2, 2010 01:47 am

    I have been visiting New York last weekend - flea markets are great places see something unseen...

  • peony4me

    April 2, 2010 01:45 am

  • peony4me

    April 2, 2010 01:44 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/peony4me/4471302959/' title='IMG_9848' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4471302959_62269e852f.jpg']

    I was in New York and visited flea market - always a great source of unknown and amazing things.. here is one example

  • Zack Jones

    March 31, 2010 09:56 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/zackojones/4474210213/' title='Oconee Bells' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2700/4474210213_8b407901bc.jpg']

    Our challenge this past weekend was to photograph the rare Oconee Bell wildflower that, from what we were told, only blooms in one area of South Carolina and some place in Africa. We used several of the techniques we learned from Steve Berardi's Wildflower Photography eBook.

  • Ariana Murphy

    March 31, 2010 05:03 am

    Okay, so I'm a little late, as usual, but I really want to jump on the bandwagon. I just love those shots of running water that looks milky. What I would like to challenge myself with is one of those long-exposure shots of water. And not in "Auto"!

  • leec80

    March 30, 2010 06:42 pm

    My challenge was to learn about my new camera (my first DSLR – Canon 400D) and what it can do..

    Here is one of the shots that I liked (I don’t know how to edit yet so these are straight from the camera)..

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/leec80/4475209103/' title='Speedi Cat' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2680/4475209103_f556bddb9d_o.jpg']

  • leec80

    March 30, 2010 06:37 pm

    Sorry still getting used to how to embed images:

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4013/4475978824_9304889fe4_o.jpg

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4029/4475988116_e984bbbbd0_o.jpg

    And my favourite:

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2680/4475209103_f556bddb9d_o.jpg

  • leec80

    March 30, 2010 06:36 pm

    My challenge was to learn about my new camera (my first DSLR – Canon 400D) and what it can do..

    Here are a few shots that I liked (I don’t know how to edit yet so these are straight from the camera)..

    This one’s my favourite:

  • leec80

    March 30, 2010 06:31 pm

    My challenge was to learn about my new camera (my first DSLR - Canon 400D) and what it can do..

    Here are a few shots that I liked (I don't know how to edit yet so these are straight from the camera)..

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/leec80/4475978824/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/leec80/4475988116/

    This one's my favourite:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/leec80/4475209103/

  • leec80

    March 30, 2010 06:26 pm

    My challenge was to learn about my new camera (my first DSLR - Canon 400D) and what it can do..

    Here are a few shots that I liked (I don't know how to edit yet so these are straight from the camera)..

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/leec80/4475988116/' title='Sparkly' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4029/4475988116_e984bbbbd0_o.jpg'][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/leec80/4475209103/' title='Speedi Cat' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2680/4475209103_f556bddb9d_o.jpg'][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/leec80/4475978824/' title='Cactus' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4013/4475978824_9304889fe4_o.jpg']

  • Diana Mikaels

    March 30, 2010 01:05 pm

    Ok, here come 3 pictures of the Icelandic volcanic eruption. My challenge was AVOIDING CAMERA SHAKE.
    I couldn't find any material in this forum - only recommendations for photographing while on a big-aeroplane flight.
    Challenges: no tripod, no bean bag. Zoom lens (which magnifies camera shake), litle plane that rolled more than a roller-coaster, very cold and very hot air, quite windy. Tinted glas on plane window.
    Solutions: don't forget flight-sick tablet! Hold camera tight with right hand - left hand on the window to stabilize the camera, and body working as a shock absorver. Of course, a rather fast shutter speed.
    Please enjoy! I did, incredibly much!!!!!!!

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/44475334@N02/4474580119/' title='Volcanic Eruption - Crater from Above' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4007/4474580119_acb26d8f4a.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/44475334@N02/4475355124/' title='Volcanic Eruption - Crater' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4026/4475355124_42fa2a135c.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/44475334@N02/4475354480/' title='Volcanic Eruption - behind' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2696/4475354480_0149b024e6.jpg']

  • Diana Mikaels

    March 30, 2010 10:20 am

    My challenge will be AVOID CAMERA SHAKE as I'll be flying over an erupting volcano soon. It's a little plane, and I'll be using a zoom lense... and I think neither a tripod or a bean bag will help...
    Thanks for everything :)

  • Olivier

    March 30, 2010 07:43 am

    my spring flower shot 1 :

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/obergeron/4473555785/' title='Spring blossom' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4034/4473555785_90fbbc23a3.jpg']

  • Olivier

    March 30, 2010 06:14 am

    one of my flower shot

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/obergeron/4474446760/' title='fleur de printemps' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4474446760_92018f5cd9.jpg']

  • Olivier

    March 30, 2010 05:38 am

  • yoanna r

    March 30, 2010 03:42 am

    the light is the thing I want to experiment with :) and when the sun lights the flowers at home I find the moment to shoot:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/46811159@N04/4473213585/

  • yoanna r

    March 30, 2010 03:39 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/46811159@N04/4473213585/' title='IMG_3288' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4024/4473213585_fef3b82091_o.jpg']

  • ktsdz

    March 30, 2010 03:35 am

    OK, here are 2 motion shots that I was able to capture. I had to have a very high ISO setting and adjust the exposure setting because it is very dark in the gym. [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/ktsdz/4473228055/' title='felicia flip' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2791/4473228055_eba151cc37.jpg'][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/ktsdz/4473225227/' title='catch me' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2689/4473225227_02ee9bf5b6.jpg']

  • FiDrox

    March 30, 2010 02:45 am

    @Derek, Thanks for the kind words, I am glad you like them.

    @Wendy, You can find out more in the forums here:
    http://digital-photography-school.com/forum/how-i-took/87662-soap-bubble-planets.html

  • Marley

    March 29, 2010 11:38 pm

    My challenge was "Macro"; the morning dew in my front yard
    [eimg url='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_oXeHTb6ya50/S6vO33J7ulI/AAAAAAAABzM/JkNSh4NMtjU/s1600/spring+edited-5.jpg' title='spring+edited-5.jpg']

  • Heath C

    March 29, 2010 10:14 pm

    I followed my friends cat around to try to get a cat shot instead of always taking photos of my dogg

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/birdmanlml/4472425083/

  • Wendy Thacker

    March 29, 2010 04:23 pm

    fidrox, can you explain more how you got those beautiful pictures?

  • Derek Scott

    March 29, 2010 11:33 am

    @fidrox
    I love the soap bubbles. They look like mine planets. Great job on those.

  • Debbi

    March 29, 2010 11:02 am

    I wanted to try a quasi Orton effect:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/30371357@N02/4467991003/' title='eDSC_0157' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4467991003_326dcc71fa.jpg']

  • emily

    March 29, 2010 10:49 am

    I actually wanted to try stop motions this weekend, i'm not sure if that's okay, BUT, here it is!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29779206@N05/4470716381/

  • bllp13

    March 29, 2010 10:22 am

    Tried some long exposure night shots from a highway bridge. Got lucky with the Statey taking radar. [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/14890463@N03/4471764592/' title='P1280215' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4067/4471764592_f05b10876c.jpg']

  • Hjalti

    March 29, 2010 08:27 am

    I went on a 10hour hiking trip in total of 32km to check out the volcano eruption here in Iceland. Now I can check that off my ToDo List before I die.

    Here's one of 500 pictures I took...
    There will be more soon @ wwwhjaltisigfusson.com and www.flickr.com/photos/hjalti

    [eimg url='http://www.hjaltisigfusson.com/plog/images/20100328204144_volcano2.jpg' title='20100328204144_volcano2.jpg']

  • Pyttroll

    March 29, 2010 07:27 am

    This week-end I started bird photography :)

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/8565560@N08/4471317526/' title='_MG_0322' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4057/4471317526_c4464d6c2c.jpg']

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/8565560@N08/4471314994/' title='_MG_0239' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4071/4471314994_6b61925f61.jpg']

    Hope you will like it.

    Pyt

  • Pabel R.

    March 29, 2010 04:28 am

    Sorry here is the Image:
    Mine is about Speed, and its called Born to Race.
    Hope you guys like it.
    Im in flickr, add me as a contact if you want! Thanks.

  • Justin Rushing

    March 29, 2010 02:01 am

    I went with the sunset theme. this is one of my first shots with my D90. I'm a new photographer, would love to hear any feedback.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21247656@N02/4466785095/

  • Hetul Kothari

    March 28, 2010 10:08 pm

    and here is another one...

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/sydcc/4469022135/' title='IMG_1705' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/4469022135_892a713359.jpg']

  • Hetul Kothari

    March 28, 2010 10:07 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/sydcc/4469022263/' title='IMG_1706' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2737/4469022263_446276b652.jpg']

  • Sandra

    March 28, 2010 08:53 pm

    Hi, my challenge was blur. I'm not very good at this and I had a hard to manage object..

    Camera: Canon PowerShot G10
    Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
    Aperture: f/4.5
    Focal Length: 10.8 mm
    ISO Speed: 80

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/hassinkfamily/4468899863/' title='Sebastiaan running' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4468899863_f025d8b630.jpg']

  • Peter Estment

    March 28, 2010 07:36 pm

    My First foray into macro photograpy. A whole new world to observe.

  • Nicky Hurt

    March 28, 2010 03:47 pm

    I mentioned above that I needed practice in manual with full sun and backlit people. I took a few to get this one to turn out, but I think it's great. She was watching some kids geocache. She was a real sport while I kept focusing on her and fixing my settings. :)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/senovia/4468398325/

  • Mandy

    March 28, 2010 03:27 pm

    Well, sadly, that was a dismal failure! I took up the challenge of trying to improve my motion shots, particularly shooting flowers in the breeze. Had to delete the whole 35 photos - waaaay too noisy - they were simply shocking and I would never post them on my Flickr page! Just can't get a big enough aperture on this camera to compensate for the fast shutter speed and the high ISO is appalling :(

  • Mladen

    March 28, 2010 12:41 pm

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2758/4142979124_7b798890c6_b.jpg

    i took these pictures at 11:45P.M when i got home from work. i set up my tripod on my deck and pointed it s,se. i set my aperture to be 4.0, iso 400, i also used a 18-55 mm lens at 18 mm focus. i left my shutter open for exactly 50 minutes. i used my Nikon D60 to take the picture. "meteor shower was happening as well"
    i did not do anything else in photoshop other then just adjust the exposure to make the picture a bit darker. i find the picture to be awesome and that i was able to get these awesome colors out of it.

  • Mladen

    March 28, 2010 12:40 pm

    i wanted to experience with long time exposure so i went out and during a meteor shower took this photo
    i took these pictures at 11:45P.M when i got home from work. i set up my tripod on my deck and pointed it s,se. i set my aperture to be 4.0, iso 400, i also used a 18-55 mm lens at 18 mm focus. i left my shutter open for exactly 50 minutes. i used my Nikon D60 to take the picture. "meteor shower was happening as well"
    i did not do anything else in photo shop other then just adjust the exposure to make the picture a bit darker. i find the picture to be awesome and that i was able to get these awesome colors out of it.

  • Dan Hahn

    March 28, 2010 05:20 am

    People Being Themselves

    I want to work on catching people in the midst of doing things, hoping to find interesting poses and set a theme with the background. I'm hoping this one catches a bit of the isolated life of a street musician.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ironpath27/4467911518/sizes/m/
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/ironpath27/4467911518/' title='Saratoga Street Fiddler' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4059/4467911518_0b7f66253e.jpg']

  • Ashlie

    March 28, 2010 03:36 am

    I wanted to improve my flower photography, so I went out and took some pictures of flowers :)

    Here are some of my two best shots I think

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sexyferny/4466900881/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sexyferny/4466874743/in/photostream/

  • Miguel Carvajal

    March 28, 2010 02:24 am

    I've always wanted to take a long exposure photo of running water to get that powder-sugar effect, and so my Weekend Challenge is "Long Exposure".
    You may see one of the resulting images of our hike through the Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and read how I accomplish the shot in my Flickr page:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguelcarvajal/4466724639/

  • Patrick McNelis

    March 28, 2010 01:26 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/25670365@N03/4465427419/

    TTV shots with my girlfriend

  • Patrick McNelis

    March 28, 2010 01:25 am

    I had fun doing TTV shots with my girlfriend this weekend. Go to my blog and see!!! [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/25670365@N03/4465427419/' title='TTVNine' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/4465427419_4b7d14e33d.jpg']

  • Olivier

    March 28, 2010 12:25 am

    picture of spring flower this week-end

  • Abi

    March 27, 2010 11:26 pm

    I was wanting to do night photography, will try to do over this weekend.

  • Phillipa Chan

    March 27, 2010 11:01 pm

    A new technique that I've learned recently - the spinning effect

    [eimg url='http://images5.fotop.net/albums5/Phillipa/Phillipa186/2010_HK_Flower_Exhibition_85_C_fotop_001.jpg' title='2010_HK_Flower_Exhibition_85_C_fotop_001.jpg']

    [eimg url='http://images5.fotop.net/albums5/Phillipa/Phillipa186/2010_HK_Flower_Exhibition_74_fotop.jpg' title='2010_HK_Flower_Exhibition_74_fotop.jpg']

    [eimg url='http://images5.fotop.net/albums5/Phillipa/Phillipa186/2010_HK_Flower_Exhibition_87_C_fotop.jpg' title='2010_HK_Flower_Exhibition_87_C_fotop.jpg']

    [eimg url='http://images5.fotop.net/albums5/Phillipa/Phillipa186/2010_HK_Flower_Exhibition_48_C_fotop.jpg' title='2010_HK_Flower_Exhibition_48_C_fotop.jpg']

  • Stan

    March 27, 2010 08:07 pm

    Portraits of strangers this weekend.

  • Jesse Kaufman

    March 27, 2010 04:56 pm

    @leec80 ... well, you are at the PERFECT place to learn how to really use the full potential of your DSLR ... i'm not in any way affiliated with this site, but it has improved my photography skills 100 fold since I first started following it! I'm a die-hard DPS-er now! :)

  • Jesse Kaufman

    March 27, 2010 04:54 pm

    little background on mine: there's a truck stop in town called "Newell's" which is where all the college students go to study (or after a night of binge drinking lol) ... a number of small colleges are around here, so people drive from nearby towns for scary waitresses, crappy service, horrid coffee, and greasy food lol ... well, a friend of mine that used to hang out there when she was younger got married to someone with the last name of "Newell" so between these two things, she commissioned me to take a shot of the sign to hang in their house (she lives a few states away now) ...

    sorry, got wordy, but giving it some context lol ... without further adieu:

  • Delia

    March 27, 2010 02:36 pm

    and the last one[eimg url='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_nY8EJnhqkYU/S62GP_05YAI/AAAAAAAAAgE/RG1dAcwQ1D8/s640/Mar.26.2010%20date%20night%20%286%29.JPG' title='Mar.26.2010%20date%20night%20%286%29.JPG']

    You can find more here: deliacreates.blogspot.com

    Thanks for challenging me to try new things. This was great!

  • Delia

    March 27, 2010 02:35 pm

    numero dos[eimg url='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_nY8EJnhqkYU/S62GDt8--rI/AAAAAAAAAgA/8sadNaaOohk/s640/Mar.26.2010%20date%20night%20%285%29%20edit.jpg' title='Mar.26.2010%20date%20night%20%285%29%20edit.jpg']

  • Delia

    March 27, 2010 02:34 pm

    I tried one of those night time light drawing pictures you suggested in an article this week. It was SO fun. My husband and I made it a "date" night that we could do at our house while the kids were sleeping. We kept taking pic after pic. It was SO fun! Here are three of my favorites. It was really hard to narrow it down. I loved how fun this was and how cool the pictures turned out. I know they are way novice but I really enjoyed the process.[eimg url='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_nY8EJnhqkYU/S62Gr-frp1I/AAAAAAAAAgM/_kv7Nh3tFbg/s640/Mar.26.2010%20date%20night.JPG' title='Mar.26.2010%20date%20night.JPG']

  • Shannon

    March 27, 2010 02:25 pm

    Finished my challenge. Self Birthday Portrait

    Self portraits are incredibly difficult to do, all the setup and the timing. I think my daughter looks cute though.

  • sweetpeatoad

    March 27, 2010 12:48 pm

    Here's mine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cathyahawkins/4465547721/

    I've been meaning to get there photos together for a long time now.

    Happy weekend!

  • LeZandra

    March 27, 2010 12:35 pm

    Here is another:

    Unfortunately, it is very noisy. I was shooting handheld in a completely dark room.

  • LeZandra

    March 27, 2010 12:34 pm

    I took this recently when I was at the Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN.

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4068/4439359685_60f5487dd2_b.jpg

  • Sandra

    March 27, 2010 12:08 pm

    Hi, I will try to finally get the perfect 'blur' shot with my kids as moving objects..

  • Kyle P.

    March 27, 2010 10:52 am

    I am going to practice outdoor photography with early morning light at an old grist mill home site near my house.

  • Veronica Salazar

    March 27, 2010 10:30 am

    I'm going to try to freeze some action using manual settings of my camera. So far I've done this with auto settings. I need to leave auto settings behind.

  • ktsdz

    March 27, 2010 10:17 am

    I am going to practice taking an action shot. I work at a gymnastics/cheerleading school so this should be fun!

  • Nicky Hurt

    March 27, 2010 09:49 am

    It's super sunny today and we are going to the nature center. I need to practice taking pics of people in bright light. So can I say mine is "full sun"?

  • leec80

    March 27, 2010 09:39 am

    I just got my first D-SLR so I'm going to 'get to know' my new baby and what it can do!

  • Flechtight

    March 27, 2010 08:11 am

    I have a brand new Singh-Ray Vari-ND filter I am chomping at the bit to try out

  • clcart

    March 27, 2010 07:11 am

    I'm going to have a go at Smoke Art Photography, this should be fun.

  • Valerie

    March 27, 2010 07:09 am

    I want to do some good night photography. Things always look different in the dark, and its something I haven't really explored much of yet.

  • Forrest McDonald

    March 27, 2010 07:01 am

    This weekend will be a study in portraits. i will take the portraits of at least three people using Christina Dickson's tips from "Portraiture in Motion: How to take Striking Portraits in 15 minutes or less"

    Should be fun!

  • Shannon

    March 27, 2010 06:46 am

    It's my birthday and I've been challenged to take a self portrait of myself blowing out candles, waving a noise maker. We'll see if my 4 month old lets that happen.

  • Kimberly

    March 27, 2010 06:37 am

    Got a great book today: David Busch's Digital Photography Bucket List, 100 great digital photos you must take before you die. Okay, a tad morbid, but you get the point :)

    Kimberly

  • tcdriver

    March 27, 2010 06:30 am

    I want to work on child portraits. Since my two grandkids will be here Sunday, I'll get my chance.

  • Jen at Cabin Fever

    March 27, 2010 06:01 am

    I know EXACTLY what I am going to do.... I've been meaning to go out and work on some macro, close-up shots with a bokeh style. I don't know why, but I've always had a difficult time being pleased with the results of my shots of that style. Maybe some more practice will change that?

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