Abstract: Weekly Photography Challenge

Abstract: Weekly Photography Challenge

now you see it... now you don'tEvery weekend we issue a a photographic challenge to dPS readers to participate in – the hope is that it will help you improve some aspect of your photography by setting out to take a new photo on a particular theme.

This week your challenge is to take – and share – a photo on the theme of ‘Abstract’.

Of course ‘Abstract’ will conjure different images in different people’s minds. There’s no real right or wrong here so you can take the theme in any direction – but if you’re looking for a starting point in my mind at least Abstract photos are often those that present a recognisable subject matter in an unusual way. You can do this in any way – perhaps by only shooting part of a subject, photographing it from an unusual angle, taking an extreme closeup, using some creative focusing – or may be just finding a subject that is unusual in and of itself.

Once you’ve selected the ‘Abstract’ image that you’d like to share – upload it to your favourite photo sharing site or blog and either share a link to it or – embed them in the comments using the our new tool to do so.

Remember these challenges are not just about finding pictures in your archives to share – we’d really love to see you getting out your camera and taking a new photo – after all that’s what dPS is about, helping you take better shots rather than just celebrating past shots.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSRED to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in last weeks challenge – RED challenge where there were some great shots submitted.

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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+.

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  • Toniamj April 2, 2012 03:00 am


  • Kristy Giddis March 23, 2012 11:27 pm

    Here's my submission


  • alie March 22, 2012 02:02 pm

    I'm not usually into abstracts, but there is a first for everything.


  • Wattle72 March 21, 2012 01:03 pm


  • Patti March 21, 2012 11:05 am



    Was out at McGeachy's Pond. I thought the plums against the blue sky looked interesting. Hope you like.

  • Donna March 20, 2012 04:12 am

    One that I took this summer, but the rest I went out and shot this weekend.


  • Michelle March 19, 2012 11:44 am

    Detail on the columns outside my building


  • skuggi March 19, 2012 11:01 am

    Not such a hot shot on abstract, but here is a starter


  • Jim March 19, 2012 08:43 am

    Nope not mine, I shave my head.


  • OnyxE March 19, 2012 06:30 am

    This is a liquified rose


  • Vidhya March 18, 2012 08:03 pm

    Between HDB buildings in residential area Punggol, Singapore.

  • Gigi Gabor March 18, 2012 05:54 pm

    Abstract photo…had a lot of fun taking pics for this challenge..I liked this one :)

  • Gigi Gabor March 18, 2012 05:52 pm

    Abstract photo...had a lot of fun taking pics for this challenge..I liked this one :)

  • TimGoh March 18, 2012 01:32 pm

    A close up of palm leave

  • Wayne Ezekiel March 18, 2012 01:27 pm

    It was such a lovely day today that I got out to get some fresh air and take a few shots. This pic looks like red paint floating in water but is actually the reflection of our paper box in a ditch on the front of our property. I love the abstract nature of this.

  • Caroline32 March 18, 2012 03:57 am

    Sun backlit these fiberglass panels.

    Each way I tilt my head, different line become more prominent !!

  • raigna93 March 18, 2012 01:38 am

    Abstract.... taken while driving to work one early morning, this is what happend


  • Sherry March 18, 2012 12:12 am

    A walkway cover - circles and lines - all in white


  • TimGoh March 17, 2012 11:36 pm

    A close up of a lamp shade.

  • ShootsNMisses March 17, 2012 11:21 pm

    Always late to the party...It doesn't help that this site is half a world away and always a day ahead. Wish I was there.


  • Mara March 17, 2012 04:25 am

    I found these bottles and fruit interesting. Put a filter on the fruit for the other orange and yellow abstract. Macro function on a new point and shoot. Interestingly this was my photo club assignment for Jan.

  • Mara March 17, 2012 04:21 am

    Glass bottles that interested me. I also used a filter togenerate the orange and yellow

  • Lana Lamkin March 17, 2012 03:28 am

    Second try... sorry about that.

    Wall hanging.

  • Lana Lamkin March 17, 2012 03:23 am

    Wall hanging

  • Michelle Kola March 17, 2012 02:40 am

    Don't think I did it right the 1st time i tried to post. Sorry!


  • Sheeba March 17, 2012 02:09 am

    Weekly Challenge: Abstract


    Weekly Challenge : Abstract


  • peeeweee20 March 16, 2012 05:49 pm

    Hi There, here is mine is inside iced water


  • Michelle Kola March 16, 2012 02:57 pm

    My first experience with abstract art. Who can tell what I did here?

  • RookieSLR March 16, 2012 10:46 am

    Hi Folks,

    Like Evan R, I have a picture of some BIGGGGG rocks....or are they??



  • Paul R March 16, 2012 05:58 am

    Here is mine taken in Maui.


  • FAIRYTAIL STUDIOS March 16, 2012 05:31 am

    14 flicker abstracts, http://www.flickr.com/photos/fairytail_studios/6985183719/in/photostream/

  • Darcy Roth March 16, 2012 01:40 am

    This is a picture of flowers in my flowerbed taken at a slow shutter speed and then moving the camera in a crescent moon shape during the exposure.


  • Hiam Kouzayha March 15, 2012 09:31 pm


    fire inside a diesel heater

  • Amanda Lehman March 15, 2012 08:36 am

    I have posted 2 pictures here that to me are Abstract. I actually took these just a few days before I read about this photo challenge and I felt they work pretty well. Enjoy!
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  • Janita Court March 15, 2012 03:37 am

    A close up of colored sugar. I had a lot of fun with this and I got to eat it afterwards! ;)

  • Liam March 15, 2012 12:57 am

    Here's mine:

  • Bibiana Silveira March 14, 2012 02:19 pm

    broken link on the fifth. here it is


  • Bibiana Silveira March 14, 2012 02:04 pm

    so, this is my first time here. i have two still lifes and four landscapes. don't know if some of them fit the challenge, but... (tagged as both #DPSRED and #DPSABSTRACT on flickr)







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  • Marco March 14, 2012 02:21 am

    I don't even know what if this is abstract :)


  • Thomas March 13, 2012 08:43 pm

    Fire comes in waves :


  • Jeff E Jensen March 13, 2012 03:38 pm

    I finally got around to positing my images for this:


  • Tammy March 13, 2012 02:39 pm

    Wow, sorry my photo showed up in blazing glory! I posted it per instructions as well as the size so I'm not sure what happened :)

  • Anita March 13, 2012 08:32 am

    My abstract photo-herringbone Roman floor at Wroxter

  • Janita Court March 13, 2012 05:55 am

    Oops I messed up! Forgive me I am new to this!

  • Janita Court March 13, 2012 05:51 am

    A tiny tree blossom just begining to emerge. Looks like it belongs under the sea!

  • Thomas G. March 13, 2012 03:06 am


  • Maria March 13, 2012 01:04 am

    My bubble vision, the photo i would like to submit to the challenge is Rose au coeur violet

  • Claudio March 12, 2012 10:30 pm

    Close-up view of a CRT


    (third attempt, it appears that "adding images to your comment" is not working after all)

  • Adil March 12, 2012 09:03 pm


  • Udayam March 12, 2012 01:41 pm



  • michael March 12, 2012 12:22 pm

    one more time -


  • PhilippB March 12, 2012 10:46 am

    Here's mine:

  • Tammy March 12, 2012 10:18 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/tammyrt/6800983844/' title='Blown glass lampshade' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7190/6800983844_a02fc59ecb_z.jpg']

  • Lea S March 12, 2012 10:03 am


  • Tim Screw March 12, 2012 09:22 am


  • Colm March 12, 2012 08:53 am

    Spiral staircase

  • Brian March 12, 2012 08:53 am

    Here's my first attempt at a challenge...


  • Jey_K March 12, 2012 07:40 am


  • Rosario Velázquez March 12, 2012 04:25 am


  • Rosario Velázquez March 12, 2012 04:20 am

    A broom to clean my yard

  • DigitalDiva March 12, 2012 02:58 am

    I applied an HDR filter to an oft photograhped Philly landmark, the 'Love' sculpture. To address the 'abstract' component of the DPS challenge I simply cropped the windows of a nearby building.


  • Stefano March 11, 2012 10:52 pm

    A different view to a wall (I tagged it both RED and ABSTRACT)


  • Matthew Kunce March 11, 2012 10:49 pm

    Thanks for running threads like this. Here is my shot at an abstract.



  • Julia March 11, 2012 08:51 pm

    My Attempt:

  • MikeC366 March 11, 2012 07:28 pm

    Here is my attempt at a landscape abstract. A bit different from the norm.


    Hope you enjoy.


  • Rob March 11, 2012 03:54 pm

    My attempt at abstract....


  • Beygan March 11, 2012 02:00 pm

    My contribution for Abstract. Still trying to understand what is abstract photograhy... :)



  • Bharat Justa March 11, 2012 01:23 pm

    Here's mine http://goo.gl/W037Z

  • JeffT March 11, 2012 10:48 am

    My contribution: Red Curves


  • Alex Shterenberg March 11, 2012 10:25 am

    Here is my abstract. Zoom into the tree lights!!!

  • Alan Deaner March 11, 2012 10:06 am

    First time, not sure if this will work or these pics are good enough, I like them


  • SethG March 11, 2012 08:05 am

    School Yard Table - Another view - color

  • SethG March 11, 2012 08:02 am

    School Yard Table - BW

  • AJBopp March 11, 2012 06:51 am

    Abstract is not normally something I do, but here's one I got awhile back of a couple of coffee filters that I found interesting


  • Srikant March 11, 2012 06:35 am

    The roof of a butterfly park

  • Gabriele March 11, 2012 04:43 am

    My concrete abstract!


  • Terence March 11, 2012 03:16 am

    Check this one out...


  • Pratik March 11, 2012 02:00 am


  • Claudia March 11, 2012 01:59 am

    How did a tinman get here?

  • Gordon McKinlay March 11, 2012 01:37 am

    Good idea. My attempt is perhaps not as abstract as it might be ... see what you think ...


  • Gary Paakkonen March 11, 2012 01:14 am


    Looking down painted stairs. Lit by natural light from a conveniently placed window :)

  • Mridula March 11, 2012 12:47 am

    Hopefully my water drops are a bit abstract.


  • Tom O'Connor March 11, 2012 12:25 am

    Here's my favorite surrealist/abstract one I've taken:


  • patraquim March 10, 2012 10:57 pm

    Ligths on the news year eve...

  • Dailydose10 March 10, 2012 09:52 pm

    Ye old water shot

  • Gautam March 10, 2012 08:27 pm

    Lines of the Sea Link

  • Jean Ruest March 10, 2012 04:50 pm


  • Reetesh March 10, 2012 04:36 pm

    A close-up of hanging pins in natural light...

  • BlueJules March 10, 2012 04:07 pm


  • steve slater March 10, 2012 03:59 pm

    Pattern of architecture

  • Charles March 10, 2012 02:29 pm

    This is part of the back of a sign in the Living Desert in Palm Desert, CA. They must have painted over an old sign and the paint is very selectively peeling.


  • Brenda March 10, 2012 12:39 pm

    Children's playground equipment:


    and The Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) - its outer reflective surface:


  • John March 10, 2012 12:35 pm

    A view of something familiar


    B&W for moody abstract


    And finally, going too far


  • Wrenchead March 10, 2012 12:29 pm

    Magic lake sprites.

  • Wrenchead March 10, 2012 12:26 pm

    Unusual staircase gradient.

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer March 10, 2012 11:25 am

    Abstract bokeh featuring tree lights, an ATM sign and distant lights at sunset:


  • Edwin March 10, 2012 09:58 am

    Did a little photowalk today at the palace "Het Loo" and did some close-up shots of the beautiful fence at the entrance.

    See for yourself: http://vannuil.com/blog/abstract

  • DavidH March 10, 2012 09:31 am

    One I took at work of a shadow.


  • Scottc March 10, 2012 09:25 am

    Another great subject, and some great photos in the earlier article sharing abstracts.


  • Evan R March 10, 2012 09:17 am

    Rocks from a different perspective

  • Tammy March 10, 2012 09:01 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/tammyrt/6967850137/' title='More art from the sea' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7070/6967850137_a02ef24f05.jpg']

  • Tammy March 10, 2012 08:21 am

    Sorry didn't get the photos on the first post right. Let's try again :)

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/tammyrt/6817598010/' title='untitled shoot-080' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7197/6817598010_2bbf935c20.jpg']

  • Tammy March 10, 2012 08:18 am

    Someone thought this sunset photo had an abstract feel to it. And I thought the second photo did as well just by the angles and POV.

  • James March 10, 2012 08:10 am

    Very neat challenge, it will be really interesting to see what other photographers produce with no rules abstract photos!

  • Thomas March 10, 2012 07:00 am

    Shouldn't we tag the pictures with #DPSABSTRACT rather than with #DPSRED ? ;-)

  • Melli March 10, 2012 06:58 am

    I take many abstract images, especially of architectural details, this is an example of that, a ceiling rotunda in one of the historic passage ways of my hometown:


  • Rebekah March 10, 2012 06:38 am

    Here is my photograph: Fantôme


  • Ilan March 10, 2012 06:23 am

    Sometimes such "abstract" situation can surprise you.

    I came home late at night. A street light down below was broken and the light washed my apartment.
    Can you guess what you see? :)


  • Jeff E Jensen March 10, 2012 06:09 am

    This is going to be a fun challenge. I'm headed to a museum this afternoon with my daughter, I'll have to see what I can come up with. In the mean time, here's one of my favorite: