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Virtual Photo Challenge: BLURS & SWIRLS I

NOTE: this challenge starts on July 10th - that's 7 days away. Sign up now if you intend to participate. :)

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The fantastic "Blurs and Swirls" photos from our last challenge (SEEK 6) has inspired this new challenge.

This is the first edition of the BLURS & SWIRLS challenge and this one focuses on technique. Techniques such as "flip of wrist" -- a sort of quick drop and turn to about 45 degrees while releasing the shutter, for example, will result in either a blur or a swirl, but most likely a mixture: a sort of "blurry swirl", so to speak.

How you interpret the themes or techniques is totally open to you. As you may begin to realize, this is about experimentation. The challenge is to experiment with carefree abandon, experiment with technique, velocity and force, experiment with subjects, experiment with interpretation of the themes.

You might find that the photos you like the best result from quick and abrupt movements -- or you might like to use very light touch. Whether you interpret the theme as moving your camera, on or off tripod, or playing with your lens or focus... It's up to you. This is all about having fun, breaking down any barriers you have about what you "should" be shooting -- and opening up your mind to what YOU THINK might constitute a "good shot".

Let loose, have fun and post your favourite images... One image for sure and up to 5 images in total; one for each theme :)

To join in, make sure you're signed up before the start time of 7am on Wednesday, July 10th.

As with previous challenges, if you RSVP to attend this event, you are making a personal commitment to take at least ONE photo according to your interpretation of the themes provided, and post at least ONE image in the Designated Album for this challenge.

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INSTRUCTIONS

By signing up you commit to take at least ONE photo representing one of your choice of the themes provided. You may take as many photos as you like. You may post up to 5 images for this challenge - one for each of the themes.

BLURS & SWIRLS I

Here are the themes:

1. Flip of the wrist

2. Shaky-shaky

3. Point and twist

4. Slight trembling

5. Rush in (or rush out)

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HOW IT WORKS

To participate, you must sign up before the start date of this challenge.

Your own personal challenge starts when you RSVP to join us on the challenge. You commit to taking at least ONE photo, based on your interpretation of your choice of the themes provided.

You must post at least ONE image to the Designated Photo Album for this Challenge, and you MUST use the Caption to state the theme used in your image. You can post up to 5 images, one for each of the themes. Photos may be posted at any time after the start of the challenge.

No other photos are allowed. Your photos must be taken with your camera between the start and end dates of this challenge. If you cannot post your images on the day you took them, you can post later; there is no time limit for posting your images to the Album once the challenge begins.

Use of all of your cameras are welcome, such as SLR, phone, toy, and point & shoots. Computer post-processing techniques (crop, colour correction, etc.) are allowed. To make it more challenging, we encourage use of "in-camera" settings and framing and minimal computer post-processing.

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All group members are encouraged to enjoy the photos that are posted by the participants of this challenge and add comments of encouragement and appreciation.

REMEMBER: we will NOT meet in person because this is a VIRTUAL challenge. There will be no judging and no prizes. If you sign up for the challenge, you are making a personal agreement with yourself to take photos and then post your best photos as laid out in the instructions.

Note: If you miss the start date and cannot RSVP, then you must wait for the next challenge... :)

Enjoy!!!!

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  • Doug G.

    And to think, I have been deleting all my blurry shots for years.

    August 1, 2013

  • Marilyn S.

    I found this a very interesting challenge. It made me look at photography and my camera in a new way. It was a lot of fun.

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Iluminada M.

    very challenging

    1 · July 19, 2013

  • Iluminada M.

    Thanks Trish. Very interesting challenge. I learned a lot

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • tracy

    I had lots of fun with this....thanks Trish

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • kelly

    I loved this challenge....it made me look at things so differently, especially colour...and of course light...I focused on the the garden...I had dozens (and dozens) of DELETES and got the best results of course during the golden hour.....

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still learning:)

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Bob

    As usual I started slowly, but got better as I got into it. I have spent so much time trying to keep the camera still and get images that are nice and sharp, It took me awhile to essentially do the opposite.

    2 · July 18, 2013

  • Leone

    It gave me incentive to try some fun techniques and think about what subjects look best in the abstract. Also good for thinking about what colors complement each other...and things like focal points, etc. I really enjoyed this, Trish. (and my dozens of rejects remind me of the beauty of digital photography...you can experiment!!!)

    2 · July 18, 2013

  • Anne G.

    One of my favorite photographers, Courtney Milne, did an interesting series called The Pool Project. Take a look...his photos are full of blurs and swirls! http://www.mendel.ca/2011/milne-pool-project

    July 18, 2013

  • Trish

    Great participation everyone!!! Fantastic pics, lots of great experimentation. Loving all your work! :)

    July 17, 2013

  • Eva h.

    This was interesting but not my forte! Enjoyed some really different subject matter.

    July 17, 2013

  • Len W.

    This was a great challenge and I love the effect you can get when you get creative with the camera. I think some the of colors are even better than if taken normally. I wish I could have spent more time on this because I love painting with lights and night photography.

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Carol

    I had a great deal of fun trying these techniques that I would never had tried before.

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Melody L.

    Yes, it was a lot of fun. It has given me some things to try. It's nice to see how members find ways of being creative.

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Anne G.

    Yes, this was definitely a fun and creative challenge! I didn't realize the potential of experimenting with these techniques.

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Grace R.

    Great

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Trish

    Wow!!!! All the images so far are just wonderful! I just love the blurs and swirls! And... thank you so much everyone for using the caption to give details. It's fantastic to be able to hover over the thumbnails to see the different themes and settings. :)

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • kelly

    There are some really great images being posted....I would like to know how you got the effects so will you please put the technique you used in the "CAPTION"

    3 · July 10, 2013

    • Trish

      Yes, please - everyone please state the theme of the challenge or your technique in the Caption. Thanks!

      July 10, 2013

  • tracy

    Trish, I'd like to give this a try...is it too late or can you add me on..

    July 10, 2013

    • Trish

      OK, Tracy, you're in. Enjoy!

      July 10, 2013

  • Iluminada M.

    Thank you Melody its a good tip.

    July 7, 2013

  • Melody L.

    You don't need to take a perfectly focused or composed picture. You are representing a subject in an abstract way that might look just look like a piece of art. Instead of holding your camera steady you can move it quickly up and down or sideways, around in a circle while clicking your picture. Or maybe you could zoom in or out at the time you click your picture. Try different setting on your camera too! Your picture will not be clear and focused but some might look like a painting or just have nice designs that you will like. You can paint with your camera.

    2 · July 6, 2013

  • Trish

    Hi everyone! In response to Inna, Cat and Jimmy's comments, here are some thoughts: The results of this challenge could be categorized in the realm of "Abstract Photography" -- but the object of this challenge is an exercise in letting go and using your camera to make interesting images that don't have an iconic or symbolic image. It's sort of akin to taking pots of paint and finger painting for the fun of it and learning to enjoy the resulting pictures. This challenge is an exercise only... for fun. The learning is in letting go and using your camera to create blurry and swirly pictures... and exploring "how" to relate and what you find interesting about the pictures you make. I hope this helps. :)

    1 · July 6, 2013

    • kelly

      You could go back and look at the photo album from the last virtual challenge - blurs and swirls was one of the topics...it might give you an idea.

      1 · July 6, 2013

  • Eva h.

    Sounds like fun!

    July 6, 2013

  • inna

    A photography was always my interest, especially when i travel, but never experienced " blurs & swirls" Probably it would be challenge for me. Inna Suvorov.

    July 6, 2013

  • inna

    i wonder what is "blurs and swirls"
    With appreciation, Inna Suvorov

    July 6, 2013

  • Cat K.

    Whats blurs and swirls

    July 6, 2013

  • Jimmy S.

    I really do not what Blurs and Swirls are, sorry!

    July 4, 2013

  • Bob

    I agree, this will be quite a challenge, but let's see if my photography skills can be improved.

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • sam b.

    as you will see from the last challenge I love blurs and swirls!!!! Such fun

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • tom m.

    Some times I get Blurs & Swirls and I wasn't even trying

    2 · July 4, 2013

  • Kerry Q.

    Sounds fun!

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Grace R.

    Up for the challenge!!!!

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Anne G.

    Thanks for this challenge Trish! I was just starting to wonder what to do next...it's interesting how so many of us liked this theme. Perhaps it's because they are all so unique and the process is more playful.

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Melody L.

    Usually I have no problem blurring or swirling and it's usually an accident. I'll just bet than now I'm trying to blur and swirl, twist and shake everything will be crystal clear

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Wendy

    This sounds like a great challenge...once I figure it out!! 8-)

    2 · July 3, 2013

  • kelly

    Trish, LOVE IT! The first time I have ever tried the technique was in the last challenge and I loved it! Thank-you...this will be fun!

    1 · July 3, 2013

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