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15 Examples of Environmental Portraits

[tweetmeme]Here are the results from another great round of Epic Edits Flickr Challenge! #5 was all about “environmental portraits” (chosen by the winner of the last round), and we had another great set of entries. This round was difficult for me to choose photos because environmental portraits share a blurry line with traditional portraits and street photography.

The winner this round was Carsten Fischer, also known as “topfloor” on Flickr. As the winner, he gets to choose the next topic:

CHALLENGE #6: “CAMERA PORN”
FLICKR TAG: “EE-CAMERAPORN”

For those not familiar with the term, “camera porn” is a photo of cameras or other photography gear as the main subject. Just remember that the photos must be in our Flickr pool and tagged with “ee-cameraporn”. Now for the environmental portraits, starting with my favorite:

counting fish
counting fish by topfloor

This photo is really catchy to me… though I can’t put my finger on a single reason for liking it so much. The low perspective gives a more intimate feel to the scene. The complimentary yellow hood and blue fins work well together as secondary focal points. The man himself is an interesting subject. All together, it works very well.

On with the other selections I made:

Risky
Risky by topfloor

Surfer and Board
Surfer and Board by Brian Auer

Mahout
Mahout by KBTimages.co.uk(uk_photo_art)

Cheesman Park and Grey Skies
Cheesman Park and Grey Skies by RussHeath

Dads with crazy cameras are hilarious!
Dads with crazy cameras are hilarious! by RussHeath

La hilandera
La hilandera by Miguel Aguilar

Name Forgotten
Name Forgotten by Brian Auer

Model for the masses
Model for the masses by topfloor

Sketch Artist
Sketch Artist by breischl

_MG_0168Monk
_MG_0168Monk by Joanie H

DSC_2450
DSC_2450 by joshuamorris15

Homeless, Names Unknown
Homeless, Names Unknown by Brian Auer

Master of Light - Joe McNally is blessing us
Master of Light – Joe McNally is blessing us by topfloor

Chamunda Devi 1_Chilam
hamunda Devi 1_Chilam by SaritsInOz

13 Night Photos You Never Thought You’d See

[tweetmeme]Here are the results from another great round of Epic Edits Flickr Challenge! #4 was all about “night” photos (chosen by the winner of the last round), and we had some nice looking entries once again.

The winner this round was Dustin Michelson, also known as “i_shoot_minolta” on Flickr. As the winner, he gets to choose the next topic:

CHALLENGE #5: “ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS”

FLICKR TAG: “EE-EPORTRAIT”

So basically a portrait, but taken in the subject’s natural environment (work, home, etc) — see Wikipedia for more explanation. Just remember that the photos must be in our Flickr pool and tagged with “ee-eportrait”. Now for the vanishing point photos, starting with my favorite:

365.20
365.20 by i_shoot_minolta

This photo stood out for me because it’s very clean with strong lines and focal points. The light draws my attention, but the vertical lines lead me away. The window in the middle of the wall adds a nice little break in the lines, and the texture on the ground looks great with that light. Oh, and what’s that sign say? Let me look closer… “NOTICE: SOMETHING SOMETHING ONLY… Damn it!” So there you go, the light draws you in and the unknown sign keeps you interested.

On with the other selections I made:

Perspective.
Perspective. by Tomas Webb

driving home
driving home by topfloor

Color Alley
Color Alley by topfloor

Moonlight
Moonlight by RussHeath

Rockstar Teri
Rockstar Teri by cabbit

Cafe del Bokeh
Cafe del Bokeh by topfloor

Blurry Night
Blurry Night by RussHeath

San Diego Skyline
San Diego Skyline by i_shoot_minolta

The lights that never sleep
The lights that never sleep by photo_gratis

source of money
source of money by topfloor

Night time by the bay
Night time by the bay by nathanTHEchan

Autostadt nights
Autostadt nights by topfloor

Vanishing Point Photos That Just Keep Going and Going

[tweetmeme]Here are the results from another great round of Epic Edits Flickr Challenge! #3 was all about “vanishing point” photos (chosen by the winner), and we had some awesome entries. I think this round was the most difficult for me to choose a winner because at least 4 or 5 of them were so close.

The winner this round was Carsten Fischer, also known as “topfloor” on Flickr. As the winner, he gets to choose the next topic:

CHALLENGE #4: “NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY”

FLICKR TAG: “EE-NIGHT”

So anything in the realm of night photography, and no other restrictions. Just remember that the photos must be in our Flickr pool and tagged with “ee-night”. Now for the vanishing point photos, starting with my favorite:

Spaceship V - up in the sky
Spaceship V – up in the sky by topfloor

I liked this one the best because it was just a bit different than the rest — it has a bit of a twist to it. Seriously though, you can see all sorts of different leading lines pointing to the same vanishing point and it’s quite interesting to explore. I also like the colors and the general composition of it.

OK, so now for the rest of the best!

Las Salinas Grandes, Argentina
Las Salinas Grandes, Argentina by Magical Places

Overcome your fear
Overcome your fear by Bryan Villarin

Vancouver Fog at Night 3
Vancouver Fog at Night 3 by cabbit

Boarding will start in 5 minutes
Boarding will start in 5 minutes by topfloor

Shift's Over
Shift’s Over by Roaming Vegas

Moody
Moody by Cherie S.

salinas grandes
salinas grandes by yellobagman

endless
endless by Victor Bezrukov

Millenium Bridge (5) - Photochallenge212 Repetition
Millenium Bridge (5) – Photochallenge212 Repetition by topfloor

Graphical subway
Graphical subway by topfloor

Reaching Far and Beyond
Reaching Far and Beyond by Devansh <Under House Arrest, forbidden to shoot>

Upgradable for air transit
Upgradable for air transit by Bryan Villarin

Trestle Bridge, Winters, CA
Trestle Bridge, Winters, CA by i_shoot_minolta

the message
the message by stachelpferdchen

The bridge
The bridge by joannapechmann

Tunnelview (Elbtunnel)
Tunnelview (Elbtunnel) by topfloor

Rovaniemi X
Rovaniemi X by Teemu Lahtinen

A Solitary Path
A Solitary Path by cabbit

15 Street Photos From Our Readers

[tweetmeme]Last week I announced that we would be running a new feature here on the blog: The Epic Edits Flickr Challenge. For the first topic, I chose “street photography” and asked you to submit your best photos to the Flickr pool. In a week, we had over 70 entries and I narrowed my selections down to 15.

It was tough choosing a favorite, but I ended up going with the image below from Victor Bezrukov. So now he gets to choose the topic for challenge #2.

happy runner
happy runner by Victor Bezrukov

Victor has chosen the topic of “analog photography” — basically anything shot on film. Any format, any type of camera, etc.

CHALLENGE #2: “ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY”

FLICKR TAG: “EE-ANALOG”

And don’t forget that your photos must also be in the Epic Edits Flickr Pool. Winner of the next round picks the next topic. I’ll post my selections in about a week.

Here are the remaining selections from Challenge #1:


Untitled by versusnyc82

Fear and Loathing on the People Mover
Fear and Loathing on the People Mover by Cherie S.

staten island ferry
staten island ferry by versusnyc82

Rainy Day
Rainy Day by chris honiball

Vidas Paralelas
Vidas Paralelas by portafolio fotográfico – William López

Untitled #31
Untitled #31 by Peepin Pixel Piker Pepper

Sunny Days
Sunny Days by Bryan Davidson

Just Passing Through.
Just Passing Through. by demosthien

Merry-Go-Round
Merry-Go-Round by Bryan Davidson

Street Scenes - The Apprentice
Street Scenes – The Apprentice by KBTimages.co.uk(uk_photo_art)

late for a date
late for a date by KBTimages.co.uk(uk_photo_art)

geese
geese by rince_77

Faith
Faith by ✪ th1rt3en ✪

Sundial
Sundial by ✪ th1rt3en ✪

New Feature: Epic Edits Flickr Challenge

[tweetmeme]I’ve been meaning to do this sort of thing for a while, so let’s see if we can get it going. How does a periodic photo challenge sound? You know — I post a topic/subject, you post photos to the Flickr pool, I pick out some good ones to exhibit in a blog post, you become rich and famous (no promises though).

A few other sites and forums do this sort of thing, so why shouldn’t we? Our Flickr group is getting quite large and we have a ton of great photos coming through each day. In addition to the PhotoDumps, I’d like to highlight some specific topics of interest. Here’s what you need to do in order to participate in these “assignments”:

[UPDATE 5/24/2010] This challenge is over and the results have been posted. Check there for the next assignment, or visit the Flickr group page.

CHALLENGE #1: “STREET PHOTOGRAPHY”

FLICKR TAG: “EE-STREET”

Interpret that as you will, it just needs to be in the realm of “street” and “photography”.

  1. JOIN THE EPIC EDITS FLICKR GROUP
    The only way to post photos to the pool is to join the group, so get on there if you’re not already.
  2. POST PHOTOS ON THE CURRENT TOPIC
    Get out and take some new photos, or find some old ones in your archive that relate to the current topic. Put them in the pool, and remember that you’re limited to one per day. Feel free to interpret the topic as you see fit.
  3. TAG YOUR SUBMISSIONS: “EE-STREET”
    I need to have a good way of finding your submissions, so tag them correctly and make sure they’re in the pool.
  4. WAIT FOR THE SELECTIONS
    After a week or two, I’ll pull together some of the best submissions for a featured blog post.
  5. WINNER PICKS THE NEXT TOPIC
    Each round, I’ll pick out my absolute favorite from the bunch and that person will get to choose the next topic.

Submissions to any round can be new photos posted to the pool or old photos that you’ve already posted. Doesn’t matter — just make sure you tag your submissions appropriately. I’m also going to select photos for the post without notice, so don’t wait until the last minute.

Here’s what a selection might look like (these ones are just mine, the real post will come from you guys)…

Over the Can

Black and White

Battling Fuel Prices

Gangsta

Cigar Humor

Big White Boxes

3 Cops

I Poop Little People, Then Ride Away

Mexican Bus Stop

Challenge Yourself in 2010 with PhotoChallenge.org

One of the best ways to improve your photography is to challenge yourself and push the limits of your comfort zone. Photographing subjects or situations outside of your norm will force you to apply your existing knowledge to a new thing. And in the process, you’ll be learning things and picking up new tricks.

PhotoChallenge.org is a website/blog committed to challenging photographers. In 2007, Trevor Carpenter, started challenging photographers to shoot 1-photo-per-day monthly themes or challenges, and continued that into 2008 when PhotoChallenge.org was officially launched. Also in 2008, Trevor started a yearly challenge to photograph a single subject each week for the entire year. 2009 included challenges on a different topic each day — and I applaud anybody that could keep up with that schedule!

In 2010, PhotoChallenge.org will be changing it up yet again. We’ll have monthly themes (4 weeks each, actually), but you’ll only be asked to shoot one photo per week on the topic — so 4 total for each challenge. The new format will allow more people to keep up with the challenges, because shooting every day can be tedious for some of us.

The first challenge is “Resolution” and you can basically take that theme any way you see fit and shoot a photo that reflects your personal interpretation. After 4 weeks of “Resolution” they guys at PhotoChallenge.org will announce the next theme.

Really, it’s all in the name of learning new things and having a good time. You’re more than welcome to join in or opt out as you choose and nobody is keeping tabs on you if you miss a week or two. So if you’re looking for new ways to expand your skill set, jump over to PhotoChallenge.org and see what they have in store for the new year.

Link Roundup 01-03-2009

Wow… this last week has been really crazy with activity on the Internet. I guess everybody got back into the swing of things after the holidays. So here’s a small selection of things going on. And Happy New Year too!

The July Challenge is Coming!

as if the sky was about to kiss them
Creative Commons License photo credit: ~ fernando

Trevor is at it again — the July Challenge will be starting up soon. The topic of the month will be LIGHTING FIXTURES. You can shoot street lamps, head lights, tail lights, desk lamps, chandeliers, and whatever else you can find that can be called a lighting fixture.

If you’re new to these Photo Challenges, let me lay it out for you. The idea is to follow a predefined topic set by Trevor. Typically, you push yourself to take a photo every day for the entire month on that topic. When you upload your photos to Flickr or other photo sharing sites, you then tag your photos with the tags that Trevor sets on the project kickoff page. Trevor then highlights some of his favorites each week or at the end of the month.

I’ve participated in a few of these projects, and each time I do I learn a tremendous amount of new things. Focusing on a single topic for an entire month can really get your creative side going and expand your skills. So if you’re looking for a little project or a fun way to challenge yourself, check out the July Challenge.

Visit the July Challenge Official Announcement

Link Roundup 04-26-2008