The challenges I have announced and asked for you to participate in over the last few weeks have all been about expanding ones vision, see beyond the obvious and capture photographs in a different way than you usually do. To be able grow as a photographer (or any artist for that matter), it’s important to thrust oneself beyond the comfort zone, every so often.
I have my own little project where I keep pushing myself beyond my usual approach to photography. Subject wise it’s something I would normally never photograph. That’s one challenge right there. In addition, I try to shoot the subject differently every time. One day I might only allow myself to use a 400 mm lens, another day only a 16 mm wide angle. Sometimes I shoot handheld with long exposure time, sometimes I move while capturing the subject. And so on and so forth. That’s a second way to push myself beyond the usual. Finally, the subject is very limited in space and options. That’s definitely challenging in a third way.
Some of you may have seen some of the results in previous posts over the years. I have posted about this personal work in posts such as The World from the Backyard, Instagram my Backyard, Out of Comfort Zone and Challenge and Expand. Some of the titles already disclose what the project is all about. Yes, I am photographing my backyard. And I know that for many of you subject wise it doesn’t sound like much of a challenge, but for me it definitely is. I would never have photographed my backyard had I not decided to make it into a challenging project.
The photos here are some of the last ones captured at the end of summer and the beginning of the autumn.