[Assignment] Windows and Doors

After being called out on the forum for not updating the ‘weekly challenge’ in more than a few months I’ve decided to resurrect it in a new format. While it will still function the same – you’ll get a prompt with an example or two from Flickr or my own work – it will function a little differently.

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Basic Ideas for the Assignment Series

  • First – it might not be exactly a weekly assignment, but I’ll try to keep it fairly regular.
  • Second – The posts will be published both here on the blog and within the new Assignments forum.
  • Third – Submissions can be embedded using HTML from sites like Flickr by guests or if you’re a forum member you can upload images to the forum. Comments are shared between the blog and forum.
  • Finally – this just a fun way for us to try and get each other photographing new things. Suggest themes when they pop into your head as one of the reasons that the last ‘weekly challenge’ failed was for lack of themes. The more ideas that I’m fed the easier it will be for me to keep things going – plus if you’re the one submitting the theme odds are you’re at an advantage when it comes to completing the challenge.

[Assignment #1] Windows & Doors

To kick things off – I’m going to use the first suggestion that I received from the person who called me out – Windows and Doors.

It’s an awesome theme, one that I am going to be taking part in myself, and I’m excited to see what everyone comes up with. Windows and doors can be used in many ways within a photograph – you can make them your subject, or you can use them to frame your subject. They can be old and rustic or clean and modern and best of all they can be found nearly everywhere on the planet!

Here are some ideas that I found for a quick search on Flickr’s creative commons collection to get you inspired.

door and window at the ostrich farm in MelitopolPhoto By: Matvey Andreyev


Doors and windowsPhoto By: paul hyde


Windows & DoorsPhoto By: terrydu

While I won’t be enforcing anything – this assignment theory works best if you make the time to go out and photograph a new photograph within the theme as opposed to browsing through your archives for a photograph that fits the theme. Nothing says you can’t revisit the same location and take the same shot – but doing that is even better than simply posting something that you took months or years ago – you’d only be cheating yourself.

Can’t wait to see the submissions!

17 Responses to “[Assignment] Windows and Doors”

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    Admin Edit: Moved this post to this thread.

  2. This is great, I enjoy assignment challenges and they make me get up off my backside and go “see”.

    John Davenport said
    Suggest themes when they pop into your head as one of the reasons that the last ‘weekly challenge’ failed was for lack of themes. The more ideas that I’m fed the easier it will be for me to keep things going – plus if you’re the one submitting the theme odds are you’re at an advantage when it comes to completing the challenge.

    Are you seeking Subject prompts or will you include technical/technique prompts and airy fairy abstract concepts too? Should we add them here or contact you off board (if so, how)?

    If you get stuck for prompts you can always open a dictionary at a random page and run your finger down until you find something that strikes a chord.

    I’ve already suggested Lost/Found elsewhere. May I also offer up Rust, Speed, and Isolated – three totally random dictionary-discovered topics.

  3. Beth Loft said

    Are you seeking Subject prompts or will you include technical/technique prompts and airy fairy abstract concepts too? Should we add them here or contact you off board (if so, how)?

    I’ll set up a thread for suggestions, but you’re more than welcome to PM or email suggestions to me as well.

    If you get stuck for prompts you can always open a dictionary at a random page and run your finger down until you find something that strikes a chord.

    Great Idea!

    I’ve already suggested Lost/Found elsewhere. May I also offer up Rust, Speed, and Isolated – three totally random dictionary-discovered topics.

    Nice! I’ll add these to my list and start setting a schedule for myself to publish the new challenges.

  4. Here’s one I snapped this morning when I walked up the island to my weekly spinning group.
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    Heilsa Fjold – a modern conversion of a pair of old council bungalows – now the island’s newest meeting centre.

  5. The view from my morning shower. Shot in High Contrast B&W and filtered in Silver Efex ProBathroom-Window-edit-4.jpg

  6. Wilson Silva said

    Shadow in trangle

    Lovely!

  7. We were blessed with a wonderful fine morning, a promise of Spring to come. I had the laundry on and my bread rising by 9am, so I popped out for an hour and a half with my camera. I took only my new Prime 105mm so that I might become familiar with it. I had much fun and kept the Doors and Windows assignment uppermost in my mind. My destination was the ruinous Lady Kirk, about a kilometre away from home along the road that runs around the head of the bay where I live.

    Here is one of the photos that I took today. I have started an album on my new website for the assignment and have put some more there.

  8. This is a great photo. It really draws your eye into it. You have some rich history to photograph. I’ll bet you could spend quite awhile getting some great images just from this church alone. Where I live, nothing is older than about 100 years. I guess history is relative.

  9. Well, since this topic was kind of my idea, I guess I should submit something. I decided not to use a photo that I took in the past, so I don’t have that “wow” shot. With the new snow that we got last night, I decided to see if I could capture a reflection from my back window. This is the view from my back deck and, yes, those are a few of the wind turbines behind me. Unfortunately, while double glazed windows are good for energy savings, they tend to create a double reflection. Also, being lazy, I didn’t bother to put on shoes and the snow was a bit cold on bare feet. Oh well I hope you like the photo. Taken with a Canon 6D, 24-105 @ 60mm, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/250 sec.

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  10. Even though I said I didn’t want to rely on past pictures for this challenge, I came across this one and decided to share it. It fits the theme and is a bit humorous. It was taken in Tatopani, Nepal. What’s the difference between a “Toilet” and a “Western Toilet?” You sit on a western toilet and squat on a toilet. Few places in Nepal have the western option and some people never quite get the hang of squatting.
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  11. steve priebe said

    Oh well I hope you like the photo.

    Well, I do – very much, in fact.

  12. Too funny! My imagination went wild! lol!

  13. So, does a natural door/window count? If so, this is mine . . .Bryce_Canyon-0001.jpg

  14. Absolutely, natural doors are wonderful and this is a great example. The glow on the underside of the archway is perfect. Is this on one of the trails? I haven’t been to Bryce (or Zion) yet, but it’s definitely on my list. After all, I’m only a few hours away. As you probably know, there’s actually a formation at Arches National Park that’s called the Windows.

  15. Yes, I know about the Windows. While we still lived in the Chicago area, we spent 3 weeks in Moab in late October, 2012. Such beauty! Most of our time was spent hiking in Arches although we went over to Canyonland several times. We were traveling in our RV so we drive around Lake Powell and then up to Zion for several weeks. While there, we drove over to Bryce for a couple of days. We did find this “door” on one of the trails. We so fell in love with the Southwest that we moved here! Now, we are 45 minutes from Zion! :)

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