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Old Apr 22, 2008, 6:40 PM   #1
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About a year ago, we had a challenge on framing and natural frames. This challenge is also about framing but in a totally different way. This time we want to shoot photos through openings or apertures in man-made structures. The shot should clearly show the subject of the photo as well as clearly showing what created the aperture. This means a long depth of field to get both the distant subject as well as the near aperture.

The aperture should be round or curved in some way. Rectangular frames are excluded in this challenge. No shooting through windows or doorways. We don't want natural framing such as trees and bushes. The aperture (frame) should be part of something man-made.

Some examples might include shooting through a knot-hole in a fence, a round opening in a sign. I know I said no shooting through a window but I will make one exception. Try standing on one side of a car and shoot through the car to the scene on the other side.

If you are really up to the challenge try shooting something through the actual eye of a needle. (Bynx, are you up to it??) I recommend a large needle unless you've got a really good lens.

Here are some examples that I found in my files. The first three are not good photos but they show what I am talking about. The fourth illustrates the idea perfectly.

#1 is a shot taken through the front and rear openings of a garbage can.



#2 is part of a bicycle rack or it would be a good hitching post for a horse. The circle on the left would be an excellent aperture in a better setting.



#3 is a lamp post with a nice crook at the top Imagine a bird sitting in the branches beyond.



#4 is shot through part of a childrens play structure looking at another part of the structure beyond.



I know I have violated the rule on max number of photos per posting and I appologize. You don't see me do it very often.

If you haven't reviewed the posting guidelines recently please do so. Remember, two photos per posting and two postings per day max.

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Old Apr 28, 2008, 4:50 PM   #2
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I guess I should have been more clear in what I was looking for. I thought my sample photos would get the idea across but apparently not.

I am looking for outdoor scenes shot through some outdoor aperture or "hole". I know that these outdoor apertures may be hard to find but just keep your eyes open. I'm sure that when this challenge is over, you will suddenly find dozens of them.

I was out shooting in a local park yesterday and kept looking for something for the challenge. I shot a lot of photos but none suitable for the challenge.

Keep trying. I have faith in you!

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Old May 6, 2008, 11:09 AM   #3
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AlanT suggested that we might want to continue this challenge for awhile "in the background" while other new challenges are posted. The theory is that people are having difficulty finding appropriate shots to post. They are out there just waiting to be found.

Anyway, that's what we are going to do. I have extended this challenge to June 3rd but Selvin's new challenge will be posted later today or tomorrow. In two weeks, Vanessa (vsch1) will post her new challenge. During this four-week period, you may post to either the "Threading the Needle" and/or the current challenge.

Here is a link to the thread containing AlanT's remarks:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=85

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