To keep the creative juices flowing, many photographers take on challenges such as the 365 day project, or the black and white challenge, but have you heard about the one subject 30 day project challenge? All you have to do is search the web to see people’s photos of coffee mugs, pets, and flowers. I was impressed by one photographer’s decision to make her daughter and her stuffed chicken the subject of her project. The photos are fun, and at the end of the 30 days she produced a book capturing the most memorable photos.
Of course taking photos of a child, a pet, or whatever you see in your home everyday makes sense for a project, but I wondered how we could use this one subject 30 day challenge while Camera Walking. Certainly all of us see at least one or more landmarks or views everyday as we walk. Although I walk many different routes, I realized that I always see the Space Needle!
The challenge is to capture shots of your subject reflecting changes in the weather, light and views. Amazingly the same subject can tell different stories if you move around it and shoot from different angles.
I took the above photo with my iPhone and, after playing with several apps, I was able to create this unusual view of the Needle and its reflection on the Experience Music Project.
Walking through the Seattle Art Museum’s Sculpture Garden near the waterfront, I saw this shot through a colored glass wall. Using TopazLab’s BuzzSim filter in Simplify I was able to create this muted, abstract look.
I walk around the top of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle where you can get iconic photos of the Needle, as well as of Mount Rainier, such as this one below.
And, if you move around Kerry Park where these photos were taken, you can capture other interesting views such as the one below. I used Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro, in particular the detail extractor filter, to pull out more of the detail in the photo. I enjoy playing with the many filters to create unusual photos.
And finally one of my iPhone photos, edited in Snapseed, taken from the place where the Monorail and the Needle, all legacies of the 1962 World’s Fair, intersect.
During the Space Needle’s 50th anniversary, I created a photo album on my SmugMug site to celebrate. I love taking photos of the Space Needle and post them on our Facebook page, so join our page if you would like to see more.
I hope this post inspires you to take the 30 day challenge to select one subject to photograph while out Camera Walking. We would love to see your photos, so share them below, post on our Facebook page, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And remember, in between the stops you make to take photos, walk briskly!