Winter is still upon us; while this presents some challenges for motorcycle riding, it is prime photographic weather. Now before we get all excited, allow me to remind you of these simple rules:

  • Photos must be shot between Fri. 02/22/08 and Sun. 03/02/08--10 days.
  • You must provide the EXIF information if asked (we'll help you, if you'd like to know how to get it).
  • No photoshop alteration (we're looking to improve your skills with your camera, not software).
  • Your photograph must adhere to the theme, which will be described below.
  • Post only one photo per post, so that commentary can be easily provided for that photo. You may post more than one photo, but try to keep it to a handful.
  • Title your photo so it can be referred to later.
  • Post your photos in this thread only. Do not start a thread in reply to this assignment. Please post your photos no later than next Wednesday.
  • And, the most important rule: have fun! We're looking to spread the joy that many of us derive from taking pictures, particularly ones that tell a story of some kind.

This week's theme: "Landscape"

A landscape comprises the visible features of an area of land, including physical elements such as landforms, living elements of flora and fauna, and abstract elements such as lighting and weather conditions.

In an effort to not simply showcase our photography, let's also try to improve our photography. Please try to avoid simply grabbing a snapshot. Ansel Adams said, "You don't take a photograph, you make it." Try to make an image that is a purposeful landscape photograph.

You may want to consider looking at 11 Surefire Tips for Improving your Landscape Photography. Of particular interest are :

  1. Look for a Focal Point
  2. Think Foreground
  3. Work the Golden Hours
  4. Think About Horizons
  5. Change Your Point of View

If that's not enough, you can also look at 16 Simple Landscape Photography Tips or Landscape Photography or a really neat site, Four Rules of Composition for Landscape Photography.

NOTE: Please use the "commentary thread" to post multiple efforts and to discuss techniques, ask questions, make comments, etc. Please reserve this thread to post one or two of your final efforts, the photos you're really proud of and want feedback on. Thanks!

What are you waiting for? You're burning daylight!