Challenge #12: Spring into action   

It’s the start of Spring and lockdown is easing, so a fresh Challenge should help motivate us to take advantage of the better weather and venture a little further afield with our cameras. Spring is a refreshing and inspirational time of year and a great time to take photographs as we go for walks or visit new places.

The Challenge

The Challenge is to create up to five images, each of which showcases what Spring means to you. Please feel free to interpret the theme ‘Spring into action’ imaginatively, as long as there is a recognisably seasonal ‘Spring’ connection and it means something to you personally.

Your photographs should be taken during the period between the (‘astronomical’) first day of Spring, Saturday 20 March, and the submission deadline, Saturday 10 April.

Some ideas and inspiration

Out and about

Spring conjures up a variety of thoughts and feelings and, as long as it fits within the Challenge brief, it is up to you what pictures you decide to take. Spring might draw you to flowers in bud or in blossom, birds singing in the trees, ducklings swimming in the river, lambs gambolling in the fields, families picnicking in the park and Easter bunnies. This is one of the busiest times for wildlife as they prepare for the breeding season, birds will be sporting their finest breeding plumage, woodlands will be rich with snowdrops, wood anemones and wild garlic, and ferns will be starting to unfurl.

Typically, the weather in spring is a mixed bag of cloud, rain and hopefully also some sunshine. Embrace the weather – April showers can make a great photo, and it may even snow!

Give some thought about how to capture your images. For example, you might want to try a worm’s eye view of woodland flowers or wild animals to help create a natural and intimate perspective or capture invertebrates at eye level to form a connection with your subject.

Common Blue Butterfly
Late for Easter
A lily in the field

Use your imagination to bring your subject alive and don’t be afraid to experiment. You could add interest with textures or make use of techniques such as ICM or depth of field during the capture.

Impressionism
Blue flowers

Still life

Although the weather and easing of lockdown should mean more opportunities to get outdoors, there is nothing to stop you from taking your photographs indoors if you prefer. You could tell a story by incorporating lettering, or arrange and capture a bunch of daffodils or some branches of pussy willow in a vase. You might want to experiment with food photography, perhaps hot cross buns or Easter cupcakes, and there are, of course, plenty of imaginative ways to photograph Easter eggs – if they last long enough!

Dream Big
Daffodils and Easter eggs

A few final thoughts…

Feel free to interpret the Challenge theme however you like, provided there is a recognisable ‘Spring’ connection and it means something to you personally. Enjoy the freshness and optimism of Spring and don’t be afraid to experiment. Draw on your emotions, shoot what you love, stay inspired – and above all enjoy!

*Submitting your images – please read carefully before submitting and ask if you need any help*

Please submit up to five images no later than midnight on Saturday 10 April to web@bishopthorpecc.co.uk, ideally by WeTransfer.

To help the web team, please check that your images conform with the following tick list:

  • Images are JPEG files.
  • Image dimensions are a maximum of 1600 pixels wide or 1200 pixels high.
  • Image sizes are less than 500kb. If not please save your images at a lower resolution until they are.
  • The ‘title metadata field’ includes your ‘image title’ and ‘your name’ in the following way: A new perspective on York Minster, Josephine Brown
  • There is NO other metadata in the caption or description. (Note to Olympus users, you will have to delete ‘Olympus digital camera’ from the caption field.)
  • Your images are saved with file names as in the following example: Title, your name (i.e. as in the ‘title metadata field’, see above).

We have tried to make these instructions as clear as possible, but if you are uncertain about anything, please feel free to ask the web team for advice.

We will acknowledge receipt of your images, so please get in touch if you don’t hear from us within a couple of days.

If you are not a Club member, you are welcome to join in this Challenge. You can send us up to five images and we’ll post our favourites in the Gallery.

Acknowledgements

Pictures 1-3 and 5-7 are taken, with thanks, from Creative Commons, with titles, authors and licences as follows:

  1. Common Blue Butterfly by It’s No Game is licensed under CC BY 2.0
  2. Late for Easter by Benson Kua is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
  3. A Lily in the field – Easter Sunday by TedNorton1 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
  4. Dream Big by Dina Belenko, with thanks, from https://expertphotography.com/spring-photography-ideas/
  5. Impressionism by fizzybeth is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
  6. Blue Flowers Depth of Field by pepemczolz is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
  7. Daffodils and Easter Eggs B by choate59 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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