Remember that really cool feeling of camping out in the dark room, focusing and projecting your image onto photo sensitive paper? Watching your creation materialize before your eyes in the developer as you lightly rocked the chemicals back and forth, only to see your final image come to life for the first time? I do. It’s what sparked my love affair with photography, and if you never got to experience that, I think you should try to find a local community college or community space that still has enlargers, and give it a try. Now, fast forward… Do you remember me telling you about Digital Silver Imaging and their unique, digital silver gelatin printing process? To quickly summarize, DSI (find them here) has a process that takes your digital files, and exposes them like a negative, onto photo sensitive paper, and develops them in photo chemistry producing a beautiful, museum quality, archival print. The beauty and depth of a digital file, with the organic analog feeling of a silver gelatin print, is a very cool, very harmonious and nostalgic thing. Well, I’ve been back in contact with those fine folks, and after some delightful conversation surrounding the next step in actual mounting of said beautiful prints, this is what came back to me…
Alright, we have successfully crowned 6 more, monthly challenge winners, and the time has come to choose your overall favorite. The winner gets free software from Alien Skin and Topaz Labs, an LM-10 smartphone, selective focus optic from Lensbaby and a brand new, yet to be released TRP camera wrist strap that I’ve been working on. Please vote for your favorite, tell friends, and remember to visit Mirrorlessons HERE as well to vote there too! This vote will run for a week, and we will tally the total amount of votes between this poll and the poll at Mirrorlessons with the overall winner receiving all the free stuff and title of our second, semi annual champion.
Thanks as always to everyone who has, and continues to contribute to these monthly themes. Thanks to Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons for co-hosting all of these cool challenges with me, and helping promote so many cool photographers through these monthly photographic contests.
These challenges are entirely free to enter, and we’ve created them as a way to both provide motivation to get out and shoot with fun new themes each month, and help showcase much of the awesome photography from all of you guys and gals. All you need to do is find us on Flickr (TRP HERE and Mirrorlessons HERE) to submit your images to the monthly theme threads. Because we’ve been able to build up steam with it as time has gone on, we have companies that are excited to sponsor these challenges by offering stuff for our semi-annual giveaways.
Thank you so much to Alien Skin Software, Topaz Labs Software and Lensbaby for being so awesome. I’ve had the good fortune of working with these three companies for years doing reviews and beta testing and I strongly stand behind them as companies. Great folks, great products and while I wish my wrist straps would be a cool enough draw, these challenges are so much better because of their gracious gifting so that we can sweeten the pot.
We have 6 wonderful options from the winners of our 6 previous monthly themes. View all 6, and choose your favorite in the poll at the end. In chronological order they are as follows…
Topaz is offering their streamlined black and white conversion software plugin, Black and White Effects 2 on sale for $39.99 (normally $59.99) through March 31st when using code “MARBW” on Topaz Labs Website HERE. You can download a free trial via this link above as well if you’d like to try it out or follow along.
Come on in for a little walkthrough on a great bang for the buck, black and white plugin.
“Kuppel10_24_7” by Pommes.Fritz123 (see more from Pomme.Fritz123 HERE)
With his sweeping lines, Pommes.Fritz123 has won our twelfth monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge, “Architecture.” Congratulations P.F123! You’ve now been entered into our semi-annual giveaway post which will happen within the next couple weeks to vie for our reader’s overall favorite image from the last 6 months, and a free plugin from Alien Skin, another plugin of your choice from Topaz, a Lensbaby LM-10 smart phone camera lens and a brand new, yet to be released TRP wrist strap for your camera!
This was yet another awesome month with remarkable images. I feel like we’re all seeing a collective stepping up of our respective games, and I hope that for all who choose to participate, you’re also seeing these as a fun way to spur creativity. For all of those who submitted, thank you again. To everyone who has, who may and will continue to submit, keep your eyes peeled for this month’s theme. Each month is a new opportunity to motivate and connect with a larger community. We start a new 6 month cycle with March’s theme.
These monthly themes, co-hosted by myself along with Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons.com were started as a fun way to collaborate and grow our community. It has given us a way to share much of your photography with a larger audience while connecting with many more photographers, and hopefully aid in providing some motivation for all of us to get out and shoot. Not that everyone needs it, but I find that being given new direction can help keep my shooting fresh.
Stay tuned for our new theme this month, and keep watch for our semi-annual giveaway vote in a week or so to help us decide who gets all that cool free stuff. Visit Mirrorlessons.com to stay abreast of all things mirrorless and find me on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram . To stay posted on new articles, feel free to add your email address at the top right of the page here. You’ll get email alerts as new articles are released.
Thanks for the read and happy shooting,
This was a very difficult month to pick our favorites you guys. It is honestly one of my favorite themes in that it is one of my favorite types of subject to shoot. I like a good portrait, and this month provided us with many to choose from. Thanks again to Giorgio Lumaconi (visit Giorgio HERE), our winner from December, for choosing this theme. Below are Heather, Mat and my choices for this month’s vote. The poll will run for the next 5 days, so make sure to vote, tell friends and visit Mirrorlessons HERE to vote there as well! We present our favorite three images from January’s theme, Portraits:
“Matt Seattle” by mullygun (see more HERE)
“Festive Spirit” by Manizkrishnan (see more HERE)
“New Goggles” by Brian Frank (see more HERE)
For those new to our monthly theme challenges, we have open threads in our respective Flickr groups where anyone can submit an image based on their interpretation of the monthly theme. Find our Flickr groups HERE-TRP and HERE-Mirrorlessons. At the end of any given month, Heather, Mat and I choose our three favorites which we then showcase on both our sites with an open vote, like this one. The vote runs for 5 days at which time we tally the totals and the winner gets to choose our theme for the current month as well as gets entered into our semi-annual vote. Our second semi-annual vote will happen after this next theme wherein we have our 6 monthly winners in a new vote with the winner taking home various prizes, goods and adoration. It is free, and a way for all of us to get exposed to wonderful photography from all over the world. Our growing community is awesome, and I, along with Heather and Mat I’m sure, have thoroughly enjoyed doing these monthly challenges, so keep on keeping on!
Don’t forget to vote over at Mirrorlessons HERE as well.
Thanks to everyone who submitted images this month. It was certainly one of our best theme challenges ever and stay tuned for this month (and future months) theme!
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Thanks all and happy shooting!
“Bookmark” by Giorgio Lumaconi
This month saw quite the spike in votes with a large number of overall clicks, so thank you to everyone who stopped by and voted. After all the votes were counted, Giorgio Lumaconi’s image “Bookmark” emerged victorious. Congratulations to Giorgio for winning the Gadgets challenge! Head on over to Giorgio’s Flickr stream to see more of his photography. Stay tuned for this months theme!
These monthly themes are a fun way to motivate ourselves as well as challenge and hone our photographic intuition. Each month, I, along with Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons, host these challenges and choose the three images from the reader submitted pools on our Flickr group pages that we feel are the best examples of the chosen theme. We then showcase these three on both of our sites with an open vote. The winner chooses our next theme and is entered into our semi-annual giveaway vote where the 6 monthly winners vie for your vote to be crowned our overall champion, and receive free stuff.
Congrats to Giorgio who will be added to our list of monthly winners, and thanks again to Heather and Mat, as well as everyone who has and continues to participate. Each month is a new chance to submit, so stay tuned to the blog as well as Mirrorlessons for new themes as they’re announced.
“Sweet Memories” by AnggaPJ (see more from Angga on Flickr HERE)
Thank you to our November winner Angga for the new theme: “Gadgets”
As is fun with our monthly themes, they are open for interpretation. There are no rules, other than to be considered for our selections, you must submit your image to one of (good) or both (better) our themed flickr group threads below. Over the last 10 months, Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons, and myself here have collaborated to create a fun way to both motivate our selves as well as help provide a platform for a bit more exposure by way of showcasing our favorites on both of our websites. At the end of the month, Heather, Mat and I each choose our favorite image from the flickr threads that we feel best represents the theme and post them on both of our sites along with a vote.
The vote is open for 5 days after which we tally the two sites polls and declare the winner. The winner of the month gets to choose the next theme and the process begins again. Each month’s winner is also entered into our semi-annual champions vote where we get to vote on the 6 monthly winners to determine our favorite. That winner is showcased on both my site as well as Mirrorlessons while also winning software, handmade wrist straps and who knows what else.
So, submit your image to our Flickr group theme threads below and let the challenge begin!
Happy holidays everyone and we look forward to seeing what this month brings!