52 by 52 7:48am, 9 August 2012
Challenge #50: Bend it, break it, bin it.
— Palmer + Pawel

They add...
“Take one rule that you strongly believe or have been made to believe is essential in making a good photograph and bend it, break it, or even discard it completely. How many different ways / methods can you use to break the same rule? The key here is to experiment. To play around.

We are very ideas based and believe our best shoots are all born out of a good, solid idea. In order to get the most out of the idea, we believe research of the subject is essential. At which point we can fuse it all together through planning.

However, none of the above would matter if it weren't for the very simple act of experimentation.”


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As well as being a good place to connect with other members and share your initial reactions, thoughts about how to 'solve it' and any links you think might help the group, this can also be a good place to include any old photos you have that fit the challenge. We're looking forward to hearing your thoughts this week.

— 52 by 52 team
Mark W Russell Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Mark W Russell (moderator) 6 years ago
Anything goes.......................this is about approach and methodology rather than subject matter.

How about:-
Don't Shoot Into the Light
Don't Tilt Your Camera
Don't Create Movement Blur
Don't Take Photos in the Middle of the Day
Reverse the Active Space Rule
Shoot Out of Focus
Zoom In While Shooting
Embrace Negative Space.........................
Julia M Cameron PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Julia M Cameron (admin) 6 years ago
Great comment from Mark...methodology and approach taking priority.
Have never been keen on rules myself, but one I do try to stick with is "don't blow the highlights"...except...


Thin skin 3

Cyclist 2

Here are my experiments with "Too much black"

david_gillett 6 years ago
A deceptively simple challenge, there's just so many directions this can be taken. Great list Mark.

I'm quite tempted to take on my nemesis, tilt. I expend such a lot of effort fighting *slightly* tilted horizons that it would feel liberating to embrace the chaos of the diagonal! A significantly out of focus portrait could also be fun. A smiling subject seems to be a great taboo in contemporary street portraiture also.

Rule breaking has become such an accepted starting point for all artistic endeavours that perhaps rigidly following a set of rules is far more subversive than trying to break them. The difficulty being how does one create an interesting image if you're starting from such pedestrian beginnings?

But having reread the challenge, it is one rule that 'you' believe in. I'm not sure I believe in any! Hmmm, tricky.

Shooting into the sun:
#39 Durdle Door by david_gillett
bart1eby 6 years ago
Tilt is also one of my (many) nemeses but I like Julia I might have to take a crack at blown highlights though I must admit the idea, despite Julia's wonderful examples, does bring me out in a slightly cold sweat...
Julia M Cameron PRO 6 years ago
Ben, Cold sweats are probably essential for this brief! Face your fears and do it anyway!
@markglomas PRO 6 years ago
I just broke the rules on protecting the camera whilst on the beach, so the metering and shutter are now all to heck. May get an image I can use?
johnpaddler PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by johnpaddler (member) 6 years ago
Wonky horizons, flat lighting (sun behind you), people with trees growing out of their heads, chopping off feet, pictures with people still chewing their food, bisecting horizons, blurry colour (black & white blur could be tolerated, even encouraged - panning). That's some of what I learnt growing up.

What a laugh to discover British Street Photography, where some of these faults are the raison d'être of a picture.

I decided to go for amputations, perhaps take it to the next level. Which proved much more difficult than I'd imagined - didn't make any headway at all on the street. But one afternoon by the sea with Mrs. P suddenly saw she had unwittingly given me my picture.

That's what I like about these challenges - they send you off in new directions, and make you take photographs you would not otherwise have seen.
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