It's Week #36:

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Week 36: Unexplored

Photo by: Bridget Mayfield (at Nature’s Cathedral in Oregon) –  Week 15: Nature (2015)

Here at 52Frames it is just about 100% guaranteed that you will be forced to encouraged to test your creative comfort zone. Are you scared to go up to a stranger and ask to photograph her? Well hello, Portrait of a Stranger week!! Are you still unsure about long-exposure photography…then the Night Photography challenge will be a nice push for you.

This week, however, we have a bit more of a physical challenge for you. You are going to have to do some exploring and photograph a place that you have never been to before. It can be a new coffee shop that opened recently, a neighborhood that you have never visited before or that hiking-trail you have always wanted to try out.

Maybe you could go on a 2-day camping trip and test out your long-exposure photography you are unsure of, or simply take a different route back home from work.

It’s time to get lost in your own city or town. Go on a little adventure and then share with us the beauty that you have discovered.

As always, you are more welcome to interpret this challenge in a figurative way…  How about trying something (photographically) you’ve never done before. Or maybe experience something you’ve never done before and capture that emotion?

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Do your homework. Check that the place that you want to visit is open on the day that you want to go and what the visiting hours are.
  • Be Safe. Please take care if the place you want to visit is far and/or isolated.  It is always a good idea to take a friend with you. Make sure that your cellphones’ batteries are loaded and that you have told people where you are going to.
  • Go on an adventure. Consider an urbex (urban exploring) adventure. Just no breaking and entering! 😉
  • Go to another country. If you are lucky enough to do some traveling this week, here are tips on travel photography.Travel photographer Asher Svidensky talks about how we should not capture people to show “how different THEY are” but rather to show ‘how diverse WE are’.
  • Don’t feel like you need to do something grand. You can simply walk down a block that you haven’t been to in your city. Or lift a rock in your backyard to see what’s underneath. Your exploring can be as bold as you want (purchase a plane ticket) or as small as you want (check out the back of that drawer you haven’t cleaned in a decade). It doesn’t make the exploration of a new thing, any less grand 🙂

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Architecture album of 2015, the Landscape album of 2015 and the Adventure album of 2011. And of course, the Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.

unexplored tips

Extra Credit: 30 Miles from Home (48.2 km)

For some extra credit joojoo, don’t just leave the nest but spread your wings! 🙂 At least 30 miles away from homebase. Research the place that you want to visit but allow yourself to explore, get lost and discover something totally new.

Just remember to always use common sense and STAY SAFE!


Past Challenges 2016

Past Challenges - 2015