Challenge! Challenge #48 - Photo Essay


Start Date
May 16, 2021
End Date
Jun 13, 2021
Start Date May 16, 2021 End Date June 13, 2021

Photo Essay:
With six photographs (no more, no less) tell me a story of your choice. Your story should have a clear beginning, middle and end. You must give your photo essay a title. There is no requirement for you to include captions or text with your six photographs but you can if you want.

As usual, this challenge will consider originality, technical merit and artistic vision.

No change to the tried and trusted rules, which are as follows:

1. Either take pictures that match the nominated theme or select some from your portfolio. You must be the photographer that created the images in order to enter it.

2. Only one entry per challenge, please. If you want to withdraw an entry and replace it with another, that is OK, but you must make it clear in the post containing your replacement pictures that this is what you've done. You can add or change the title and add to the edit line to let everyone know.

3. The decision of the curator at the end of the challenge is final - don't give him/her a hard time about it: this is just a friendly photo challenge, after all!

4. The winner will assume the responsibility of curator for the next Challenge, and as soon as possible post a message in a new thread in the Cameraderie Photo Challenges forum, with details of the new theme. Don't forget - the opening message must include a copy of these instructions, which also double as the rules.

5. The curator cannot enter in his or her own challenge.

Have fun !!!
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Tasmania, AU
Excellent challenge!

A Day In The Life.

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Talent, Oregon (far from the madding crowd)
Real Name
Miguel Tejada-Flores
I'm not certain if at a later date, I won't withdraw this entry and enter a second, more thought-out one - but this impromptu Photo Essay just sort of happened to me, the other day. A bit of context: the place is Cape Blanco on the Oregon Coast, which I visited a few days ago, and which, at lower tides has a number of smallish tide pools. Among their denizens one can spot a number of different hermit crabs. And if one is lucky, one can even witness a Close Encounter of the Crustacean Kind -

Like the underwater encounter between these two tiny crabs. Which I later discovered belong to the species Pagarus samuelis - aka blueband hermit crabs---


I realized the larger one was dragging - pulling - or maneuvering - the smaller one, 'taking it for a ride' so to speak. I wondered if they were fighting, or if the larger wanted to eat the smaller. But it didn't seem that way. The smaller seemed to be cooperating, and both occasionally touched each other, with claws, pincers, or extremities.


It was like a tidepool dance. What was more unusual was how much both crabs were showing their normally unseen parts. The other hermit crabs I saw largely stayed hidden inside their protective homes. Not these two. They were really coming out of their shells---


In fact as the smaller one came further out of (her) shell, my camera lens could make out the bristles or setae on her cephalothorax, which normally stay hidden.


Later, reading up on hermit crabs, I found this behavior - a male pulling or partly dragging the shell of a female - and both crabs touching one another - is part of the foreplay in hermit crabs' mating rituals. It was, literally, a touching display---


But I think some crustaceans value their privacy; the last I saw of them was when both crabs moved together into the relatively secluded and protected shade of a patch of algae, the equivalent of a tidepool bower :)


So I wished them well, and walked away.
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The above photos are from a training session some years back with my local chapter of the Oslo based "Historical European Martial Arts" (HEMA) club Frie Duellister/Free duellists. This particular series shows a play from Achille Marrozzo`s treatise "Opera Nova dell'Arte delle Armi" published in 1536 in Modena, Italy.

Interesting challenge, not to easy to do. Never puzzled together a series in LR and found it somewhat wanting. Probably due to me not being very good with it.
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Zemun, Serbia
I'm flooded with work and other obligations and cannot remember when was the last time I took some calm-time to bond with world through the lens :-(
I really like the concept of this challenge, and would prefer to shoot something specifically for it, but, alas, it's now impossible...

But I wanted to at least participate, so here is a short story of renovation of my studio in the attic; I used to work there for several years, but when roof failed under some heavy snow, and water poured over the walls and my bookshelves, I was forced out. Took me some courage to go back in, but over the years I did, doing most of the work myself, with some help from my father for those tasks that needed some specific tools which I cannot handle alone.

Shots span over long time, various gear and several formats, but let's hope they will work together after all.

1 - Here is the starting point, water stains on walls still visible and furniture moved to allow reconstruction:
1 - PICTOGRAMAX - 2017 - REATELIER - 001.jpg

2 - Shortly afterward, main cracks on the ceiling fixed:
2 - PICTOGRAMAX - 2017 - REATELIER - 004.jpg

3 - After finishing the walls, it was time to address the floor:

4 - That is, to cover it with laminate:

5 - Then the attention turned to new bookshelves:
5 - PICTOGRAMAX - 2021 - 04 - ATELIER - BOXTIME - A31.jpg

6 - But before I even got to fill them with books, I found an intruder already sneaked in!
6 - PICTOGRAMAX - 2021 - 05 - ATELIER - INTRUDER.jpg

It's a shared studio now :)
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