Kicking off the Abstract-21 Challenge

May 21st, 2019
Many thanks to Frogger@tdaug80 who hosted the Abstract-20 challenge, and thanks to all participants and voters.

Welcome to the Abstract-21 challenge :
 Please tag your entry abstract-21
 Starting date is today Tuesday May 21st
 Finishing date is Sunday June 16th (by the end of the day wherever you live)
 To see all current entries go to or just put abstract-21 into the Browse – By Tag section at the top of the page.

Here are some ideas and suggestions, from Wikipedia and copied and pasted from previous challenges :

1. A definition of an Abstract Image:

Abstract photography is a means of depicting a visual image that does not have an immediate association with the object world and that has been created through the use of photographic equipment, processes or materials. An abstract photograph may isolate a fragment of a natural scene, it may involve the use of color, light, shadow, texture, shape and/or form to convey a feeling, sensation or impression, it may be produced using traditional photographic equipment or it may be created by directly manipulating film, paper or other photographic media, including digital presentations.

2. Two helpful articles about abstract photography are linked below:

Basically, just choose a subject and try to see it in abstract form so that the subject is not easily recognizable. Or choose an abstract concept eg lines and angles, shapes and colours etc and go for a bit of a walk! There are no restrictions on what to shoot. You might want to try a subject that you know very well or something quite new to you. You could choose a particular angle or close in on a part of it. You will need to consider factors such as what focal length and which exposure parameters would be best to realize your vision…

3. Please keep these things in mind:
• As far as possible the actual object is not immediately recognizable.
• Remember one possibility is seeing abstract before you shoot.
• Post-production - edits such as color saturation, double exposures, contrast
enhancements and black and white or negative conversions are fine, but please, if possible, try to minimize the use of software filters that significantly change the image in order to make it abstract. (There are other challenges that focus on that e.g. ETSOOI.) However, if you have a definite idea in mind that requires this type of processing, please give it a go and maybe explain your concept in your intro.
• The images should be taken within the time frame of the challenge.
• You are encouraged to enter as many images as you like! However, for judging, only one image will be chosen from any one contestant.
• As with other challenges, the person who wins has the honor of hosting the next one.

You are welcome to post your submissions on this thread as well, in order to improve their visibility and to inspire more people.

I hope you will enjoy this popular challenge, and we are all looking forward to seeing your entries.

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