Changing Seasons Introducing 2016

This post was meant to be a recap of the Changing Seasons 2015 and a presentation of the challenge «The Changing Seasons» that will run throughout 2016.

EDIT (21.11.2016): I will also host this challenge in 2017.

After I wrote this, I realized that it’s too many words to add a recap as well, so the recap of 2015 will come later. As most of you are already aware of – either because you are a regular visitor of this blog, or because you’ve been participating in this challenge throughout 2015 – I’ve been hosting The Changing Seasons. My original thought was to keep the challenge going for one year, but a couple of bloggers mentioned that they’d like to keep it up and then Lucile gave me that final push that I needed to make up my mind and keep it going. (Thanks Lucile!).

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This is the official emblem/logo whatever for this challenge. You can use it if you want to.

For those of you who missed it, here’s the how I originally presented this challenge in january 2015:

“I’d like you to join me on this project: Find a location near your home, take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog. Continue to do this every month. For my project I’ve chosen the general area “downtown Oslo”, but if you like to, you can choose a more specific area like a park or a building. It doesn’t even have to be a city. If you live on the countryside, there’s probably plenty of locations to choose from nearby: a field with some trees, a beach, a mountain, or just a simple dirt road? It can be whatever. Just keep the project going throughout the year. Try to shoot every month, so that in the end of the year, you’ll have a nice and diverse set of photos in your portfolio. The idea is to capture all the changes: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, some night photography perhaps?
Also, the idea is to build your portfolio and train your eye.”

These were/are the rules (The Changing Seasons V1):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

Now… New year, same-ish rules, plus some minor adjustments.

The rules will basically be the same, but for The Changing Seasons 2016 there will be 3 alternatives:

  1. You can do like we all did in 2015, then you’ll follow the same rules like before (see the short presentation above).
  2. You can choose the new version if the challenge (presentation follows).
  3. You can do a mix: do both the new & the old version each month, or mix them up as you feel like: the new version in January, the old version in February & March, then the new one, etc, etc.
    It’s all up to you and your schedule.

Here are the rules for the new, updated version of The Changing Seasons (The Changing Seasons V2):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

«OK… What do you mean with “one photo that represents your interpretation of the month”?»
This can be a photo, a painting, a drawing or a digital manipulation of what YOU think about when you try to picture the specific month: what do you associate with the months? For example, if you’re an American, April might mean Spring Break (or the fond memory of spring break). Perhaps you associate July with summer holidays on the beach. What about that friend of your that has his/hers birthday in March and always throws the best parties? January? Winter cabins in the woods perhaps? Perhaps you’re one of those lucky persons that are travelling the world in 2016? In that case the choice is easy: “It’s January and I’m in Australia. It’s February and I’m here in Azerbaijan, March is the perfect month to visit Camp Barneo (Camp Barneo (Russian: Лагерь Бaрнео) is a private Russian temporary ice base established annually since 2002 on an ice floe relatively close to the North Pole), etc, etc.”

The choice is yours and it’s all up to you: use your creativity and show us your interpretation of each single month.

So, you can either choose the original version (V1) and follow the old rules, you can do the 2016 version of the challenge (V2) and follow the new rules. Alternatively you can mix them up as you please.

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No, unfortunately it’s not Friday today kiddo. (Just a random photo to break up the text a little bit).

V2, the 2016 version, makes it easy for those of you who are constantly on the move: changing places because of jobs, moving to another place, travelling the world… It’s also a great option if you want to push your creativity. Think of it as creating your own calendar for the year (if you’re pleased with the result when 2016 comes to an end, you can actually print your own personal calendar and give it to your family/friends as a gift, or just make one for yourself).
Another option is to think of it as some sort of diary: “in May I spent a lot of time redecorating my kitchen (and here’s the result), in September I shot portraits (so you’ll post a portrait)”.
You’re a food blogger? No problem! January is winter and soup time. June is barbecuing with friends (just make sure to present your recipes with a photo, but you probably do that already anyway).

If you choose to do the original version of the challenge, it can also be nice with a break now and then. Because, let’s face it, even if it’s just once per month, it can actually be difficult to go out and take photos of the same place for a whole bunch of reasons: you’re tired of the area, you have personal things happening in your life, it’s cold outside and you prefer staying inside when the temperatures are acting silly…

As you can see, V2 has a lot of benefits, but so has V1! V1 is very good for consistency (shooting the same place, forcing you to see the same place ‘with new eyes’), it gives you a nice portfolio, it also gives you the option to try new photographic techniques that you might not be so familiar with: night photos/long-exposures, etc. Also, like I’ve learned (and I know that a several of the participants in 2015 felt the same way); looking for photo opportunities in your own area, makes you discover new things about it. I’ve walked some new streets (new to me) and I’ve seen a couple of new places that I probably wouldn’t have if it weren’t for this challenge.

Why do I have to tag my posts with the tags #TheChangingSeasons and #MonthlyPhotoChallenge?
That’s because it makes it very easy for the other participants to find your post (if you’re running your blog on the WordPress platform). Here you can read about “creating a list and follow tags in the WordPress reader”:
https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/create-a-list-and-follow-tags-in-the-wordpress-reader/

Join the challenge and spread the word.

I hope that this challenge sounds interesting to you and that you’ll choose to join us in 2016. I always appreciate a link back to my blog and a comment with a link to your post, but that’s optional and not one of the official rules. Even the official rules aren’t really rules, but more like guidelines. In 2015, several of the other bloggers (myself included) posted way more photos than the official guidelines on 5-20 photos (for example in July I shot a wild amount of photos).

During 2015 my posts were up on the 7th each month, while the other participant could choose to post whenever they wanted to. For me that was a bit strict and on my November post (the one I posted on December the 7th) I realized on the evening of the 6th that I had to write-up the post and publish it before I went to bed. It also felt wrong to publish everything with a one month lag: January stuff in February, February in March etc.
That’s why, in 2016, I’ll give my self some of the same freedom that the other participants had and I’ll publish my posts in the end of the month (January in the end of January, February in the end of, well, you probably get the point already). Sometime between the 20th – 30th/31st, my monthly posts will be published. I hope that you’ll publish your posts within that same period, but you’re free to do as you please.

In 2016 I’ll do V2, but if I’ve been around with my camera and have photos from downtown Oslo that I want to share, I might throw in a gallery in the same post (yes, you can do that too if you want to. Who’s gonna stop you?).

Join in, tell your fellow bloggers to join. Use WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Telefax, whatever your platform and social media might be.

Hoping to see your first entry in this challenge (or your continuation from 2015) towards the end of January 2016!

(If you want to see my previous posts, just follow this tag: #TheChangingSeasons (see how easy it is with just a simple tag).

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 12

December is here and 2015 is soon coming to an end. As usual I’ll show you some photos from last month for «The Changing Seasons»-challenge.

Night photography: construction site.

Night photography: construction site.

 

 

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‘Cause nothin’ lasts forever. And we both know hearts can change. And it’s hard to hold a candle. In the cold November rain.

It doesn’t really matter, because I’m following the same procedure as I’ve done throughout the year and I’m posting photos from the previous month. That means that these shots are from October…

Click the image to visit the Flickr Gallery for this month (opens in a new window).

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 10

October is here, but I’ll show you some photos from last month. For those of you who don’t keep up with such trivialities, I can reveal that we’re talking about September.

Nothing exciting happened in September, but I did manage to take a bunch of photos after all.

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 09

Autumn is here already, but I still have late summer photos to show you for «The Changing Seasons». All the photos in this gallery were shot in August.

August means the end of summer and back to work, so it hasn’t been nearly as great as July was, but I met up with fellow blogger Joanne Sisco and I’ve had a few Couchsurfers visiting, attended a couple of events, plus I went for a trip to Italy (of course I’ll post photos from this later and I still have more photos to share from my trip to Sandhornøya in the North of Norway).

The Opera

The Opera

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 08

Time for another post in my series «The Changing Seasons». All the photos in this gallery were shot in July.

July has been a fantastic month! Three weeks of vacation and plenty of things to do: I’ve had a lot of Couchsurfers staying with me, from different places such as: Israel, Poland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Russia. Whenever I have Couchsurfers visiting, I try my best to show them the city and to socialize. This has also been a great opportunity to take plenty of photos: photographically speaking, July has been an extremely productive month – considering the number of photos taken (creatively speaking, perhaps not so much since most of the photos are just quick snaps). I’ve also taken my son on trips to both Dovre and to the North of the country (more posts will come from Sandhornøya shortly, I’ve already posted two). If you want to see mountain photos from Dovre, you should check out my Musk Ox Safari posts. (You’ll find links to all these posts in the end of this one).

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You have probably forgotten about this, but throwing stones in the water is a lot of fun.

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 07

I run a Monthly Photo Challenge called The Changing Seasons. The photos in this gallery were shot in June.

For those who don’t know, «The Changing Seasons» is a monthly photo challenge with a few basic guidelines. I started the challenge in January with photos that I shot in December. Summer has finally arrived here, so the temperatures are good and the people seem happy. Oslo isn’t such a bad place to live during summer. I must admit that I didn’t shoot a lot of photos of Oslo last month, but I did share plenty in the previous post in this series…

If you feel like joining this challenge, these are the guidelines:

  • Find a location near your home. Each month take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog (I’ll post mine on the 7th, but you can choose your own publishing date).
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons (this makes it very easy for others to follow the challenge using the WordPress reader if your blog is running in the WordPress platform).
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

 

Check out other participants galleries:

Oslo is my hometown

These photos from Oslo are left-overs from yesterday’s large gallery – a part of my monthly photo challenge: “The Changing Seasons” and my first post for WordPress’ Photo101: «Home».

If you want to know more about «The Changing Seasons», check out my first post here: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/monthly-photo-challenge-the-changing-seasons-01/

Or, click the image below to see all my previous posts in this challenge.

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 06

Last month I experimented with a drunk, bicycle photo technique for the challenge. This month I took things more slow and tried out my new camera for «The Changing Seasons».

For those who don’t know, «The Changing Seasons» is a monthly photo challenge with a few basic guidelines. I started the challenge in January with photos that I shot in December, so in this gallery I present the photos that I took in May. Here’s my “20 shots” from last month (new camera, sorry, couldn’t help myself. Rules schmules…I still have more photos that I’ll post in a follow-up post):

  • Find a location near your home. Each month take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog (I’ll post mine on the 7th, but you can choose your own publishing date).
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons (this makes it very easy for others to follow the challenge using the WordPress reader if your blog is running in the WordPress platform).
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

Click the image below to see my previous posts, or read this post to learn how to Create a list and follow tags in the WordPress reader.

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Feel free to use this widget in your blog if you like. Click on the image to see my previous posts.

Links to participants posts:

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 05

For my monthly photo challenge «The Changing Seasons» this month, I experimented with the shooting technique. These shots were taken after having 5 or 6 beers with a friend. After the beers I got on my bicycle to ride home and decided to take photos on the way, so around half of these were actually shot while riding my bike with one hand on the bars and the DSLR in the other hand (almost a kind of extreme sport). I was pretty much shooting on random. The results of ‘shooting & riding’ was (of course) plenty of blurry, totally useless, shots that I deleted, but some of them turned out OK.

 

What’s «The Changing Seasons»?
The rules of this monthly photo challenge are simple and the idea behind it is to get you to shoot often and continuously – to capture the changing seasons throughout the year. I started this challenge in January with photos that I shot in December, so in this gallery I present the photos that I took in April.

  • Find a location near your home. Each month take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog (I’ll post mine on the 7th, but you can choose your own publishing date).
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons (this makes it very easy for others to follow the challenge using the WordPress reader if your blog is running in the WordPress platform).
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

Click the image below to see my previous posts, or read this post to learn how to Create a list and follow tags in the WordPress reader.

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Feel free to use this widget in your blog if you like. Click on the image to see my previous posts.

 

Links to participants posts: 

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 04

Like Charles Bukowski put it: ‘The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills‘ and it’s time for the fourth post in this blogging event that I’ve named «The Changing Seasons».  This photo project will run throughout the year and everyone with a blog and a camera is welcome to join (you can still join even if you’ve missed out on the first posts).

The rules are simple and the idea behind it is to get you to shoot often and continuously, to build up your portfolio, get some photographic experience and have fun. This way you’ll capture the changing seasons throughout the year. I started this challenge in January with photos that I shot in December, so in this gallery I present the photos that I took in March.

These photos were all shot in Oslo on different days during March and with different cameras (my DSLR and my pocket camera). The photos that look like spring has arrived, were shot about a week before the ones with snow.

Rules:

  • Find a location near your home. Each month take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog (I’ll post mine on the 7th, but you can choose your own publishing date).
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons (this makes it very easy for others to follow the challenge using the WordPress reader if your blog is running in the WordPress platform).
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

Check out the participants blogs:

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Feel free to use this widget in your blog if you like. Click on the image to see my previous posts.

I’m (still) in the process of moving to another apartment (I’ll be moving in the end of this month), so I might be slow when it comes to replying to comments and visiting posts.   

Find all the previous posts in this tag: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/tag/the-changing-seasons/

Oslo reflections in a thin layer of ice

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The thin layer of ice won’t last long…

This is a little preview of what’s to come in my next «The Changing Seasons» Post. It’s also my entry for WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge this week. Check out the changing seasons challenge here: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/tag/the-changing-seasons/

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Create a list and follow tags in the WordPress reader

Create a new list

Create a new list

This is a neat feature for all of you that are registered on the WordPress platform. When you’re logged into WordPress, you can go to wordpress.com and create a list with tags that you’ll follow. I’ve created a list that I call “The Changing Seasons” and I’ve added the following tags:

The Changing Seasons
#TheChangingSeasons
The Changing Season
#MonthlyPhotoChallenge
Monthly Photo Challenge

This allows me to click on the list and see all the posts that are tagged with one of these tags. If the posts aren’t tagged with one of these tags, they won’t show up in the reader. Posts on blogs that aren’t on WordPress won’t show up either, even if they’re correctly tagged.

https://wordpress.com/read/list/

Follow list, by tags.

Follow list, by tags.

 

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 03

Another month has passed and it passed quickly (February is short). I took the time to shoot some photos from Oslo for this monthly photo challenge called “The Changing Seasons”. If you want to join the challenge it’s not too late yet. You can read about the few rules in the first post: Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 01

The idea behind it is to get you to shoot often and continuously, to build up your portfolio, get some photographic experience and have fun. If you do post something, please leave a link to your blog in this post.

The photos in my gallery were shot on different days in February and with two different cameras (DSLR and pocket camera).

I’m looking forward to see your entries!

Last month the link section was a bit unorganized and for some reason I didn’t get all the pingbacks (sometimes WordPress’ pingback function doesn’t work properly – I don’t know why), so there was 4 of you that “went under the radar”. Luckily I discovered those 4 when preparing this a few days ago and I added the links to the post.

Check out the participants entries: 

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 02

A month has passed already! As many of you already know, I decided to have a photo project going throughout 2015 – a blogging event, a monthly photo challenge without too many rules and on the 7th each month, I promised to be posting a gallery containing 10-20 pictures from Oslo’s city center.

The rules were simple and I’m very glad that a lot of you decided to join the challenge. If you haven’t joined, but feel like joining, it’s not too late. The idea behind it is to get you to shoot often and continuously, to build up your portfolio, get some photographic experience and have fun. This way you’ll capture the changing seasons throughout the year. I could write more about this, but it’s easier if you check out the first post and read all about it there: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/monthly-photo-challenge-the-changing-seasons-01/ Here’s my gallery with photos from downtown Oslo. These were all shot on the same snowy morning early in January. I’m looking forward to see your entries!

Rules:

  • Find a location near your home. Each month take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog (I’ll post mine on the 7th).
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons (this makes it very easy for others to follow the challenge using the WordPress reader if your blog is running in the WordPress platform).
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

Check out the participants blogs (those with full links have updated posts for this challenge):

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Feel free to use this widget in your blog if you like.

EDIT: I’m in the process of moving to another apartment, so I’ll be slow when it comes to replying to comments and visiting posts.   

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 01

I decided to have a photo project going throughout 2015 – a blogging event, a monthly photo challenge. One time per month (on the 7th), I’ll be posting a gallery containing 10-20 pictures from Oslo’s city center.

I’d like you to join me on this project: Find a location near your home, take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog. Continue to do this every month. For my project I’ve chosen the general area “downtown Oslo”, but if you like to, you can choose a more specific area like a park or a building. It doesn’t even have to be a city. If you live on the countryside, there’s probably plenty of locations to choose from nearby: a field with some trees, a beach, a mountain, or just a simple dirt road? It can be whatever. Just keep the project going throughout the year. Try to shoot every month, so that in the end of the year, you’ll have a nice and diverse set of photos in your portfolio. The idea is to capture all the changes: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, some night photography perhaps?
Also, the idea is to build your portfolio and train your eye. I shot the photos in my gallery in December and next month I’ll post a gallery with photos I’ll take this month (I haven’t shot them yet).

Rules:

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month (I suggest between the 07th-15th, but it’s up to you), post 5-20 photos in a gallery. (I’ll post mine on the 7th).
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

Participants:

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