Shooting Challenge #35 -- Summer

By Martin Snelling on at

As temperatures continue to soar in many parts of the UK, only for them to plummet at the sound of the final bell on the last day of school, many of us are packing our bags and heading off for our annual pilgrimage to sunnier climes. Welcome to summer!

Summer can mean many things to many people; for teachers it's a well-earned break. While for parents it's juggling kids with work, friends, neighbours and the local childminder. For me, this summer is rather special -- I'm going camping and the weather looks like it'll be OK. Oh, and I'm getting married...! If you're worried I won't be able to survive being tech-free for a week, don't; I will be taking my iPad, Kindle, phone, X-Pro 1 and Nespresso machine with me. I'm not joking.

The Brief:

For this Shooting Challenge I want to see your best snaps that showcase 'Summer'. You can submit up to five photos, either on a theme or completely unrelated, but they must focus on summer. You'll also need to remember to include a shooting summery with your pics that detail kit used and why the picture is 'on message'.

The Technique:

There's no set technique for this Shooting Challenge, but I do want you to think creatively about your photos. If need be, set up a scene (there's nothing wrong with that) rather than trying to capture 'the moment'. Think about what summer means to you. It may be jumpers for goalposts, laying on the grass looking up at the clouds with a piece of straw in your mouth or wasps hanging around your jam sarnie. It may even be a nice cold beverage with your mates in the back garden with a burnt sausage. Whatever you decide to do, just have fun doing it!

The Example:

Our example photo comes courtesy of a previous Shooting Challenge participant, Andrew Adams. For me it perfectly captures six weeks of summer in a single image.

The Rules:

- Follow the brief
- Submissions must be your own work.
- Submit up to five images
- Photos must be taken after the challenge was published; so no existing shots please.
- Minimal image post-processing is permitted (global changes only)
- Explain briefly in your submission email the equipment, settings, technique used and the story behind the image/images.
- Ensure EXIF info is intact (if image was taken digitally).
- Email submissions to
- Please ensure your image is at least 600px wide and less than 3MB in size.
- Save your image as a JPG, and use the following naming convention FirstnameLastnameSummer.jpg
- Don't forget to include a shooting summary (see above).
- Send your best photos by Monday, August 4th 2014 at 6pm UK time with "Shooting Challenge - Summer" in the subject line.
- Anyone can enter, regardless of location.
- The most important rule -- HAVE FUN!

Martin Snelling is a Hampshire-based photomatographer and wearer of fine hats.
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