This week you went small with textures, something requested quite a bit when we called for ideas for the scheduled challenges. Like with the horse I reposted on Instagram sometimes people forget the details and often they can be the most important, or at least your best shot of the day. You guys had some great shots this week, I like that you went large as well as macro capturing texture of buildings as well as the small things.

Your challenge for next week is flash, use your lighting equipment such as speedlight or strobes for photos specifically. Adding a bit of light on your subject always helps and it’s a good practice for your skills. Speedlights are not limited to people, you can use them for product shots or even wildlife so it’s up to you how you want to approach this challenge. Test your skills this week and share on Instagram with #PRTV_Flash.

A bit lost or starting out? Checkout this video on Mastering your Flash- The Basics on YouTube

To enter post your photos on Instagram before noon next Friday with the tags #PRTV and #PRTV_flash.

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And the team!
Toby – @Photorectoby Roy – @RoyMcKeeIII Rose –  @Randomcreativeart

Toby’s Winner:

This is texture that tells a story- I love this still life shot that just happens to have so much texture, so much history in that texture – from the weathered wood to the rusty metal -fantastic shot!

Toby’s Honorable Mentions:

Part of me want’s to hold my breath while I look at this photo – there is such subtle, fragile texture here- Love this macro!

This isn’t texture as I usually think of it but the detail and lighting here make this a very tactile photo and I can practically feel the fleshy orange through it all.

Roy’s Winner:

When it comes to shooting texture going to those macro levels can pay off for a photo. Prerana has a great shot of a jute rope that is bundled loose enough it has a lot of nice strands coming loose for detail. Shooting sidelit in this case helped a lot as it puts a lot of contrast on the subject.

Roy’s Honorable Mentions:

Looking up #mossy #oaktree #bokeh #prtv_textures #prtv #mossyforest #mossyoak #textures #green #fluorescent #forest

A photo posted by Jane Glover (@angry_runner) on

The favored angles of one of my friends when it comes to trees this is always a great angle for getting that texture of the bark or moss with a nice bokeh. Keeping your focus point nice and close works great as it pushes the bokeh further giving your photo a long transition to the background.

Being the season for it the weather makes a good time for shooting frost and snowflakes like this great shot from Tonya. Getting down to super macro levels you can get the detail in snowflakes getting to that point you can see the formation and texture of the crystals.

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 They all had dreams. They all had family. They died for us. Arlington National Cemetery is a heavy place, I can't help but think about all the pain and suffering when presented with row upon row of a headstone representing a fallen soldier and my mind boggles that this still happens today. On this little planet hurtling through an incomprehensible ginormous space - some people think it is ok to kill each other. :( p.s. You should google Cornelius H. Charlton - his story is interesting p.p.s My grandfather is buried in Arlington- my Mom's father was instrumental in designing and implementing early radar systems for the Navy in WW2. Captured with the #Sony #a7RII and #Canon #70200L at 200mm and f/3.2
 #mondaymorningshare - I want to see your failed experiments or favorite photos from the last week. GO TO to share your fav image from the past week. Here's my #failedexperiment The US Capitol at Sunset. File this under because I could - a 2 minute exposure with the use of a NISI Filters 10-stop ND. I hoped I would get some interesting wispy movement in the clouds but nothing developed. Next I tried a 6 minute exposure (swipe to see it) and while there may be a little more movement in the clouds it certainly wasn't anything to get excited about. And while I often recommend very carefully shooting building and monuments as symmetrically as possible, I purposefully shot from right of center to avoid losing Ulysses S. Grant statue in the front of the capitol. *  Sony #A7RII and #Canon 2470mm with #NiSiFilters #10StopND
 I love traveling with other photographers on #mckaylive trips. Kari, a trip participant, noticed this line of trees and shared her perspective with me. I had glanced at them but hadn't noticed how nicely they lined up when standing at a certain spot #teacherbecomesthestudent :) We had a great day leaving behind the cherry blossom crowds for a much quieter walk around #HarpersFerryWV. And a visit to #BolivarHeights a much fought over hilltop during the civil war and the site of the largest surrender of Union troops - over 12,000 men surrendered to Stonewall Jackson. *  Captured with the #Panasonic #GH4 and #1235mm lens

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