Assignment 1: Collective Shoot

Back on January 1st, I said I’ll like to try some interactive activities this year. This month has gone by fast and I didn’t want to start off the year by forgetting what I had said.

I decided to call these activities assignments. Now, don’t worry. You will not be graded or anything like that. This is for fun and to learn about photography and each other. Sound good so far? Okay, let’s get started…

Assignment 1: Collective Shoot

One of my favorite photography communities is Each week a member of the forum hosts a Collective Shoot based on a theme of their choosing. The object is to then go out and photograph something to post in a set time frame and not to use old photos. The time frame is usually about a week and includes a weekend.

The theme for our Collective Shoot is to photograph a Local Area Landmark in your hometown and tell us about it. Landmarks can be buildings, geographical formations, natural areas, or historic places. The landmark does not have to be world famous but known to your community. The time of this shoot runs from now until midnight (your local time) next Wednesday, January 28, 2009.

Here’s the fun part. First, do not send me your photos. What I would like you to do is post them on your blog, flickr or other photo sharing site, personal website or any other place on the Internet where you can place a link to it here by making a comment to this blog entry. Then we can visit these sites and enjoy all the great photography and learn about some interesting places, too. Please, have your photos posted by Friday, January 30, 2009. Don’t have a place to post? Might be a good time to start up a blog or join a photo sharing community.

If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will be happy to answer them. By the way, I would really appreciate it if you would help spread the word about this so we can get lots of people to participate. Thanks!

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31 Responses to Assignment 1: Collective Shoot

  1. This sounds like fun… and the perfect reason to go out and take some pictures.
    Are you going to start a new post with your own local landmark to start things off, or do you want us to post a link right here?


  2. Post them right here.

    I will be doing my own posting and will add the links from here to it with some commentary. Will probably put a page together like I have for the photo essays so it’ll be easy to find them.

    That’s the plan anyway. 🙂 Looking forward to what you and everyone else comes up with.


  3. Carsten says:

    Its a good idea. I’ll find a place and put it on my blog. When ready, I will write a comment here with a link.
    It shall be interesting to see and read the various posts.


  4. whatsupwiththejoneses says:

    Great idea! And a fun way for me to get back into the swing of things! I’ll have my assignment in on time! 😉


  5. Rico says:

    Wow Scott! This sounds fun! Mind if I join? I only have a point-and-shoot Canon Ixus. Is that ok? Now I have a good excuse to run around taking pictures, and maybe someday I’ll get my SLR!


  6. Sure, Rico! There’s no requirements other than a blog entry showing a local landmark in your hometown. Go for it! 🙂 Don’t forget to place a link back here.


  7. shrewspeaks says:

    WOOOOHOOO…now this is fun!


  8. doreen3boys says:

    I’m the one that can’t say no to a dare (from Michaela), lol! I’m in, excited to give it a go!


  9. Amanda says:

    Sounds like fun. Count me in too. 🙂


  10. sorrentolens says:

    Scott: Here’s mine:

    Strength Tower HDR

    Uptown Altamonte, Altamonte Springs, Florida



  11. Cheryl says:

    I am another friend of Micheala’s… I’ll try to give it a go…sounds fun!


  12. giiid says:

    You can count on me, too! Great idea.


  13. Scott, thanks for the challenge. Here is my entry for the Collective Shoot:

    The Columbian Theatre at Wamego, Kansas.


  14. Anna Surface says:

    Hi Scott. Thanks for the challenge, and a great idea! Here is my entry:

    Manhattan, Kansas Union Pacific Depot

    (Manhattan, Kansas is known as the Little Apple.)


  15. Carsten says:

    Hi Scott and fellow bloggers.
    Here is my first entry. Grey as the day today:


  16. Karen says:

    What a great idea! I’ll try to participate as often as possible.


  17. Hi Scott,

    Thanks for your assignement and idea to do this shoot on here! Great!
    Each year the flowerfields signal Spring is coming. A colourful sight, that attracts a few tourists 😉
    Here some pictures of a small fields near my house.

    tc Chris


  18. giiid says:

    Hi Scott and everyone.

    We have just had the grand opening of a new concert hall (Koncert huset) in Copenhagen, Denmark. My entry is some glimpse of this interesting house, made by architect Jean Nouvel.



  19. music maven says:

    This was very enjoyable. Loving all of the stuff posted so far.

    Here’s mine. Be kind.


  20. morningjoy says:

    Here’s my contribution to this week’s assignment:

    It’s an out of the way, out of the ordinary landmark located in the country across from a field of summer squash, but a stop you wouldn’t want to miss.

    [MJ, I edited the link so it goes directly to the photo with the information….Scott]


  21. karma says:

    Hi Scott! I just wanted to say this was a great assignment idea. I would have loved to have participated, but it seems my time will run out tonight. I even have a great idea for a picture I could take – I just can’t get there in time! Oh well, maybe next time.


  22. Gerry says:

    This reminds me of my little dog Jake, who tried to keep up with Rogie the Golden Retriever and Mozart the Standard Poodle and Fred the Black Lab as they chased each other up the drumlins and down to the beach and back again. He’d tear along, scrabbling for all he was worth to get to the top of the hill just as the others came roaring down, knocking him tail over floppy ears. He never quit, and he always seemed to have a wonderful time. Thank you for letting us run with the big dogs. It has been every bit as much fun as Jake always thought it was. Please drop by Torch Lake Views to watch us chase our tails, trying to find a way to say “I love you” to a place.


  23. Here’s my submission to the assignment:

    Hope you all got your photography in. Still time to post your links here until the end of day tomorrow. Over the weekend I will summarize all the links.

    I want to say how pleased I am for all of you joining in. I’m thrilled with all the links posted here. Some great stuff, everyone! Great job!

    My thanks to all who posted a link back here. I know I got a lot of activity from people coming here and then going out to your blogs and websites.


  24. doreen3boys says:

    I’m done!! Had to put a different twist on the assignment due to ice/snow storm which limited me getting out and about. Thanks was doing this Scott, I love that it makes me think outside the box.


  25. doreen3boys says:

    this was fun, Michaela will attest that I am the queen of typos…….my mind is faster than my fingers, lol.

    [Don’t worry about it…I fixed it. Scott]


  26. LOL Doreen. Yup, the queen of typos.
    And you missed one, Scott. It should be “thanks FOR doing this” 😉


  27. shrewspeaks says:

    Okay…slap my hand…I took them this morning…so I understand if you disqualify me.


  28. shrewspeaks says:

    Scott, this assignment really challenged me to think beyond the usual.

    The best part of this process is when I had less than optimal conditions with Scott’s assignment (yeah, yeah, yeah I am a donkey cause I blew the timeline) I was forced to think HARD and that was when I brought forward my own photographic mission. I knew I wanted people and there was only ONE place where humans were at 5:30 am…so perfect…so much a part of this town. and BINGO!

    Thanks Scott.


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