UNICORN - or - FUJIFILM PH NATIONWIDE PHOTOWALK 2019

The assignment for this years Fujifilm Photo walk seems to be like the elusive unicorn that everyone wants to catch. Once a year it is somewhere out, and everyone tries a shot at capturing it. All you need to do is upload an excellent image and win the votes of the judges.

It sounds pretty simple. It turns out; it's not.

some easy spotted broken pattern

some easy spotted broken pattern




What to avoid? Certainly cliche images - these will be the most uploaded images no matter the assignment theme. Try to avoid them. If you're not inspired from the start, don't lose hope. Look for inspiration around you. Look at other people's work. It's no shame in looking for ideas.

Markets are a good place, but cliches are manyfold

Markets are a good place, but cliches are manyfold


Today we got the assignment to capture broken patterns. While repetition in the humdrum of life around you can at times be a little dull – getting it in your picture-taking set can create images with impact.

Life around us is full of patterns. Many of them we overlook due to the business of our days. Once you get an eye for spotting them, you'll be amazed by what you see. Capturing repetition, some techniques come to mind – you can either emphasize it or break it.

Emphasize the Patterns

Filling your frame with a repetitive pattern can give the impression of size and large numbers. Zoom in close enough to the design that it fills the frame. The repetition seem though, and it seems to burst outwards. Almost any repeated appearance of objects could work.

'Today's aim - Breaking Patterns

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Using the repetition is to capture the interruption of the flow of a pattern. For example, you might photograph hundreds of red apples with one green one. Sometimes you'll find these broken patterns naturally appearing around you, and on other occasions, you might need to manipulate the situation a little and interrupt a design yourself.

same same but different

same same but different

Broken repetition might include adding a different object (color, shape, texture) or removing one of the repeating objects. Pay particular attention to where in your frame to place the break in the pattern.

Easy to write but not as easy to execute. I got a lot of cliches today, but once in a while, I spotted some better-broken patterns. Not as clean as I would have liked but that's life. Have a look at the gallery below starting with the obvious getting to my not so easy spotted patterns.