Hi there and welcome back for week 22 of the 2018 photo challenge! This week explores door photography:


A symbol of transition, a door or a gate provide a passage way.

The challenges for each week are also divided into categories.

The category for this week is…


When this category comes up, you really have room to express yourself. You can interpret the assignment literally or figuratively. Unlike the other categories, the idea of this category is to let your artistic impression shine.

Figurative Door Photography

2018 Photography Challenge Door Photography American Dagger Caterpillar

For this door photography prompt we had the option of either interpreting the photo literally or figuratively. Rather than shooting a physical image of a door, I decided to do a figurative interpretation for a symbol of transition and what better way to do that than shooting a photo of a caterpillar?

The subject of this photo is the American Dagger Caterpillar, which looks interesting as far as caterpillars go with its yellow fur and black bristles to ward off predators. When broken the bristles will excrete poison to ward off predators, making it pleasant to look at but dangerous to touch!

2018 Photography Challenge Door Photography American Dagger Caterpillar 2

While the caterpillar hasn’t entered more advanced stages of its life cycle into that of the American Dagger Moth, using a caterpillar for this prompt is perfect for conveying that sense of transition as it will eventually transform into a chrysalis and its adult form.

The biggest challenge for this week’s prompt stemmed from trying to focus in with my macro lens; as I had to manually focus on my subject, the caterpillar kept moving, so every shot I took was often blurred from the movement. It took a lot of patience, but I was able to snap quite a few good-looking photos that didn’t require much post-editing.

Door Photography Edits

If you haven’t checked out my editing video already, here are the edits that I made in Adobe Lightroom:

  • Contrast: +30
  • Highlights: +30
  • Shadows: +30
  • Whites: +30
  • Blacks: +30
  • Clarity: +50
  • Vibrance: +30
  • Saturation: +30
  • Medium Point Contrast

Door Photography Conclusion

What did you think of this week’s photography challenge and my interpretation of it? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment’s section below! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out last week’s photography challenge where I explored product photography and next week’s no peeking photography challenge. 

Photography Equipment that I Use

Here are some links for the vlogging equipment I used in the photo challenge for this week:

White Backdrop Curtain: https://amzn.to/2k1L2ds

Neewer Photography Light Stand: https://amzn.to/2GpKXZS

Neewer Video Photography Lighting Kit: https://amzn.to/2rMYshB

Pentax 50mm Prime Lens: https://amzn.to/2GkrAkB

Pentax  K-50 Camera Body: https://amzn.to/2IjPUJj