April 2024

09th April – 7.45pm

Assignment - "9 Images in 45 Minutes".


  • Use one camera and lens (prime or telephoto including a teleconverter if you use one) for the challenge.
  • Select a starting point for your walk but do not take a photograph.
  • The total time is 45-46 minutes (allowing up to a min for the 9th photo)
  • Walk for 5 minutes and take your first photograph from where you stand.
  • Repeat and stop every 5 minutes for the duration of 45-46 minutes to complete a set of 9 images.
  • Take only one photograph at each location and none in between.
  • Spend no more than one minute selecting, composing and shooting the image then move on to the next:
    • Start, walk for 5 mins and take picture by  6 mins                      Picture 1 (elapsed time 5-6 mins)
    • Walk for 10 mins from start and take picture by 11 mins             Picture 2 (elapsed time 10-11 mins)
    • Walk for 15 mins from start and take picture by 16 mins             Picture 3 (elapsed time 15-16 mins)
    • Etc
    • Walk for 40 mins from start and take picture by 41 mins             Picture 8 (elapsed time 40-41 mins)
    • Walk for 45 mins from start and take picture by 46 mins             Picture 9 (elapsed time 45-46 mins)
  • Images can be taken in colour or black &white.
  • Photographs should essentially be straight from camera.  Any post processing should be minimal – levelling, tweaking and minor cropping are permitted.
  • Photographs should not be heavily processed or put through filter styles.
  • Selfies are not eligible.

Forty Five is an exercise in creating unlikely images from random subjects.  Images that in other circumstances you may not consider photographing.  With the discipline of first shot only, in a fixed period of time, the resulting photographs are likely to be more intuitive.  Some images will work better than others.  The fun is in the taking, learning and in the review of the images captured.  You may be surprised by which locations provide the most interesting shots.

Forty Five is designed to challenge photographers to work creatively outside of their normal way of thinking and working.

In Forty Five good and less good photographs are equally valid.  There are no rubbish shots. To dismiss a photograph as rubbish is to discard what can be learnt from it. When viewed as a set the gallery of images may offer some interesting insights for the photographer and also provide ideas, inspiration and learning.

The rules of Forty Five impose strict guidelines for the photographer to follow.  During the 45 minutes the photographer will find the process asks many questions about their photography.  The places they find themselves taking photographs are likely to be somewhere they may never normally consider taking a picture.  The random location instantly presents a challenge of light, subject, composition, exposure and other environmental matters which may need to be overcome.  A fixed camera/lens set up will require more careful composition.

Images should be numbered in the order that they were taken.



Monday 22nd April - 7.45pm


  • "TBC".
  • Up to 10-12 images per entrant on a USB.