Being blue

The response to the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment, the blue hour, has been a bit slow. OK, it’s been very slow. Only 2 readers have sent in valid entries so far.

Areas with warm neon or incandescent lights can prove to be a great counterpoint to the cold blueness of the hour. Janet Leigh Plaza, the Weber Point Event Center, De Carli Plaza and the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton are great subjects to start with.

It’s not too late. There are a few days left until the deadline. So stay out until the sun goes down (or wake up before it rises, if you’re so inclined) and capture the beauty of the blue hour.


1. Entries can be emailed to Type in “Blue hour” in the subject line.

2. Photos have to be shot between August 4 and August 17. The subject is up to you but they must be shot during the “blue hour.”

3. Include your name (first and last), hometown, and the kind of camera/lens you used and where it was taken (eg: “John Doe, Stockton. Weber Avenue in downtown Stockton. Canon EOS Rebel Ti with 18-55mm lens”)

4. If there is a recognizable person in the photo, please identify them (name, age, hometown) and where they are and what they are doing. (eg: “Jane Smith, 25, Tracy walks down Main Street at Hunter Street in Stockton”)

5. Please feel free to include any interesting anecdotes or stories on how you took the picture.

6. The deadline for submission is Friday, August 15*. The top examples will be published on Thursday, August 21 with an online gallery of all the photos on the same day.

(*Please note that the publication day for my column has changed to Thursdays and the deadline days have been moved up to the preceding Friday.)

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