Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Open up

This is the 43rd challenge and we’ve covered many different kinds of photography, so this assignment it will be open to any of the previous 42 assignments. In other words, the choice of subject will be pretty much up to you. The only limitation is the normal 2-week period in which to shoot it.

You can choose from close-ups to action, from night shots to flowers. Just make sure to adhere to solid basic photography principals. Get in as close as you can, watch out for cluttered, distracting backgrounds and look for great light, composition and expression.

If you like nature, you can revisit our very first assignment “flowers” (April 2013). You can also redo the landscape challenge (Feb. 2015) or the cloud assignment (Jan. 2016).

Assignments that involve people tend to not be as well-received as others, but I’m partial to them (special consideration will be given to images involving people). If you like them too you can take another look at the outdoor portrait assignment (May 2013), the smile challenge (June 2014) or the children task (March 2016).

If photographing animals is your thing, then the pet (June 2014) and bird (Feb. 2016) challenges are right up your alley.

As I mentioned earlier, you should look for great light, that usually translates to time of day. The best light tends to be early in the morning or late in the day. You can revisit the sunset/sunrise assignment of the “golden hour” (July 2014) or the pre-dawn or dusk hours of the “blue hour” challenge (Aug 2018). You can even retry your hand at a night shot (March 2014).

This assignment can be shot with a DSLR camera, a point-and-shoot or a smartphone camera. The choice camera, as well as the subject matter, is up to you.

(Here’s a list of all the past assignments: Flowers, outdoor portrait, the county fair, water, indoor available light, close-up, motion, architecture, cellphone photos, still life, silhouettes, night shots, reflections, wildflowers, smiles, pets, golden hour, blue hour, vacation, sports, fall leaves, Christmas lights, open, landscape, color, black & white, ordinary, cityscapes, faces, vacation-2, cars, fill-flash, sunsets, fall leaves-2, clouds, birds, children, spring, cellphone photos-2, hometown, summer, heat)

How to enter:

1. Entries can be emailed to coto@recordnet.com. Type in “Open” in the subject line.

2. Photos have to be shot between September 1 and September 15.

3. Include your name (first and last), hometown, and the kind of camera/lens you used and where it was taken (e.g.: “John Doe of Stockton. Location: Oak Park, Stockton. Canon Rebel T3 w/ 55-300mm lens”). Also try to mention the challenge assignment that you’re revisiting.

4. If there is a recognizable person in the photo, please identify them (name, age, hometown) and what they are doing in the photos (e.g.: Jimmy Doe, 8, of Stockton cools off in the water at the Oak Park Pool 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 Thursday, September 15. The top examples will be published on Thursday, September 22 with an online gallery of all the photos on the same day.

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