Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Easy being green

In March of 2015 the Readers Photo Challenge assignment was “color” in which any or all colors were acceptable. The current assignment picks a specific color, that color being green.

There are a couple of ways you can approach shooting a color. The most obvious is to photograph a scene of subject that is all or mostly that one color. The trick is to try and capture the subtle changes in the hue and shadings of your subject.

Another approach is to set your subject color against a neutral or even contrasting color. Last summer I photographed a young girl holding a green umbrella against the spray of the interactive fountain at the Weber Point Events Center in downtown Stockton. The color of the umbrella popped out against the neutrality of the water around her.

The opposite can be effective too. About a month ago I photographed meadowlark on a barbed wire fence the Phil and Marilyn Isenberg Sandhill Crane Reserve in Woodbridge. The bright yellow of the bird’s breast feathers set against a field of green of the surrounding foliage (thrown out of focus by a narrow depth of field) made both colors stand out.

Whatever method you chose the color green has to be an important and integral part of your pictures, not a random or incidental occurrence of that color.

Spring is just around the corner and if any color is representative of the season it would be green. Fresh growth of grasses and leaves are the color of green. With a little thought and effort you can find, photographically speaking at least, that can actually be easy being green.

How to Enter:

1. Email your entries to Type in “Green” in the subject line.

2. Photos have to be shot between March 2 and March 16.

3. Entries are limited to no more than 12 photos from each photographer.

4. 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: Stockton. Camera: Canon Rebel T3 w/ 55-300mm lens”).

5. If there is a recognizable person in the photo, please identify them (name, age, hometown) and what they are doing in the photos, and if they’re related to you. (e.g.: Jimmy Doe, 8, of Stockton plays in the grass at Victory Park in Stockton).

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

7. The deadline for submission is Thursday, March 16. A photo gallery of all the pictures submitted will be run on Feb. 23 at

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