Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Windows of opportunity

“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.” – Tom Peters

This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “windows.”

Windows allow us to see the outside world from the comfort of our homes. They allow light in and while keeping the cold or heat out. The can be ornate or merely functional.

They can also be very useful photographically. Framing is a compositional tool that is often used in photography. You can use something in the foreground, such as a tree branch, to help frame your subject. Windows are also an obvious choice for framing your pictures. Photographing through a window, leaving the sill and frame within the picture, can help to emphasize what you’re taking photos of.

You can create abstract photos by shooting through a window covered in raindrops. Focus on the glass and droplets and let the rest go out of focus and you have an impressionist painting-like image.

Don’t forget about the reflective properties of the glass in windows. You can use it to capture images of other buildings, the surrounding landscape or people. You can even get sunlight bouncing off of a window as a part of your composition.

You don’t have to limit yourself to the windows on buildings. The windows on vehicles, planes, trains and automobiles, will do nicely as well.

Your subject may be shot through a window, reflected off of a window or just of a window (or windows) itself, just as long that it’s clear that a window is involved (no shooting through a window without showing at least its edge or frame).

Windows are numerous and can be found everywhere, so much so that one may not even think of them or ignore their presence. So you need to keep your eyes open, think outside of the box and look for your window of opportunity.


Enter the Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Shadows

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

2. Photos have to be shot between June 5 and June 19.

3. Entries will be limited to no more than 12 photos.

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: Oak Park, Stockton. 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 (e.g.: Jimmy Doe, 15, of Stockton, walks in front of the windows of the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton).

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

7. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, June 19. The top examples will be published in the Record on June 26 with an online gallery of all the photos on the same day.

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