Readers Photo Challenge assignment: A day in the life

In the 1980s, photojournalist Rick Smolan created a unique and ambitious project: photograph an entire country in a single day. Thus the Day In The Life Of Australia was born. Smolan got cadre of elite photographers to scour the “Land Down Under” for a 24-hour period. Smolan subsequently went on to produce several other Day In The Life Of (DITLO) projects including, Japan, Canada, the U.S. and more.

The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is inspired by those DITLO projects. The subjects and places to shoot are up to you to pick, but instead of the usual 2-week period, you’ll get only 1 day to do it in. That day will be this Saturday, October 6. I picked it because it’s a weekend day, so most people will likely be off of work.

While I said that the subjects are for you to decide, there are a few things that I’m looking for. First: People. I know that photographing people can be hard for some of you, but having a person in your photo, whether candid or posed, can give some context to your shot.

For the best light try to concentrate your time around sunrise or sunset to get that golden glow to your pictures. This isn’t to say that if there’s something going on midday that you should avoid it, but beginning and the end of daylight hours will give you the best light.

Finally, with the time period being from midnight to midnight on October 6, I’m looking for at least a few of you to take some night shots.


If you’re looking for event oriented photos, there will be several on October 6.

For the 6th year Carrie Walker, a frequent contributor to the challenge, will be holding a photo walk in downtown Stockton. You can meet her at the RTD Transit Center at 421 E. Weber Avenue at 9:00 a.m. The Dell’ Osso Farms’ Pumpkin Farm will be up and running in Lathrop. The Port City Roller Girls roller derby team will hold it’s last bout and the Stockton Heat’s Opening Day will both be on that day.

Once again, the place and subject are your choice. And whether you used a DSLR, point-and-shoot cameras or a smart-phone, it doesn’t matter what device you use to shoot it with. What I’m looking is a photo from a day in your life and, hopefully, we can get enough of them to represent a day in all our lives (Note: The deadline is Tuesday, October 9, only three days after the event. I know the time is shorter than normal, but I know you’ll be up to the challenge).

How to enter:

1. Entries can be emailed as a jpeg attachment to Type in “Day” in the subject line.

2. Photos have to be shot on Saturday, October 6, from midnight to midnight.

3. The number of photos is limited to no more than 12 per person

4. Include your name (first and last), hometown, and the kind of phone you used and where it was taken (ie: “John Doe, Stockton. Pool Station Road and Highway 49, San Andreas. iPhone6s”)

5. If there is a recognizable person in the photo, please identify them (name, age, hometown) and what they are doing in the photos.

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

7. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, October 9 . The top examples will be published on Tuesday, October 16 with an online gallery of all the photos on the same day.

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