Readers Photo Challenge assignment: The great pumpkin hunt

The subject for the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is inspired by the harvest season: Pumpkins.

Halloween will be smack dab in the middle of the challenge so obviously jack-o-lanterns will be a natural subject. Try shooting them at night while lit up from the inside. It could make for a spooky shot. Don’t forget about photos of the jack-o-lanterns being made. Pictures of kids carving their own pumpkin can make cute images.

Speaking of kids, photographing them at a pumpkin patch picking out the perfect one can make for adorable pictures.

Try to avoid front lighting. It can make the pumpkin, essentials an orb, flat looking. Instead use side-lighting where the light comes from the left or right. This will help to give the pumpkin some shape, emphasizing its roundness. It will also bring out the vertical longitudinal lines of the pumpkin and add texture to the image.

The traditional smooth pumpkin isn’t the only kind. There are plenty of varieties that can provide you with many different textures and colors.

Halloween isn’t the only reason for pictures of pumpkins. As I said, this is the harvest season and pumpkins are a symbols of it. Many are used a outdoor decorations as well as parts of table centerpieces.

Whether you shoot them as a still life, a part of a landscape or as props in a portrait, make sure that pumpkins are the reasons for the season and for your photos.

How to enter:

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

2. Photos have to be shot between October 23 and November 6.

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 of Stockton. Shot at Lodi Lake Park, Lodi. With an iPhone 6s”)

5. If there is a recognizable person in the photo, please identify them (name, age, hometown) and what they are doing in the photos. (“Jimmy Doe of Stockton, 8, carves a pumpkin at his home”)

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

7. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, November 6 . The top examples will be published on Tuesday, November 13 with an online gallery of all the photos on the same day.

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