Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Your choice

This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment will be an open one, meaning that the choice of subject is up to you.

You can approach it in a couple of ways. First, you can shoot something that interests you. If you like landscapes, then a quick trip to the foothills or out to the Delta can be the places you where you look for your photos. The same if you like to shoot critters in the wild.


Maybe portraits are your thing. Those can be shot almost anywhere but look for a nice, scenic background. The University of the Pacific or Micke Grove Park are 2 great examples of locations to take a portrait.

If like to shoot sports, then you’d better hurry. Many high school sports are winding down right about now.


If these and the myriad of other subjects are your cup of tea, then make sure you use the basic photo techniques to get a great shot. Get in close and fill the frame with your subject. Watch for distracting things in the background, look for or use interesting/good light and use a good composition.

This is also an opportunity to do something that you haven’t done before or need practice shooting. Say photographing people isn’t your thing. Grab a friend, family member or even a stranger and ask them to pose for a picture for you (I like photos of people, so extra consideration will be given tp images with people in them).

Maybe you’ve never done a night shot before. Go out to someplace that’s away from the city lights, put your camera on a tripod and play around with exposures in the 10 to 30 second range.


Perhaps you like shooting cityscapes but don’t get an opportunity to do it very often. Give yourself an excuse to wander the city on a self-imposed photo walk.


Whatever you chose to do and however you chose to do it, have fun with this assignment. After all, the subject is your choice.

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 November 20 to December 4.

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 (eg.: “John Doe of Stockton. Micke Grove Park, Lodi. 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 (eg.: Jane Doe, 6, plays on the playground equipment 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 Tuesday, December 4. The top examples will be published on Tuesday, December 11 with an online gallery of all the photos on the same day.

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