Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Red letter days

We’ve done the colors blue and green as subjects for the Readers Photo Challenge and the latest assignment will be another color: Red.

Recently, social media was all atwitter (no pun intended) over the red coat that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wore after the meeting that she and Senator Chuck Shumer had with President Trump. They are shown in a photo leaving the White House with Pelosi buttoning up the coat. Aside from the context of the story, would there have been such a buzz over the picture if her coat was a different color, such as grey, brown or black like the one that Shumer wore? Perhaps not.

Red is a very intense color. It has many different meanings. It’s the color of danger and warning, think firetrucks, stop signs and stop lights. It’s the color of love and passion as exemplified in roses and Valentine’s Day hearts. It’s the color of power and speed. Why else would it be the go-to color for Ferrari? The red in our flag stands for valor and courage.

You can use red as an accent color to help bring the viewers’ eyes to your subject. Having a person wear a red shirt, jacket or hat against a neutral or drab background can make them stand out.

Conversely, in a scene of mostly red, having someone wear a neutral or complementary color, can also bring attention to them.

Red can be found in nature. There are trees, bushes and flowers there red. It can be found in fruit and veggies such as tomatoes and strawberries. The sky can turn red when deep in the throes of a sunset.

Shooters of the old slide film Kodachrome used to live for the color red which the film used to vividly reproduce. Red is an vibrant, eye-catching color and can add that special something to your photos. The limits are only your own imagination.

How to enter:
1. Entries can be emailed to coto@recordnet.com. Type in “Red” in the subject line.
2. Photos have to be shot between February 5 and February 19.
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 device 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 February 19. The top examples will be published on Tuesday, February 26 with an online gallery of all the photos on the same day.

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