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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Bridges

In Stockton and San Joaquin County there are many rivers, sloughs and creeks that make their way through the city. With those bodies of water come many bridges that cross them and thus the inspiration for the next Readers PhotoChallenge assignment: Bridges. I grew up in the small Delta community of Walnut Grove. It’s nestled [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: More than window dressing

Windows is the subject of the latests Readers Photo Challenge assignment. Using something in the foreground to frame your subject is a compositional technique that’s often used in photography. What better frame to use than a window? Twenty six readers sent in 96 photos. Many delved beyond the subject matter and entered photos that were [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Architecture

Architectural photos are a staple of most vacation and travel photography. The essence of a city or town can be, at least in part, captured in its buildings and structures. This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is: Architecture. Architectural photography is more than just walking up to a house and snapping a picture. To get [...]

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Random Photo #14: A time to reflect

The Central United Methodist Church in Stockton is an impressive looking building. Its roofline that sweeps up to its spire and cross has these open structural “ribs” that remind me of the bones of a whale or other large animal. In the middle at ground level there is a wide, open walkway that separates the [...]

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“…New York is where I’d rather stay. I get allergic smelling hay. I just adore a penthouse view.
 Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue…” – The Green Acres theme song by Vic Mizzy Landscapes are among the most popular subjects for photographers and lovers of photography. The most-entered categories in the San [...]

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Do you remember the old computer/video game of Tetris? In the game colorful bricks in various shapes descended down a vertical screen and the player had to orient and arrange them as they fell. Aligning the bricks in a continuous row across the screen eliminated them and made room for more bricks. It sounds easier [...]

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Barbed wire on a fence post at the Cook Land and Cattle Company in Farmington (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 55mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/11. ISO: 200). Sometimes texture can add to a compostition of a picture, and sometimes it can be the whole reason to take it. The key to shooting [...]

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They don’t make ‘em like this anymore

The ceiling of the lobby of the Bob Hope Theater in downtown Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/15th sec. @ f.2.8. ISO: 400) A detail of a column in the lobby of the Bob Hope Theater. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 26mm. Exposure: 1/15th sec. @ f.2.8. ISO: [...]

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The grass is always greener

(Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: f/11 @ 1/500, ISO 200) “A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.” -  Michael Pollan (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: f/11 @ 1/500, ISO 200) The zippy new Sheraton Hotel has what appears to be a lush, verdant lawn in it’s courtyard [...]

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Flat earth society

(Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: f/8 @ 1/250 ISO 200) “Baseball is a slow, sluggish game, with frequent and trivial interruptions, offering the spectator many opportunities to reflect at leisure upon the situation on the field: This is what a fan loves most about the game” -  Edward Abbey The fans [...]

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