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Readers Photo Challenge: Life in the fast lane

The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “cars.” Cars are more than mere transportation to most of us. They are an extension of ourselves. We look for cars that suit our personalities as well as our lifestyles. When they are financially beyond our reach, we call them our “dream cars.” Some of us even give [...]

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To serve and protect

When you buy a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera it’s often suggested or recommended that you get either a skylight or UV filter for the front of lens that comes with the camera as well as one for each additional lens you get. They’re relatively cheap, ranging from $5.00 to $50.00 depending on the [...]

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Are you ready for some football?

The 2015 high school football season is well under way with week 2 starting on Friday. Football is not only a popular sport to play and watch but to photograph as well. Many newspaper and sports photographers have cut their photographic eyeteeth on football. Here are some tips on shooting America’s most popular game. When [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Cars

I’ve owned several cars in my life so far. My first car was a 1965 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport. Despite having only two doors, it was big and ponderous. It was a gas guzzler and polluted the air like a soot-filled chimney. My favorite car was a 1991 Mazda Miata. Fun, nimble and economical, it [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: On holiday

The assignment for the current Readers Photo Challenge was to send in your best photos of your summer vacation. From weekend getaways to extended vacations everyone can use some time off to rest, relax and recharge their batteries. Some of us travel to distant lands while others go no further than a day trip. Whether [...]

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(Wild)life of the party

While on our recent family vacation to San Diego my son and I were walking the beach of La Jolla Cove when we heard a lifeguard say over a loudspeaker: “Please do not harass the sea lions. Please back away from them.” A small pod of the ocean mammals relaxed at the far end of [...]

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Too close for comfort

There’s a saying in photography that goes: “if your pictures aren’t good enough, it means that you’re not close enough.” One of the biggest picture-taking mistakes that people make is that they’re too far away. But occasionally there are times when you can get a little too close for comfort. My family and I traveled [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: What you did on your summer vacation

For the newest Readers Photo Challenge we’re going to revisit one that was done last year. Twenty-nine people sent in 114 photos making it one of the most popular assignments. “Vacations: The Sequel” is this month’s theme. Getting a good vacation photo is more than just taking a snapshot of a particular landmark or event. [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Face value

“That face, that face, that wonderful face; It shines, it glows all over the place.” – “That Face” by Alan Bergman and Lew Spence The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “faces.” Our faces are the most recognizable feature that we have. We often talk about it in song and literature. We put on a [...]

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A hairy situation

“Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen Give me down to there, hair, shoulder length or longer…” – ”Hair” by James Rado and Gerome Ragni Last week, I covered a press availability event for the 2015 Supra Boats Professional Wakeboard Tour at Mossdale Quarry Lakes in Lathrop. Photographers [...]

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