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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Grace from fall

The season of Autumn is well upon us which is the inspiration for the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Fall. What most epitomizes the season is the color of fall leaves. With the shortening of the days and, to a lesser extent, the cooler days, changes them from their verdant greens to hues of red [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: animals

“If we could talk to the animals, learn all their languages I could take an animal degree I’d study elephant and eagle, buffalo and beagle Alligator, guinea pig, and flea” – Talk to the Animals by Leslie Bricusse Animals are a source of fascination and subject matter for many photographers. They can be found in [...]

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Into each life some rain must fall

It’s been several years since I’ve shot a football game in any kind of significant rain. The drought has made sure that many fall and winter Friday nights would be dry as a bone. Even with last year’s El Niño weather pattern I was able to get away with nary a drop falling on me. [...]

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The importance of editing

Some readers may have noticed a slight change in the rules to the monthly Readers Photo Challenge. A limit on the number of entries has been added. Most photo contests have some sort of limit to the submissions they receive. Some cap the entries at a certain number. Other contests will have an entry fee [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Animal kingdom

This past Tuesday was World Animal Day which is the inspiration for the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Animals. As a kid, I liked watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. I remember watching Jim Folwer wrestling with a large wild animal, an alligator, water buffalo or other such beast, while the more elderly host of [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Open season

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment didn’t have a specific subject but rather it was open to any subject from the previous assignments. In other words readers were encouraged send in their best pictures of whatever they wanted. From sunsets and close-ups to flowers and animals, whatever piqued their interests. Fourteen readers sent in 126 [...]

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A bokeh primer

Apple recently released it new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus smartphones. One of the features of the 7 Plus that the company touts is its ability to create bokeh, an effect that was previously only done by digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLR). The bokeh effect is known by most experienced photographers, but probably not [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Open up

This is the 43rd challenge and we’ve covered many different kinds of photography, so this assignment it will be open to any of the previous 42 assignments. In other words, the choice of subject will be pretty much up to you. The only limitation is the normal 2-week period in which to shoot it. You [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge:Bring on the heat

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “heat.” Some readers sent in photos of the sources of heat (the sun, a flame, etc.), while others showed the effects of heat. Whichever tactic they chose, they showed that they were all hot stuff. A total of thirty-seven photos were sent in by eight readers. Here are [...]

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Time has come today

In a recent article published by Popular Photography, photo agency Getty Images says that it will only take 120 seconds from the time a photo is shot at the Rio Olympics to when it get published on their website. In this day of Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat when you can you can post pictures nearly [...]

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