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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Face-off

“The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.” – St. Jerome Portraits are all about the face. Looking at faces is the main way that we recognize others. We’ll often remember the face of someone we’ve met long ago even though we may not recall [...]

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Bright lights, city nights

The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “cityscapes.” Most of us live in cities or towns and while we don’t often consciously think about it, we deal with architecture every day. To find the beauty in the urban landscape one has to see the forest for the trees. Too often we’re busy with going about [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Out on the town

“A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams.” – Herb Caen This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “cityscapes.” The challenge is similar to the architecture assignment issued in October of 2013 and there can be some overlap in subject [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Celebrating the ordinary

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is to find the extraordinary in ordinary objects or scenes. It takes more than just taking an everyday object and photographing it. One needs to look with a discerning eye to find the beauty and nobility of it through lighting, composition, and/or detail. That’s what the best photographers did [...]

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Ordinary street sights

Recently I came across a couple of street scenes where the quality of light made the difference between ho-hum and exceptional. I was walking around downtown Stockton last week looking for an enterprise feature photo when I stopped to cross the street at Sutter Street and Weber Avenue. At my feet was a grate covering [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Out of the ordinary

“Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.” – Jon Bon Jovi May is National Photo Month and in observance of it this month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “ordinary objects.” The ability to see the beauty in the mundane is the basis in many [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: De-Color my world

“The world is black, the world is white It turns by day and then by night” – David I. Arkin and Earl Robinson. This month’s Readers Photo Challenge was “black and white” and I was pleasantly surprised at the response to the assignment. I thought the interest in black and white photography was on the [...]

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Seeing in black and white

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment issued last week is black and white. Many of today’s digital cameras have a setting to make them shoot in a colorless mode, German camera manufacturer even has a digital model that shoots black and white exclusively. There are free apps that you can get for your cellphone for [...]

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As clear as black and white

  While the previous Readers Photo Challenge was all about color, the new assignment is about the lack of it. In the beginning of photography technology limited things to one choice: black and white. Great art was born out of this single choice. Photographic legends such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Henri Cartier Bresson took the medium to [...]

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Coming through with flying colors

Color is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment but not just your garden-variety everyday color. Readers were tasked to use color as a part of the composition or as the main subject of the photographs entered. From bright color comprising most of the photo to just accents, color is an essential part [...]

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