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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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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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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: The heat is on

This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “Heat.” It shares some similarities with last month’s challenge of “summertime” by being issued at the hottest season of the year. The most obvious way to illustrate this assignment is by getting a photo with the sun in it. Sunrises and sunsets fit the bill here. Be careful, [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Hot fun in the summertime

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “summertime.” In my job, we call this time of year the “summer doldrums.” Assignments involving school activities and sports are minimal and photos of people out and about can be harder to find because many are out of town on vacation or holed up inside trying to avoid [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: There’s no place like home

“When I think of home I think of a place where there’s love overflowing, I wish I was home” – by Charlie Smalls (from The Wiz) The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment was on finding the beauty in hometowns. One has to become a tourist in and see familiar sights with a fresh eye. A [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Be ever so humble…

“…No, I cannot forget where it is that I come from I cannot forget the people who love me Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town And people let me be just what I want to be…” – Small Town by John Mellencamp Most people have fond memories of where they grew [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Return calls

Our latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment, cellphone photography, is an encore of one we did in 2013. The results of that one was impressive and this one did not disappoint. Cellphones and the pictures that we take with them are as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. They have replaced point-and-shoot cameras as the most [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Hold the phone

A couple of weeks ago I was driving around Stockton when I spotted a gardener pruning roses on the UOP campus, which I thought would make a nice spring weather photo. I got out the car and introduced myself, but when I pulled my camera out of my bag I noticed that it felt a [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Spring has sprung

“Spring” is the theme of the current Readers Photo Challenge assignment and judging from the response spring has indeed sprung. Twenty-one readers sent in a whopping 134 photos. Most dealt with the growth that springtime brings. Flowers, both wild and homegrown, were a common subject. It’s also the season for the rebirth of living things, [...]

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