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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Wide open

Most of the challenge assignments are of a single subject. Sometimes its something that I think might interesting, other times it may be about some technique that I think may be worth trying out. This assignment, however, will be an open one, meaning the subject is what ever you want it to be. Sometimes I’ll [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: It’s a small world

This month’s readers Photo Challenge assignment was “Close-ups.” There are things that we often overlook living in the regular-sized world. The best of macro/close-up photography looks at the hidden world of the miniature and elevates the details and textures for all to see. Fifteen readers sent in 83 photos. Here are some of the best [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Close to you

The newest Readers Photo Challenge assignment, “close up,” is a revisitation of one we did a few years ago. Technically a close up picture is any photo in which whatever lens your using is at its minimum focusing distance. In other words, its as close as your equipment allows you to get. “Close-up” is also [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Beyond the postcards

The subject of the current readers Photo Challenge assignment is “vacation.” When people think of vacation pictures they think of postcards of iconic places such as the Eiffel Tower, Washington Monument or Statue of Liberty, but the best travel photos go beyond showing the standard cliché pictures. They show a sense of place and the [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Vacation

With children returning to school summer is starting to wind down which makes it the perfect time for the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Vacation. Vacation photos are basically travel photos. A good travel picture conveys the sense of place to land you’ve traveled to. A few years ago my son went to Japan on [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Down by the river

I grew up in a small river town in the Delta, so I know how wonderful river life can be. I remember as a kid splashing around in my favorite swimming hole and I know what its like when the heat of a summer’s day is dissipated by the cool evening river breeze. This is [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Take me to the river

You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river.” – Jim Harrison This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “Rivers.” Rivers can be the life blood of any area but especially in ours.  About 1,000 miles of waterways wind through the Delta. They are the sources of the water that not only quenches [...]

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Outtakes: June swooned

“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” – Al Bernstein June has come and gone and summer is in full swing. Here are 10 of my favorite previously unposted photos from the month. ______________________________________ 6/3/2017: ______________________________________ 6/10/2017: ______________________________________ 6/11/2017: ______________________________________ 6/26/2017: ______________________________________ 6/27/2017: ______________________________________ 6/29/2017: ______________________________________ 6/30/2017:

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Readers Photo Challenge: People persons

People. People who need people Are the luckiest people In the world!” – “People” by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill Photographing people is a staple of what photo journalists do. For some it comes naturally. They have an easy way about them which helps them not only feel at ease with other people but makes [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: People

Most people are uncomfortable taking pictures of other people. A landscape won’t talk back to you, a flower isn’t judgmental of your technique and a bird can’t criticize you. For the latest Readers Photo Challenge I’ll be asking most of you to venture outside of your comfort zone with the assignment of “people.” Posed or [...]

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