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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: On the Homefront

With state and local edicts of “stay-at-home” (or even for some counties the more strict “shelter-in-place”) in effect during this time of the COVID-19 virus, getting out to take pictures is more difficult than ever. I struggled to come up with a subject for the next challenge, then I remembered an assignment I had back […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Planting the seeds of creativity

The subject current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “plants.” Those who participated were tasked in creatively photographing anything from lowly blades of grass to a stately redwood and everything in between. The best photos took advantage of light, composition and weather conditions to come up with their images. Thirty-two readers sent in 162 photos. Here […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment:Plant-based pictures

With all the sunshine and warm weather we’ve been having lately it seems like an early spring has arrived, and so the the Readers Photo Challenge will take advantage of that. Plants will be the subjects of the next assignment. Anything from a lowly weed to a grand sequoia is fair game. You can find […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Pets: Our friends, our family

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ― Anatole France Pets are the subjects of the latest Readers Photo Challenge. The animals that share our lives are more than just our pets. We feed and house them and in return they give us unconditional love and companionship. Twenty-two readers sent […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Furry family and friends

This month’s assignment for the Readers Photo Challenge is something that we all know and love: pets. We spend as much of our time as we can with our pets. Be it a dog, cat, parakeet or llama, we love them as members of our families. But this isn’t just a pet challenge but a […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Three is a magic number

This month’s challenge assignment was the number 3. It could have been 3 similar objects or 3 dissimilar ones. It could have even been the number itself. While most were threes in found situations, a few people created the scenes themselves. Fourteen readers sent in 48 photos. Here are some of the top examples that […]

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Meeting the challenge

The reasons I started the Readers Photo Challenge back in 2013 were two-fold. First, I had judged the San Joaquin County Fair’s photo show and the Stockton Camera Club’s monthly members contest and saw that there was a lot of talented photographers out there and the paper could an outlet for that talent. Secondly, the […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Shooting from 3-point range

The first photo challenge assignment of 2020 is going to be a little different than what we’ve done before. It isn’t a specific thing, instead it’s a number: the number three. One way is to photograph the actual number on a sign or billboard. There are plenty of signs on buildings or road signs where […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Fine feathered friends

Birds are popular subjects for photographers. First, they can be found everywhere, from out in nature to urban cityscapes to to one’s backyard. Secondly, they are graceful creatures. Whether perched on a branch or in flight they are beautiful sights to behold. Lastly, given the skittish nature of many birds, it can be challenging to […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Bird watching

There’s an old photograph phrase of “watch the birdie!” Well, for the newest Readers Photo Challenge assignment you will literally be watching birdies because the subject is birds. From backyard sparrows to turkey vultures soaring over the countryside to a hawk sitting on a telephone phone along the road to a robin perched in a […]

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