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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: For the birds

The subject for the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment is for the birds. Actually, it is birds. The trickiest thing about photographing birds of almost any type is that they can be very skittish. It’s very difficult to get close enough to get a good shot of one or even a flock of them. A [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: On cloud nine

The current Reader Photo Challenge assignment is clouds. Fortunately we had several cloudy days within the 2 week time period of the challenge. While some readers did some traveling to shoot their pictures, most took advantage of the cloudy conditions close to home. Seventeen readers sent in 83 photos and showed that having one’s head [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Clouds

“Rows and flows of angel hair And ice cream castles in the air And feather canyons everywhere, I’ve looked at clouds that way.” – “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is clouds. With the drought over the past several years something that was in short supply were not the [...]

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Leafing an impression

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus This time of year has nights that are filled with color from Christmas lights. But there is also brilliant color that can be found during the day as well. Mother Nature puts on a last hurrah as the fall foliage changes [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Fall colors revisited

For the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment we’ll be revisiting popular one that was done last year. Tis the season once again for fall colors. According to Science Made Simple the shorter days of Autumn makes trees stop delivering chlorophyll their leaves. Without the chlorophyll the leaves lose their green color and what remains are [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Everything under the sun(set)

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” ― Jo Walton Nearly everyone loves a nice sunset. I’ve gone to places to photograph some only to find people already there ahead of me just to watch the sun go down. Along with sunrises, sunsets [...]

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Reader Photo Challenge assignment: Sunsets

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore Who doesn’t love a good sunset? Not me, I love them. Who can resist the warm colors spread across the sky at the end of the day? Not many. That’s [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Having your fill

The next Readers Photo Challenge assignment entails a technique that may seem complicated but actually can be accessible to even the novice photographer. Fill-flash (or flash fill as it is sometimes called) is method used by using the flash during the day, usually on portraits. It may sound a bit strange to use a flash [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Life in the fast lane

The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “cars.” Cars are more than mere transportation to most of us. They are an extension of ourselves. We look for cars that suit our personalities as well as our lifestyles. When they are financially beyond our reach, we call them our “dream cars.” Some of us even give [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Cars

I’ve owned several cars in my life so far. My first car was a 1965 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport. Despite having only two doors, it was big and ponderous. It was a gas guzzler and polluted the air like a soot-filled chimney. My favorite car was a 1991 Mazda Miata. Fun, nimble and economical, it [...]

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