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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Colors of the season

Fall leaves is the subject of this month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment. With the season’s shortened days and colder weather, Autumn colors are coming into view all around us. Nearly all types of photos can be enhanced by early morning/late afternoon light but even more so with fall leaves. The inherent warm glow of those […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Face the music

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment was about faces. Landscapes and nature are the most popular subjects for most photographers. Taking pictures of people can be out of the comfort zones of many people. But for this challenge readers stepped up, faced the music and overcame any reluctance they may have had and came up […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: About face(s)

The newest Readers Photo Challenge assignment should be as clear as the nose on one’s face. The subject is “faces.” Taking pictures of people can be problematic for many photographers. Even those who are adept at photographing landscapes, nature or architecture can be stymied when it comes to people. You don’t need fancy equipment to […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Dew drop in

The newest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is all wet, specifically, the subject is water drops. Now you may think summer is the wrong time for water drops and you may have a point. True, California is usually bone dry this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find or create images of water […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Orange is the new black

The latest Readers Photo Challenge subject was the color orange. It’s a color that ranges from tabby cats to butterflies to sunsets. Many readers took advantage of the thick smoke that filled the valley from numerous area wildfires that turned the sun and skies to a hazy orange hue. 21 readers sent in a total […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: The happiest color

“Orange is the happiest color.” – Frank Sinatra The subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is the color orange. According to mymodernmet.com, the color didn’t have a name before the 16th century in Europe. It was referred as yellow-red or sometimes saffron, which has more of a yellow hue. It wasn’t until Portuguese traders […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Beyond a shadow of a doubt

Readers Photo Challenge: Beyond a shadow of a doubt “Shadows” was the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge. Although a shadow is intangible and has no weight or substance in and of itself, optically it can carry a lot of heft in a photo and can make a bold visual statement. Seventeen readers sent […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: The shadow knows

“Who knows what creativity lurks in the hearts of men. The Shadow knows.” – paraphrased from the 1930s “The Shadow” radio drama. “Shadows” is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. Shadows are intangible and lack physical substance but can make bold visual statements nonetheless. Shadows are pretty easy to shoot. No special […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: As smooth as glass

The subject for the next readers Photo Challenge assignment is as clear as day: glass. Glass has some interesting qualities that can make it challenging to photograph well. Most glass is clear, sometimes to the point of near invisibility. It’s only when we see reflections upon it, from light or the surrounding scenery, that we […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Phoned it in

The latest challenge assignment eschewed the use of fancy DSLR cameras and instead use a simple cellphone to take a photo. Cellphones are as common as the air we breathe. Nearly everyone has one. That pervasiveness often lends itself to the perception that cellphone photos are not as good as images take with other kinds […]

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