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Readers Photo Challenge: On holiday

The assignment for the current Readers Photo Challenge was to send in your best photos of your summer vacation. From weekend getaways to extended vacations everyone can use some time off to rest, relax and recharge their batteries. Some of us travel to distant lands while others go no further than a day trip. Whether [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: What you did on your summer vacation

For the newest Readers Photo Challenge we’re going to revisit one that was done last year. Twenty-nine people sent in 114 photos making it one of the most popular assignments. “Vacations: The Sequel” is this month’s theme. Getting a good vacation photo is more than just taking a snapshot of a particular landmark or event. [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Face value

“That face, that face, that wonderful face; It shines, it glows all over the place.” – “That Face” by Alan Bergman and Lew Spence The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “faces.” Our faces are the most recognizable feature that we have. We often talk about it in song and literature. We put on a [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Face-off

“The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.” – St. Jerome Portraits are all about the face. Looking at faces is the main way that we recognize others. We’ll often remember the face of someone we’ve met long ago even though we may not recall [...]

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Bright lights, city nights

The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “cityscapes.” Most of us live in cities or towns and while we don’t often consciously think about it, we deal with architecture every day. To find the beauty in the urban landscape one has to see the forest for the trees. Too often we’re busy with going about [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Out on the town

“A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams.” – Herb Caen This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “cityscapes.” The challenge is similar to the architecture assignment issued in October of 2013 and there can be some overlap in subject [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Celebrating the ordinary

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is to find the extraordinary in ordinary objects or scenes. It takes more than just taking an everyday object and photographing it. One needs to look with a discerning eye to find the beauty and nobility of it through lighting, composition, and/or detail. That’s what the best photographers did [...]

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Ordinary street sights

Recently I came across a couple of street scenes where the quality of light made the difference between ho-hum and exceptional. I was walking around downtown Stockton last week looking for an enterprise feature photo when I stopped to cross the street at Sutter Street and Weber Avenue. At my feet was a grate covering [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Out of the ordinary

“Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.” – Jon Bon Jovi May is National Photo Month and in observance of it this month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “ordinary objects.” The ability to see the beauty in the mundane is the basis in many [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: De-Color my world

“The world is black, the world is white It turns by day and then by night” – David I. Arkin and Earl Robinson. This month’s Readers Photo Challenge was “black and white” and I was pleasantly surprised at the response to the assignment. I thought the interest in black and white photography was on the [...]

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