Category Archives: Readers Photo Challenge

Seeing in black and white

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment issued last week is black and white. Many of today’s digital cameras have a setting to make them shoot in a colorless mode, German camera manufacturer even has a digital model that shoots black and white exclusively. There are free apps that you can get for your cellphone for [...]

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As clear as black and white

  While the previous Readers Photo Challenge was all about color, the new assignment is about the lack of it. In the beginning of photography technology limited things to one choice: black and white. Great art was born out of this single choice. Photographic legends such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Henri Cartier Bresson took the medium to [...]

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Coming through with flying colors

Color is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment but not just your garden-variety everyday color. Readers were tasked to use color as a part of the composition or as the main subject of the photographs entered. From bright color comprising most of the photo to just accents, color is an essential part [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: True colors

This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “color.” We all see in color so taking pictures in color would seem no big deal. But we’re not talking about your garden variety color image. There are times when it doesn’t matter whether a photo is in black or white or in color but sometimes a picture [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: This land is your land

The subject of this month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is landscape photography. There are several types of pictures that you can take of the natural world. Close-ups can capture the small realm of flowers and insects. Wildlife photography records the beauty of animals. Landscapes capture the grandeur of the great outdoors. Fourteen readers sent in [...]

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Omission inclusion

The rules to the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment were inadvertently left off of the print version of my column on Thursday (They’ll be published in the Record on Saturday on page B2). Here they are for those of you who may have missed them. Let your friends and neighbors who might be interested that [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Lay of the land

Very few places in world have such varied scenery as does America. From the Sonoran deserts of the southwest to the sweeping plains of the Midwest to Rocky Mountains to New England’s fall forests and of course Yosemite and the Sierras of California, there are very few places in the world that can match the [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Open to all

My photo instructor Dick Fleming once hypothetically posited that given two photo students, one with unlimited resources (film, access to any piece of equipment, time, etc.), the other with limited means (1 camera & lens, only a few frames of film), the student with only a few choices would do a better job on the [...]

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Readers Challenge assignment: Fielders’s choice

After about 22 months of readers Challenge assignments this month’s challenge will be a little different. Instead of a exploring a single subject, this assignment will be open to any of the 22 previous topics (presented here in chronological order: Flowers, Outdoor portraits, County Fair, Water, Indoor available light, Close up, Motion, Architecture, Cellphones, Still [...]

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Readers challenge: Holiday lights

Nothing visually epitomizes the holiday season than Christmas lights, which is the subject of the current Readers Photo Challenge assignment. Some people put up simple yet elegant white lights while others put up those of every color in the rainbow. Either way, from neighborhoods to shopping centers, they lend a festive air to the season. [...]

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