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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 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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Readers Photo Challenge: For land(scapes) sake!

Landscapes, the subject of the current Readers Photo Challenge, have been a staple of artists nearly since the beginning of art. They capture the beauty and wonder of the natural world. When photography came along, practitioners from Ansel Adams to Galen Rowell took up the landscape mantle. The people who sent in their photos for […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Working (and playing) for a living

The former San Joaquin County Fair photo contest and exhibition used to have a category titled “people at work or play.” It was sort of a catchall class for pictures of people that did’t fit the description of a formal portrait. It’s something that newspaper shooters do everyday but not necessarily your average amateur photographer […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Flower power

Flowers are the symbols of renewal and rebirth which made them the perfect subjects for a springtime challenge. Some people sent in wildflowers while other chose domesticated blossoms to photograph. Either way, they showed the visual power of flowers. Twenty-nine readers sent in 164 photos. Here are some of the top examples. ___________________________________________________ Steven Rapaport […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Coming into bloom

The coming of spring brings with it the blossoming of flowers which is the latest subject of the Readers Photo Challenge. Remember, this is a photography challenge, not just a one about flowers. Just because a flower is pretty, it doesn’t mean that it will automatically make a good picture. How you approach your subject […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: On cloud nine

The subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment “clouds” was a a popular one. Not only were there a large number of entrants but half were from people who hadn’t entered before. Fortunately, there were many days that were cloudy within the shooting timeframe. Some sent in white clouds, others setting grey clouds and […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Head in the clouds

The newest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “clouds.” Recent weather is such that makes this assignment timely and more clouds are in the forecast. A cloudy sky is usually much more interesting to look at and photograph than a bland cloudless one. Puffy, white clouds lazily floating in the sky can may for pretty pictures […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Seeing red

The subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment as the color red. Red is a bold and bright color. Most people sent in photos of things that were fire-engine or stop-sign red. A few others found shades that were more subtle and nuanced. Whatever way they approached the subject, this assignment got them seeing […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Red letter days

We’ve done the colors blue and green as subjects for the Readers Photo Challenge and the latest assignment will be another color: Red. Recently, social media was all atwitter (no pun intended) over the red coat that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wore after the meeting that she and Senator Chuck Shumer had with […]

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