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Readers Photo Challenge: There’s no place like home

“When I think of home I think of a place where there’s love overflowing, I wish I was home” – by Charlie Smalls (from The Wiz) The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment was on finding the beauty in hometowns. One has to become a tourist in and see familiar sights with a fresh eye. A [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Be ever so humble…

“…No, I cannot forget where it is that I come from I cannot forget the people who love me Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town And people let me be just what I want to be…” – Small Town by John Mellencamp Most people have fond memories of where they grew [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Return calls

Our latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment, cellphone photography, is an encore of one we did in 2013. The results of that one was impressive and this one did not disappoint. Cellphones and the pictures that we take with them are as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. They have replaced point-and-shoot cameras as the most [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Hold the phone

A couple of weeks ago I was driving around Stockton when I spotted a gardener pruning roses on the UOP campus, which I thought would make a nice spring weather photo. I got out the car and introduced myself, but when I pulled my camera out of my bag I noticed that it felt a [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Spring has sprung

“Spring” is the theme of the current Readers Photo Challenge assignment and judging from the response spring has indeed sprung. Twenty-one readers sent in a whopping 134 photos. Most dealt with the growth that springtime brings. Flowers, both wild and homegrown, were a common subject. It’s also the season for the rebirth of living things, [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Kid’s stuff

Children are our pride and joys and the apples of our eyes and they are the subjects of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. Kids are natural subjects for many photos. They tend to wear their personalities close to the surface and are easily photographed. Six readers sent in 26 photos. Here are the top [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Child’s play

“Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.”- Kailash Satyarthi The subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “Children.” They are often among the subjects that everyone photographs the most. Kids grow up so fast and we want to capture all the special moments in [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Birds of a feather

The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment of “birds” has been a great success. Readers have taken to it like ducks take to the water. The response to this assignment was tremendous, so much so that we may revisit this challenge again in the future. Twenty-four readers sent in 148 photos and there was nary a [...]

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The Great Backyard Bird Count

The current Record’s Reader Photo Challenge assignment of “birds” is halfway done. An event that dovetails (pardon the pun) neatly with this challenge is the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The count, put on by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, was started in 1998 and was the first online citizen/science project [...]

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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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