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Readers Photo Challenge: The power of flowers

Winter and spring rains brought April flowers in abundance and helped to make the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment of Flowers a success. Everyone sent in pictures of great flowers, but this is a photography column, not a flower column, after all. The best photos transcended the beauty of their subjects. They showed that it’s [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Flowers for the 50th

This month’s Readers Photo Challenge marks the 50th assignment since it’s beginning in April of 2013. In recognition of this fact we will revisit the very first assignment of “flowers.” It’s appropriate that spring is not only the season flowers but of rebirth and renewal as well. With all the winter rains we received flowers, [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Green lighted

The subject of this month’s Readers Photo Challenge of green has been most appropriate. Green is the color of Spring and St. Patrick’s Day was just last week. As you might suspect most had something to do with things that grow. Some used green as the main subject while for others it was just a [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Easy being green

In March of 2015 the Readers Photo Challenge assignment was “color” in which any or all colors were acceptable. The current assignment picks a specific color, that color being green. There are a couple of ways you can approach shooting a color. The most obvious is to photograph a scene of subject that is all [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: High water marks

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment of “water” as very timely one. During the past 4 years of one of the state’s worst droughts a common saying was “ we need the rain” whenever a rare storm would hit. I think we can stop saying that for a while now. We have been beset upon [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Water, water everywhere

With all the recent storms we’ve had, I think it’s a great opportunity to revisit one of our first challenge assignments: Water. Over the past few years the drought has made water a scarce commodity, but the aforementioned storms have eased the dry conditions if not eliminated them in some parts of the state. Water [...]

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Reader Photo Challenge: Winter wonderlands

Winter is the theme for the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. Most people don’t consider winter as the time that we’re likely to go out and look for pictures. Inclement weather often keeps people inside away from many photo opportunities. But those opportunities can abound for those willing to brave the cold and wet conditions. [...]

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Reader Photo Challenge assignment: Winter

The next Readers Photo Challenge will be the last of the season-themed assignments. So far we’ve done spring, summer and fall. Photographing winter  is your next task. Most people don’t think about photography during the winter months. It’s usually cold, wet and miserable and they probably opt to stay indoors where it’s nice and warm. But [...]

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Reader Photo Challenge: Backyard inspiration

This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment was to find a subject to photograph no further than one’s backyard. The goal of the challenge is to find inspiration in something close to home as picturesque. It’s common that one can see things that are familiar to them as ordinary and perhaps not worth a picture, but [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Out your backdoor

“There’s a giant doing cartwheels a statue wearin’ high heels Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn A dinosaur Victrola list’ning to Buck Owens Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my backdoor” – Out My Backdoor – John Fogerty When I was a photo student way back in the stone-age, one of my [...]

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