These Are Our Favorite Reader Photos from the "Red!" Assignment


Red Roil
“While camping on St. Joseph Peninsula off the Florida panhandle, I walked to the beach to catch the sunset,” Christine Dreyfus writes. “After four landscape shots of the sky and water, I used the powerful 35x zoom of my Canon PowerShot SX40 at f/5.8, 1/15 second, ISO 100 to capture the roil of the horizon.”
© Christine Dreyfus

There’s nothing quite like red to catch the eye, whether it dominates the photograph or is a spot of bright red within a complementary color field. In fact, one travel photographer we know always carries a red umbrella in his travel kit, just to add some visual spark when he’s on assignment and gets stuck with a murky, overcast day. For this “Red!” assignment, we wanted shots that popped the color as well. Boosting saturation a bit was permitted, but we asked that you kept it as close to the “real” red as you could. We were looking for the color red in your photos as a key part of image composition, not as something that completely overwhelmed the shot. “Do it but don’t overdo it” was the idea. For the most part readers complied and we saw a surprisingly diverse set of submissions in our Red! gallery. Here are our favorites.

Card Bath
Rick Mason captured this cute photo of a male cardinal fluffing itself out “to take a quick bath.”
© Rick Mason

Firery Sunset
“As the fiery red sun was setting, I took this of the top tassel part of the corn in our field,” Katherine Plessner says. She shot it with a Sony A65 at 250mm, 1/200 second, f/6.3, ISO 100.
© Katherine Plessner

Vanessa la Bella
Antonio Salazar shot this image of a pretty girl in natural light with a Canon EOS 6D DSLR and a 24-105mm f/4L lens at f/4, 1/64 second, ISO 2000.
© Alissa Rosenberg

Speeding Cars
C.A. Chabot captured this long exposure image of “car trails” while on the Sakonnet Bridge in Tiverton, Rhode Island, “on a glorious sunset evening.” The 10-second exposure was shot with a Sony A77 II and a 24-70mm f/2.8 Sony lens at f/14, ISO 100.
© C.A. Chabot

Under The Bonsai Umbrella
“My favorite part about trees is that we all see something different in them,” Allan Pudlitzke writes. “They carry an oddly surreal and magical illusion to what we view. The more unique and more intricate the tree, the more is hidden within its being. At the time I shot this, this Japanese maple tree at the Portland Japanese Garden was just very alluring and drew me in. I hunched down to a lower perspective to capture the color of the light glistening through the leaves and branches.”
© Allan Pudlitzke


Picture This! – Our Next Assignment
Wildlife & Nature

Wildlife and nature are favorite subjects of our readers so we expect to see tons of amazing images for this assignment. But before you decide to submit every photo you’ve ever shot of a bird or flower, take some time sorting through your wildlife and nature images to pick out something truly special. Not only are we looking for the subjects to be in focus, we’d like to see wildlife and nature photos that offer a fresh and interesting perspective or tell some sort of a story. This should be a very competitive assignment, so give us wildlife and nature images that truly stand out.

Horsing Around
Iceland is filled with natural beauty, including the country’s distinctive Icelandic horses that seem to roam everywhere. I captured these lovable creatures while using the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II’s 15 frames-per-second burst mode. Photographing wildlife is tricky; you can shoot tons and tons of frames that look pretty much the same and then, if you’re lucky, you’ll get one special moment that’s unique. I shot this with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS Pro lens at 100mm (200mm equivalent with the 2x crop factor for Micro Four Thirds), ISO 500, 1/200 second, f/4.5.
© Dan Havlik

How To Submit Online
1. Go to and register. Scroll down the page and on the right side you will see a box for entering your username and your password. If you have already registered and/or submitted images for the Galleries you can skip this step. Respond to the activation e-mail. Registration is free. You will use your username and password whenever you visit or, with some systems, it will automatically load for you when you visit

2. Check the assignment and closing dates in the magazine. When the magazine is printed we will create an appropriate gallery for your images. The limit is two images per assignment.

3. Select and prepare your images. We only accept files at a maximum 5MB size, JPEG format. Save the JPEG at a quality level of 10 or higher. Note that file size in your image folder directory will determine upload size, not the “opened” file size, as JPEG compresses at 1:4 at higher quality ratings. If your images do not load it probably means you have exceeded the file size or have not used JPEG format.

4. Click on the Galleries tab on the homepage. In the Category section use the drop-down menu to select the Picture This! assignment. Note that images are simultaneously loaded into the assignment category as well as your own personal gallery. When the Picture This! assignment deadline date has lapsed the assignment gallery will be removed, but your images will still reside in your own gallery.

5. In the Description box add title, camera, lens, exposure information, and your full name. Also add any other comments or anecdotes you think relevant. We reserve the right to edit comments as needed.

6. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page. This uploads the image.

7. You retain copyright on the image.

8. We will choose the images after close of the due date.

9. Please feel free to comment on images submitted by other readers.

Please Note: If the photograph includes a minor or a recognizable individual or group you are guaranteeing that you have a signed model release form, and especially a parental or guardian release form for minors. You should keep a copy of that release in your files. Scan that release and keep it handy. If an image is chosen for publication, failure to provide a form when requested will eliminate the image from consideration. You can find release forms at and other resources on the Internet. By uploading images you attest that the model release form is valid, that any depiction of a person is with their consent, that you have a model release form available on request, and that all images you submit have been made by you. If you have any questions or problems e-mail us at with Picture This! in the subject line.

Deadline for Wildlife & Nature: April 1, 2017.
Images will appear in our July 2017 issue.

Upcoming Topic: Fine Art Photography
Deadline: May 1, 2017 Publication Date: August 2017

Please Note: By submitting you agree to give us the right to show the image(s) on the web and for publication. You give us publication rights in the magazine and on the website(s) of TEN: The Enthusiast Network, LLC.

Want to see images selected for past picture this! Assignments? Go to and click on picture this! In the “more articles…” box on the homepage.