Let's take advantage of the long days this month - the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is June 20 - and rediscover beauty that's close to home.
Walk out your door and photograph something in your yard or around your house or apartment building. It can be something as sublime as a butterfly on a flower or as gritty as graffiti on a dumpster.
Your image will be judged on composition, lighting, and creativity.
Your photo must be taken this month, and it must be taken outdoors. As usual, one image per photographer.
By the way, what do you think of these upcoming themes?
July: "The Need for Speed." Have you ever tried photographing a moving object? This is your chance. Take a photo of a moving car, bicycle, motorcycle, runner, animal, whatever. You can shoot the main subject as stationary with the background or foreground blurred, or you can convey speed by letting your subject(s) blur as it races past. You can start shooting this one now, or dip into your archives.
August: "Center It." Let's throw the Rule of Thirds out the window and see how our photos come out when we place the main subject smack dab in the middle of the frame. This one will have to be shot during the month of August.
Have any other suggestions?
By the way, judge Paul Marotta is working on our contest backlog right now. More later.