Seattle Times reader Shun Takano’s dramatic macro-lens view of a flower in his yard.

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Photographer: Shun Takano, Renton Photo taken: April 1, Renton Highlands Photographer’s description: “Macro shot of a flower growing in the yard — reminds me of a kaleidoscope. Taken with a Sony A7RM2 with Sony 90 mm FE macro lens.” Katie’s critique: “Macro shots are always so fun and present a new way of seeing something. I love how the focus is on these little crystals. Great use of the rule-of-thirds that allows the petals to create leading lines to the focal point.” Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at We judge the best and award a $250 prize every December. Below is a gallery that includes past Reader’s Lens picks.

April photo contest: My Commute

April is “Ride Transit Month,” so The Seattle Times is giving away a Canon camera bag for the best reader photo with the theme “My Commute” (whatever form of transportation you use). The winning image will be featured in Reader’s Lens the final week of April. Submit online by April 17 at (write “My Commute” in the subject line of your email).