Readers Photo Challenge: On cloud nine

The current Reader Photo Challenge assignment is clouds. Fortunately we had several cloudy days within the 2 week time period of the challenge. While some readers did some traveling to shoot their pictures, most took advantage of the cloudy conditions close to home. Seventeen readers sent in 83 photos and showed that having one’s head in the clouds is a good thing. Here are some of the best examples.


When shooting clouds patience is definitely a virtue. Mitch Bazzarre of Stockton used a Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR camera to photograph a snow-covered Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. He says that he couldn’t even see the peak due to the heavy cloud cover. He waited in a clearing on the valley floor for quite a while until the swirling clouds broke up enough for Bazzarre to catch a glimpse of Half Dome. Despite the cold, wintry conditions Bazzarre’s photo shows that it was worth the wait


Rick Wilmot of Lodi used a Canon EOS 5D MK III DSLR camera to photograph The moon shining through the clouds. The light from the moon refracted through the ice crystals in the clouds and created a circular night rainbow (or moonbow) in the sky.


A cloudy sky is a subject that can look equally good in black and white as well as in color. Pete Silva of Jackson captured grand and majestic clouds over the valley viewed from the foothill town of Martell with his Olympus E-620 DSLR camera. Converting the photo to black and white helps to covey how dramatic the clouds were.


When most people think of clouds they think of grand overall views of the sky. Thinking small doesn’t often come to mind but that’s what Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton did. She found a dandelion growing at the Brookside Golf and Country Club in Stockton, something that most of us would just pass by without giving a second thought to. Using a low angle with her iPhone 6, Spurgeon shot the weed with the cloudy sky as a background.


Clouds and reflections can go hand-in-hand for some photos. Dave Skinner of Stockton visited the Cosumnes River Preserve near Thornton in northern San Joaquin County. With his Nikon D7000 DSLR camera Skinner captured puffy white clouds in a pond at the preserve. The treeline at the far side of the pond are also reflected but appear upside down. It’s a little disorienting at first but once you get used to it becomes eye catching.


Sometimes clouds can be just the right accent to a photo. Joseph Moreno of Stockton used a Sony A6000 DSLR to photograph a scene at dusk at the Stockton Sailing Club at Buckley Cove in Stockton. A single light pole rises into the sky and at the same time is reflected in the still waters of the cove. Graceful clouds float along the horizon and ad a little more interest and mood to the scene.

A new Readers Photo Challenge assignment will be issued on Feb 4.


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