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 if you can learn to look at the mundane in a new light then you can find inspiration and great photos anywhere you go.

Eighteen readers sent in a total of 107 photos. Here are the top picks.

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 With a Nikon D90 DSLR camera Ken Buck of Stockton captured an egret silhouetted against the golden sky at sunset as it was perched on the branch of a neighbor’s tree. Although it is now the fall/winter season, Buck’s photo evokes a feeling of a warm summer evening and one can imagine lounging in a hammock while sipping a fruity drink from a glass with a small paper umbrella in it.

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 Weeds are the bane of my backyard but to paraphrase an old adage, one person’s weed is another person’s treasure. Teresa Mahnken of Morada used her Samsung Galaxy 5 smartphone and got close up to photograph a dandelion in her backyard. In her picture, the sun breaks through a tree in the background as its light illuminates the plant’s fluffy seed head turning an unwanted weed into a thing of beauty.

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 Isolating your subject against a colorful background is a tried and true photographic technique, but so is the opposite. Dave Skinner of Stockton used a Nikon D7100 DSLR camera to photograph a small thin branch on a birch tree in his backyard. Its 3 bright yellow leaves pop out against the near monotone of the white bark of the tree’s trunk making for a simple yet beautiful artistic statement.

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 This assignment was of your backyard, the things within it or what can be see from it, but that didn’t mean that you had to be in it to take your picture. Ken Class of Stockton used his Apple iPhone 6 to photograph his backyard scene through a window overlooking his to Lake Lincoln, which backs up to his yard. The trick here is getting the focus right. It’s easy for a smartphone with its autofocus to be confused by the transparent glass and focus on the background leaving the raindrops looking like a messy smear in the picture. But Class’s smartphone handled it well, and he was able to capture a stormy day without having to go out into the storm.

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 In many parts of the country winter cold shuts down the landscaping in one’s backyard but not as much here in Central California. Carolyn Silva of Jackson, using a Nikon D5000 DLSR camera, photographed a chrysanthemum blossom in her backyard. Its bright colors of purple and yellow shine through a thin layer of morning frost covering the flower’s petals for a picture that is uniquely Californian.

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 Susan Scott of Stockton used her Canon Rebel DSLR camera to photograph the leaves of a flowering pear tree in her backyard. She approached the tree from its underside to get a close up shot of light shining through the backlit leaves, which intensified their fall colors.

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 Lee Miller of of Stockton used a Olympus Camedia C‑3020 Zoom digital point-and-shoot camera to photograph a box of picked persimmons from a tree in his backyard. The picture’s soft light emphasizes the understated orange of the dusty fruit for a photo of subtle color.

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Sometimes even California color, bold or fine, fails us. Its then you need to know how to switch gears and look for something else. Holly Stone of Lodi used an Apple iPhone 5c to photograph a rose bush in her backyard, but instead of finding a colorful blossom she focused on the glistening morning dewdrops covering one of the leaves.

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As always all the pictures can be seen in a photo gallery at recordnet.com. The next challenge assignment will be issued in 2 weeks on January 5.

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