Readers Photo Challenge: Open season

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is an open one, meaning the subject was up to each photographer to choose on their own. Entries ran the gamut of possibilities. Most sent in pictures of the natural world while others tried their hand at portraits, pets and even sports.

Seventy-five photos were sent in by 14 readers. Here are some of the top examples.

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Even before the Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival opened Dave Skinner of Stockton was out photographing the majestic birds. Skinner, an early bird himself, ventured out into the cool mornings to the Cosumnes River Preserve near Thornton. Armed with his Nikon D7100 DSLR camera he captured the antics of the birds before they took off to hunt for food during the day.

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Carolyn Silva of Jackson ventured further into Sierras to capture the colors of fall. She intended to photograph in the Hope Valley area along Highway 88 but was too late. However she did manage to find some color in the Tahoe Basin. Silva used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph a grove of aspen trees along S. Upper Truckee Road in South Lake Tahoe as they turned to their golden yellow hues.

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Steven Rapaport of Stockton was out shooting the sunset from the Village West Marina in Stockton when he saw a family of otters swimming towards him. They swam under the dock he was standing on and onto the nearby shore, but not before Rapaport got a photo of the with his Canon EOS 70D DSLR.

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Mike Ratekin of French Camp took on the dual challenge of sports and low-light photography. He used a Canon EOS 5D Mk III DSLR camera to photograph Manteca varsity QB Gino Campiotti on a quarterback keeper behind a wall of blockers during a Friday night game at Weston Ranch.

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Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton visited her brother and his wife in Denver, Colorado. Their dog Bohdi was eager for attention due to a newborn baby in the house and Spurgeon was happy to oblige. Using an Apple iPhone 6 she photographed the 1-year-old Hungarian retriever ready to play fetch with a tennis ball looming in the foreground.

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Reed Fujii, a longtime Record business reporter who retired last year, sent in a photo of a hummingbird in his backyard in Woodbridge. He used an Olympus OM‑D E‑M1 mirrorless digital camera to photograph the tiny bird as it perched in a fig tree. The graceful arc of the branch lends an elegance to the photo and the surrounding featureless blue sky in the background created negative space around the bird.

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While on a bike ride Rick Wilmot of Lodi spotted the flowers of a plumbago plant growing through the slats in a neighbor’s fence in an alley behind his home. Wilmot used a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 smartphone to photograph the light blue blossoms as they stood out against the drab color of the wood.

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With her Canon Rebel DSLR Susan Scott off Lodi was able to photograph a doe while on a walk through he Nature Area of Lodi Lake in Lodi.

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Peggy Gutierri of Stockton used an Apple iPhone to photograph herself and Melanie Parker in the chromed grill of a vintage Chevrolet at the Dia De Los Muertos Fiesta in Stockton.

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All the entries can be seen in an online photo gallery at recorcdnet.com. A new challenge assignment will be issued on November 16.

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