Readers Photo Challenge: True blues

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” – Eleonora Duse

The subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment was the color blue. Some readers used the color as the main ingredient in their photo while others used it as just an accent. Either way, they showed that having the blues is something to be happy about. There was a bumper crop of entries. Twenty-one readers sent in 118 photos. Here are some to the top picks.

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It’s natural to think that the color of water is blue, but it’s essentially a colorless liquid. It gains color from what’s in it or the environment around it. The water in Lodi resident Holly Stone’s pool isn’t blue but it’s bottom is. She used an Apple iPhone 7 to photograph a blossom from a fortnight lily floating in her pool. The grainy blue bottom of the pool combined with ripples on the surface of the water makes it look like the flower is on some sort of blue sand.

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Some entries used blue just as an incidental accent to their photos. Teresa Mahnken of Morada used a Samsung Galaxy 8 smartphone to photograph her sister Sheri Keane releasing a lantern at the Lantern Festival in Phoenix, Arizona. Thousands of floating paper lanterns, rising aloft by the heat of candles suspended within them, look like a sea of stars against an inky black sky. Kean’s pale blue sweater serves as a cool counterpoint to warm glow of the lanterns.

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Lillian McDonell of Stockton was a passenger in her car on I-580 east of Livermore. With her Apple iPhone 6, she was taking a picture of a blue semi tractor-trailer rig in her car’s side mirror. The another semi, also blue, passed them up. That truck mostly fills McDonell’s photo. Its color, as well as its shadow, bathes her car, it side reflected in the mirror along with the truck behind, with a blue hue.

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Stocktonian Dave Skinner’s photo is a study in contrasts. On Valentine’s Day he photographed the awning at the Sizzler restaurant on Hammer Lane in Stockton. Skinner usually likes to shoot landscape sunrises with a Nikon DSLR camera, this entry was a sunset in an urban setting shot with a Samsung Galaxy 7S smartphone. Gentle clouds peacefully float horizontally until their abruptly interrupted by the hard edges and angles of the awning at the right edge of the frame. The sky’s subtle blue color contrasts with the bright and bold yellow and red of the awning.

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Steven Rapaport of Stockton swims almost daily at the In-Shape Marina Health Club in Stockton. On February 14 he photographed the pool before an early morning swim. The pools surface reflected the blue in the sky. The lane dividers and lines on the bottom of the pool head towards a vanishing point on the horizon and visually leads to the clouds tinged with the morning sunrise and the blue of the sky.

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Carrie Walker of Stockton used an Apple iPad to photograph her 2-week-old nephew Jax Walker at her home. She capture the baby as he slept peacefully wrapped in a blue and white blanket while sucking on a blue pacifier.

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Former Record publisher Roger Coover sent in a photo of Lake Tahoe on a windy day. The blue waters of the lake are turned into ocean-like surf by the strong gusts as they pound against a pine tree lined shore.

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Kurt Gatejen of Elk Grove used a Nikon D7100 DSLR camera to photograph a large flock of snow geese taking off at the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge near Elk Grove. The white birds with lack wingtips fill the frame like a feathered mosaic against pale blue sky and clouds.

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Rick Wilmot of Lodi used a Canon EOS 7D Mk II to photograph an apricot tree just starting to bloom in his backyard. The red of the buds and the white of the lone blossom stands out against a deep blue sky.

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Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton used a Nikon D500 DSLR camera to photograph a sunset on the deep water channel in Stockton. She captured the golden glow after the sun sank below the horizon. Above that, the sky turns to a pale blue and proceeds to change to a deep indigo the higher in the frame it goes. To finish it off Spurgeon positioned a tree in the foreground as a silhouetted frame to the scene.

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Oran Schwinn of Stockton used a Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera to photograph a his Siamese fighting fish “Triton’ in a fish bowl at his home. Schwinn captured the pale yet iridescent fish’s scales and large circular highlight in the background created by the bowl’s curvature.

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Mike Ratekin of French Camp used a Canon 5D Mk III to photograph his granddaughter Josephine Ceja playing a youth soccer game in Ceres with the blue of her and her teammates uniforms providing the primary color in the shot.

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A photo gallery of all the pictures sent it is at recordnet.com. A new Readers Photo Challenge assignment will be issued on March 8.

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