Raders Photo Challenge: Pumpkins

Pumpkins are the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge. They are not only the symbol of Halloween, but of fall in general as well. Their bright orange color and rounded, ribbed shape are a part of their visual appeal.

Nine readers sent in a total of 40 photos. Here are the top examples.


Anthony Mignone of Stockton came across a herd of cows having a snack of leftover pumpkins in a pasture along Airport Road in Manteca a few days after Halloween. He used a Samsung J7 Prime Phone to photograph them through a nearby fence which he used to frame the bovines and pumpkins.


While most people concerned themselves with the outer appearance of their pumpkins, Susan Scott of Stockton decide to capture the inner essence of one. She used her Canon EOS Rebel DSLR camera to photograph the insides of a pumpkin that she was carving at her home. Her close-up photo makes the interior of the gourd look like a yellow-orange cavern with it’s inners and seeds looking like other-worldly stalactites.


Carrie Walker of Stockton used an Apple iPad to photograph her brother Bill Walker’s hands as he carved some Halloween pumpkins. Her photo shows that a detail shot can be as telling as an overall one.


French Camp resident Mike Ratekin’s grandson Andrew Gonzalez was born on Halloween. Ratekin and his wife Josephine bought and gathered some items with a fall motif and headed to hospital to commemorate the birth. Josephine dressed Andrew up in Halloween-themed clothes and placed him on a autumn-colored blanket with a small pumpkin and a few fall leaves. Mike Ratekin used a Canon EOS 5D Mk III DSLR camera to photograph their newest grandson who was all of 3 hours old.


Sometimes there are pictures that just make you chuckle. Ken Class of Lodi used an Apple iPhone 7 to photograph an old metal buoy painted like a jack-o-lantern greeting Halloween revelers near Thornton.


All of the photos entered can be seen in an online gallery at recordnet.com. A new challenge assignment will be issued on November 20.

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