Readers Photo Challenge: On cloud nine

The subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment “clouds” was a a popular one. Not only were there a large number of entrants but half were from people who hadn’t entered before.

Fortunately, there were many days that were cloudy within the shooting timeframe. Some sent in white clouds, others setting grey clouds and still others sent in orange clouds. One person shot a scene with fog, which is essentially Fog on the ground.

Anyway they saw they clouds, the readers kept their heads in the clouds, which for this challenge, was a good thing.
Forty readers sent in a whopping 185 photos. Here are some of the top picks.

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Matthew Baker of Stockton photographed his clouds from the Weight Mile Road railroad overpass in Stockton. He used a wide angle lens mounted on a Nikon D7500 DSLR to great effect in capturing several compositional elements in his photo. First, the overpass’s railing and walls recede off to a vanishing point in the distance. Secondly the sun creates a starburst as it peeks through an opening in the railing. The sun also casts an interesting pattern of shadows on the ground as it shines through the decorative railing. Lastly, the clouds that fill a blue sky to complete the photo.

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Teresa Mahnken of Morada photographed clouds over at the Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple in Stockton. The grounds of the temple are filled with giant statues depicting various stages of the Buddha’s life. Mahnken used a Samsung Galaxy 8 Samsung smartphone to photograph a smiling golden Buddha as white clouds billow against a blue sky behind it.

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One often things that to photograph a cloudy sky one has to get an overall, wide angle shot. But sometimes just getting a portion of the sky can be more effective. Janet Baniewich of Stockton used a Nikon D3300 DSLR camera to photograph a pair of palm trees in her yard against a backdrop of clouds. By using a telephoto lens she captured the trees with just a small part of the sky but came up with a more dramatic photo.

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Dave Skinner of Stockton found a sky full of less defined clouds but nonetheless impressive. Catching a sunrise at the Cosumnes River Preserve near Thornton with his Nikon D7100 DSLR camera, he photographed the clouds which were colored with the warm tones of the morning sun as a flock of geese flew by.

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Most people look skyward to find their clouds but Joseph Hey of Stockton found his picture in different direction. Using a Samsung Galaxy 7 smartphone Hey looked to the ground to find clouds reflected a puddle at Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton.

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Marcia Thompson of Murphys captured the clouds during sunset over Pennsylvania Gulch bear where she works in Murphys. Thompson not only got the warm light of the sunset turning the clouds a nice golden color, but she also got a wolf-shaped weather vane of a nearby building baying at the sky.

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Desiree Forsberg-Bogaard of Stockton, who is a teacher at Kohl Open School, managed to photographer her cloud photo on campus in Stockton. Between rain storms and classes, she used an Apple iPhone 6 plus to photograph the sun breaking through the clouds, it’s slight skimming off of the rain-soaked concrete of the school’s quad.

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Mike Ratekin of French Camp used an Apple Phone 7 Plus to photograph a tractor in a field near his home against sunset colored clouds. The pink clouds overhead compliment the red color of at the tractor in the foreground, visually connecting sky and ground in the photo.

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Michael Twitty of Lodi sedan Apple iPhone 6 to photograph clouds over the Japanese tea garden at Micke Grove Park in Lodi. He effectively used the trees in the foreground to frame the clouds.

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Carolyn Silva of Jackson used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph the clouds at sunset near her home. She silhouetted a bare oak tree in the foreground against a band of clouds illuminated by the setting sun.

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All of the entries can be seen in a gallery at recordnet.com. A new challenge assignment will be issued on April 2.

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