All in a day’s work (or play)

People at work or play was the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. The idea of the assignment was not just to photograph the activities, which can be very different from each other, but rather to get pictures of people engaged in doing something and not just sitting for a portrait.

Ten readers sent in 38 photos. Here are the top picks.

Jose Morales of Stockton used a Galaxy S9 Plus to photograph farmworkers at the Clements Hills vineyard in Lodi.

Grower Jose Morales of Stockton used a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus to photograph some of his workers early one morning as the headed out into his vineyard in the Clement Hills area of rural Lodi to do some “suckering,” the thinning of unnecessary shoots on the vines to help concentrate more flavor in the grapes and aid in the airflow around the plants. Morales said he wanted show the hard work of migrant farmworkers and how important they are to the agriculture industry.

Carrie Walker of Stockton used a Nikon Coolpix P100 digital point-and-shoot camera to photograph Country singer Scotty McCreery during a concert at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton.

Stocktonian Carrie Walker’s photo shows someone working and playing at the same time. She used an Apple iPhone to photograph Country singer Scotty McCreery during a concert at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton. Since it’s his job to perform, or “play,” for an audience, Walker was able to capture both in a single shot.

Dave Skinner of Stockton used a Nikon D7100 DSLR camera to photograph riders during the Amgen Tour of California in downtown Stockton.

For most people cycling is a recreational activity. Dave Skinner of Stockton photographed professional cyclists as they rode in the stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California men’s bike race through Stockton. With a Nikon D7100 DSLR camera, Skinner used a slow shutter speed which help to convey the speed and power at which the riders race.

Steven Rapaport of Stockton used a Canon EOS 5D Mk IV DSLR camera to photograph his son-in-law Brandon Hunt, left, and 4-year-old grandson Elliott Hunt as they kayak on the Anacostia River in Washington D.C.

There are times we play to relax and have fun. Steven Rapaport of Stockton used a Canon EOS 5D Mk IV DSLR camera to photograph his son-in-law Brandon Hunt, left, and 4-year-old grandson Elliott Hunt as they lazily kayak on the Anacostia River in Washington D.C.

Donn Sperry of Stockton used a Sony NEX-7 mirrorless digital camera to photograph his son Danny Sperry, right, takes the puck around the net and gets ready for a backhand shot during an adult league hockey game at Oak Park Ice Arena in Stockton.

There are other times where playing raises out blood pressure a bit. Donn Sperry of Stockton used a Sony NEX-7 mirrorless digital camera to photograph his son Danny Sperry, right, takes the puck around the net and gets ready for a backhand shot during an adult league hockey game at Oak Park Ice Arena in Stockton.

Carolyn Silva of Jackson used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph a man showing his son how to skip stones at Port Angeles, Washington on the waters of the Salish Sea between Washington and British Columbia, Canada.

Carolyn Silva of Jackson used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph a man showing his son how to skip stones at on the waters of the Salish Sea at Port Angeles, Washington between Washington and British Columbia, Canada.

Matthew Baker of Stockton used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph falconer, Kate Marden at the West Coast Falconry Center in Marysville

One of the aims of the assignment was to find someone with an unusual occupation or hobby. Matthew Baker of Stockton used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph owner and master falconer Kate Marden at the West Coast Falconry Center in Marysville.

As always, all of the photos sent in can be seen in an online gallery at recordnet.com. A new assignment will be issued on May 30.

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