Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Follow the yellow brick road

“It is the color closest to light. In its utmost purity it always implies the nature of brightness and has a cheerful, serene, gently stimulating character. Hence, experience teaches us that yellow makes a thoroughly warm and comforting impression.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(3/3/15) The color yellow on the walls of the La Nueva Popular furniture store compliments and contrasts with the color of a fire plug on Weber Avenue and Airport Way in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

The subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is not a thing or and activity, but rather a color: Yellow.

(3/14/09) Wild mustard grows around a tree that’s yet to grow leaves for Spring near Wilson Way and Allen Road in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

Yellow has been associated with fear or cowardice (“you yellow-bellied so-and-so”) but it can also be the color or fidelity and faithfulness (“tie a yellow ribbon ‘round the old oak tree”).

(5/2/05) A pigeon makes its nest on the yellow light of a traffic signal on Yosemite Avenue and Fremont Avenue in downtown Manteca.[CLIFFORD OTO’THE RECORD]

It is a bright color that is used for caution or warning. Many traffic signs are yellow as is crime scene tape. A yellow traffic light warns drivers of an upcoming change from green to red.

(11/16/13] Weston Ranch’s Hector Maldonado gets a yellow card during a the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV boys soccer championship at Stagg High School in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

There are many shades of yellow From the yellow lines down the middle of a road to a construction worker’s hardhat. From a canary to a bathtub rubber ducky.

(10/25/03) Chris Collins of Lodi is reflected in the still waters of the Mokelumne River as he paddles along for a leisurely cruise down the river in Lodi. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

Bananas are yellow as are ripe Bartlett pears (which are in season now), pineapples and corn on the cob.

(9/16/14)
A butterfly rests on a wild sunflower growing along Highway 4 near Roberts Road in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

Swallowtail butterflies, honey bees and wasps (they don’t call them yellow jackets for nothing) are yellow.

(11/30/17)
A more recently fallen yellow leaf joins its older, dried and brown brothers on the grounds at American Legion Park in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

There are a couple of ways to use a specific color effectively. You could use it as a background color and have your subject a different or contradictory color. Just the opposite is valid. Try having your subject wear or be yellow and have the background a different color. It will make your subject stand out even more.

(6/9/19) Carol Burns of Stockton makes a floral mural with flower petals while doing an Italian Infiorata art demonstration at the annual Festa Italiana at the Lodi Grape Festival grounds in Lodi. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

I like finding things to shoot when I’m out and about but that doesn’t mean that you can’t set up your photos. You can create a a still life tableau with the aforementioned bananas or pears. You can also take a portrait and have your subject wear yellow.

(6/19/19) Rocky Solorzano, with the French Camp-based Cojo Landscaping, uses a sledge hammer to pound in a 2×4 for the base of a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, known as the Moving Wall, at the Weber Point Events Center in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

Whether you find something yellow on your own or introduce the color into your photos yourself, don’t chicken out, send them into the challenge

(3/30/11)
Some yellow wood sorrel grows on the banks of Lodi Lake in Lodi. [CLIFFORD OTO’THE RECORD]

How to enter:

1. Entries can be emailed to coto@recordnet.com. Type in “Yellow” in the subject line

2. Photos have to be shot between July 30 and August 13.

3. The number of photos is limited to no more than 12 per person.

4. Include your name (first and last), hometown, and the kind of device you used and where it was taken (eg.: “John Doe of Stockton. Micke Grove Park, Lodi. iPhone6s”).

5. If there is a recognizable person in the photo, please identify them (name, age, hometown) and what they are doing in the photos (eg.: “Jane Doe, 15, of Stockton, wears a bright yellow shirt as she walks his dog around Victory park in Stockton”).

6. Please feel free to include any interesting anecdotes or stories on how you took the picture.

7. The deadline for submission is August 13. The top examples will be published on August 20 with an online gallery of all the photos on the same day.

(6/14/19) The North’s Anthony Tuckwood from Stagg winds up to delivers a pitch during the All-Star Classic baseball game at San Joaquin Delta College’s Cecchetti Field in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

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