Readers Photo Challenge: Mellow yellow

The color yellow is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge. Some of the images entered were almost entirely yellow and others just used the color as an accent. Some found bright and bold colors while others used a more subtle hue. While yellow is sometimes considered the color of cowardice, our readers didn’t chicken out. Nearly half of the people who entered did it for the first time. Twenty-nine readers sent in 141 photos. Here are some of the top examples.

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Francisco Perez of Stockton passed by a field of wild mustard near Wilson Way and Highway 99 in Stockton several times. Inspired by it’s vibrant yellow color, he asked his cousin Lucia Perez to pose for him. With a Canon EOS 5D Mk III DSLR camera he photographed her dressed in a sun dress and a wide-brimmed hat looking comfortable and natural as she’s surrounded by the lush yellow and green of the plants.

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Justin Van Meter of Stockton used an Apple iPhone XS to photograph a sunset reflected in a puddle on Venetian Drive in Stockton.

Justin Van Meter of Stockton used an Apple iPhone XS to photograph the sunset but not in the usual way. He spotted a puddle along Venetian Drive in Stockton. The setting sun turned the wisps of clouds to a yellow-gold hue. He got his phone to expose just for the bright sky leaving the ground dark through a manual camera app on his phone and processed the image through Adobe Lightroom. The result is an abstract photo that looks like you’re looking though a portal into another world.

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Katie Allyn of Stockton used a Samsung Galaxy S10+ smartphone to photograph praying mantis on a truncated domes pad at a crosswalk near the Lowes Home Improvement on Trinity Parkway in Stockton

You know those yellow pads with the small bumps at street corners? They’re called truncated domes and they alert visually impaired pedestrians of a street or a sudden drop off. Katie Allyn of Stockton used one in her photo. With a Samsung Galaxy S10+ she photographed a praying mantis against the repeating pattern of its bumps and bright yellow of the pad against the contrasting green of the insect to bring focus to the bug itself.

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Janet Baniewich of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 8 to photograph a bee searching for nectar on a Shasta daisy at Washington Lavender farms in Sequim, Washington.

While on a trip to the Washington Lavender Farms near Sequim, Washington, Janet Baniewich of Stockton kept her eye out for things other than lavender. A Shasta daisy caught her eye and with her Apple iPhone 8 she photographed a bee climbing on the yellow center of the flower.

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Teresa Mauhnken of Morada used a Nikon D7200 DSLR camera to photograph sunflowers and an old Dodge pickup truck in Linden.

Morada resident Teresa Mahnken’s photo has a large part that’s yellow but also some yellow accents as well. She found an old Dodge pickup truck at a farm in Linden. With a Nikon D7200 DSLR camera she captured the setting sun casting everything in yellow, especially the dirty windshield of the old truck. The blue/green of the truck compliments nicely with the yellow hue and small sunflowers maker some nice yellow accents.

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Mike Ratekin of French Camp used a Canon EOS 5D Mk III to photograph a lifeguard relay competition in Laguna Beach.

On a trip to Laguna Beach in southern California, Mike Ratekin of French Camp watched a lifeguard relay competition. With his Canon EOS 5D Mk III DSLR camera he captured one of the lifeguard as he rode a wave back to shore on his surfboard. The bright yellow of his camp and the board stood out brightly against the paler blue-green of the water and the white foam of the surf.

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Naomi Schwinn of Stockton used a Motorola Droid Turbo phone to photograph her own feet on a an abandoned dilapidated squirt gun in the gutter on Del Rio Avenue in Stockton.

There’s a whole genre of photography that concerns itself with urban decay. Naomi Schwinn of Stockton used a Motorola Droid Turbo phone to photograph her own feet on a an abandoned dilapidated squirt gun as it lay broken and dirty in the gutter on Del Rio Avenue in Stockton. It’s yellow plastic, faded by the sun, blends in with the dust and debris in a pale tribute to what once was.

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Susan Scott of Stockton used a Canon EOS Rebel XS DSLR camera to photograph a yellow-eyed neighborhood cat near her home.

Susan Scott of Stockton used a Canon EOS Rebel XS DSLR camera to photograph a neighborhood cat as it sat on her fence. It’s bright yellow eyes seemed to glow against its own tortoise shell-colored fur as it stared at Scott.

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Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton used a Nikon D750 DSLR camera to photograph 6-year-old Luca Verduzco-Weisel wearing flower glasses.

Stockton resident Sydney Spurgeon’s photo of 6-year-old Luca Verduzco-Weisel is a portrait of fun and whimsey. She used a Nikon D750 DSLR camera to photograph the girl as she makes a silly face and looks at the world through a pair of yellow daisy sunglasses.

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Donn Sperry of Stockton used a Sony Alpha NEX-7 digital mirrorless camera to photograph the sunrise over Brookside Lake in Stockton.

Donn Sperry of Stockton used a Sony Alpha NEX-7 digital mirrorless camera to photograph the sunrise over Brookside Lake near his home in Stockton. The trees and neighboring houses are silhouetted against a yellow-infused sky which is also reflected in the lake’s waters. A duck swimming in the lower right corner of the frame makes for a nice accent to the scene.

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All of the photos can be seen in an online gallery at recordnet.com. A new challenge assignment will be issued on Aug. 27.

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