Readers Photo Challenge: on the road again

“On the road again
Goin’ places that I’ve never been
Seein’ things that I may never see again
And I can’t wait to get on the road again” – Willie Nelson

This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment was “roads.” From streets to roads to highways, the pathways that we travel, whether on long trips or on our daily errands, are everywhere. That makes them a perfect photographic subject because, while they’re underfoot almost everywhere, roads are often taken for granted and one has to think about them differently to get a creative shot. Fifteen readers sent in 35 photos of roads from near and far. Here are some of the top examples.


Mitch Bazzarre of Stockton photographed Highway 80 as it made its way though San Francisco. From the top of the Clockwork Building he looks down onto the freeway at night. You can see some of the buildings of the city’s skyline rising above the road and the Bay Bridge in the background. A long 8-second time exposure with his Canon 6D DSLR camera turns the cars headlights into long glowing streaks as they travel through the city.


Sonia Avila of Stockton used a Nikon D750 to photography the sunrise along Comstock Road in Morada.

Finding an interesting angle is key to getting a good shot. One way is to get down low for a “worms-eye” view. Sonia Avila couldn’t get any lower for her shot. On Comstock Road in Morada she placed her Nikon D750 DSLR camera on the ground and photographed double centerline of the road at sunset.


Kurt Gaetjen of Elk Grove used a Hasselblad LD1-20C medium format digital camera mounted to a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone to photograph New Hope Road at the Mokelumne River in Thornton.

Kurt Gaetjen of Elk Grove went in the opposite direction of Avila. Mounting a Hasselblad LD1-20C medium format digital camera mounted to a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone and flew high over New Hope Road where it crosses the Mokelumne River in Thornton. You can see the riparian habitat lining the river as well as the acres and acres of vineyards surrounding it.


Judi Howell of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 7 to photograph a dirt road on Bureau of Land Management property near Challis, Idaho.

Judi Howell of Stockton was on a trip visiting friends near Challis, Idaho. While crossing Bureau of Land Management property on a dirt road on her way to her friends’ home she stopped to take a picture with an Apple iPhone 7 Plus. She captured the sage brush of the high desert and the blue mountains in the distance as the road fades as it snakes toward the horizon and majestic clouds filled the blue sky. Howell says that she loves this area of Idaho and this picture tells you why.


John Paval of Stockton used a Samsung galaxy S8 smartphone to photograph his 1967 Chevrolet Corvette on Highway 40/Route 66 near Needles, California.

“If you ever plan to motor west. Travel my way, take the highway that is best. Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.” – Bobby Troup
While on a trip in his 1967 sunfire yellow Chevrolet Corvette convertible on Route 66 near Needles, California, John Paval of Stockton stopped and got a picture of his iconic car on that once popular, but now lonely, stretch of famous road.


Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton used a Nikon D750 DSLR camera to to a self-portrait of her feet on Winslow Way in Stockton.

Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton used a Nikon D750 DSLR camera to photograph a selfie of her feet on the centerline of Winslow Way illuminated by the warm rays of the setting sun in Stockton.


Steven Rapaport of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 8 to photograph the sunset at the Lincoln Center shopping center in Stockton.

Stocktonian Steven Rapaport’s shot isn’t of a traditional road or street, but it’s got pavement, a broken line down the middle and cars travel on it, which makes it close enough. Rapaport shot the parking lot of the Lincoln Center shopping mall in north Stockton during sunset. With an Apple iPhone 8, he captured the center’s decorative lights stretched across the street contrasts nicely against the deepening blue of the evening sky as the last remnants of the sunset glow warmly near the horizon.


All of the photos can be seen in an online gallery at A new assignment will be issued on Oct. 29.

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