Readers Photo Challenge: For land(scapes) sake!

Landscapes, the subject of the current Readers Photo Challenge, have been a staple of artists nearly since the beginning of art. They capture the beauty and wonder of the natural world. When photography came along, practitioners from Ansel Adams to Galen Rowell took up the landscape mantle. The people who sent in their photos for the challenge follow in their fine tradition. Nineteen readers sent in 84 photos. Here are the top picks.

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Teresa Mahnken of Morada used a Samsung Galaxy 8 smartphone to photograph a mountain through the broken windshield of an abandoned car in the ghost town of Nelson, Nevada, near Las Vegas.

On a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, Teresa Mahnken of Morada took a side outing to the ghost town of Nelson. The town is littered with abandoned cars and trucks which sounds like just the opposite of what one might want in a landscape photo. But with her Samsung Galaxy 8 smartphone, Mahnken used a hole in the shattered windshield of a dilapidated car to frame a nearby mountain to come up with a perfect example of the conflict between nature and man.

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Dave Skinner used a Nikon D7000 to photograph a windmill in the countryside along Highway 88 near Lake Camanche.

With his Nikon D7000 DSLR camera, Dave Skinner of Stockton captured the rolling hills along Highway 88 near Camanche Lake northeast of Clements. While just off the road, his photo gives a feeling of solitude. The gently sloping hill to the left leads the viewer’s eye to the lone windmill and water tank to the right. He converted the photo to black and white which enhances the feeling of beautiful desolation.

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Holly Stone of Lodi used an Apple iPhone to photograph a rock formation in Sedona, Arizona.

Time of day is key to most landscape photos which is exemplified in a picture that Holly Stone of Lodi entered in the challenge. While on a trip to Sedona, Arizona, Stone used her Apple iPhone 7 to photograph a red rock formation that the area is famous for. The light of the setting sun gives a warm glow to her photo, enhancing its appeal.

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Anthony Mignone of Stockton used a Samsung A20 smartphone to photograph a flooded almond orchard near Nile Road and Airport Way in Manteca.

While most people think of a natural setting for a landscape, there are man-made ones as well. Anthony Mignone used a Samsung Galaxy A20 smartphone to photograph an almond orchard near Nile Road and Airport Way in Manteca. The orchard’s regimented rows of trees and canopy is reflected in standing water on it’s floor which was flooded for irrigation.

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Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton used a Nikon D90 DSLR camera to photograph the forest along Highway 88 in the Sierras .

A landscape usually means wide open spaces but you can also take another tact by focusing on a close-up which can be just as compelling as an overall scene. On a trip up along Highway 88 in the Sierras looking for some fall color. While most of the leaves had already dropped, near Kirkwood she found some color. With her Nikon D90 DSLR camera she photographed the trunk of a lone trembling aspen tree. She captured its last remaining yellow leaves and the texture of its white bark.

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Joseph Hey of Stockton used a Samsung Galaxy 9 smartphone to photograph Zephyr Cove in the Lake Tahoe area.

Stocktonian Joseph Hey’s photo has the early morning sun breaking above the trees near Zephyr Cove in Lake Tahoe. Hey used an Apple iPhone XS to capture the light as it spills across the center of the landscape to begin a fresh day in the mountains.

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Carolyn Silva of Jackson used a Nikon D7500 to photograph the west fork of the Carson River near Hope Valley, California.

Carolyn Silva of Jackson used a Nikon D7500 to photograph the west fork of the Carson River near Hope Valley, California. The river winds its way into the frame and helps to draw the eye of the viewer into the scene to explore the warm tones of the dried brush and grasses which contrast with the verdant color of the evergreen trees.

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Andrea Semillo of Stockton used an Apple IPhone XS to photograph a forest in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Andrea Semillo of Stockton used an Apple IPhone XS to photograph a forest in Reykjavík, Iceland. From her vantage point high atop a volcanic crater, she had a commanding view of the countryside. There’s a mountain in the distance and small buildings a little closer. A forest dominates the frame. It looks of mostly evergreens but is spotted with deciduous trees turning to their fall colors.

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A gallery of all of the photos can bee seen at recordnet.com. A new challenge assignment will be issued on November 26.

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