Readers Photo Challenge: Planting the seeds of creativity

The subject current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “plants.” Those who participated were tasked in creatively photographing anything from lowly blades of grass to a stately redwood and everything in between. The best photos took advantage of light, composition and weather conditions to come up with their images. Thirty-two readers sent in 162 photos. Here are some of those top examples.

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Carolyn Silva of Jackson used a Nikon D7500 DSLR to photograph a cow eating in a field near her home.

Like most of the entrants Carolyn Silva of Jackson didn’t have to go far to get her plant picture. Behind her home, she used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph a cow foraging in a field. A fog swirls around a hill beyond the bovine. Trees on the hillside peek through the veil of fog giving the images a feeling of beautiful enchantment and mystery.

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Cynthia Barker of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 8 Plus to photograph grapefruit that she picked from her yard.

Cynthia Barker of Stockton found her plant picture every closer. While washing dishes when she noticed the morning light falling though a window onto a bunch of grapefruit that she had picked from her garden sitting on her kitchen counter. That light combined with the random composition of the fruit that creates a still life setting worthy of a 17th century master.

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DaveSkinner of Stockton used a Nikon D7100 DSLR camera to photograph fallen leaves at the Cosumnes River Preserve near Thornton.

While most people concerned themselves with living plants, Dave Skinner of Stockton found his photo with the parts of plants that were no longer living. With his Nikon D7100 DSLR camera Skinner photographed fallen leaves at the Cosumnes River Preserve near Thornton. He found a large leave that was partially decomposed which stood out against other smaller, darker ones beneath it. He captured the beauty that can be found in decay and entropy.

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Bettina Engleman of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 11 to photograph poppies growing along March Lane and Brookside Road in Stockton.

Bettina Engleman of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 11 to photograph poppies growing along March Lane and Brookside Road in Stockton. She took advantage of a low angle that a phone camera’s small lens can allow and got in low and close below the flowers not only taking the flower but the cloudy sky in the background as well.

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Teresa Mahnken of Morada used a Nikon D7200 DSLR camera to photograph moss on some brick in her yard.

Teresa Mahnken of Morada used a Nikon D7200 DSLR camera to photograph moss growing on some bricks in her backyard. She took advantage of the late afternoon light. The light imbued the scene with a warm glow and lit upon the highlights in the raindrops that clung to the moss creating a miniature magical landscape.

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Jamie Flores of Stockton used a Nikon D3200 DSLR camera to photograph trees near the Stockton Golf and Country Club in Stockton.

Light is what makes Stocktonian Jamie Flores’ photo stand out. With a Nikon D3200 DSLR camera, Flores captured the golden rays from the setting sun saturating the trees along Atherton Cove near the Stockton deepwater channel with a warm glow all of which was reflected in the nearly still waters of the cove.

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Keith Barker of Stockton used an Apple iPhone to photograph Double Delight rose in his backyard.

Keith Barker of Stockton used an Apple iPhone to photograph Double Delight rose in his backyard. He got in close with the phone with it’s wide angle lens and not only a tight shot ozone rose but also was able to include other parts of the plant as well.

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We had a little rain during the challenge’s timeframe but that didn’t deter the following readers, in fact it enhanced their photos.

Kurt Gaetjen of Elk Grove used a Nikon D610 to photograph a daisy in his backyard.

Kurt Gaetjen of Elk Grove used a Nikon D610 DSLR camera to photograph a colorful daisy in his backyard. The nice, tight composition helps to emphasize the water drops on its petals.

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Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton used a Nikon D750 DSLR camera to photograph a lenten rose in her yard.

Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton used a Nikon D750 DSLR camera to photograph a lenten rose in her yard. The flower looks gracefully bent over from the weight of the raindrops that cover it.

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Erv Rifenburg of Lodi used a Nikon D7100 DSLR camera to photograph raindrop-covered blossoms on a nectarine tree in his yard.

Erv Rifenburg of Lodi used a Nikon D7100 DSLR camera to photograph blossoms on a nectarine tree in his yard. He popped off a flash to help fill in the shadows and separate the flowers from darker background. The raindrops clinging to the petals gives a feeling of spring freshness and vigor.

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All of the photos entered can be seen in an online gallery at recordnet.com. A new challenge assignment will be issued on March 31.

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