Readers Photo Challenge: Orange is the new black

The latest Readers Photo Challenge subject was the color orange. It’s a color that ranges from tabby cats to butterflies to sunsets. Many readers took advantage of the thick smoke that filled the valley from numerous area wildfires that turned the sun and skies to a hazy orange hue. 21 readers sent in a total of ninety-one photos. Here are some of the top examples.

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Dave Skinner of Stockton used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph the sun rising though smoke from area wildfires as a northern harrier flies by at the Cosumnes River Preserve near Thornton.

Dave Skinner of Stockton went to the Cosumnes River Preserve to get his image of orange. With a Nikon D7500 DLSR camera he captured the rising morning sun. The skies were turned a slate gray from the wildfire smoke. The sun became an orange orb with bands of thicker smoke making it look more like Jupiter than our solar system’s star. A western harrier flies by on the left side of the frame creating a nice balance to the composition. The whole thing has the feeling of a Japanese block print in its simplistic beauty.

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Steven Rapaport of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 8 Plus to photograph his swim goggles on the pool deck at the In-Shape West Lane health club in Stockton.

Steven Rapaport went for morning swim exercise at the In-Shape West Lane health club in Stockton. He noticed the light reflecting off of the orange tinted glass of his swim goggles. He set the goggles on the pool’s concrete deck and with his Apple iPhone 8 Plus he captured the lenses and the orange light that bounced off of them.

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Teresa Mahken of Morada used a Nikon D7200 DSLR camera to photograph a boathouse on a lagoon near her mother’s home in Coupeville, WA.

Teresa Mahnken of Morada was staying with at her mother’s home in Coupeville, Washington, a small town on Whidbey Island on Puget Sound. It seems fall is coming a bit early to the area. Mahnken used a Nikon D7200 DSLR camera to photograph a boathouse on a nearby lagoon. She perfectly framed the structure in the branches and the orange leaves of a tree in the foreground to show the natural beauty of the area.

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Carolyn Silva of Jackson used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph the sun rising through morning clouds and smoke from area wildfires from her backyard.

Orange is a bright and bold color. Great for adding drama to a photo. Carolyn Silva of Jackson captured a dramatic color and scene in her image from her backyard. A little after the sun had risen, much of its light was blocked by smoke from the wildfires and morning clouds Turing it into an orange ball. It’s light turned the edges of the clouds to orange as well. The thicker clouds became a purple/gray haze. Silva used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to capture the scene while adding tree branches in the foreground to held give some scale and context.

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Tom Moccia of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 11 Pro to photograph his daughters, Kinsey Moccia, 12, (left) and Kaitlyn Moccia, 17, watching a sunset from Yavapai Point at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

Stocktonian Tom Moccia’s photos is one of serenity and contemplation. He used an Apple iPhone 11 Pro to photograph his daughters, Kinsey Moccia, 12, and Kaitlyn Moccia, 17, watching a the last bits of a sunset from the canyon edge at Yavapai Point at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

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Donn Sperry of Stockton used a Sony Alpha NEX-7 digital mirrorless camera to photograph a spider on its web against the rising sun at Brookside Lake in Stockton.

Stocktonian Donn Sperry’s orange photo is not for the squeamish. He used a used a Sony Alpha NEX-7 digital mirrorless camera with 18-105mm lens to photograph a spider in his backyard on Brookside Lake in Stockton. Set at 105mm, his lens is just a mild telephoto which means he had to physically get pretty close to get this shot of the arachnid silhouetted at the center of its web against a rising morning sun and a sky that was turned orange by recent wildfire smoke. The stands of the web are lit up by the streaming sunlight which also highlight the spider’s earlier catches.

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Cynthia Barker of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 8 to photograph a gulf frittilary butterfly wing in her backyard.

Part of photography is noticing things that might otherwise go unnoticed. Cynthia Barker of Stockton saw gulf frittilary butterfly wing in her backyard. She got in close and photographed it’s bright colors which stood out against the neutral tones of the ground with her Apple iPhone 8.

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Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton used a Nikon D750 DSLR camera to photograph her 2-year-old nephew Vincent Surgeon playing with a toy dinosaur at his home in Denver. Colorado.

Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton used a Nikon D750 DSLR camera to photograph her 2-year-old nephew Vincent Surgeon playing with a toy dinosaur at his home in Denver. Colorado. She focused in tightly on the boy’s hand as it walked the orange plastic reptile across a table.

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John Ranelletti of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 11 Max to photograph chips in a bowl at his home.

John Ranelletti of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 11 Max to photograph chips in a glass bowl sitting on a placemat at his home. The orange of the chips contrasted with the green of the mat for a study in colors.

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Jessica Flores of Stockton used a Nikon D3200 DSLR camera to photograph an orange basketball hoop against the night sky at her home.

Jessica Flores of Stockton used her Nikon D3200 DSLR camera to photograph a basketball hoop at her home. Normally I don’t like a direct flash on camera. It usually is too harsh, but in this case the stark flash makes the orange hoop and white net pop out against the darkness of the night sky.

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All of the entries can be seen in a gallery at recordnet.com. A new challenge assignment will be issued on Sept. 15

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