Readers Photo Challenge: Turning over a new leaf

Fall color is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. Many may think that springtime is the most colorful time of the year with the blooming of flowers and such, but in its own way, fall can equal the vibrancy of spring. The leaves of many trees turn to a variety of hues as the days shorten and grow colder. But there’s a certain melancholy in this autumnal beauty. The flash of color is the year’s last hurrah before the leaves turn brown, brittle and fall to the ground as the trees turn dormant.
Twenty-six readers sent in 147 photos. Here are some of the best examples.

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Carolyn Silva of Jackson used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph a fallen liquidambar leaf on a lawn in her neighborhood.

While on a morning walk, Carolyn Silva of Jackson saw fallen liquidambar leaves in a neighbor’s yard. It had rained the night before and drops of water still flung to the leaves. Silva had been practicing how to use her camera’s manual exposure lately and it paid off for her. With a Nikon D7500 D7500 DSLR camera she captured the morning light as it showed the subtly shifting yet still vibrant tones of the red leaves with the raindrops giving the scene and added visual dimension.

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Cynthia Barker of Stockton used an Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR camera to photograph a goldfinch in a birch tree in her front yard.

Cynthia Barker of Stockton used a Canon Rebel T3 DSLR camera to capture a goldfinch as it carefully perched on branch on a birch tree in her front yard. The yellow leaves of the tree are mostly thrown out of focus by the relatively narrow depth of field given the image an overall wash of color and emphasizing the bird which is in focus.

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Melinda Will of Stockton used a Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70 digital point-and-shoot camera to photograph a leaf floating on the water at Lodi Lake in Lodi.

Stocktonian Melinda Will’s photo is an example of simple elegance. She used a Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70 digital point-and-shoot camera to photograph a leaf floating on the water at Lodi Lake in Lodi. The curled and dried leaf seems to float effortlessly on water that’s so still that it could be ice or even glass. The leaf casts a shadowy reflection it its surface, making for a serene and peacefully elegant image.

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Tom LaBounty of Stockton use da Google Pixel 3 cellphone to photograph leaves through a window in his front door.

Tom LaBounty of Stockton leaf photo doesn’t feature any individual leaves. Using a Google Pixel 3 cellphone, he photographed a tree turning yellow through a decorative window in his front door. The tree and its leaves were turned to a golden blur by the swirling pattern of the textured glass framed within the door, making for an impressionistic photo.

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Steven Rapaport of Stockton used a Canon 5D mark IV DSLR camera to photograph a squirrel among some fallen leaves at the Cosumnes River preserve near Thornton.

The Cosumnes River Preserve is a haven for migratory waterfowl bout here is also a bevy of other kinds of wildlife there as well. Steven Rapaport of Stockton used a Canon 5D mark IV DSLR camera to photograph a squirrel at the Cosumnes River Preserve near Thornton. The light brown rodent is surrounded by fallen golden oak leaves on the ground.

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Paul Engelman of Stockton used a Canon Powershot ELPH 100 HS digital point-and-shoot camera to photograph a leaf at McLeod Lake in downtown Stockton.

Paul Engelman of Stockton used a Canon Powershot ELPH 100 HS digital point-and-shoot camera to photograph a couple of sycamore leaves at McLeod Lake in downtown Stockton. The leaves, a larger one obscuring a smaller one underneath, balanced on a railing to the lake. The Stockton Arena and the landscaped trees surrounding it are slightly out of focus in the background but still can be seen through the misty morning air.

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Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton used a Nikon D750 DSLR camera to photograph her nephew Vincent Spurgeon on some fallen eaves in Stockton.

Kids playing in piles of leaves is a visual autumnal trope which Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton employee for her leaf photos. With a Nikon D750 DSLR camera, she photograph her nephew Vincent Spurgeon on laying on a bed of fallen leaves in Stockton.

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Jessica Flores used an Apple iPhone 11 to photograph her dog Bodie playing in some fallen leaves in her neighborhood.

In a similar vein, while out on a walk in her neighborhood Jessica Flores of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 11 to photograph her dog Bodie, happy as a clam, while sitting in a pile of fallen liquidambar leaves in her neighborhood.

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Anne McCaughey of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 11 Pro to photograph pear leaves pressed between 2 panes of glass within a frame at her home.

Anne McCaughey of Stockton created her photo from leaves found in her yard. She used an Apple iPhone 11 Pro to photograph leaves from an ornamental pear tree pressed between 2 panes of glass within a frame at her home.

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Dave Skinner of Stockton used a Nikon D600 DSLR camera to photograph fallen leaves at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

Dave Skinner of Stockton went to the University of Pacific in Stockton to get his picture of fall leaves. UOP is a natural place to shoot. It’s a picturesque campus that has been the setting for several movies. It has plenty of trees with beautiful foliage. Skinner used a Nikon D600 DSLR camera to photograph a number of different leaves together exemplifying the diversity of the species on the campus. He captured both the subtly and the deep saturation of color as well as the detail of the leaves.

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Teresa Mahnken of Morada used a Samsung Galaxy 8 smartphone to photograph a leaf on a beach near Bellingham, Washington.

Teresa Mahnken of Morada was out on a walk looking for driftwood on a beach at Snatelum Point, Washington. While most of the trees on an overlooking bluff were evergreen, there was one maple tree dropping its colorful leaves. Mahnken found a single leaf as it contrasted agains the blue/grey of the beach’s gravelly pebbles.

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All of the photos entered can be seen in an online gallery at recordnet.com. The challenge is going to take a break for a little while. A new assignment will be issued on January 12.

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