The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “summertime.”
In my job, we call this time of year the “summer doldrums.” Assignments involving school activities and sports are minimal and photos of people out and about can be harder to find because many are out of town on vacation or holed up inside trying to avoid the heat.
Still, summer is the time of year that epitomizes California life for most people. Sun, surf and people participating in leisure activities are symbols of summertime.
Eleven readers sent in 50 photos. Here are the top picks that show that there is indeed a cure for the summertime blues.
Summer is the hottest part year and with people seeking relief from the heat, water activities are natural subjects for summertime related photos.
Stockton Rowing Club coach Sarah Fattarsi Dreger of Stockton photographed the club’s quad and 8 teams during training on the deep water channel near Buckley Cove in Stockton. She used an iPhone 6 Plus to capture the scene a sunset as a cargo ship lazily chugs by on its way to the Port of Stockton.
During summer more people are engaged in outdoor activities due to the warm, long days. From mosquitos to crickets, insects are among the critters we encounter insects of.
Rick Wilmot of Lodi used a Canon 7D MK II with a 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens equipped with a 1.4 tele-extender to get a great shot of a dragonfly that he spotted while doing work in his backyard.
Vacations and travel, whether long or short, are synonymous with the days of summer
Mitch Bazzarre of Stockton was spending the fun day on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Though he had his Canon Rebel T5i DSLR camera with him he wasn’t thinking about taking pictures. Not until the evening. The setting sun gave the scene an overall warm tone and also created a nice starburst as it sank behind the boardwalk’s buildings.
While on a family vacation in Lourmarin, France Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton spotted the vibrant colors of tomatoes and peppers at a farmers market. She included her feet in the “selfie” of sorts and her red shoes matched the color of the veggies to complete the composition.
A gallery of all the photos that were submitted are at Recordnet.com. A new Readers Photo Challenge assignment will be issued next Thursday.