Stockton residents show off sunsets and birds in the latest photo challenge - petsitterbank

Stockton residents show off sunsets and birds in the latest photo challenge

The final challenge was open-ended, meaning the choice of topics was up to you. From sandhill cranes to sparrows, birds were the most popular choice of subject with around half of the images submitted featuring our finely feathered friends.

Sunsets and sunrises were also popular motifs with their beautiful, warm colors. 100 photos were submitted by 23 readers, including several first-time participants.

Here are some of the best examples:

Stockton's Dave Skinner used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph a sandhill crane taking off in a flooded field on Staten Island near Walnut Grove.

Stockton’s Dave Skinner photographed the rising sun and its warm morning light reflecting off the water of a flooded field on Staten Island near Walnut Grove. Surrounded by an orange light, he used his Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph a sandhill crane flapping its wings and dashing through the shallow water to take off.

Jackson's Carolyn Silva used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph a sunset from her backyard.

Carolyn Silva captured a sunset from the comfort of her garden. Using her Nikon D7500 DSLR camera, she photographed clouds turning a fiery red/orange. A cow grazing on the crest of a hill behind her home in Mother Lode serves as a focal point to complete the composition.

Morris Senegor from Stockton used a Nikon D5500 DSLR camera to photograph a rainbow at Baker Beach in San Francisco.

Stockton’s Morris Senegor traveled to San Francisco early one morning to capture a moonset over the Point Bonita Lighthouse. It was cloudy and it was uncertain if he would see the moon at all. At the last minute, the moon peeked through the clouds and he got some nice photos, but that’s not the end of his story. A light drizzle then set in at Baker Beach, where it was set up. While dramatic clouds filled the sky in the west, the sun was rising in the east. Using his Nikon D5500 DSLR camera, Senegor snapped photos quickly as a rainbow touched the shore briefly before disappearing.

Stockton's Robert Dutra used an Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max to photograph trees reflected in a lagoon at the Reserve at Spanos Park Golf Course in Stockton.

Robert Dutra from Stockton was playing a round of golf when he took his picture. Near the ninth hole on the reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton, he looked across a lagoon towards the 18th hole to a stand of trees. Using an Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, he photographed the trees reflecting themselves and the clouds above them in the still waters of the lagoon.

Stockton's AnneMarie Lawrence used a Nikon D3400 DSLR camera to photograph a row of corn in a field near Woodland.

Anne-Marie Lawrence of Stockton stopped by a corn field near Woodland while driving on Interstate 5 into Washington state. She used her Nikon D3400 DSLR camera to show a row of dried cornstalks, probably waiting to be harvested for fodder or ethanol. Unlike the sweet corn we eat, this type of corn needs to be allowed to die off and dry before harvest. The stems formed a tunnel that framed her image as she captured the varying stages and colors of drying leaves.

Check out Recordnet’s Facebook page and Instagram for more top picks. All entries can be seen in an online gallery on recordnet.com. A new challenge task will be issued on February 8th.

Record-breaking photographer Clifford Oto has been photographing Stockton and San Joaquin County for more than 37 years. He can be reached at coto@recordnet.com or on Instagram @Recordnet. Follow his blog at recordnet.com/otoblog. Support local news by subscribing to The Stockton Record at recordnet.com/subscribenow.

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