Holiday photos were the mission of this month’s Readers Photo Challenge. Vacations are for relaxing and visiting interesting and beautiful places. Of the 52 photos sent in by 13 readers, some were from as far away as Austria while others were as close as Carmel on the Central Coast and Alpine Lake in the Sierras. From near and far, here are some of the best examples of what you did on your summer vacation.
Tom LaBounty snapped a dramatic photo during his family vacation in Morro Bay along California’s central coast. Morro Rock, the remains of a volcanic plug, juts out of the ocean at the edge of land and sea. A narrow causeway connects it to the shore. The rock, which is about 580 feet high, is the main geographical feature of the city. With a Google Pixel 6 pro cellphone, LaBounty captured incoming fog swirling and obscuring the large rock, threatening to engulf the sailboats anchored in the foreground.
One of the reasons we go on vacation is to have fun, and Lou Matz’s photo reminds us of that. With a Nikon D5100 DSLR camera, the Stockton resident captured his 13-year-old son, Tyler DiGuilio-Matz, on a wave-powered boogie board in Huntington Beach, Southern California. The huge stretched smile on the boy’s face expresses the pleasure he feels.
Bettina Engleman took a morning walk on Kapuzinerberg, a hill on the east bank of the Salzach River in Salzburg, Austria. It was a steep climb up the paved path up the 2,100 foot high hill and Engleman had to stop several times to catch his breath. During one such stop, she used her Apple iPhone 11 to capture a sunrise past a building. The orange rays of the sun bathed the clouds in a warm glow. An old street lamp provides some visual interest in the foreground, and a curved path helps direct viewers’ eyes into the scene in a compositional way.
Engleman’s husband, Paul, also returned from their trip with a great shot of the Old Town. From a high vantage point he photographed an overall city/landscape of Salzburg, Austria. A street in the foreground and the Salzach River create strong diagonal lines, helping direct viewers’ eyes to the scene, which is populated by the buildings of the city, founded in the year 696. Three hills rise behind -plan and dramatic clouds fill the sky.
Stockton’s Andrew Dompeling captured the serenity that can sometimes be found when traveling in our great country. With an LG K51 smartphone, he photographed the Lake Champlain Bridge that connects New York to Vermont. The bridge and its arched support are reflected in the waters of the lake, forming a gentle oval composition. The early evening light painting the bridge and the gentle hills in the background help to emphasize the overall grace of the image.
Manteca’s Mark Condit got his shot walking away from it all. Condit vacationed in Moose Pass, Alaska. It had eight days of rain. But when he took a detour to spend a night at an “off-the-grid” cabin in Johnson Lake, the sky opened up around 5 p.m. on his way to the cabin and he was able to catch a faint arc- rainbow in the distance.
All photos can be viewed in a gallery on recordnet.com. A new challenge mission will be released on September 20.
Record photographer Clifford Oto has photographed Stockton and San Joaquin County for over 37 years. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Instagram @Recordnet. Follow his blog at recordnet.com/otoblog. Support local news, subscribe to The Stockton Record at https://www.recordnet.com/subscribenow.