In the latest Readers Photo Challenge, entrants were asked to forsake visions of grand vistas and to think small. "Closeups" was the assignment and readers abandoned the normal sized world for one that embraces the minuscule. They found whole new worlds, most not farther than their own homes. 177 photos were sent in by twenty-nine readers who found out that good things come in small packages. Here are some of the top examples.


Carolyn Silva of Jackson was pulling weeds in her backyard when she found her small picture. She saw a small beetle crawling the tall grasses. She ran to her house to get her Nikon D7500 DSLR camera, then back to the yard. The scene she captured, backlit from the sunlight, looking like an otherworldly forest with an exotic, alien beast lumbering though the landscape.


Teresa Mahnken of Morada found her view of the miniature in her own kitchen. With her Nikon D7200 DSLR camera, she photographed a wire whisk in her kitchen. Viewed from the top, the whisk looks like some sort of art deco representation of the electrons’ path around the nucleus of an atom.


Stocktonian Susan Scott’s photo of the small world came in the form of a potted plant in her home. She used a Canon EOS Rebel XS DSLR camera to photograph an aspidistra or cast-iron plant. It’s gently curving leaf, backlit by window light, gracefully shading it’s seed pod against a plain yellow-brown wall in the background.


Steven Green of Stockton found some photographic riches in his backyard. Small water drops clung to a spider’s web on a plant among the yard’s landscaping. Green used a Nikon D3300 DSLR camera equipped with a Nikkor 40mm micro lens to captured the glistening drops as they hung like a tiny jeweled necklace.


Stocktonian Cynthia Barker’s cat Angel Boy slept peacefully as he unknowingly posed as Barker’s subject. With a Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR camera, focused in on the feline’s muzzle with some soft window light gently bringing out the detail in its fur.


More top photos can can be viewed on my blog at recordnet.com/otoblog. All of the photos entered can be seen in an online gallery at recordnet.com/photos. A new challenge assignment will be issued on May 26.


Contact photographer Clifford Oto at (209) 546-8263 or coto@recordnet.com. Follow him at recordnet.com/otoblog and on Instagram @Recordnet.