Kitsap Frames Meegan M. Reid keeps you up-to-date, gives some behind-the-scenes scoops, shares photos from the Kitsap Sun Staff (and readers) and provides you with a few tips to help you take better photos.
Larry has already gone on his annual excursion up to Port Gamble
to photograph the changing leaves. Even though every year he swears
he is “not going to shoot it again”… yet he just can’t help himself
and every year there he is, wandering through downtown Port Gamble
shooting leaf photos.
Which of course means it is time for the annual Autumn themed
So your challenge, if you choose to accept it of course, is to
show me your best photo depicting Autumn. You can interpret the
theme of Autumn however you wish. If Autumn to you is a pile of
giant pink and orange leaves with a rake sweeping them up, then
snap it. Maybe a still life of the gads of gourds on display at the
farmer’s market really screams the autumnal season to you, if so
shoot it. Then again maybe to you Autumn is all about the fun of
fall sports and brilliantly colorful Halloween costumes, if so then
capture a few shots of those as well.
Deadline for this challenge is November
You may email your entries to me: email@example.com or use the
handy “Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here” link on the
right side of this page. Photos chosen as “Stand-Outs” will
be published in an upcoming edition of the Kitsap Sun. If you do
use the uploader on the right of the page, please be sure your real
life name is somewhere on the upload form.
As a recap, these photo challenges were started to give local
shutterbugs to share their work, perhaps get published in the
paper, maybe learn some photo tips and tricks and most of all to
encourage people to get out there with their cameras (or iPhones)
and have some fun taking photos.
As usual, here are a few from our archives to get you thinking
I absolutely love the variety of wildlife that was captured for
this challenge. There were lots of shots of those of the feathered
variety of course but a few woodland dwellers, seashore inhabitants
and amphibians got thrown into the mix as well which was great!
As always, seeing the different shooting styles of all you
fellow photographers out there and getting the chance to see photos
from those who are passionate about wildlife photography is really
fun as well as inspiring. We are so very lucky to live in such a
great area with such an abundance of creatures around to capture
with our cameras.
This was a tough challenge to choose “stand-outs” for since
there were so many entries of just fantastic photos. While I
usually only pick six stand-outs, I went with eight shots this time
because well, I just couldn’t decide. I will try to get all eight
images published in the Sunday, October 12th. issue of the Kitsap
Sun but being as I am not the one who designs or books pages, I
cannot guarantee all eight will make it into print, and if one or
two doesn’t make it, I do apologize for that.
Remember there aren’t any “winners” or “losers”, I just pick a
few photos and ramble on about why I like them and why they
stood-out among the rest.
Here are my stand-outs:
The colors and sharpness of this shot are just fantastic! I also
love the body language of these cute seals relaxing in the
sunshine, yet I can’t help but think that the seal on the left
could maybe use a little bit of sunscreen.
Curious Raccoon by Michael Hrynio
I am a fan of animals appearing to mimic humans and this little
raccoon has that coy over-the-shoulder look like so many portraits
of people have. Kudos to Michael for capturing this cute
Bald Eagle by Greg Leach
Greg not only captured the beauty of this eagle just perfectly,
he also captured the eagle’s habitat just as perfectly. While
a close-up photo of just an eagle is fine, seeing it at “home” on a
driftwood perch among the rocks along the shore with snow-capped
mountains in the background makes this image just an all-around
fabulous wildlife photo.
Crash and Burn: Baby Squirrel Rests After Strenuous Climb by
Awwwwww look at this little darling! It is not often that one
gets to look down at a baby squirrel resting in the grass and that
fact (along with the cuteness factor of course) is why this image
gets a “stand-out” designation.
I love the composition of this image and how the branch goes
diagonally across the frame. The whole scene is just lovely with
the vibrant yellow of the goldfinch, the small seed just peeking
out of his beak and the raindrops on the leaves.
Bullhead-It’s What’s for Dinner by Jerry Harless
I really like how the viewer can instantly tell what this photo
is without even reading the title. Yep that is definitely a
bullhead and it is definitely about to become dinner. This photo
captures the fantastic action of the flight of this osprey and
bullhead which is just a treat to see.
I love the feel or mood of this photo as a herd of elk graze in
the grass. Also the extreme horizontal crop is great with the herd
in the middle with an equal amount of trees and grass in the top
and bottom of the frame
The textures and colors of the toad’s skin and eye that are
captured in this frame are just beautiful.
If you are having trouble with the “Upload Challenge Pix” link
on the right hand side (the site seems pretty finicky lately), do
not hesitate to just email me your photos instead or just if you
prefer that method: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are just a few of our latest wildlife entries:
So October 2nd. is Larry’s 30th Anniversary with the
Thirty years as a photographer with a newspaper is a pretty big
deal (and not just because newspapers have downsized and cut photo
staffs so much in the past few years) and he has yet to slow down
at all and still shoots AMAZING photos.
While I have only been here at the Sun for 5 years, and am not
even from the area (my home state is Michigan to be exact) I have
been a fan of Larry’s work for many many years.
You see, when I was in college studying photojournalism, I would
read and hoard National Press Photographer Association (NPPA)
magazines. These magazines used to be full of work from
photographers around the country, and Larry’s work was showcased
quite a bit since he was constantly winning awards for his photos
of daily life here in Kitsap. I don’t think anyone (not even Larry)
knows how excited and humbled I was when I was offered this
I believe the conversation with the editor went a little like
“I get to be Larry Steagall’s co-photographer? Seriously, I get
to work with him? Larry Steagall? THE Larry Steagall??!?!?”
Larry is a wealth of photo knowledge. He has shot every event
and photo assignment countless times. He can tell you exactly where
you should go to get the perfect shot of the full moon or Stennis
departing. Sometimes he will even divulge the location of a top
secret eagles nest/mural/umbrella gathering mecca or sunset spot
that he has been keeping all to himself while waiting for the
perfect moment to snap photos of them.
The man absolutely loves photography and loves being a
photojournalist and it shows in the great work he does and in the
effect that he has on the community. I can’t count the number of
times I arrive to a photo assignment and the subject says to me (in
what is usually a slightly disappointed tone), “But you aren’t
In honor of Steagall and his greatness, I am dedicating the
remainder of the “From The Archives Friday” posts this year to
showcasing his first year of photos for the paper. Here’s the tough
part, a lot of the negative sleeves do not have photographer
initials on them, so while I am certain the ones with an LS are
shot by him, I am also scanning in the ones that seem to have his
handwriting on them sans initials. My hypothesis in this method is
as follows: Larry starts at the Sun and labels his negatives
“correctly” for a few weeks but then stops putting his initials on
the sleeves since the other photogs have sleeves with initials on
them yet months go by without a single LS on a negative sleeve
coming up yet the rest of the info is in his handwriting. So if I
happen to showcase a photo by another photographer and I put his
name on it, to those photographers I apologize for that.
I have posted the following three shots before, but
think it is worth one more posting. These three images were the
first photos of Larry’s published in the Bremerton Sun on October
From a story on the dangers of school children crossing a busy
A student at Star of the Sea School dashes across the four
lanes of Sixth Street and Veneta Avenue as school lets out on
Tuesday, October 2, 1984.
From a story about an animal shelter called “Fur Fin and
Dolores Barringer and “Spike” at Fur & Feathers shelter
on October 2, 1984
And of course a standalone or “wild art” was shot as well:
Painter Richard “Doctor” Bradford applies a new coat of
paint to the U.S. Post Office on Pacific Avenue in Bremerton on
Tuesday, October 2, 1984.
Here are a just few more from his first
(***I don’t have cutlines for them, so the only info I
have is the “title” that was given on the negative
***Get it, it’s a navy ship replica made out of milk containers
hence the “Mighty Moo” title***
Truth be told, I am a photographer who has never really been
into Instagram, although I do run the Kitsap Sun Instagram
account…all be it poorly but I do post to it when I have time
and/or remember to.
While Instagram is just not my thing, I do shoot random photos
while I’m on various photo assignment with the Hipstamatic app on
my iPhone. I call them my “views from the office” since my job is
so very random and takes me to so many different places to
photograph so many different situations.
I really enjoy being able to choose “film” and “lenses” in the
Hipstamtaic app, meaning that the artsy effect is done in camera…er
in phone. Therefore I am actually shooting photos with those artsy
effects already in place instead of just shooting a photo and
running a filter over it after the fact. Instagram seems like photo
cheating to me, hence my use and love of Hipstamatic.
Regardless of the app being used, I love how these vintage photo
effects are available and being used by so many people. It seems
even ho-hum boring snapshots of various foods one ate while on
vacation now have more of an artistic edge and visual appeal when
using these various photo filter effects.
Here are s few of my favorite Hipstamatic shots from this
I didn’t get enough entries for the #80 Fair challenge, so alas
I can’t pick any stand-outs nor can I fill a page in Sunday’s
A big shout-out to those who took the time to enter,
your shots were lovely and thank you for taking the time to enter
and my apologies if it now seems for nothing since they aren’t
This is the second busted challenge of late so we need to get
revved up and get back on track so it is a good thing that it
is time for the annual WILDLIFE
This challenge theme always nets the most entries and quite
frankly the strongest and most interesting of photos. This
challenge is also really tough to choose stand-outs because we have
some amazing wildlife photographers in our midst so I am giddy with
excitement to see what is entered.
There is a wide variety of nature right outside of our doors. To
prove that, here’s a top secret newsroom tidbit: if you see a photo
in the paper of a critter or bird, and the cutline/caption beneath
the image has the following phrase in it: “…in a yard/tree/field
near Brownsville” that almost always means I shot the photo at my
house. And if that amount of wildlife is hanging out at my house
then goodness I bet there are others out there who have country
bear jamborees going on, on their patios.
Grab your camera (film, digital or even a simple iPhone) and get
outside and show me what you see; be it birds, creatures with fur
or those slimy snakes and toads hiding in the mud. Maybe you’ve
recently been on a whirlwind vacation to Yellowstone this summer
and shot a bazillion photos of bison wandering around doing their
bison thing, if so show me the best bison of the bunch.
“Stand-Outs” be published in the October 12th edition of the
Per usual you
have a few rules/regulations:
My definition of wildlife is:animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and/or sea
creatures living in a natural, undomesticated
That means unless your guinea pig “Pearl” has left the luxury of
her cage and has joined the ranks of the local wild guinea pig herd
and is roaming the forest then I don’t want to see Pearl’s
***I AM NOT COUNTING BUG/INSECTS/SPIDERS as “wildife”.
I always encourage you to shoot the challenge in the time-frame
that it is posted, I will accept any photos of wildlife that you
have shot in 2014, but they cannot have been entered for any of the
other challenges that we have had.
You may send me a maximum of 7 photos for this
challenge, so edit your work down to 7 images MAX
Deadline for entries will be October 3rd.
Entries may be uploaded via the “Upload Kitsap Frames
Photo Challenges here.” link over on the right hand side
of this page or you may email them to me if you prefer :
Please put your real-life name somewhere on the entry
form if you use the handy photo uploader on the right side of this
As usual, here are some shots from our archives to get you
A lone baby raccoon sits in the grass at the future site of the
Marvin Williams Youth Recreation & Community Center on Park
Ave. in downtown Bremerton on Thursday. The youngster seemed to
have gotten separated from its family and was picked up by the West
Sound Wildlife Shelter. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A barred owl perches on a highway sign near Viking Way and
Highway 305 in Poulsbo just before sunrise. (LARRY STEAGALL /
A pod of transient orcas visit Liberty Bay on Thursday, July 18,
2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A buck deer walks along the Hurricane Hill trail in the Olympic
National Park south of Port Angeles, as the morning clouds burn off
over the Olympic Mountains. (Larry Steagall / Kitsap Sun)
A deer munches on the tall grass at dusk in East Park near the
Bremerton YMCA. (LARRY STEAGALL | KITSAP SUN)
A sea lion and a trio of cormorants hang out on one of the
navigational buoys along Bainbridge Island. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP
An eagle is pestered by a raven in
Hansville. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A small mouse sits in the early morning sunshine in a gravel
driveway in Brownsville. MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN
A finch perches in a budding tree along the shore of Eagle
Harbor on Bainbridge Island. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
A bald eagle looks out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the
Salt Creek Recreation Area in Port Angeles, Wash. on Saturday, July
13, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A coyote stands in a field off Day Rd. on Bainbridge Island
Wednesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers help a
black bear escape from a cage in the Central Cascades as their
Karelian bear dogs get ready for the chase on June 10. 2011. (LARRY
STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
A male osprey returns to a waiting fledgling with a fish in his
talons at their nest on top of one of the lights at Gene Lobe Field
at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 12, 2012.
(MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A blue heron is silhouetted against the morning sky as it
perches on a piling in the Bremerton Marina. (MEEGAN M. REID /
Evergreen Park Squirrel: Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun
I was a bit slammed this whole week with assignments for the
upcoming high school football preview section so I am ONLY just
getting to this fair and rodeo recap (apologies).
I also figure that a recap of OUR favorite
shots would be a good opportunity to remind everyone that this
month’s challenge was of course the fair and rodeo and
YOU have until SEPTEMBER 5th. to
enter your photo(s).
A recap of this challenge is HERE, so gosh darn
it get editing and get uploading because I saw many many cameras
snapping away while at the fair and I only have a few entries thus
Here are a few favorite shots from Larry and I that we shot last
week at the fair and rodeo (you may advance the slideshow by
clicking on the image, or just let it run through on its own):