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.
It is a very important technique that photographers (especially
photojournalists) use quite often and Larry and I are no exception.
On almost every assignment we shoot, we end up looking for
something that is already there in the environment (man or nature
made) to frame our subjects with. We use this concept in an effort
to add interest and impact to our photographs and subjects.
So your challenge this month, if you choose to accept it of
course, is to show me your best photo capturing a “Frame
Within the Frame.”
The frame can be a window, a door , a fence, tree leaves or a
porthole. It doesn’t matter what the “frame” is as long as it
frames your subject.
Now this “frame” does not have to go all the way along four
sides of your subject or scene like a standard picture frame does.
Take the example of the sailboat below, the sailboat is framed by
ships on two sides.
Again I encourage you to get out there and shoot the challenge
in the week that it is posted but I will accept previously shot
images. Choose your best/favorite image (or 5) and upload it to the
Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here” link on the right hand
side of this page or email them to me directly at
This challenge deadline is Monday, December
Here are a few “Frame Within The Frame” photographs from Larry
and my archives to get you thinking:
As usual I love the varying subjects that were captured for this
challenge and the different photography styles on display.
Remember, there aren’t any “winners” or “losers”, I just pick a
few photos that “stand-out” to me and ramble on about the reasons I
like them. The following photos will be published in the Sunday,
November 9th. edition of the Kitsap Sun.
Pumpkin patch by Gregory Leach
I just love everything about this image. The
composition is fabulous with the rows and rows of pumpkins in the
foreground with the iconic barn in the background. Also, the muted
colors give it a lovely old-time feel. Truly everything in this
frame just screams Autumn.
The colors and contrast of these repeating rows of Aspen trees
filling the frame is really nice.
By shooting this photo from atop her trusty steed, Noelle gives
the viewer a great point of view of the scene. That point of view
also segways into a great composition with the horse’s head
situated nicely in the corner leading the viewers eye on to the
horses and colorful trees in the background.
I love the vibrancy of the orange of this image, and how those
leaves in the foreground are just a shade different enough to
standout from the background. The corner composition of this shot
is also great.
The details and textures in this frame are just lovely and the
light causing the glimmer of the water drops is fantastic.
This photo makes me smile. Apparently even teenagers enjoy the
thrill and fun of throwing leaves in the air and letting them
cascade down upon them. I also like how out of place this leaf
throwing exhibition is. I mean they are on a concrete sidewalk
without any piles of leaves within sight, yet that does not stop
their whimsical leaf throwing one bit.
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.