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From The Archives Friday: Whaling Days 1975

July 25th, 2014 by Meegan Reid

I was looking for something timely to post this week and figured finding the first negatives of Whaling Days would be perfect.

While my “research” (you see research sounds so much more professional than googling, but let’s face it, I just googled all of this) turned up that Whaling Days started in 1972, further research (ahem more googling) turns up that 1975 was the first annual festival as we know it today. If I am incorrect in this, blame google.

I can tell you that 1975 was the earliest box of negatives that I could find any sleeves labeled “Whaling Days”, so google could be correct. ;)

 

For a recap of this negative archiving project of mine, click here.

August 18, 1975 Whaling Days Cliff McNair Jr. / Bremerton Sun

August 18, 1975
Whaling Days
Cliff McNair Jr. / Bremerton Sun

August 18, 1975 Whaling Days Cliff McNair Jr. / Bremerton Sun

August 18, 1975
Whaling Days
Cliff McNair Jr. / Bremerton Sun

August 18, 1975 Whaling Days Cliff McNair Jr. / Bremerton Sun

August 18, 1975
Whaling Days
Cliff McNair Jr. / Bremerton Sun

August 18, 1975 Whaling Days Cliff McNair Jr. / Bremerton Sun

August 18, 1975
Whaling Days
Cliff McNair Jr. / Bremerton Sun

August 18, 1975 Whaling Days Cliff McNair Jr. / Bremerton Sun

August 18, 1975
Whaling Days
Cliff McNair Jr. / Bremerton Sun


From The Archives Friday: January 1969 Frozen Kitsap Lake

July 11th, 2014 by Meegan Reid

I realize it is a sweltering July day but since it is darn right freezing here in the Photo Cave (I kid you not, the air conditioner is on so high that my hands are like ice cubes and I’m shivering as I edit photos) I am going with these shots from January 1969 simply titled “Frozen Over Kitsap Lake” as your From The Archives Friday entry.

I have  to admit, I honestly didn’t think it was possible for lakes to freeze over here.

But remember, I am from Michigan and winters here in the Northwest seem almost summer like when compared to the Great Lakes State, so that explains my naiveté of this frozen lake situation (I hope). ;)

 

January 27, 1969 Frozen Over Kitsap Lake Richard Ellis / Bremerton Sun

January 27, 1969
Frozen Over Kitsap Lake
Richard Ellis / Bremerton Sun

January 27, 1969 Frozen Over Kitsap Lake Richard Ellis / Bremerton Sun

January 27, 1969
Frozen Over Kitsap Lake
Richard Ellis / Bremerton Sun

January 27, 1969 Frozen Over Kitsap Lake Richard Ellis / Bremerton Sun

January 27, 1969
Frozen Over Kitsap Lake
Richard Ellis / Bremerton Sun


FRAMES: Photo Challenge #79: Summertime

July 9th, 2014 by Meegan Reid

Ahhh summertime! The season of sunsets, ice cream cones, beaches, kayaking and s’mores.

The weather out there has been so amazingly delightful, that I’m going with the challenge theme of SUMMERTIME for this round.

So your challenge this month if you choose to accept it is to show me your BEST photo that depicts the Summer season. You may interpret this theme any way you so wish…maybe Summer to you is a still life of a good book in a hammock, an ice cream cone being devoured by a ravenous youngster or a silhouette at sunset. Summer is all around you so gosh darn it show me how you see it before the leaves start to fall!

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

1) The whole point of these challenges is to get you out in your community and get those shutters (or phones) snapping while building on your current photography skills and to push you to take better photos. I will accept photos captured earlier this summer, BUT THE PHOTO MUST BE SHOT AT SOME POINT IN THIS 2014 SUMMER SEASON.

2) Put your name, REAL NAME somewhere on the upload entry or included in the email to me.

3) Pay attention to your light, subject matter and composition because those three things are the most important parts of a good photograph.

4) Have fun, photography is funnest thing in the world darn it!

5) Take the lens cap off of your camera (if you are using an actual camera that is).

6) There are 12 Hasselblad cameras on the surface of the moon. They were left there after the moon landings to allow for the extra weight of the lunar rock samples to be brought back.. (You don’t really need to remember #6, I was just seeing if anyone actually reads these and I think it is a cool tidbit of photo info).

DEADLINE IS FRIDAY AUGUST 1st.!

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 : mreid@kitsapsun.com.

Stand-outs will be chosen and published in an upcoming print edition of the Kitsap Sun.


FRAMES: Photo Challenge #78 : Selfie (or Self-Portrait): Stand-outs

July 8th, 2014 by Meegan Reid

Nice job on the Selfie/Self-Portrait Challenge!

Okay, to be honest I don’t really ever take selfies, nor did I study them while getting my photojournalism degree.

The thing is, the same guidelines for a “good” photo should still apply to the selfies of the Facebook generation as well, those guidelines being of course; composition, light and subject matter. I admit, many times I see a selfie posted to facebook and I cringe because of lack of all or some of those guidelines.

I realize that my profession causes me to be a wee bit more critical of every photo I look at, but come on people, if a selfie must be taken and posted for the world to see, make it photographically stellar in every way possible!

But I digress.

I really enjoyed the diversity of the selfies entered, there were some straight-forward shots and some lovely “out of the box” creativity going on. Of course, I especially liked the ones that made me laugh because I think we can all admit those are always the ones that we remember. One entry of two dogs and an owner was particularly hilarious, but it was too small of a photo to be printed, thus I couldn’t make it a “stand-out”.

Here are my “stand-outs” that will be published in the Sunday, July 13th. edition of the Kitsap Sun.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“Feedback” by Steve Johnson

Steve used his Olympus OMD-EM1 camera, (which sends image and shutter functions to his phone) to capture this selfie of a selfie of a selfie. It is a very creative and well executed photo. I also really like how he used both forms of “camera technology” (phone and actual camera) to capture this

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“Untitled” by John Haydon

This was of course one of those shots that made me laugh. I really don’t need to see John’s face in this selfie, I can get a sense that he is a funny guy who likes the color blue.

Setting up the fireworks for the Poulsbo show. Tyler Boyle

 

“Poulsbo Fireworks Set-Up” by Tyler Boyle

I don’t even know if Tyler meant to enter this in our challenge since it was posted to the Kitsap Sun Facebook page. But I grabbed it when I saw it because to me a selfie that gives a sense of place or action by showing what is in the background are the best ones. These selfies tell more of a story of the person in the photo and being a photojournalist I am of course all about the photos that tell stories.

"Train Ride" by Benjamin Steele

“Train Ride” by Benjamin Steele

Sure the viewer is looking up the nose of the photographer/main subject of this shot but that nose perspective is pretty humorous and gives this frame a very interesting composition.

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“Selfie With Spike” by Dan Kuhs

The expressions of both subjects and the adorable spiky hair of this youngster really makes this image delightful.


FRAMES: Photo of the day: GAMCON Hipstys

July 7th, 2014 by Meegan Reid

If you were downtown Bremerton this weekend, chances are you saw a bunch of people dressed up in some amazing costumes (which is actually called cosplay: the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime).

The first GAMCON at the Kitsap Conference Center seemed to be a success from the amount of people I witnessed out and about at the convention on Saturday. But it was kind of an overwhelming scene for a photographer because the colorful cosplay outfits were just everywhere!

I  decided to take a bunch of portraits with my iPhone’s Hipstamatic app and put them together as a grid, to give an overall look at some of the many people in the most random attire that were present on Saturday. I chose the most “sci-fi/japanese anime” filter and lens combo I could come up with in the app and just started snapping people against the same wall throughout the day. I stitched them together in a grid and came up with the image below.

It looks a little rough and I was really rushed in getting it done but overall I think it came out pretty nice. It gives an overall look of the convention with a flare of art because of the app filter. But the next time I do something like this I’ll make it a little more refined and easier to read.

 

A collage using the Hipstamatic IPhone app of a few of those attending Saturday's GAMCON in Bremerton. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A collage using the Hipstamatic IPhone app of a few of those attending Saturday’s GAMCON in Bremerton. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)


FRAMES: Photo(s) Of The Day: Poulsbo Fireworks

July 4th, 2014 by Meegan Reid

It had been many many years since I had photographed fireworks, so needless to say I was incredibly stressed out when I was assigned to shoot the 3rd of July fireworks in Poulsbo on deadline (which means transmitting photos immediately back to the office for print as soon as the final “boom”resonates across the water, leaving not one extra second for checking focus, exposure, changing position etc.)

Luckily I shot just fine and transmitted photos in time (well barely in time thanks to the whole North Kitsap area being on their smart phones as they left the fireworks hence causing cell data service to creep along as slow as possible as this photographer freaks out in her car because her wireless card for her computer has 5 bars but is creeping along slower than a snail and only picked up to actual snail pace as soon as we exited city limits) but whatever they made it in time for the presses to start rolling.

The hardest part was of course editing as fast as I could, I missed some great shots that should have been sent in for front page contention. But wait, I run a blog so I’m publishing them here as well.

For those who want to know the “tech” specs for this fireworks shoot, here are my camera settings: ISO 400, F-11 and Shutter varied from 1 -6 seconds depending on how bright I thought the fireworks were going to be. Also used a tripod (a must for fireworks) and a cable/wireless shutter release.

Here are some of my favorites: (the slideshow will advance in its own, or you can click the image to hurry it along)

 

 

 


From The Archives Friday: 1969 Coyote

July 4th, 2014 by Meegan Reid

Happened across this fabulous series of photos from October 30, 1969 by Bremerton Sun photographer Richard Ellis depicting what I am guessing is a rescue or relocation of a coyote from a post office (the negative sleeve only says “Coyote”).

 

October 30, 1969 "Coyote" Richard Ellis / Bremerton Sun

October 30, 1969
“Coyote”
Richard Ellis / Bremerton Sun

October 30, 1969 "Coyote" Richard Ellis / Bremerton Sun

October 30, 1969
“Coyote”
Richard Ellis / Bremerton Sun

October 30, 1969 "Coyote" Richard Ellis / Bremerton Sun

October 30, 1969
“Coyote”
Richard Ellis / Bremerton Sun

October 30, 1969 "Coyote" Richard Ellis / Bremerton Sun

October 30, 1969
“Coyote”
Richard Ellis / Bremerton Sun


FRAMES: Photo Challenge #78 : Selfie (or Self-Portrait): Round 2

July 2nd, 2014 by Meegan Reid

Deadline for Selfie challenge is still Monday, July 7th.

With Bremerton’s Gamecon this weekend I have high hopes for a multitude of last minute entries of cosplay selfies so don’t let me down!

Recap of challenge rules and regulations is HERE

Here are a few more entries.

Selfie

“Selfie With Spike” by Dan Kuhs

Baby

“Baby And Me” by Sandi Seed

Ronald

“Ronald And Me” by Amanda Templeton

To

“To Be One With The Lens” by Jerry Mercogliano

3

“3 Behind These Hazel Eyes” by Megan Garrison

Adventures

Adventures With Jeff #4: College Graduation by Stephen Castleton

**Note from photographer: From my series of selfies in which I wear a shirt featuring a shirtless Jeff Goldblum in a variety of locations. Gifted to me by my friend Clint.

Train

“Train Ride” by Benjamin Steele

Selfie

“Selfie of Me and My Newborn Bella Snow” by Mistey Neff

Selfie"

“Selfie” by unknown

Selfie

“Selfie of Me and My Newborn Bella Snow” by Mistey Neff

Ida

“Ida and Dakota” by Ida Gibbs

 

 

Love!"

“Love” by Mike Bishop

***Note from Meegan: this one isn’t in the running as a stand-out since that is my silly fella who snapped and uploaded this selfie as I (with camera on the left) was taking a photo in the Hoh rainforest. I suppose I need to add a “Boyfriends and Family Members of Frames Photo Blog Not Eligible For Stand-Out Status ;)***

 


FRAMES: From The Archives Friday: Random pics (including one of Lily Tomlin) from a 1968-1972 box of negs.

June 27th, 2014 by Meegan Reid

So when I started this whole “scan and archive negs when I have time” project of mine I didn’t realize how excited I would be just to get one box halfway finished.

WHOO halfway through one box of negatives!!!

Only 169.5 boxes and 4 file cabinets left to go….oh my I most certainly should not have counted….yikes.

But anyway, here are a bunch of shots from Bremerton Sun Photographer Richard Ellis spanning 1968-1972 and includes a shot of Lily Tomlin, which is both cool and random.

(Also if you need a recap of this whole negative project of mine, and why there is so little information with these photos you can find it here)

 

September 24, 1968 News Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

September 24, 1968
News
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

March 8, 1968 USS Tucumcari Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

March 8, 1968
USS Tucumcari
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

July 16, 1968 Shoppers Uptown Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

December 16, 1968
Shoppers Uptown
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

July 20, 1972 High Tide Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

July 20, 1972
High Tide
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

May 1, 1972 Lily Tomlin Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

May 1, 1972
Lily Tomlin
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

August 19, 1968 USS Puget Sound Leaving Bremerton Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

August 19, 1968
USS Puget Sound Leaving Bremerton
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

December 31, 1970 LA and Sonics Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

December 31, 1970
LA and Sonics
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

December 11, 1970 Santa Coming And Going Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

December 11, 1970
Santa Coming And Going
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

July 7, 1968 NK @ South Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

July 7, 1968
NK @ South
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

September 30, 1968 Enterprise Departing Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

September 30, 1968
Enterprise Departing
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

September 26, 1970 Husky Football Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

September 26, 1970
Husky Football
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

July 10, 1970 Greased Pig Contest Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

July 10, 1970
Greased Pig Contest
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

February 10, 1972 Highline @ OC Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

February 10, 1972
Highline @ OC
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

July 3, 1970 Airplane Down On Freeway Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

July 3, 1970
Airplane Down On Freeway
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

June 2, 1970 Weather-Hot Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

June 2, 1970
Weather-Hot
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

April 19, 1971 News Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

April 19, 1971
News
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

April 3, 1970 OC Baseball Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

April 3, 1970
OC Baseball
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

March 20, 1972 East in BB Final Bremerton Sun / Richard EllisRichard Ellis

March 20, 1972
East in BB Final
Bremerton Sun / Richard EllisRichard Ellis

March 20, 1972 East in BB Final Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

March 20, 1972
East in BB Final
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

March 13, 1970 Casad Dam Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

March 13, 1970
Casad Dam
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

February 28, 1969 Totem Pole Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

February 28, 1969
Totem Pole
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

January 15, 1971 Sledding On Kendall Street Port Orchard Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

January 15, 1971
Sledding On Kendall Street Port Orchard
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

January 9, 1971 Bainbridge @ SK Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

January 9, 1971
Bainbridge @ SK
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis

May 10, 1972 CAM Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis **Note from Meegan: while the negative sleev only said CAM, I am guessing that this is actually a portrait of Richard Ellis's co-photographer Cliff McNair Jr.**

May 10, 1972
CAM
Bremerton Sun / Richard Ellis
**Note from Meegan: while the negative sleev only said CAM, I am guessing that this is actually a portrait of Richard Ellis’s co-photographer Cliff McNair Jr.**


FRAMES: Photo Challenge #78 : Selfie (or Self-Portrait): Round 1

June 24th, 2014 by Meegan Reid

Alright come on people where are all the selfies?!?!?

Challenge deadline is still July 7th.

A recap of this Selfie challenge is located HERE.

Here are a few entries thus far:

Serious

“Serious Fishing” by Bill Henry

Getting

“Getting The News” by John Haydon

Point No Point Trail by Johanna Antes

Point No Point Trail by Johanna Antes

"Star Party" by Steve Johnson ***note from the photographer: Okay, you wanted out of the box? This may be too far out to qualify for your challenge, but here it is: I shot Heather & me in one shot, our van in a separate shot, reduced everything to silhouette, and superimposed us over a photo of the Orion Nebula (which was shot by an astronomer, not me).***

“Star Party” by Steve Johnson
***note from the photographer: Okay, you wanted out of the box? This may be too far out to qualify for your challenge, but here it is: I shot Heather & me in one shot, our van in a separate shot, reduced everything to silhouette, and superimposed us over a photo of the Orion Nebula (which was shot by an astronomer, not me).***

4 Whole Fam Damly

Whole Fam Damly

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Morning Weigh-in by Steve Johnson

Morning Weigh-in by Steve Johnson

Store Closure by Steve Johnson

Store Closure by Steve Johnson

Yard

“Yard Selfie” by John Haydon

Me,

“Me At Work” by Denise Brooks

Yes?"

“Yes?” by John Haydon

Selfie,

“Selfie, Interrupted” by Meaghan Schmidt

Untitled"

“Untitled” by John Haydon

Sagrada

“Sagrada Familia Selfie” by Wes Stanton

Two

“Two Weeks Post Cancer Surgery” by Glenn Cuneo

***note from photographer: I took this photo 2 weeks after I had surgery for cancer. It was a tough day. I looked in a mirror and thought I looked pretty scary.***

 

 

 


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