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.
December is winding down, as is 2014, which means It is
time for Larry and I to start picking our favorite photos of this
past year. That is a whole lot of photos for us to scroll through
as we smile at the “good ones” and groan and shudder (or
shutter…hee heee a little photo humor there for you) at the “weak
ones” that we are a bit embarrassed to have had published for the
world to see.
So, since I have begun wading through all of my photos, your
photo challenge (if you choose to accept it of course) is to show
me your favorite photo that you shot in 2014.
You know you have that one shot, that one AMAZING shot that you
captured with your camera or phone and immediately uploaded it to
Instagram/Facebook for the world to see.
Or maybe you have 5 shots that you love equally but for varying
reasons you just can’t pick one above the rest…fine then show me
your top 5 shots of the year. But you may only upload or
email me 5 submissions. Trust me, I know it’s tough to
edit down a year’s worth of photos…it takes Larry and I weeks to
get our picks down from 3,869 (yes that is what my Published photo
count is thus far this year) down to 40, and then to only 5 for the
This is a shot of my contact sheet…I still have to lose 6 photos
to get to the 40 shot slideshow limit:
So your rules are:
PHOTO MUST HAVE BEEN TAKEN IN 2014! (And hey,
you still have a few weeks to shoot one that beats all the others
so get out there and get snapping!)
Photos that have been chosen as “stand-outs” earlier in
the year are NOT allowed in your 5 favorites.
DEADLINE will be January 2nd.
You can use that handy “Upload Photo Challenge
Pix” link on the right side of this page or feel free to
email me your entries : firstname.lastname@example.org. IF YOU DO USE THE
HANDY UPLOADER, Please remember to choose the “Kitsap Frames
Challenge” channel so I know which uploaded photos are for this
Chosen Stand-outs will be published in the January 11th. print
edition of the Kitsap Sun.
Here are links to Larry and I’s best of 2013 slideshows from
last year…just to get you thinking:
Remember, there aren’t any winners or losers, I just pick a few
photos and ramble on about why they “stand-out” to me for various
The following photos will be published in the Sunday, December,
14th. edition of the Kitsap Sun.
Steve went above and beyond the challenge and showcased not one
but two frames within this frame! This is a great photo that is
perfectly composed and captures a scene that many of us see every
day on our way to work.
Toby by Richard Miles
First of all, this adorable dog is wearing the cutest little
shirt EVER! Now I’m not choosing this photo just because of the
canine’s attire (but seriously look how cute that dog in the shirt
is), I’m choosing it because that jaunty little shirt wearing dog
is perfectly composed in the frame within the frame. It almost
looks like he could be getting his Senior yearbook picture
I like the center composition of this portrait framed perfectly
in what I am guessing is a bike rack. The subject is wonderfully
lit and I like her body language and how hugging her knees brings
more attention to the ripped jeans, which is a lovely detail of the
This photo has a great film noir feeling about it. I love
Kindra’s use of black and white along with the eye contact with the
lens. It is a lovely shot that can convey so many different
emotions or situations.
I love how this cat is slightly obscured in the framing, leaving
only one gorgeous yellow eye in view. This composition really helps
the convey the sneakiness of this feline on the prowl.
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.