FRAMES: Photo Challenge #85: Leading Lines ROUND 1

Okay so I feel like I need to reiterate what I’m looking for when I say Leading Lines.

“Leading lines are defined as lines within an image that lead the viewers eye to different elements in the image or occasionally out of the image. Anything with a definite line can be a leading line: fences, roads, bridges, a row of headstones, and even a shoreline. There are also “created” leading lines which could be a staggered flock of birds flying through the sky or a group of people walking across a field. Leading lines are a very effective compositional tool because our eyes are naturally drawn to and along lines  in photos and traveling that path can they make us feel as if we’re standing within the photo itself.”

These aren’t just lines in an image, these lines have a purpose and a “movement” of sorts. If you hover your mouse over the examples below, with some fancy computer coding (and I admit, a good amount of swearing because coding just doesn’t make sense to me) I have added red arrows to illustrate the exact “movement” of the lines and the photos.

Move your mouse or clicker over the photo for the red arrow magic:




The most common leading line photos are of roads, sidewalks and treelines. The Clear Creek trail leads the eye right to the trio of umbrellas in the center. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)





Notice how not only does the photo above have a definite leading line (the shore) but also a “created” leading line being the people dotting that same shore. Both lines lead the viewer’s eye from the top corner to the main subject in the bottom middle of the frame and vice versa. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)




A line on the basketball court leads right to Cubby the Mascot (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)




The railing goes from one corner of the frame and leads to the seagull feeder (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)




The counter as well as the the mixers and cupcakes all lead the eye from the left hand corner to the baker at the other side of the frame. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)

Deadline for entries is FEBRUARY 1st.
Entries may be emailed directly to mreid@kitsapsun.com or there is a handy “Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here.” link on the right side of this page.

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

Here are just a few of the entries I’ve received thus far:
 

Leading

On The Waterfront by Stuart Hafer

Fanore,

Fanore, Co Clare by Erin Landvatter

Leading

WIne Country by Stuart Hafer

The

Autumn Express by Greg Leach

Birds

Birds on A Railing by Jack C. Harpel

China

China Town in downtown Singapore by Greg Leach

 

Road

Road to Mt. St. Helens by Dee Kamp

Texas

Texas Fence Line by Dee Kamp

Quilcene

Quilcene Bay by Joe Sullivan

by Jim Michelinie
by Jim Michelinie
Scrub Brush and Sunset by Steve Johnson
Scrub Brush and Sunset by Steve Johnson
by Kathleen Hunko
by Kathleen Hunko
by Leeanne Johnson
by Leeanne Johnson
by Jim Michelinie
by Jim Michelinie
Bridge by Mathew Niblack
Bridge by Mathew Niblack
Bleachers by Steve Johnson
Bleachers by Steve Johnson
Bargain Hunter by Steve Johnson
Bargain Hunter by Steve Johnson
Ashland Selfie by Steve Johnson
Ashland Selfie by Steve Johnson
by Jim Michelinie
by Jim Michelinie

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #85: Leading Lines

Okay this month’s photo challenge, if you choose to accept it of course, is to shoot and share a photo utilizing Leading Lines.

For those who don’t know, leading lines are defined as lines within an image that lead the viewers eye to different elements in the image or occasionally out of the image. Anything with a definite line can be a leading line: fences, roads, bridges, a row of headstones, and even a shoreline. There are also “created” leading lines which could be a staggered flock of birds flying through the sky or a group of people walking across a field.

Leading lines are a very effective compositional tool because our eyes are naturally drawn to and along lines  in photos and traveling that path can they make us feel as if we’re standing within the photo itself.

Deadline for entries is FEBRUARY 1st.

Entries may be emailed directly to mreid@kitsapsun.com or there is a handy “Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here.” link on the right side of this page.

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

Here are some examples of leading lines at work:

A trio of pedestrians carry umbrellas as they walk along the Clear Creek Trail in Silverdale on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

The most common leading line photos are of roads, sidewalks and treelines. The Clear Creek trail leads the eye right to the trio of umbrellas in the center.  (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)
Salmon RunNotice how not only does the photo above have a definite leading line (the shore) but also a “created” leading line being the people dotting that same shore. Both lines lead the viewer’s eye from the top corner to the main subject in the bottom middle of the frame and vice versa. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)

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Photo by Meegan M. Reid

CK 50A line on the basketball court leads right to Cubby the Mascot (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)

leading linespostThe railing goes from one corner of the frame and leads to the seagull feeder (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)

BUS STOP

(Photo by Meegan M. Reid)GOODY COTTAGE

The counter as well as the the mixers and cupcakes all lead the eye from the left hand corner to the baker at the other side of the frame. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid) UNION RIVER FISH TRAP

The lines of the cage lead to the fish biologist. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)WA Peacocks

Double yellow line leads to the oncoming cars. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)AZ7T1764

Staggered cowboy hats meander through the frame to the rodeo action (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)

SPYGLASS HILL

Shadows lead to subject in center. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #84: Favorite Photo of 2014: STAND-OUTS

Thanks so much for sharing your favorite photos of 2014 ! As usual (and yes I realize I say this every month) it was really fun to see so many different shooting styles and subjects captured.

The act of choosing one’s favorite photo out of a whole year’s worth of images can be a tough process not only because of the number of images shot but also because photography is a very emotional medium. It seems all photographers (hobbyists and professionals alike) tend to get very attached to certain images that they have captured.

A photograph might not be composed by the theory of the Rule of Thirds, the light could be just darn right awful and maybe the focus isn’t quite tack sharp… but the sheer amount of energy one put into getting the shot or the memories of that moment captured in the frame can skyrocket the photo to the top of the “favorites” category.

Now I don’t have any emotional attachment to any of the images here, nor do I know the back story of how they were captured. So in true Photo Editor form I am choosing these based on my own photography preferences, knowledge and experience.

Remember, there are no winners or losers, I just pick a few photos and ramble on about why I like them and why they “stand-out” above the others to me.

The following photos will be published in the Kitsap Sun print edition on January 11th.

Eye by Jennifer Lee This is just a gorgeous photo! It is perfectly exposed, perfectly composed and is just brilliantly shot. Capturing the night sky can be tough as it is, but add in a subject and landscape that you need to illuminate and the difficulty rating just skyrockets. Jennifer had no problem with any of that and this is a perfect textbook example of how to capture all of those aspects of the image. And obviously, it is really cool that it looks like an eye with the silhouetted person as the pupil.
Eye by Jen Lee
This is just a gorgeous photo! It is perfectly exposed, perfectly composed and is just brilliantly shot. Capturing the night sky can be tough as it is, but add in a subject and landscape that you need to illuminate and the difficulty rating just skyrockets. This is a perfect textbook example of how to capture all of those aspects of the image. And obviously, it is really cool that it looks like an eye with the silhouetted person as the pupil.
Mother Feeding Her Child by Daniel Kuhs Being as photojournalism is my life, I am of course drawn to this candid shot of mother and son out for a meal. Daniel's perspective from inside a building, perhaps even behind glass, is captured in his composition of the photo which compliments the noodles in the air action of this cute family moment on the sidewalk.
Mother Feeding Her Child by Daniel Kuhs
Being as photojournalism is my life, I am of course drawn to this candid shot of mother and son out for a meal. Daniel’s perspective from inside a building, perhaps even behind glass, is captured in his composition of the photo which compliments the noodles in the air action of this cute family moment on the sidewalk.
Manning the Rails by Tom Wenning I love how the repetition of the sailors manning the rails seem to mimic the repetition of the skyscrapers in the background. The composition of the image is fabulous and perfectly balanced with sailors trailing off into the distance on the right side of the frame just as the row of skyscrapers trail of into the distance at almost the same point. It is a very well thought out and perfectly captured photograph.
Manning the Rails by Tom Wenning
I love how the repetition of the sailors manning the rails seem to mimic the repetition of the skyscrapers in the background. The composition of the image is fabulous and perfectly balanced with sailors trailing off into the distance on the right side of the frame just as the row of skyscrapers trail of into the distance at almost the same point. It is a very well thought out and perfectly captured photograph.
Angry Bird by Greg Leach I love the cartoonish quality of this angry looking bird but I am also sort of scared to make eye contact with the image for fear this feathered creature is going to come after me. The crisp details and strong composition really add to the great subject matter of this frame.
Angry Bird by Greg Leach
I love the cartoonish quality of this angry looking bird but I am also sort of scared to make eye contact with the image for fear this feathered creature is going to come after me. The crisp details and strong composition really add to the great subject matter of this frame.
Heartbroken by Kindra Smith Kindra captured the subject of this portrait perfectly with beautiful light that really gives the frame a moody feel.
Heartbroken by Kindra Smith
Kindra captured the subject of this portrait perfectly with beautiful light that really gives the frame a moody feel.
Manette Bridge by Sarah Freedom I like the perspective of this image with the Boat Shed and bridge on each side of the frame as well as the lighting of the whole scene by that burst of sunshine radiating through the sky.
Manette Bridge by Sarah Freedman
I like the perspective of this image with the Boat Shed and bridge on each side of the frame as well as the lighting of the whole scene by that burst of sunshine radiating through the sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRAMES: Photos of the Day: Olalla Polar Bear Plunge 2015

Bystanders on the bridge snap cellphone pictures as Brad Larson, of Gig Harbor, falls toward the water during the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bystanders on the bridge snap cellphone pictures as Brad Larson, of Gig Harbor, falls toward the water during the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Heidi Edgecombe, of Port Orchard, gives a yell as she makes the jump from the bridge with Savannah Easterday and Nancy Martin at the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Heidi Edgecombe, of Port Orchard, gives a yell as she makes the jump from the bridge with Savannah Easterday and Nancy Martin at the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Lindsey Skuza, of Olalla, left, exits the shimmering water as Gidget Westland, of Gig Harbor, wraps herself in a towel on the shore after the two took part in the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Lindsey Skuza, of Olalla, left, exits the shimmering water as Gidget Westland, of Gig Harbor, wraps herself in a towel on the shore after the two took part in the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A trio of plungers take part in the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A trio of plungers take part in the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

FRAMES: Meegan M. Reid’s favorite photos of 2014

As of the time I typed out this blog entry, there were 3,920 images in my “Published” folder (which is where I save everything that has been published at the kitsapsun.com, in the print edition or in our various other publications). So needless to say, editing down to even 42 images was tough.

Here is hoping that 2015 brings even more visually interesting stories and moments here in Kitsap! I’m hoping for an even 4,000 in next years Published folder. ;)

Here are my favorites of 2014: (you can click on the photo to advance the slideshow or just let it run on its own)

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #84: Favorite Photo of 2014: ROUND 1

Oh my goodness, sooooo many entries already!

Recap of rules and regulations is HERE

Deadline is still January 2nd!

Here are a few (way too many entries to post them all) of the entries so far:

Manette Bridge by Sarah Freedom
Manette Bridge by Sarah Freedom
Manning the Rails by Tom Wenning
Manning the Rails by Tom Wenning
Eye by Jen Lee
Eye by Jen Lee
Heartbroken by Kindra Smith
Heartbroken by Kindra Smith
Mimi by Julianna Paterson
Mimi by Julianna Paterson
Dark Clouds By Alissa Weidenheimer
Dark Clouds By Alissa Weidenheimer
"Fresh Snow on the Brothers" by Julie Peterson,
“Fresh Snow on the Brothers”
by Julie Peterson,
by Amanda
by Amanda
by Kassandra Chase
by Kassandra Chase
Blue Mood by Jen Lee
Blue Mood by Jen Lee
Portland by Jen Lee
Portland by Jen Lee
Thinking hard, or Hardly Thinking By Troy
Thinking hard, or Hardly Thinking By Troy
Red Sky Rainbow by Tom Wenning
Red Sky Rainbow by Tom Wenning
Navy,Coast Guard,Ferry by Tom Wenning
Navy,Coast Guard,Ferry by Tom Wenning
Horizontal by Lenaic Leleu
Horizontal by Lenaic Leleu

Angry

Angry Bird by Greg Leach

You're

You’re Mine by Greg Leach

John

John Tarnow’s Memorial by Christina Williams

Sasha

Sasha at Harstine Island by Christina Williams

USS

USS Constellation Leaves Bremerton by Julie Rotter

Manchester

Manchester State Park by Julie Rotter

 

Mushroom

Mushrooms at Olympic National Park by Melissa Buss

Mother

Mother Feeding Her Child by Daniel Kuhs

I

I Want To Ride My Bicycle by Daniel Kuhs

Seagull

Seagull Soaring by Daniel Kuhs

Will

WiIl You Share by Lucy Golden

In

In Flight  by Debbie Estensen

 

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #84: Your Favorite Photo of 2014

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 print edition.

This is a shot of my contact sheet…I still have to lose 6 photos to get to the 40 shot slideshow limit:

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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 : mreid@kitsapsun.com. 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 challenge.

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:

Meegan 2013 Favorites Slideshow

Larry 2013 Favorites Slideshow

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #83: Frame Within The Frame STAND-OUTS

Nice work on the Frame Within the Frame photos!

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 reasons.

The following photos will be published in the Sunday, December, 14th. edition of the Kitsap Sun.

Erin at Brewed Awakening coffee stand by Steve Johnson
Erin at Brewed Awakening coffee stand by Steve Johnson

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.

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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 taken.

In The Frame by Jovani Hernandez
In The Frame by Jovani Hernandez

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 image.

Relinquished Feelings by Kindra Smith
Relinquished Feelings by Kindra Smith

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.

Feral cat on Ediz Hook by Eil Owens
Feral cat on Ediz Hook by Eil Owens

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.