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.

toby"

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.

 

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #83: Frame Within The Frame ROUND 2

Only a fee days left for out Frame Within The Frame photo challenge.

Deadline is Monday, December 8th!

A recap of the challenge expectations, rules and regulations is HERE.

Here are a few (and I stress a few, because there were a lot of entries this week) photos entered thus far:

Feral cat on Ediz Hook by Eil Owens
Feral cat on Ediz Hook by Eil Owens
Merry Christmas America by Noelle Morris
Merry Christmas America by Noelle Morris
Frame Reflections by Kyle
Frame Reflections by Kyle
Eagle Moon by Noelle Morris
Eagle Moon by Noelle Morris
Imagine"
Imagine by Ruth Bryant
From A Different View By Emily Holsted
From A Different View By Emily Holsted
Lotus Land Lemons by Marilyn Niblack
Lotus Land Lemons by Marilyn Niblack
Fun in the snow Brianna Napiontek
Fun in the snow Brianna Napiontek
Between A Rock And A Hard Place by Eli Owens
Between A Rock And A Hard Place by Eli Owens
Staying Warm by Kyle
Staying Warm by Kyle
The Circle Show The Background by Lenaic Leleu
The Circle Show The Background by Lenaic Leleu

 

Inbound"

Inbound by Jack C. Harpel

Iconic
Iconic Bremerton by Jack C. Harpel
Waiting
Waiting For The Sun To Come Out by Ruth Bryant

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #83: Frame Within The Frame ROUND 1

How are those Frame Within The Frame photos coming?

Deadline is still Monday, December 8th. and a recap of the challenge rules and regulations is HERE.

And here are a few of the entries I have received thus far:

toby"

Toby by Richard Miles

Mt.

Mt. Rainier by Richard Miles

Sally

Sally The Cat by John Haydon

Erin at Brewed Awakening coffee stand by Steve Johnson
Erin at Brewed Awakening coffee stand by Steve Johnson
Bluegrass Jam at the Keyport Mercantile by Steve Johnson
Bluegrass Jam at the Keyport Mercantile by Steve Johnson
"Where the heck's my registration???" by Steve Johnson
“Where the heck’s my registration???” by Steve Johnson
Moses Lake Music Workshop by Steve Johnson
Moses Lake Music Workshop by Steve Johnson
View from a veranda in Saddam's AlFaw Palace by Steve Johnson
View from a veranda in Saddam’s AlFaw Palace by Steve Johnson

Hole

Hole In The Wall by Richard Miles

I'm

I’m Innocent (I Was Framed) by John Haydon

Coupeville boats by Mathew Niblack
Coupeville boats by Mathew Niblack
Sunrise by Mathew Niblack
Sunrise by Mathew Niblack

Fall

Fall Frame by R.A.  McInnes

 

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Here’s a shot I snapped this past week utilizing the Frame Within The Frame technique:

Reflected in the mirror of a vintage hutch that stores her various baking utensils, Trisha O'Meara prepares cupcakes at her newly opened Goody Cottage in Bremerton on Friday, November 21, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Reflected in the mirror of a vintage hutch that stores her various baking utensils, Trisha O’Meara prepares cupcakes at her newly opened Goody Cottage in Bremerton on Friday, November 21, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #83: Frame Within The Frame

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.

A sailboat cruises past the PSNS Shipyard as seen from the Port Orchard Waterfront on a brisk Tuesday, November 11, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A sailboat is framed by two cargo ships as it cruises past the PSNS Shipyard as seen from the Port Orchard Waterfront on a brisk Tuesday, November 11, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

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 “Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here” link on the right hand side of this page or email them to me directly at mreid@kitsapsun.com.

This challenge deadline is Monday, December 8th.

Here are a few “Frame Within The Frame” photographs from Larry and my archives to get you thinking:

A Puget Sound Naval Shipyard worker is framed by the rock art in the adjacent park on a rainy Wednesday, at the First and Pacific gate. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A Puget Sound Naval Shipyard worker is framed by the rock art in the adjacent park on a rainy Wednesday, at the First and Pacific gate. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Bainbridge Island ferry commuters are framed by one of the new Bicycle racks on Winslow Way on a wet Thursday morning. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Bainbridge Island ferry commuters are framed by one of the new Bicycle racks on Winslow Way on a wet Thursday morning. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
The Washington State ferry Salish pulls into Bremerton on Sunday as divers stand in the shallow water at low tide framed by pillings of the Annapolis Dock. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
The Washington State ferry Salish pulls into Bremerton on Sunday as divers stand in the shallow water at low tide framed by pillings of the Annapolis Dock. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A pair of kayakers are framed by the support pilings to the Manette Bridge on Tuesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A pair of kayakers are framed by the support pilings to the Manette Bridge on Tuesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Pat Ziarnik is framed in the windows of the old Keyport Contential Inn where he is moving his Whiskey Creek Steakhouse. The new site is across the street from the original restaurant in Keyport. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Pat Ziarnik is framed in the windows of the old Keyport Contential Inn where he is moving his Whiskey Creek Steakhouse. The new site is across the street from the original restaurant in Keyport. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Rylee Howell is framed in a window as she wanders through the boothe of Tiny Town during the Kingston Fourth of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Rylee Howell is framed in a window as she wanders through the boothe of Tiny Town during the Kingston Fourth of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Alan Kasper is framed in a window of the existing rifle range structure as he talks about the improvements that would be made before reopening the rifle range at the Bainbridge Island Sportsmen's Club on Friday, July 12, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Alan Kasper is framed in a window of the existing rifle range structure as he talks about the improvements that would be made before reopening the rifle range at the Bainbridge Island Sportsmen’s Club on Friday, July 12, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Half of the Chico Creek culvert is ripped up on Tuesday. The old culvert is being removed. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Half of the Chico Creek culvert is ripped up on Tuesday. The old culvert is being removed. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
The youngest of a three generation family that lives at the Chieftain Motel in West Bremerton peeks out of her rooms window. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
The youngest of a three generation family that lives at the Chieftain Motel in West Bremerton peeks out of her rooms window. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Todd Krause is framed in his barn window as he washes the milking equipment after milking his cows early Wednesday morning. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
Todd Krause is framed in his barn window as he washes the milking equipment after milking his cows early Wednesday morning. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
A cat peers out a window in Manette as the sun makes an appearance between rain storms on Thursday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A cat peers out a window in Manette as the sun makes an appearance between rain storms on Thursday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Bill Swope is framed by the cockpit of a helicopter that he is building during a field trip of Central Kitsap Junior High aviation students to Apex Airpark in Silverdale on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bill Swope is framed by the cockpit of a helicopter that he is building during a field trip of Central Kitsap Junior High aviation students to Apex Airpark in Silverdale on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Rajean Barone's dog Lizzie greets customers as they enter her Found shop in the Manette neighborhood of Bremerton on Friday, November 7, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Rajean Barone’s dog Lizzie greets customers as they enter her Found shop in the Manette neighborhood of Bremerton on Friday, November 7, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Ashleigh Lauber measures as she works in a display window of the new Purpose Boutique at Fourth and Pacific in downtown Bremerton. The new shop plans to open on Jan. 10. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Ashleigh Lauber measures as she works in a display window of the new Purpose Boutique at Fourth and Pacific in downtown Bremerton. The new shop plans to open on Jan. 10. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

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Sailors look out of a porthole in the side of the USS John C. Stennis as it docks at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Friday, May, 3, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Sailors look out of a porthole in the side of the USS John C. Stennis as it docks at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Friday, May, 3, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Youngsters watch from a window as Bremerton Firefighter Seth Jackson (left) and a fellow Bremerton crew member help extinguish a fire in the basement of a neighboring house along Warren Avenue in Bremerton on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Central Kitsap crews also assisted on the call. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Youngsters watch from a window as Bremerton Firefighter Seth Jackson (left) and a fellow Bremerton crew member help extinguish a fire in the basement of a neighboring house along Warren Avenue in Bremerton on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Central Kitsap crews also assisted on the call. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Charlie Tate, 5, takes a look at a clam that he found underneath the dock at Lions Park in Bremerton on a sunny Tuesday afternoon.(MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Charlie Tate, 5, takes a look at a clam that he found underneath the dock at Lions Park in Bremerton on a sunny Tuesday afternoon.(MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Alexander Nemechik adjusts his ghillie suit as he prepares to take his position aboard the USS Turner Joy for the Haunted Ship Tormented Tales: Island of Dolls tours on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Alexander Nemechik adjusts his ghillie suit as he prepares to take his position aboard the USS Turner Joy for the Haunted Ship Tormented Tales: Island of Dolls tours on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Madrona School Waldorf Eduction third grade students Natalie Taylor,9,left, and Thomas Wyatt,9, look out a port hole on Thursday. Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun
Madrona School Waldorf Eduction third grade students Natalie Taylor,9,left, and Thomas Wyatt,9, look out a port hole on Thursday. Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #82: Autumn STAND-OUTS

Lovely Autumn themed photos everyone!

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
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.

 

Central Utah Aspen Trees by Steve Fisher
Central Utah Aspen Trees by Steve Fisher

The colors and contrast of these repeating rows of Aspen trees filling the frame is really nice.

 
Fall Ride on Wenatchee River by Noelle Morris
Fall Ride on Wenatchee River by Noelle Morris

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.

Golden Oak by Lenaic Leleu
Golden Oak by Lenaic Leleu

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.

In Transition by Hailey Stokes
In Transition by Hailey Stokes

The details and textures in this frame are just lovely and the light causing the glimmer of the water drops is fantastic.

TisThe Season by Skyler Bakken
Tis’ The Season by Skyler Bakken

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.

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #82: Autumn ROUND 2

You have just one  more week left to snap that “Stand-Out” worthy shot for out Autumn themed photo challenge.

Recap of rules and regulations are here.

Deadline is still Monday, November 3rd.

Here are a few more (just a few, not all) of entries that filtered in:

The

The Beauty Of Nature by Jack C. Harpel

"Shrooms""

Shrooms by Jack C. Harpel

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Fall colors and fog at a tarn near Mildred Lakes by Shawna Whelan
Fall colors and fog at a tarn near Mildred Lakes by Shawna Whelan
Central Utah Aspen Trees by Steve Fisher
Central Utah Aspen Trees by Steve Fisher
Fort Ward Park Stairs by Vicki Rauh
Fort Ward Park Stairs by Vicki Rauh
Fall Ride on Wenatchee River by Noelle Morris
Fall Ride on Wenatchee River by Noelle Morris
Fall Ride on Wenatchee River by Noelle Morris
Fall Ride on Wenatchee River by Noelle Morris
Nature's Art by Mary Moff Saurdiff
Nature’s Art by Mary Moff Saurdiff
Spider Web by Mathew Niblack
Spider Web by Mathew Niblack
Mushroom Birdbath by Noelle Morris
Mushroom Birdbath by Noelle Morris
Fall Berries, by Mary Moff Saurdiff
Fall Berries, by Mary Moff Saurdiff