FRAMES: Photo Challenge #50: Armed Forces Day, Viking Fest and/or Rhododendron Festival

Whoa, it’s one busy weekend of festivals beginning tomorrow…which makes me think that Photo Challenge #50 should showcase this weekend of visually interesting events.

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to show us your best photo from any part of Armed Forces Day, Viking Fest and/or the Rhododendron Festival.

So your instructions are:

1) Shoot a dynamic photo (or three) from one of the events.

2) Upload your photo by May 25th.

3) Make sure your name, your real life name, not just your email handle is on the upload form somewhere.

I’ll include a recap of uploading and instructions at the end of this post. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

Larry and I might complain about shooting parades and we admit freely that we are not those people who “love a parade” but these events yield so many strong images that it sort of evens out our dislike for covering parades.

Don’t forget to think about what you are shooting and sharing with us. Don’t just point and click, unless that really does work for you, try to show us dynamic images that scream “Yay Armed Forces/Vikings/Rhoddys!”

Here are some shots from our 2011 archives to get you thinking:

A woman clad in a viking helmet wanders past a colorful tent during the opening of the Viking Festival in Poulsbo. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

Courtney Walker,center, and her husband Andy Maxey from Bremerton watch the Mountain View Middle School Squire band march up Fourth Street at the Armed Forces Day Parade in downtown Bremerton.  (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

The Viking Fest Parade travels along Fjord Drive in Poulsbo, WA on Saturday, May 21, 2011. (Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun)

The  Kingston Middle School Marching Band plays  on Pacific Ave. during the  Armed Forces Day Parade in downtown Bremerton  (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Holly Beaudoin, 8, wears her viking helmet while she watches the Viking Fest Parade travel through downtown Poulsbo, WA on May 21, 2011 (Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun)

Bremerton High School  Marching Band flute player Autumn Bondy,16, performs at the  Armed Forces Day Parade in downtown Bremerton.  (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

View Ridge Elementary School safety patrol students wave from inside a Bremerton School District bus at the  Armed Forces Day Parade in downtown Bremerton.  (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

(Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun)


***To recap: Every week or so we will post a new photography “challenge” to help build on all of our current photography skills and to encourage everyone to get out and get shooting (cameras not guns). While we encourage you to shoot the challenge in the week that it is assigned, we will however accept entries taken prior to the challenge assignment date.

When you’ve got your favorite shot, login to the Kitsap Sun Your Media Site (if you don’t already have a login, you can quickly set it one up) or click the “Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge Entries” button over there on the right side of the page and upload your image to the Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge Channel (the channels run along the left hand side of the page, again if you can’t seem to get it into the channel just upload it normally and send me an email and we’ll move it).