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FRAMES: Photo Challenge #59: Beatles Song Title (again)

November 8th, 2012 by Meegan Reid

Okay so it’s not that I’m uncreative or lazy…I mean I swear  have a whole list of challenges that I keep adding to here and there, but honestly none of them sounded right for this month so gosh darn it I’m “recycling” one we did a year and a half ago.

Therefore, your challenge this month, if you choose to accept it of course, is to choose a song title by The Beatles and capture a photo that brings that title to life.

This can be a “found” moment that fits nicely into a Beatles song title or a staged/posed moment. The image can be a literal translation of the song title or an abstract one, BUT if it is an abstract translation the average viewer must be able to look at the image and title and “get it”.

Photo illustrations are of course allowed, I just ask that you let us know that it is an illustration so it doesn’t seem like we are “hoodwinking” people.

You have over 300 song titles to choose from so there is plenty of subject matter to work with and the deadline for this challenge will be DECEMBER 3, 2012 which means you have plenty of time to get out there and get snapping.

YOUR REAL LIFE NAME MUST BE SOMEWHERE ON YOUR UPLOADED ENTRY. You may use the handy “Upload Kitsap Photo Challenge Pix” link at the right of this page (right there above the Frames twitter feed, which i gave up tweeting with ages ago) or you may email them to me at mreid@kitsapsun.com

So grab that iPod, fire up the cd player, dig your parent’s 8 track cassettes out of the basement or borrow some records from your hipster neighbor next door to get you in the spirit and get those song titles captured!

Here are the five “stand-outs” from the last time we did this challenge, as well as the ramblings of why Derek (my late co-blogger…not late as in dead, although he is kind of dead to me since he took a job across the water and left me to do all this blogging all by myself ;) ) and I picked them as stand-outs, to get you thinking:

“Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by Noelle Morris

What a fantastic view of an eagle! You really don’t see many photos that show the top of the wingspan of an eagle as it flies over the water so kudos to the photographer for showing us something different. And those small glints of sunshine in the water are a lovely and creative way of capturing the “diamonds” of the song title. We would have preferred a just a slightly more horizontal crop  to put more emphasis on the eagle but other than that it’s a really nice image.

“In Spite of All The Danger” by Tom Thomas

This photo department just loves splashes of red in photos and this photo fits that bill. Sure the photo doesn’t follow the “rule of thirds” and yes the subject might be centered but rules are meant to be broken and quite frankly photos with centered subjects can be just as strong as those using the “rule of thirds and this one does that. Love the expression and stance of the subject who does honestly look like he’s exploring this vast and dangerous beach as a fierce storm blows in off the coast.

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by Cameron Teller

A moody portrait for a moody song…nice. Wait, I can’t see the guitar player. Is that Clapton? You could probably illustrate this song with any photo of a guy playing guitar, but it wouldn’t connect with the song if he were in a cheerfully lit room and playing with a smile. The photog used contrast to create a great mood that complements the song well. Just make sure you dry the tears. Rosewood doesn’t like being drenched.
“Tip of My Tongue” by Lea Bessler
 
When the skies are not so blue
There is not much left for me to do
Just think of something new to say to you, wooh oo
Oh, words just stay on the tip of my tounge
Appropriate, huh? Even Oscar The Grouch would think so.

“Three Cool Cats” by Irene15
So, where are the cool chicks? Anyway, this one made Meegan and Derek chuckle, so it’s definitely worth a nod. Well done.

 

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***To recap: Every month 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 begrudgingly accept entries taken prior to the challenge assignment date…at times.

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).

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