Nice work this year everyone! There were some really strong entries this time around and it made for some long deliberations in the Photo Cave. Remember, there are no winners or losers, I just pick a few photos that stand-out to me and ramble about the reasons why I like them etc. We started these challenges in order to get people out there working on their photography skills and it has been so nice to see the quality of some people’s work going up and up with every challenge.
So enough of that, here are the stand-outs that will be posted in the January 13th edition of the Kitsap Sun:
“Hansville Gateway To Where” by Jeremy Key
My goodness I love the colors and lighting in this photo. It is as if the gate is leading one into an enchanted forest full of all kinds of magical creatures and adventure.
“Bear On A Fence” by Cameron Teller
It was tough to only pick one of Cameron’s photos, because he is a great wildlife photographer and a few of his favorites have already been chosen as “stand-outs” for various other challenges. I finally settled on this bear because it made me laugh because of the grumpy look on his face as he navigates that pesky fence that is most likely keeping him from the pic-a-nic baskets.
“Winter Scene” by Theresa Borne
I’m usually not a fan of landscape photos sans people or animals. I like to see some sort of focus, like a person enjoying the landscape or a deer frolicking in the landscape. But I think this is a fabulous shot and an added subject in the frame would take away from the solitary feel of this snowy scene and it is just perfect the way it is.
“Whale Jump” by Noelle Morris
I think every photographer would love to snap a photo of an orca jumping out of the water, but to also get a sailboat in the frame is just fantastic.
“Serious About Paint” by Faith Winters
I love the post-process and/or lighting of this photo which gives it a bit of a vintage look but most importantly it’s not overly processed and fake looking as so many photos are these days. The subject is adorable and posed perfectly, yet I am a little concerned that she is painting all over copies of the Kitsap Sun in the background, but I suppose that is much more acceptable than using Kitsap Sun’s to line birdcages.