Again, nice work on the umbrella photos everyone!
Having moved here to the Pacific Northwest a few years ago from the high mountain desert climate of Utah (where when it did rain, everyone in the office newspaper office when running to the door to see it), I can honestly say that one can never have too many umbrella photos! I still get really excited when I spot a really colorful umbrella being carried past one of the brightly painted walls we have here in Bremerton. And it’s a good thing this photo department loves those shots since Larry and I so often need to find a photo about the weather and an umbrella photo really does sum up 90% of our weather here.
Here are my choices for “stand-outs”, but remember there aren’t any winners or losers, I just pick a few photos out that stand-out to me and ramble about the various reasons why I like them. These “stand-outs” will be published in the Life section of the February 10th, issue of the Kitsap Sun.
“The Hungry Visitor” by Jerry Deardorff
I realize this is most likely not the case, but I like to think that this bear brought along the umbrella as part of a disguise as it was ransacking the bird feeders. When suddenly it saw that the jig was up and that Jerry was photographing its every move from the window. So the bear dropped the umbrella and was like, “Yep, you got me, I’m not a lady with a parasol on a stroll through the garden, I am indeed a bear.” In all seriousness it is a great photo and even though the umbrella in the frame is very secondary, it still adds to the whole moment.
“Red On A Gray Day” by J. Yeaman
Oh those glorious red umbrellas always make a scene just pop even when it’s a so very gray and dreary outside. I enjoy the casual stance of the subject as well as his attire. It all works perfectly together.
“Under The Umbrella” by Mike Cooper
I like how Mike went with a black and white shot instead of color since those gray and rainy days really do feel, well, gray and rainy. The composition is really nice with the two feet sticking out from underneath the umbrella from the top right corner into the center of the frame. It is a fantastic image.
“Umbrella View From Seattle Wheel” by Dianne Lyle
I am a big fan of frames that are filled with repeating patterns and shapes. And this shot of Dianne’s from the Great Wheel is a lovely one full of lines of octagonal umbrellas.