Nice job on the Spring Has Sprung challenge everyone! We had a lot of entries depicting blooming flowers (which is of course to be expected) but also a lot of other subjects, including a pile of slinkys (springs) in the green grass since I do always encourage “out of the box” creativity on these, kudos go out to the slinky photographer.
Remember, there aren’t any winners or losers, I just pick a few photos and explain why they “stand-out” to me for various reasons. So without further ado, here are my stand-outs which will be published in the print edition of the Kitsap Sun on Sunday, May 12th:
“Sharing Her Easter Basket” by Ashley Keil
I like photos that make me go “Awwww” and a little girl sharing her Easter basket with a pair of goats is definitely worthy of an “Awwww”. Besides the cuteness factor, the image is well composed with Dora the Explorer Easter eggs in the foreground and the goats and youngster balancing out and filling the frame almost perfectly.
“A Young Frond Unrolling” by Megan Henry
This frame has fabulous texture! And the texture combined with the composition convey what the image is even though it is in black and white and lacking the frond’s signature green color. It’s a beautiful shot.
“Coastal Spring” by Lea Bessler
I think this image sums up a Pacific Northwest Spring just perfectly. Sure it’s cloudy, maybe a little stormy and windy out there at times but we all still strike this exact same pose and smile up at the sky once the calendar strikes April/May. I love the expression and the pose of the subject as well as the composition of the Spring reveler which is slightly off center and gesturing towards the sea on the other side of the frame.
“In Bloom” by Mistey Neff
Of course the majority of entries were of spring blooms, I mean it is that time of year. I like the composition of this image and the shallow depth of field, but mostly I enjoy how the flower looks to be missing a few petals or maybe the petals have yet to catch up with the growth of the rest of the plant. It’s not a “perfect” flower and I like that.
“Mackey Loves The Hose” by Elvina Bueno
With her arm entering the frame from the bottom right corner, the viewer gets Elvina’s exact point of view as she sprays her dog with the hose.