FRAMES: Photo Challenge #78 : Selfie (or Self-Portrait): Stand-outs

Nice job on the Selfie/Self-Portrait Challenge!

Okay, to be honest I don’t really ever take selfies, nor did I study them while getting my photojournalism degree.

The thing is, the same guidelines for a “good” photo should still apply to the selfies of the Facebook generation as well, those guidelines being of course; composition, light and subject matter. I admit, many times I see a selfie posted to facebook and I cringe because of lack of all or some of those guidelines.

I realize that my profession causes me to be a wee bit more critical of every photo I look at, but come on people, if a selfie must be taken and posted for the world to see, make it photographically stellar in every way possible!

But I digress.

I really enjoyed the diversity of the selfies entered, there were some straight-forward shots and some lovely “out of the box” creativity going on. Of course, I especially liked the ones that made me laugh because I think we can all admit those are always the ones that we remember. One entry of two dogs and an owner was particularly hilarious, but it was too small of a photo to be printed, thus I couldn’t make it a “stand-out”.

Here are my “stand-outs” that will be published in the Sunday, July 13th. edition of the Kitsap Sun.

 

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“Feedback” by Steve Johnson

Steve used his Olympus OMD-EM1 camera, (which sends image and shutter functions to his phone) to capture this selfie of a selfie of a selfie. It is a very creative and well executed photo. I also really like how he used both forms of “camera technology” (phone and actual camera) to capture this

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“Untitled” by John Haydon

This was of course one of those shots that made me laugh. I really don’t need to see John’s face in this selfie, I can get a sense that he is a funny guy who likes the color blue.

Setting up the fireworks for the Poulsbo show. Tyler Boyle

 

“Poulsbo Fireworks Set-Up” by Tyler Boyle

I don’t even know if Tyler meant to enter this in our challenge since it was posted to the Kitsap Sun Facebook page. But I grabbed it when I saw it because to me a selfie that gives a sense of place or action by showing what is in the background are the best ones. These selfies tell more of a story of the person in the photo and being a photojournalist I am of course all about the photos that tell stories.

"Train Ride" by Benjamin Steele

“Train Ride” by Benjamin Steele

Sure the viewer is looking up the nose of the photographer/main subject of this shot but that nose perspective is pretty humorous and gives this frame a very interesting composition.

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“Selfie With Spike” by Dan Kuhs

The expressions of both subjects and the adorable spiky hair of this youngster really makes this image delightful.