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FRAMES: Photo Challenge #88 Corner Composition ROUND 2

We are coming to the end of our Corner Composition Challenge (deadline is Friday, April 3rd.) and if you still have yet to snap a shot and need a refresher of what exactly the “theme/technique” for this challenge is there is a recap of the challenge instructions etc. HERE!

Take a gander at a few more (and i stress few because there were way too many to post them all) of the entries thus far:

Early

Early Bird, Meet The Worm by Jack C. Harpel

Inbound"

Inbound by Jack C. Harpel

Cool

Cool Cat On a Cool Rock by Jack C. Harpel

The

The Great Ride Open by Breelan Smilen

Into

Into The Trail by Caedence Ortega

Washington

Washington Equals Rust by Caleb Thomas

Sad

Sad Flower by Tyler Smith

Otter

Otter Food by Alesha Ellis

Mailbox

Mailbox Peak by Juliana Paterson

Insect

Insect On The Sun by Kaley Bartel

Boy

Boy Playing In The Surge by Dee Kamp

Horseshoe

Horseshoe Ring by Katie Stoner

All

All Natural by Madi Gale

Flower

Flower Child by April Beckett

Flight"

Flight by Keenan Clark

Pottery

Pottery Worm by Emily Hammermeister

Curious

Curious Souls by Sara Neal

Trailing

Trailing Away by Bryan Flynn

Foggy

Foggy Reflection On Dyes Inlet by Travis Tyler

Tossin'

Tossin’ Rocks by Karen Ebersole

 

 

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #88 Corner Composition ROUND 1

Entries are coming in for our Corner Composition Challenge and deadline is still APRIL 3rd. Also a recap of the challenge is located HERE.

One more thing, names people. REAL LIFE NAMES must be on the upload form or in your email to me etc. crediting random email handles looks ridiculous.

Here are a few of the entries received:

Apologies to Mark Rothko by Steve Johnson
Apologies to Mark Rothko by Steve Johnson
Barn Owl by Eli Owens
Barn Owl by Eli Owens
Dancing With The Stars by Steve Johnson
Dancing With The Stars by Steve Johnson
Fish Tales by Steve Johnson
Fish Tales by Steve Johnson
Seagull Over Mt. Rainier by Stuart Hafer
Seagull Over Mt. Rainier by Stuart Hafer
Is He Safe? by Stuart Hafer
Is He Safe? by Stuart Hafer
Ready To Run by Steve Johnson
Ready To Run by Steve Johnson
Snails In The Thorns by Eli Owens
Snails In The Thorns by Eli Owens
The Architect Takes A Break by Steve Johnson
The Architect Takes A Break by Steve Johnson

Bestest

Bestest Friends Forever by Christina

#Lunch

Lunch Time by flossboss33

#Serenity"

Serenity by flossboss33

A

A Hole in One by Maragret Behning

On

On Top Of The World by Claire Christien

Listening

Listening From Afar by Margaret Behning

DIRECTION

Direction Change by acesign

At

At Anchor by Karen Eborsole

Spring

Spring Blooms Early by flossboss33
SunshineIcelandic Rainbow by Dori Lee Dunkle

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #88 Corner Composition

If you have ever read these challenges, you know that the composition of a photograph (also known as the artistic arrangement of the parts depicted within the frame ) is of the utmost importance.

A strong composition can make even the most visually uninteresting subject matter really jump out of the frame and make the viewer pause and scrutinize the image.

This week’s challenge if you choose to accept it is: Corner Composition.

Now I don’t think that “corner composition” is really a technical term but that’s what I call it so I want to see your best photo that depicts your subject or point of interest in the corner (or corners) of your frame. The subject matter is up to you. Your camera choice is up to you (iPhone vs DSLR etc).

DEADLINE for entries will be Friday, April 3rd. so that gives you plenty of time to get out there and shoot some fresh photos with this technique. 

Entries may be emailed directly to mreid@kitsapsun.com or there is a handy “Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here.” link on the right side of this page.

Or check out our new facebook page:

 www.facebook.com/kitsapframes

Those chosen as “Stand-Outs” will be published in an upcoming edition of the Kitsap Sun.

Here are a few from our archives to get you thinking:

With a feather in his hat Kit Heinrichs, of Kenmore, is silhouetted against a brightly colored tent at the annual June Faire in Port Gamble, Washington on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KISTAP SUN)
With a feather in his hat Kit Heinrichs, of Kenmore, is silhouetted against a brightly colored tent at the annual June Faire in Port Gamble, Washington on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KISTAP SUN)
Seagulls take flight as a curious Charlye Malone, 1, walks up to them while visiting Evergeen Rotary Park in Bremerton Wash. with her grandmother on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo / Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid)
Seagulls take flight as a curious Charlye Malone, 1, walks up to them while visiting Evergeen Rotary Park in Bremerton Wash. with her grandmother on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo / Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid)
A sailor stands on deck of the USS John C. Stennis after it docked at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Friday, May, 3, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A sailor stands on deck of the USS John C. Stennis after it docked at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Friday, May, 3, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
UW's Kevin Kwon chips a shot onto the green during the Husky Invitational at Gold Mountain on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
UW’s Kevin Kwon chips a shot onto the green during the Husky Invitational at Gold Mountain on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A male osprey returns to a waiting fledgling with a fish in his talons at their nest on top of one of the lights at Gene Lobe Field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 12, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A male osprey returns to a waiting fledgling with a fish in his talons at their nest on top of one of the lights at Gene Lobe Field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 12, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A worker from the J.D. Fenwick Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance of Kingston mows the grass at the Norm Dicks Government center in Bremerton Tuesday afternoon. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
A worker from the J.D. Fenwick Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance of Kingston mows the grass at the Norm Dicks Government center in Bremerton Tuesday afternoon. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Snow Goose in Skagit Valley by Meegan M. Reid
Snow Goose in Skagit Valley by Meegan M. Reid
The captain of a small sailboat named "Wee Rogue" gives a thumbs up to a fellow boater as he sails through the plethora of vessels anchored in Poulsbo's Liberty Bay on Monday, July 2, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
The captain of a small sailboat named “Wee Rogue” gives a thumbs up to a fellow boater as he sails through the plethora of vessels anchored in Poulsbo’s Liberty Bay on Monday, July 2, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A juvenile bald eagle takes flight from a tree in Ilahee on a foggy Wednesday morning. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A juvenile bald eagle takes flight from a tree in Ilahee on a foggy Wednesday morning. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Saddle bronc riders stand behind the chutes as dusk falls during Saturday night's Kitsap County Stampede. (MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN)
Saddle bronc riders stand behind the chutes as dusk falls during Saturday night’s Kitsap County Stampede. (MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN)
Snowflakes twirl across the stage during Wednesday night's rehearsal of Peninsula Dance Theatre's The Nutcracker at the Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center. Performances are December 4th & 5th at 7:30 PM. MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN
Snowflakes twirl across the stage during Wednesday night’s rehearsal of Peninsula Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker at the Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center. Performances are December 4th & 5th at 7:30 PM. MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN
Thrill seekers jump off the bridge as they take part in the annual Polar Plunge in Olalla on Saturday. (MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN)
Thrill seekers jump off the bridge as they take part in the annual Polar Plunge in Olalla on Saturday. (MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN)
Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Qwest Field in Seattle on Saturday April 15, 2011. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Qwest Field in Seattle on Saturday April 15, 2011. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
Family and friends gather to send of the USS John C. Stennis as it heads to the western Pacific Ocean and the Persian Gulf for a seven month deployment on Monday, July 25, 2011. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
Family and friends gather to send of the USS John C. Stennis as it heads to the western Pacific Ocean and the Persian Gulf for a seven month deployment on Monday, July 25, 2011. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
Pheasant Fields Farm Hand Sheli Story harvests sunflowers at the Silverdale farm on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. The cut flowers will be sold at local farmer's markets this week. MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN
Pheasant Fields Farm Hand Sheli Story harvests sunflowers at the Silverdale farm on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. The cut flowers will be sold at local farmer’s markets this week. MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN
The view through a rain soaked windshield causes a painterly effect as a pedestrian with an umbrella walks along Pacific Avenue in Bremerton, Wash. on Monday, November 19, 2012. (AP Photo/ Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid)
The view through a rain soaked windshield causes a painterly effect as a pedestrian with an umbrella walks along Pacific Avenue in Bremerton, Wash. on Monday, November 19, 2012. (AP Photo/ Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid)
A horned grebe paddles through the sparkly water of Poulsbo Marina on Monday. MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN
A horned grebe paddles through the sparkly water of Poulsbo Marina on Monday. MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #86: Food and/or Drink STAND-OUTS

Nice work on the Food and/or Drink Challenge. As usual I loved the variety of subject matters and shooting styles presented in the entries.

Remember, there aren’t any winners or losers, I just pick a few photos and ramble on about why they stood out to me for various reasons.

The following stand-outs will be published in the Sunday, March 8th. edition of the Kitsap Sun:

Pike Place Chilis by Greg Leach
Pike Place Chilis by Greg Leach

Beautiful color and details in this shot by Greg. The depth of field is also perfect, with the peppers leading up to the basket and the sign still readable but just slightly out of focus in the background.

Broccoli by Jack Butler
Broccoli by Jack Butler

I love the simplicity of this shot of one floret of broccoli.  This frame also has great detail and the corner composition of the floret is really nice.

 

Peanut and Flowers by Caleb Thomas
Peanut and Flowers by Caleb Thomas

When I first saw this photo as a thumbnail I was very confused because this challenge wasn’t a flower themed challenge, but then when I opened up the image full size I immediately snickered. I think this shot is clever and as a viewer it makes me wonder ridiculous things like “Did Mr. Peanut ditch his top hat, monacle and cane for some sunbathing in the yard?” or “If the photographer zoomed out would you see a cartoon elephant standing there casting aside peanuts that she doesn’t fancy while tiptoeing through the flowers?” I am a big fan of whimsical photos that get the imagination going.

Anybody Hungry? by Joe Kunesh
Anybody Hungry? by Joe Kunesh

Food photography should make the viewer hungry, and this shot by Joe has me craving a piece of this tasty looking treat. The lighting for this frame is really nice, I like how the backlighting is illuminating and making that cherry glow while also creating some shadow details in the ruffles of whipped cream.

Curt and Chase by Steve Johnson
Curt and Chase by Steve Johnson

Steve’s photo challenge entries are always really creative and it seems like he goes out looking for something “out of the box” to photograph as soon as the challenge is posted and truly, that was why the photo challenges were started in the first place, to get people who love photography out shooting new and dynamic frames. I love the subject matter and the composition of this frame of the owners of Kitsap Pizza peering through the oven as a pizza cooks.

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #86: Food and/or Drink ROUND 1

Deadline for this challenge is still March 2nd.

Recap of this challenge rules/regulations is right HERE.

Here are a few of the entries so far:

"Curt and Chase" by Steve Johnson
“Curt and Chase” by Steve Johnson
"How Much Is That One?" by Steve Johnson
“How Much Is That One?” by Steve Johnson
"Large Cone, Small Grandson" by Steve Johnson
“Large Cone, Small Grandson” by Steve Johnson
"Its The Real Thing" by Steve Johnson
“Its The Real Thing” by Steve Johnson

***NOTE FROM MEEGAN*** Steve also included the following behind the scenes shot to the photo shoot from above.

***NOTE FROM PHOTOGRAPHER: "Also--- I thought you might appreciate a portrait of my self-appointed photographer's assistant, who decided she wanted to be in the shot. She curled up there under the Coke bottle and stayed there for the whole time I was shooting. Now I hear she's looking for an agent..."
***NOTE FROM PHOTOGRAPHER: “Also— I thought you might appreciate a portrait of my self-appointed photographer’s assistant, who decided she wanted to be in the shot. She curled up there under the Coke bottle and stayed there for the whole time I was shooting. Now I hear she’s looking for an agent…”

 

Ocean

“Ocean In A Glass” by Sara Neal

Makin'

“Makin’ Bacon” by Kyle Nielsen

Dinner

 

“Dinner In San Fran” by Emily Hammermeister

Pike

 

“Pike Place Pirate” by Greg Leach

The

 

“The True Lunch” by Nick Booher

The

“The Kickstarter” by Matt Shaw

Pike

“Pike Place Chilis” by Greg Leach

 

 

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #86: Food and/or Drink

Alright the theme of this month’s photo challenge, if you choose to accept it of course, is Food and/or Drink.

I might have been waiting for a killer batch of homemade cinnamon rolls to come out of the oven when this challenge idea popped into my head. It’s a relatively simple one, food is everywhere and it can be an incredibly photogenic subject matter. The relationship people have with food and even the impact of the environment surrounding food is also a great subject matter.

Any photo with food or drink is fair game for this: plates of food, mugs of coffee, maybe that smiley waitress placing your  breakfast order on the table at the Green Light Diner makes for a fabulous photo…if so snap it. Show me your strongest photo with food an obvious appearance in the frame.

MOST IMPORTANTLY : Good/Strong photography is about the following three key elements: Composition, Light and Subject Matter. You need all three for a “stand-out” photo.

Deadline for this challenge will be March 2nd.

Entries may be emailed directly to mreid@kitsapsun.com or there is a handy “Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here.” link on the right side of this page.

“Stand-outs” will be chosen and published in an upcoming edition of the Kitsap Sun.

Here are some examples from our archives to get you thinking:

Aged homemade eggnog. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Aged homemade eggnog. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Kyle Deven, 13, takes a bite out of his first Fat Smitty Burger: (two patties, three slices of bread, bacon, lettuce, tomato and sauce) before he and fellow boy scouts helped remove the money adorning the walls of Fat Smitty's restaurant in In Discovery Bay on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Deven was able to finish the giant burger as well as some fries. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Kyle Deven, 13, takes a bite out of his first Fat Smitty Burger: (two patties, three slices of bread, bacon, lettuce, tomato and sauce) before he and fellow boy scouts helped remove the money adorning the walls of Fat Smitty’s restaurant in In Discovery Bay on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Deven was able to finish the giant burger as well as some fries. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Ingredients for making eggnog. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Ingredients for making eggnog. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Owner Pino Sordello at the Via Rosa 11 Italian Kitchen & Market on Bainbridge Island., puts out vegetarian lasagna. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Owner Pino Sordello at the Via Rosa 11 Italian Kitchen & Market on Bainbridge Island., puts out vegetarian lasagna. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Fresh made tacos at the Mossback Restaurant in Kingston. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Fresh made tacos at the Mossback Restaurant in Kingston. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Server/Barista Jenn Kirkpatrick places freshly baked quiches into a serving dish at the Axe Handle Cafe in Kingston on Friday, January 2, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Server/Barista Jenn Kirkpatrick places freshly baked quiches into a serving dish at the Axe Handle Cafe in Kingston on Friday, January 2, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A typical breakfast of Italian coffee, and a roll in Maniago, Italy. (LARRY STEAGALL)
A typical breakfast of Italian coffee, and a roll in Maniago, Italy. (LARRY STEAGALL)
Liam Shepherdson, 3 of Port Orchard and his sister Hannah,2, enjoy an ice cream cone at Carters Chocolates in the new Port Orchard Public Market on Tuesday.The business on Bay Street is now open. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Liam Shepherdson, 3 of Port Orchard and his sister Hannah,2, enjoy an ice cream cone at Carters Chocolates in the new Port Orchard Public Market on Tuesday.The business on Bay Street is now open. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Waitress Kelsey Long serves up a few heaping plates of food at The Harbour Public House on Bainbridge Island on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
Waitress Kelsey Long serves up a few heaping plates of food at The Harbour Public House on Bainbridge Island on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
Barbie Mills serves up a plate of fish tacos to Priscilla White-Lineker during lunch hour on Friday, September 20, 2013. Priscilla has been visiting Barbie's Cafe since she moved to Seabeck seven years ago.(MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Barbie Mills serves up a plate of fish tacos to Priscilla White-Lineker during lunch hour on Friday, September 20, 2013. Priscilla has been visiting Barbie’s Cafe since she moved to Seabeck seven years ago.(MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
As sunlight streams through the open doors, a youngster carries a lemon through the Port Orchard Public Market in Port Orchard on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
As sunlight streams through the open doors, a youngster carries a lemon through the Port Orchard Public Market in Port Orchard on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
BBQ with Friends - Meegan M. Reid
BBQ with Friends – Meegan M. Reid
Because Sushi is Always a Work of Art. – Meegan M. Reid
Quinoa and Brown Rice Pilaf with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Crostinis. – Meegan M. Reid

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #85 Leading Lines “Stand-Outs”

So for this challenge I was looking for examples of Leading Lines using the following definition:

Leading lines are lines within an image that lead the viewers eye to different elements in the image or occasionally out of the image. Anything with a definite line can be a leading line: fences, roads, bridges, a row of headstones, and even a shoreline. There are also “created” leading lines which could be a staggered flock of birds flying through the sky or a group of people walking across a field.

Leading lines are a very effective compositional tool because our eyes are naturally drawn to and along lines in photographs and traveling that path can make us feel as if we’re standing within the photo itself.

One can argue that every line in a photograph leads the eye around the frame, and I find some validity in that argument but these leading lines aren’t just lines in an image, these lines have a purpose and a “movement” of sorts.

Here are my “Stand-Outs” depicting leading lines. Remember, there aren’t any winners or losers, I just pick a few photos that “stand-out” to me and ramble on about them. The following photos will be published in the Sunday, February 8, 2015 edition of the Kitsap Sun:

China Town in Downtown Singapore by Greg Leach
China Town in Downtown Singapore by Greg Leach

Greg’s colorful photo of lanterns is a perfect textbook example using leading lines. Regardless of the corner of the frame you start at, your eyes just zoom along the illuminated strands throughout the whole image.

 

That's Tall by Deena Alley
That’s Tall by Deena Alley

This scenic waterfall shot is lovely with a beautiful saturation of colors. But most importantly, those leading lines of the pathway, railings, stairs and that waterfall itself are all present and moving the eyes through the image.

Bleachers by Steve Johnson
Bleachers by Steve Johnson

I really like how the composition of this image causes the bleachers to converge at the shoes that are resting on a red shirt. And without that splash of vibrant red, those shoes would just blend in with the bleachers rendering the image less of a stand-out.

dbd641b8-022d-43eb-af65-1e5dceb6b05dWine Country by Stuart Hafer

Stuart’s shot is a nice example of leading lines using the fence section as a starting point for the eye and leading it along the curving coast and out of the frame in the opposite corner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATexas Fence Line by Dee Kamp

Roads and fences are of course the most common type of leading lines. I really like the composition of Dee’s image with the tree off center and the fence entering the frame at one corner and both fences and road disappearing in the distance.

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #85: Leading Lines ROUND 1

Okay so I feel like I need to reiterate what I’m looking for when I say Leading Lines.

“Leading lines are defined as lines within an image that lead the viewers eye to different elements in the image or occasionally out of the image. Anything with a definite line can be a leading line: fences, roads, bridges, a row of headstones, and even a shoreline. There are also “created” leading lines which could be a staggered flock of birds flying through the sky or a group of people walking across a field. Leading lines are a very effective compositional tool because our eyes are naturally drawn to and along lines  in photos and traveling that path can they make us feel as if we’re standing within the photo itself.”

These aren’t just lines in an image, these lines have a purpose and a “movement” of sorts. If you hover your mouse over the examples below, with some fancy computer coding (and I admit, a good amount of swearing because coding just doesn’t make sense to me) I have added red arrows to illustrate the exact “movement” of the lines and the photos.

Move your mouse or clicker over the photo for the red arrow magic:




The most common leading line photos are of roads, sidewalks and treelines. The Clear Creek trail leads the eye right to the trio of umbrellas in the center. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)





Notice how not only does the photo above have a definite leading line (the shore) but also a “created” leading line being the people dotting that same shore. Both lines lead the viewer’s eye from the top corner to the main subject in the bottom middle of the frame and vice versa. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)




A line on the basketball court leads right to Cubby the Mascot (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)




The railing goes from one corner of the frame and leads to the seagull feeder (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)




The counter as well as the the mixers and cupcakes all lead the eye from the left hand corner to the baker at the other side of the frame. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)

Deadline for entries is FEBRUARY 1st.
Entries may be emailed directly to mreid@kitsapsun.com or there is a handy “Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here.” link on the right side of this page.

“Stand-outs” will be chosen and published in an upcoming edition of the Kitsap Sun.

Here are just a few of the entries I’ve received thus far:
 

Leading

On The Waterfront by Stuart Hafer

Fanore,

Fanore, Co Clare by Erin Landvatter

Leading

WIne Country by Stuart Hafer

The

Autumn Express by Greg Leach

Birds

Birds on A Railing by Jack C. Harpel

China

China Town in downtown Singapore by Greg Leach

 

Road

Road to Mt. St. Helens by Dee Kamp

Texas

Texas Fence Line by Dee Kamp

Quilcene

Quilcene Bay by Joe Sullivan

by Jim Michelinie
by Jim Michelinie
Scrub Brush and Sunset by Steve Johnson
Scrub Brush and Sunset by Steve Johnson
by Kathleen Hunko
by Kathleen Hunko
by Leeanne Johnson
by Leeanne Johnson
by Jim Michelinie
by Jim Michelinie
Bridge by Mathew Niblack
Bridge by Mathew Niblack
Bleachers by Steve Johnson
Bleachers by Steve Johnson
Bargain Hunter by Steve Johnson
Bargain Hunter by Steve Johnson
Ashland Selfie by Steve Johnson
Ashland Selfie by Steve Johnson
by Jim Michelinie
by Jim Michelinie

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #85: Leading Lines

Okay this month’s photo challenge, if you choose to accept it of course, is to shoot and share a photo utilizing Leading Lines.

For those who don’t know, leading lines are defined as lines within an image that lead the viewers eye to different elements in the image or occasionally out of the image. Anything with a definite line can be a leading line: fences, roads, bridges, a row of headstones, and even a shoreline. There are also “created” leading lines which could be a staggered flock of birds flying through the sky or a group of people walking across a field.

Leading lines are a very effective compositional tool because our eyes are naturally drawn to and along lines  in photos and traveling that path can they make us feel as if we’re standing within the photo itself.

Deadline for entries is FEBRUARY 1st.

Entries may be emailed directly to mreid@kitsapsun.com or there is a handy “Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here.” link on the right side of this page.

“Stand-outs” will be chosen and published in an upcoming edition of the Kitsap Sun.

Here are some examples of leading lines at work:

A trio of pedestrians carry umbrellas as they walk along the Clear Creek Trail in Silverdale on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

The most common leading line photos are of roads, sidewalks and treelines. The Clear Creek trail leads the eye right to the trio of umbrellas in the center.  (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)
Salmon RunNotice how not only does the photo above have a definite leading line (the shore) but also a “created” leading line being the people dotting that same shore. Both lines lead the viewer’s eye from the top corner to the main subject in the bottom middle of the frame and vice versa. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)

WA HAND IN HAND

Photo by Meegan M. Reid

CK 50A line on the basketball court leads right to Cubby the Mascot (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)

leading linespostThe railing goes from one corner of the frame and leads to the seagull feeder (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)

BUS STOP

(Photo by Meegan M. Reid)GOODY COTTAGE

The counter as well as the the mixers and cupcakes all lead the eye from the left hand corner to the baker at the other side of the frame. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid) UNION RIVER FISH TRAP

The lines of the cage lead to the fish biologist. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)WA Peacocks

Double yellow line leads to the oncoming cars. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)AZ7T1764

Staggered cowboy hats meander through the frame to the rodeo action (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)

SPYGLASS HILL

Shadows lead to subject in center. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #84: Favorite Photo of 2014: STAND-OUTS

Thanks so much for sharing your favorite photos of 2014 ! As usual (and yes I realize I say this every month) it was really fun to see so many different shooting styles and subjects captured.

The act of choosing one’s favorite photo out of a whole year’s worth of images can be a tough process not only because of the number of images shot but also because photography is a very emotional medium. It seems all photographers (hobbyists and professionals alike) tend to get very attached to certain images that they have captured.

A photograph might not be composed by the theory of the Rule of Thirds, the light could be just darn right awful and maybe the focus isn’t quite tack sharp… but the sheer amount of energy one put into getting the shot or the memories of that moment captured in the frame can skyrocket the photo to the top of the “favorites” category.

Now I don’t have any emotional attachment to any of the images here, nor do I know the back story of how they were captured. So in true Photo Editor form I am choosing these based on my own photography preferences, knowledge and experience.

Remember, there are no winners or losers, I just pick a few photos and ramble on about why I like them and why they “stand-out” above the others to me.

The following photos will be published in the Kitsap Sun print edition on January 11th.

Eye by Jennifer Lee This is just a gorgeous photo! It is perfectly exposed, perfectly composed and is just brilliantly shot. Capturing the night sky can be tough as it is, but add in a subject and landscape that you need to illuminate and the difficulty rating just skyrockets. Jennifer had no problem with any of that and this is a perfect textbook example of how to capture all of those aspects of the image. And obviously, it is really cool that it looks like an eye with the silhouetted person as the pupil.
Eye by Jen Lee
This is just a gorgeous photo! It is perfectly exposed, perfectly composed and is just brilliantly shot. Capturing the night sky can be tough as it is, but add in a subject and landscape that you need to illuminate and the difficulty rating just skyrockets. This is a perfect textbook example of how to capture all of those aspects of the image. And obviously, it is really cool that it looks like an eye with the silhouetted person as the pupil.
Mother Feeding Her Child by Daniel Kuhs Being as photojournalism is my life, I am of course drawn to this candid shot of mother and son out for a meal. Daniel's perspective from inside a building, perhaps even behind glass, is captured in his composition of the photo which compliments the noodles in the air action of this cute family moment on the sidewalk.
Mother Feeding Her Child by Daniel Kuhs
Being as photojournalism is my life, I am of course drawn to this candid shot of mother and son out for a meal. Daniel’s perspective from inside a building, perhaps even behind glass, is captured in his composition of the photo which compliments the noodles in the air action of this cute family moment on the sidewalk.
Manning the Rails by Tom Wenning I love how the repetition of the sailors manning the rails seem to mimic the repetition of the skyscrapers in the background. The composition of the image is fabulous and perfectly balanced with sailors trailing off into the distance on the right side of the frame just as the row of skyscrapers trail of into the distance at almost the same point. It is a very well thought out and perfectly captured photograph.
Manning the Rails by Tom Wenning
I love how the repetition of the sailors manning the rails seem to mimic the repetition of the skyscrapers in the background. The composition of the image is fabulous and perfectly balanced with sailors trailing off into the distance on the right side of the frame just as the row of skyscrapers trail of into the distance at almost the same point. It is a very well thought out and perfectly captured photograph.
Angry Bird by Greg Leach I love the cartoonish quality of this angry looking bird but I am also sort of scared to make eye contact with the image for fear this feathered creature is going to come after me. The crisp details and strong composition really add to the great subject matter of this frame.
Angry Bird by Greg Leach
I love the cartoonish quality of this angry looking bird but I am also sort of scared to make eye contact with the image for fear this feathered creature is going to come after me. The crisp details and strong composition really add to the great subject matter of this frame.
Heartbroken by Kindra Smith Kindra captured the subject of this portrait perfectly with beautiful light that really gives the frame a moody feel.
Heartbroken by Kindra Smith
Kindra captured the subject of this portrait perfectly with beautiful light that really gives the frame a moody feel.
Manette Bridge by Sarah Freedom I like the perspective of this image with the Boat Shed and bridge on each side of the frame as well as the lighting of the whole scene by that burst of sunshine radiating through the sky.
Manette Bridge by Sarah Freedman
I like the perspective of this image with the Boat Shed and bridge on each side of the frame as well as the lighting of the whole scene by that burst of sunshine radiating through the sky.