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FRAMES: Photo Challenge Advisory

Since we are getting fewer and fewer entries every month, so few these last two months that we couldn’t publish them in the Kitsap Life section, we are suspending the feature for awhile. We will regroup, see if we can make it better and more interesting for those out there who want to participate and maybe bring it back to the awesomeness that it used to be this fall.
 
A special thanks to those die-hard shutterbugs that entered every challenge (or darn right nearly all of them) for the past 101 challenges!

FRAMES ~ Photo Challenge #101: Festival Fun

Our previous challenge of weather was a bust, as in I didn’t get enough entries that I could pick enough “stand-outs” to fill a page.

So to those who entered, I thank you and your entries were fabulous! There just weren’t enough of them. Weirdly enough I totally blame that ridiculously nice weather for “ruining” that challenge. 😉

Okay so onward we go and I post this next challenge theme every year at this time, and usually it fails (fails as in I don’t get enough entries for publication).

And gosh darn it I don’t understand why because I see plenty of people out there at these festivals snapping away with their cameras and iphones and filling the KitsapSun instagram feed with #kitsapfestivals.

Now I don’t want to have two month’s in a row of “busted” photo challenges so I have faith that this year is the year that the Festival Fun challenge will be the best one yet !!!

Since the month of May kick starts the summer of festivals,  your challenge, if you choose to accept it of course, is to show me your best photo taken from any of the festivals, events etc. happening in the next 4 weeks. Your photo MUST be taken at an upcoming “festival” OR one that just happened earlier this month (ie. Cinco de Mayo street fair). Don’t show me a blurry photo of a viking from last year (well for that matter don’t show me a blurry photo of anything…ever) I want current photos from THIS YEAR.

Also I’m using the term “festival” pretty loosely. Snap something great during a Memorial Day ceremony- yep that counts as a “festival” in my book.

There are plenty of things going on in our area and heck you don’t even have to attend any of these listed below  because I am sure there is multitude of other events going on across the water in the big city as well:

May 14th  Gig Harbor Beer Festival

May 18-22nd Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival

May 20-22nd  Poulsbo Viking Festival

May 21st Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade

May 28-29th Kitsap Harbor Festival

May 28th Gig Harbor Street Scramble

May 28th Port Orchard Seagull Calling Festival

May 30th Memorial Day

June 4-5th Port Gamble June Faire

(anything shot at an festival that already happened this month, ie. Cinco de Mayo, Star Wars Day etc. is also fair game)

So grab that camera or phone as you are heading out to watch a parade, trying on various styles of viking horns or taking the kids to ride the carnival rides.

I am using the term “festival” pretty loosely here, any type of event that has a festive feel with a lot of people attending counts as a festival to me.

DEADLINE IS MONDAY JUNE 6th!

Entries may be uploaded via the “Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here.” link over on the right hand side of this page or you may email them to me if you prefer : mreid@kitsapsun.com.

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

Here are a few from our archives from a few of the festivals listed to get you in the spirit of festival photography:

Camryn Baldwin, 5, waves a small flag as the color guard marches past to kick off the start of the Armed Forces Day Parade on 4th. Street in downtown Bremerton, Wash. on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Camryn Baldwin, 5, waves a small flag as the color guard marches past to kick off the start of the Armed Forces Day Parade on 4th. Street in downtown Bremerton, Wash. on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Members of the South Kitsap High School Wolf Battalion Naval Junior ROTC march along Pacific Avenue for the Armed Forces Day Parade in downtown Bremerton, Wash. on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Members of the South Kitsap High School Wolf Battalion Naval Junior ROTC march along Pacific Avenue for the Armed Forces Day Parade in downtown Bremerton, Wash. on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Mayor Patty Lent serves up eggs during the Bremerton Central Lions Club Pancake Breakfast prior to the Armed Forces Day Parade in downtown Bremerton, Wash. on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Mayor Patty Lent serves up eggs during the Bremerton Central Lions Club Pancake Breakfast prior to the Armed Forces Day Parade in downtown Bremerton, Wash. on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Armed Forces Day Parade in Bremerton, Wash. on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Armed Forces Day Parade in Bremerton, Wash. on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
The Poulsbo Sons of Norway Liekarringen Dancers are a blur as they twirl down the street for the annual Viking Fest Parade in Poulsbo, Wash. on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
The Poulsbo Sons of Norway Liekarringen Dancers are a blur as they twirl down the street for the annual Viking Fest Parade in Poulsbo, Wash. on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
The Husky Saxes perform at the Viking Fest Parade in Poulsbo, Wash. on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
The Husky Saxes perform at the Viking Fest Parade in Poulsbo, Wash. on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Dave Riley, of American Legion Post 149, glances up as the wind catches the American flag next to him during the Memorial Day ceremony at Ivy Green Cemetery in Bremerton, Wash. on Monday, May 25, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Dave Riley, of American Legion Post 149, glances up as the wind catches the American flag next to him during the Memorial Day ceremony at Ivy Green Cemetery in Bremerton, Wash. on Monday, May 25, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Isabelle Roe, 3, waves to a horse as she watches the annual Armed Forces Day Parade in Bremerton, Washington on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/ Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid)
Isabelle Roe, 3, waves to a horse as she watches the annual Armed Forces Day Parade in Bremerton, Washington on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/ Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid)
USS John C. Stennis Sailors march down 4th. Street for the annual Armed Forces Day Parade in Bremerton, Washington on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid)
USS John C. Stennis Sailors march down 4th. Street for the annual Armed Forces Day Parade in Bremerton, Washington on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid)
Ashley DeSalvo, 15, helps Hailey Knott, 10, with her starfish costume prior to the start of Poulsbo's Viking Festival Parade on Saturday, May 16, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
Ashley DeSalvo, 15, helps Hailey Knott, 10, with her starfish costume prior to the start of Poulsbo’s Viking Festival Parade on Saturday, May 16, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
Luchador El Sonico holds onto the rope of the ring as he puts a leg hold on his opponent Cromo at the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Bremerton on Saturday, May 3, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
Luchador El Sonico holds onto the rope of the ring as he puts a leg hold on his opponent Cromo at the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Bremerton on Saturday, May 3, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
Klahowya Secondary School drill team members Kennedy Daniels and Brenna Torno take part in the annual Armed Forces Day Parade in Bremerton, Washington on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/ Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid
Klahowya Secondary School drill team members Kennedy Daniels and Brenna Torno take part in the annual Armed Forces Day Parade in Bremerton, Washington on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/ Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid
Nobleza Folklorica dancer Mariana Corona, 8, performs at the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Bremerton on Saturday, May 3, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
Nobleza Folklorica dancer Mariana Corona, 8, performs at the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Bremerton on Saturday, May 3, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
The Kitsap Mustang Club travels down Pacific for Bremerton's Armed Forces Day Parade on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
The Kitsap Mustang Club travels down Pacific for Bremerton’s Armed Forces Day Parade on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
Dressed as Jiminy Cricket, Kaylee Smalley, 12, takes part in the Bremerton's Armed Forces Day Parade on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
Dressed as Jiminy Cricket, Kaylee Smalley, 12, takes part in the Bremerton’s Armed Forces Day Parade on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
William "Squire His Lordship Morrigan Graham" Lehman, of Manchester, dons his gear for the armed combat tournament at the June Faire in Port Gamble, Washington on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
William “Squire His Lordship Morrigan Graham” Lehman, of Manchester, dons his gear for the armed combat tournament at the June Faire in Port Gamble, Washington on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP 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)
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)
Spatting faces at the Innaugural Fathoms of Fun 5K Splat Run.
Spatting faces at the Innaugural Fathoms of Fun 5K Splat Run.
TAD SOOTER/KITSAP SUN Fathoms O’ Fun Royalty court members slip presents to the judges before taking part in the Port Orchard Seagull Calling Festival on Saturday.
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Fathoms O’ Fun Royalty court members slip presents to the judges before taking part in the Port Orchard Seagull Calling Festival on Saturday.
The Bremerton Harbor Festival classic auto show filled nearly three blocks on Pacific Avenue with vintage cars.
The Bremerton Harbor Festival classic auto show filled nearly three blocks on Pacific Avenue with vintage cars.

FRAMES ~ Photo Challenge #100 : Weather

Here in the PNW the weather keeps life interesting.

Sure it might rain for 4 months straight but you just better watch out because Mother Nature might just throw a 70 degree sunny day in the middle of that 4 month rain stretch just to keep you on your toes.

Co-photojournalist Larry Steagall and I have a love/hate relationship with the ever present need for a “weather art” for the next day’s paper.

Our conversations with our editor  usually go something like this, “Sigh, okay yes there are umbrellas outside because it is of course raining but we’ve already ran 5 umbrella shots this week… ” Or, “Alright I’ll hit every park and beach in the county AGAIN today to illustrate this so-called warm-weather you speak of I mean it’s only 50 degrees out right now but yeah I’m sure someone will be sunbathing at 10 am…”

And yes while we drag our feet, grumble and occasionally roll our eyes , we do love them deep down inside because weather art is always good art, the hunt for that photo is always fulfilling and people love the weather- I mean it is the first thing my parent’s talk about when they call me from Michigan and I’m assuming that my parents aren’t the only weather junkies out there.

Oh and let’s not forget storms! Storms of course give us great visuals from flooding to trees down to the ever present rainbow after the storm.

Okay enough rambling, your challenge this month, if you choose to except it of course, is to show me your best weather shot.

Be it an umbrella toting person, a sunbather, a tree down with power crews working among the lines – if the image tells the story about the weather at that moment/day well that is a challenge entry right there.

And don’t forget to think about the details ( galoshes, sunscreen, sunglasses, puddles, umbrellas of course, inner tubes, beach blankets, flip flops etc etc. ) as well as the overall scene of the image. Does that make sense?

Sure this challenge is open to interpretation and all “out of the box” creative interpretations and execution of images is always encouraged.

You can email your entries to mreid@kitsapsun.com or use the handy Upload Photo Challenge Pix link at the right side of this page. Please make sure your real life name is somewhere in the upload fields or in your email to me.

Remember, I ENCOURAGE you to shoot the photo in the week that the challenge is assigned but of course will begrudgingly accept photos taken earlier this year.

Deadline for photos will be Monday, May 2nd.

Those chosen as “Stand-outs” will be published in the Kitsap Sun on the following Sunday.

Here are a few photographs telling the story of “weather” from our archives to get you thinking:

Kaseem Bell, 11, floats in Wildcat Lake on a sunny and warm Monday, July 28, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Kaseem Bell, 11, floats in Wildcat Lake on a sunny and warm Monday, July 28, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Audina Michaud, 2, carries a bucket of water back to the shore for sand castle construction at Kitsap Lake Park in Bremerton on Monday, July 1, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Audina Michaud, 2, carries a bucket of water back to the shore for sand castle construction at Kitsap Lake Park in Bremerton on Monday, July 1, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Nathan Thompson, 16, and Thor Breitbarth, 16, dive into the water from the dock at Oyster Plant Park in Poulsbo, Wash. on a sunny and warm Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
Nathan Thompson, 16, and Thor Breitbarth, 16, dive into the water from the dock at Oyster Plant Park in Poulsbo, Wash. on a sunny and warm Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
A rainbow streaks across the sky as the Washington State Ferry M/V Spokane heads to Seattle from Bremerton on a stormy Saturday, March 12, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A rainbow streaks across the sky as the Washington State Ferry M/V Spokane heads to Seattle from Bremerton on a stormy Saturday, March 12, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
While wearing a festive pumpkin hat, Lillian Manuguid, 1, splashes in a mud puddle while cheering on the Kingston Cross Country team with her mother Karla during the Westside Classic Cross Country Championships at American Lake Golf Course in Lakewood, Wash. on Saturday, October 31, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
While wearing a festive pumpkin hat, Lillian Manuguid, 1, splashes in a mud puddle while cheering on the Kingston Cross Country team with her mother Karla during the Westside Classic Cross Country Championships at American Lake Golf Course in Lakewood, Wash. on Saturday, October 31, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A flock of ducks take flight as Ari Toman, 3, runs in their direction while enjoying a rainy afternoon at Lions Park in Bremerton, Wash. with his family on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A flock of ducks take flight as Ari Toman, 3, runs in their direction while enjoying a rainy afternoon at Lions Park in Bremerton, Wash. with his family on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Lt. Doug Weller, of South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, ducks underneath a large tree that had fallen and was leaning precariously on power and cable lines on F Street in Bremerton on Thursday, November 6, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Lt. Doug Weller, of South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, ducks underneath a large tree that had fallen and was leaning precariously on power and cable lines on F Street in Bremerton on Thursday, November 6, 2014. (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)
Sycamore Tree Preschool students and chaperones walk through Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton as they celebrate the last day of school with a field trip on a rainy Wednesday afternoon. MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN
Sycamore Tree Preschool students and chaperones walk through Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton as they celebrate the last day of school with a field trip on a rainy Wednesday afternoon. MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN
The 11:25 am Seattle to Bainbridge ferry passes near the end of a rainbow as it heads to Eagle Harbor on Sunday, December 11, 2011. MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN
The 11:25 am Seattle to Bainbridge ferry passes near the end of a rainbow as it heads to Eagle Harbor on Sunday, December 11, 2011. MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN
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)
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)
Bill Christman bails out the floor of his car with a drink cup while parked in Poulsbo's Anderson Parkway on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Christman was on break from work when he parked in the lot to take a nap, when he awoke and opened the door water rushed in from the flooded lot. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bill Christman bails out the floor of his car with a drink cup while parked in Poulsbo’s Anderson Parkway on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Christman was on break from work when he parked in the lot to take a nap, when he awoke and opened the door water rushed in from the flooded lot. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Juanito Dedios strolls past the mural on 4th Street in downtown Bremerton on a rainy Tuesday, December 8, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Juanito Dedios strolls past the mural on 4th Street in downtown Bremerton on a rainy Tuesday, December 8, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Kim Demko leads the way down the muddy path followed closely behind by her dog Bella (center) and Kyah , who belongs to fellow park regular Marty Burkhart, at Bremerton's Bark Park on Friday, January 22, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Kim Demko leads the way down the muddy path followed closely behind by her dog Bella (center) and Kyah , who belongs to fellow park regular Marty Burkhart, at Bremerton’s Bark Park on Friday, January 22, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
With a chain of daisies on her head, Catalina Gracier, 4, spins around while enjoying a nice day at Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The daisy chain was made by Juliana Guyt, 19, who was approached by the curious youngster as she sat among the flowers linking them together. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
With a chain of daisies on her head, Catalina Gracier, 4, spins around while enjoying a nice day at Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The daisy chain was made by Juliana Guyt, 19, who was approached by the curious youngster as she sat among the flowers linking them together. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Flowers are refracted in the raindrops collecting on the stem of another plant in Blueberry Park in Bremerton, WA on Monday, September 27, 2010. (Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun)
Flowers are refracted in the raindrops collecting on the stem of another plant in Blueberry Park in Bremerton, WA on Monday, September 27, 2010. (Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun)

FRAMES ~ Photo Challenge #99 : Reflections STAND-OUTS

 

Nice work on the Reflection challenge! As usual it was so nice to see so many different subjects and shooting styles showcased.

Finding and utilizing reflections to help tell a story is something photojournalist Larry Steagall and I use daily as we traverse the county capturing photographs for the paper.

If we are in a subject’s house, and there is a mirror on the wall or a very shiny appliance in the kitchen, you better believe we will try to use that in our photograph every time.

Of course many times the image just doesn’t work and doesn’t make our final edit but seeking out those reflections is just one of the many tools of the trade that we use as we attempt to capture dynamic “out of the box” images on a daily basis.

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

The following images will be published in the Sunday, April 10th. edition of the Kitsap Sun:

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Reflect by Eli Pantenbburg

I absolutely love this creative photographer selfie by Eli. What could have just been a ho-hum shot of a reflection of the person taking the photo was stepped up to a very visually interesting image with the help of a few angled mirrors held be a  pair of co-subjects. The photo editor in me would suggest cropping tighter on the mirror subjects and getting rid of the garbage can and light pole though.

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Ramp It Up! by Jeremy Lowe

I really like how Jeremy submitted this image upside down (he did so on purpose I promise) because truthfully there are a lot of times when a really crisp reflection image just begs to be rotated just to see if the the reflection could pass for the actual object or scene. I admit that at first glance I didn’t even realize it was upside down until I studied it closer and saw the slight ripples in the water. Rotation is a unique way of image presentation that works well for this shot.

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Untitled by Matt Evans

The details and color of this macro droplet splash image are just amazing!

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Blossom Reflection by Travis Tyler

This beautiful shot has wonderful composition with the grass running right through the middle of the frame making the whole frame just perfectly symmetrical both vertically and horizontally. I also really like how the reflection half of the image has a slightly darker mood to it because of  the  hue of clouds reflected in the water as well as how the pink of  the blossoms are lost in the silhouette.

 

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Wading Plover by Jack C. Harpel

The composition of this little wader is really nice with the rocks at the top of the frame and the rocks breaking up the reflection toward the bottom. I also think Jack is well aware that I am a giant “bird nerd” which is why he’s always finding a creative and beautiful way to photograph birds so that they fit into each month’s challenge theme…it’s as if he knows that I can’t resist “oooing” and “ahhhing” over those little feathered friends every month.

FRAMES ~ Photo Challenge #99 : Reflections

Slow news days with very few photo options have had me driving around the county a lot these past few weeks as I search for photos for the print edition.

And there are a few places I keep going back to trying to get the perfect shot, or AT LEAST an interesting shot and each one of those I keep going back to seems to be a reflection of some sort.

Now I’m not going to tell you where I have been lurking about because frankly I don’t want you to steal my photos 😉 BUT if one of you snaps the photo I’ve been stalking, well let’s just say it will be an automatic stand-out.

So your challenge, if you choose to accept it of course, is to show me your best shot utilizing a reflection.

Mirrors aren’t the only place you can find reflections, there are reflections in puddles, panes of glass, shiny table surfaces, sunglasses, your cereal spoon etc. Just look around you they are everywhere.

You can email your entries to mreid@kitsapsun.com or use the handy Upload Photo Challenge Pix link at the right side of this page. Please make sure your real life name is somewhere in the upload fields or in your email to me.

Remember, I ENCOURAGE you to shoot the photo in the week that the challenge is assigned but of course will begrudgingly accept photos taken earlier this year.

Deadline for photos will be Monday, April 4th. For real, I checked my calendar multiple times to make sure I got this challenge due date right, not like the last time, 

Those chosen as “Stand-outs” will be published in the Kitsap Sun on the following Sunday.

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

A pair of grebes paddle through the reflective waters of the Port Orchard Yacht Club in Port Orchard, Wash. on Thursday, October 22, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A pair of grebes paddle through the reflective waters of the Port Orchard Yacht Club in Port Orchard, Wash. on Thursday, October 22, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Creative director Alex Ung, center, works with Nutcracker/Prince Ira Hardy during Olympic Performance Group's, rehearsal for their upcoming "A Roaring 20's Nutcracker" on Saturday, December 6, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Creative director Alex Ung, center, works with Nutcracker/Prince Ira Hardy during Olympic Performance Group’s, rehearsal for their upcoming “A Roaring 20’s Nutcracker” on Saturday, December 6, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
An umbrella is reflected in a rain puddle at Perry and Sheridan Rds. in Bremerton on Monday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
An umbrella is reflected in a rain puddle at Perry and Sheridan Rds. in Bremerton on Monday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
The M/V Walla Walla is reflected in the window of the M/V Evergreen State's wheelhouse window as Captain Jamie Pelland, of Bainbridge Island, talks about his time aboard the ship which is docked at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility on Bainbridge Island on Thursday, January 14, 2015. . (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
The M/V Walla Walla is reflected in the window of the M/V Evergreen State’s wheelhouse window as Captain Jamie Pelland, of Bainbridge Island, talks about his time aboard the ship which is docked at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility on Bainbridge Island on Thursday, January 14, 2015. . (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
The display tables are reflected in a mirror at the Kitsap County Woodcarvers show at the West Side Improvement Club in West Bremerton. The show continues on Sunday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
The display tables are reflected in a mirror at the Kitsap County Woodcarvers show at the West Side Improvement Club in West Bremerton. The show continues on Sunday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
The wet square in front of the Haselwood Library of Olympic College in Bremerton is reflected in the windows of the building on Wednesday.. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
The wet square in front of the Haselwood Library of Olympic College in Bremerton is reflected in the windows of the building on Wednesday.. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Juliet Roske of Bremerton has her husband Rob Roske reflected in her glasses at the Bremerton BrewFest on Saturday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Juliet Roske of Bremerton has her husband Rob Roske reflected in her glasses at the Bremerton BrewFest on Saturday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Sails are reflected in the water at Liberty Bay in Poulsbo as the sun lights up the sails on the small boats. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Sails are reflected in the water at Liberty Bay in Poulsbo as the sun lights up the sails on the small boats. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Cormac Burke, 9, is reflected in a mirror as he and his mother Bridget shop at the Uptown Mercantile & Marketplace in Bremerton on Thursday, April 3, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Cormac Burke, 9, is reflected in a mirror as he and his mother Bridget shop at the Uptown Mercantile & Marketplace in Bremerton on Thursday, April 3, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
FEBRUARY 19, 2014 FILE PHOTO Members of the UFCW 21 union participate in an informational picket at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton on Wednesday. They are the pro tech health care workers who want Harrison to return to contract negations. They are reflected in the Bridgeview Building across the street. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
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Members of the UFCW 21 union participate in an informational picket at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton on Wednesday. They are the pro tech health care workers who want Harrison to return to contract negations. They are reflected in the Bridgeview Building across the street. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Gary Mason of Bremerton plays his guitar outside of Starbucks and is reflected in the windows in downtown Bremerton near the Bremerton Transportation Center on Wednesday. He is using his new guitar. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Gary Mason of Bremerton plays his guitar outside of Starbucks and is reflected in the windows in downtown Bremerton near the Bremerton Transportation Center on Wednesday. He is using his new guitar. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A crow sits atop a reflected traffic mirror at the Comfort Inn on the Bay Hotel in Port Orchard on Wednesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A crow sits atop a reflected traffic mirror at the Comfort Inn on the Bay Hotel in Port Orchard on Wednesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Cars reflect on the sunny floors in the showcase gallery at the LeMay America's Car Museum in Tacoma. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Cars reflect on the sunny floors in the showcase gallery at the LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Nelson Lanchester of Port Orchard of the Kitsap Live Steamers in reflected in the mirror which is used to see if the track is straight. Members of the club were fixing the track Friday morning which was damaged by vandals. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Nelson Lanchester of Port Orchard of the Kitsap Live Steamers in reflected in the mirror which is used to see if the track is straight. Members of the club were fixing the track Friday morning which was damaged by vandals. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
The shadow of a pedestrian adds to the jumble of reflections seen in the front window of The Nordic Maid shop in downtown Poulsbo on Thursday. MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN
The shadow of a pedestrian adds to the jumble of reflections seen in the front window of The Nordic Maid shop in downtown Poulsbo on Thursday. MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN
Kainoa Bonsell, 10, paddle boards through the reflective waters of Dogfish Bay in Keyport, Wash. on Monday August 10, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Kainoa Bonsell, 10, paddle boards through the reflective waters of Dogfish Bay in Keyport, Wash. on Monday August 10, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Larry Waggoner, of Belfair, is reflected in the mirror of a 1959 Thunderbird as he and fellow Saints Car Club members chat in the parking lot of Kitsap Bank in Port Orchard on Thursday, August 10, 2012. The Siants Car Club will be hosting the annual Cruz in Port Orchard on Sunday. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Larry Waggoner, of Belfair, is reflected in the mirror of a 1959 Thunderbird as he and fellow Saints Car Club members chat in the parking lot of Kitsap Bank in Port Orchard on Thursday, August 10, 2012. The Saints Car Club will be hosting the annual Cruz in Port Orchard on Sunday. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

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***To recap: Every month I will post a new photography “challenge” to help build on all of our current photography skills and to encourage everyone to get out and get shooting (cameras not guns). While I encourage you to shoot the challenge in the week that it is assigned, I will however accept entries taken prior to the challenge assignment date.

When you’ve got your favorite shot, login to the Kitsap Sun Your Media Site (if you don’t already have a login, you can quickly set it one up) or click the “Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge Entries” button over there on the right side of the page and upload your image to the Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge Channel (the channels run along the left hand side of the page, again if you can’t seem to get it into the channel just upload it normally and send me an email and I’ll move it).

FRAMES ~ Photo Challenge #98 : Green STAND-OUTS

Again, so so many apologies for having the wrong photo due date for this challenge. I have no idea how I got that wrong on my calendar but it happened and if you had the most amazing entry that I never got to see before the page went to press please still send it along. I’ll do a blog and FB post of the “late but not really late since Meegan really screwed up” entries.

 

The following photos will be published in the March 14th. edition of the Kitsap Sun:

Can do, in a Green Kamanu by Jack C. Harpel I really like the symmetry of the subject and the center composition of this green kayak paddler. The exposure of the image is also fabulous with perfectly saturated colors and tack-sharp focus.
Can do, in a Green Kamanu by Jack C. Harpel
I really like the symmetry of the subject and the center composition of this green kayak paddler. The exposure of the image is also fabulous with perfectly saturated colors and tack-sharp focus.
Stinkbug on a Seashell by Lacey Gibson The way the shape of the shell mimics this little green stinkbugÕs body shape is wonderful! Of course, the vibrant green details of the stinkbug really make this photo but it helps that the image also has strong composition with the use of the Òdead-spaceÓ above the bug and the shell
Stinkbug on a Seashell by Lacey Gibson
The way the shape of the shell mimics this little green stinkbugÕs body shape is wonderful! Of course, the vibrant green details of the stinkbug really make this photo but it helps that the image also has strong composition with the use of the Òdead-spaceÓ above the bug and the shell
Deep In The Forest by Bryan M. Flynn I love the overall green of this landscape shot by Bryan. Now IÕm not just talking about the green of the moss and the ferns but also the green hue of light across the whole image that happens when the light is hitting so much greenness all at once. It is a lovely landscape shot that truly screams Evergreen State.
Deep In The Forest by Bryan M. Flynn
I love the overall green of this landscape shot by Bryan. Now IÕm not just talking about the green of the moss and the ferns but also the green hue of light across the whole image that happens when the light is hitting so much greenness all at once. It is a lovely landscape shot that truly screams Evergreen State.
Green Eggs and Ham by Mathew Niblack This image cracked me upÉgreen eggs and ham, of course what a brilliant subject for a green theme! Other than the fabulous use of creativity making this a great image, I also like how un-stylized it is as a food shot. And what I mean is, one of course would not photograph a plate of green eggs and ham on fine china with a fancy table setting with multiple light sources because Sam-I-Am would not be serving them up that way. Green eggs and ham frankly stands alone in a photo on a standard plate with a standard napkin. Mathew captured this subject wonderfully.
Green Eggs and Ham by Mathew Niblack
This image cracked me upÉgreen eggs and ham, of course what a brilliant subject for a green theme! Other than the fabulous use of creativity making this a great image, I also like how un-stylized it is as a food shot. And what I mean is, one of course would not photograph a plate of green eggs and ham on fine china with a fancy table setting with multiple light sources because Sam-I-Am would not be serving them up that way. Green eggs and ham frankly stands alone in a photo on a standard plate with a standard napkin. Mathew captured this subject wonderfully.

 

FRAMES ~ Photo Challenge #98 : Green

Alright this challenge should be quite easy and very open to interpretation.

That’s right in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day next month, your challenge, if you choose to accept it of course, is to show my your best photograph capturing “Green”.

Yes we live in the EverGREEN State and yes plants, trees, grass and moss are green. But if you are going to show me a picture of those things you better make it the best photo of trees/moss/leaves I have seen in a while.

The object of these challenges is to get people out there being creative and giving them a chance to showcase their photography while building onto their existing photo skills. So get creative, don’t just scroll through the images you’ve taken of trees in the last four years on your phone and enter one of those- get out there and make some new photographs.

Be creative! The only “rule” you have to follow is that green must make a somewhat major part of or a key point of focus in you image.

And yes even green an be interpreted in other ways besides just the color, I’m of course looking for the color here but who am I to impede on someone’s creativity and out-of-the-box thinking?

Deadline for images will be Monday, March 14th.

Feel free to email me your entries (mreid@kitsapsun.con) or you can upload them to the Upload Photo Challenge Pix link to the right of this page.

I encourage you to shoot your challenge entry during the time frame that it is posted but I will accept older photos (begrudgingly).

Stand-outs will be chosen and published in the Kitsap Sun.

Here are some examples of Green from my archives:

A tree frog rests among a clump of thyme in a garden in Brownsville on Thursday, August 27, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A tree frog rests among a clump of thyme in a garden in Brownsville on Thursday, August 27, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Baeven Hoit, 9, wears a rhubarb leaf on her head as she wanders around Poulsbo's Rabb Park Youth Garden during the "Worms in Our Garden" activity on Monday. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
Baeven Hoit, 9, wears a rhubarb leaf on her head as she wanders around Poulsbo’s Rabb Park Youth Garden during the “Worms in Our Garden” activity on Monday. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
Cool Car Cruise In in Bremerton on Tuesday. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
Cool Car Cruise In in Bremerton on Tuesday. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP 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)
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)
A woman makes her way past the Japanese Gardens during Thursday's Fourth Annual Garden Party at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge. MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN
A woman makes her way past the Japanese Gardens during Thursday’s Fourth Annual Garden Party at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge. MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN
Heather Kennedy, of Bremerton, touches up her Seahawk makeup in the bathroom of the ferry as she heads to the game on Sunday. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
Heather Kennedy, of Bremerton, touches up her Seahawk makeup in the bathroom of the ferry as she heads to the game on Sunday. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
Alexander Nemechik adjusts his ghillie suit as he prepares to take his position aboard the USS Turner Joy for the Haunted Ship Tormented Tales: Island of Dolls tours on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Alexander Nemechik adjusts his ghillie suit as he prepares to take his position aboard the USS Turner Joy for the Haunted Ship Tormented Tales: Island of Dolls tours on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A green lacewing clings to the petal of a poppy in the Raab Park Children's Garden in Poulsbo, Wash. on Friday, July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid)
A green lacewing clings to the petal of a poppy in the Raab Park Children’s Garden in Poulsbo, Wash. on Friday, July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid)

FRAMES ~ Photo Challenge #97 : Portrait STAND-OUTS

 

Usually choosing stand-outs for these challenges takes a lot of time because of the sheer volume of images that are sent in and have to be scrutinized…but that was not the case for this portrait challenge.

Which is fine because I knew when I posted this challenge that it would not be very popular because every year I try to get people excited about taking pictures of people and every year I fail.

Photographing people is tough. It can be uncomfortable for both the photographer and the subject. Plus, the majority of people in this world seem to not like getting their picture taken. I am of course basing this assumption on my day-to-day photojournalist life of hearing people say, “I hate having my picture taken!”

That being said, and extra big “thank you” goes out to those who tried their hands at portraits this time around. I really enjoyed seeing the different subject’s you captured and the different shooting styles.

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 February 14th.

Skagit

Skagit River Eagle Guide by Jack C. Harpel

While I wish I could see a bit more of this subject’s environment (ie river or boat) to add to the context of the image, I still think it is a lovely shot and what is shown tells the story of the subject just fine. I also enjoy the slightly off-center composition of the colorfully clad guide and how he’s looking out of the frame.

 

Bob"
Bob by Shawna Whelan
Every subject of a portrait has a story and “good” portraits either answer all the viewer’s questions about the subject right there in that frame and/or in that one frame make the viewer want to know more about the subject. With the absence of color and the dramatic lighting with the glints of that light source in the eyes, this image makes me want to know Bob’s story.
Northwest Singer Heather Wood
Northwest Singer Heather Wood by Steve Johnson
The composition of this photo and how the subject matter fills almost the whole frame is outstanding. Also, the image just flows so nicely with the singer’s hands along the curves of the instrument.
Angel

Angel Abby by Emily Holt

This photo really drives home the point that all you need for a nice portrait is some nice light, a willing subject, strong composition and the ability to wrangle those three things neatly into one frame.  Emily showcased this subject just beautifully.

FRAMES ~ Photo Challenge #97 : Portrait

These last few challenges have just been chock full of animals, landscapes, sunsets and inanimate objects.

Come on people show me some…well people! 😉

So this next challenge is people-oriented, though you do have a little bit of wiggle room to get around the need for a human in your frame since i guess you could take a portrait of your dog…but I’m really preferring portraits of human beings for this one but I don’t want to quash your creativity…so you photograph whatever is in your heart…just make it human beings.

Here’s the thing, I’m using the term “portrait” very loosely here. This doesn’t have to be a head and shoulders standard portrait (but can be if you so wish). This can be any photo of a person, posed or unposed but the subject must (and this is the most important part hence the bold text and the bright color) be aware that you are there focusing your camera on them and only them.

Most people become uncomfortable and self conscious when they are aware the camera is focusing on them. That fact in itself changes the whole dynamic of a photo. I much prefer to shoot candids over portraits because the fact that the subject is very aware that I am focusing on them and when they seem uncomfortable and self-conscious that in turn makes me uncomfortable and self-conscious and then it is just an endless cycle of uncomfortable self-consciousness that is just plain awkward.

So choose your subject and choose your environment and get to work. Feel free to pose your subject or showcase that nonchalant “I know you’re there but I’m pretending that you aren’t there clicking away” moment.

Pay attention to your backgrounds (they can make or break a great portrait) and the lighting of your subject( be it natural light or flash).

 

Heck maybe even go for an environmental portrait which is defined as: a picture of a person executed in the subject’s usual environment, such as in their home or workplace, and typically illuminates the subject’s life, surroundings and or passions.

Photographing a person in their natural surroundings enables a photographer to better catch a glimpse of their character or personality by also surrounding them with their life, work or passion, be it table full of baked goods or their garage full of classic cars.

 

 

Deadline for entries will be February  5th.  Feel free to email me your entries (mreid@kitsapsun.con) if you have a hard time uploading them to the Upload Photo Challenge Pix link to the right of this page.

I encourage you to shoot your challenge entry during the time frame that it is posted but I will accept older photos (begrudgingly).

Stand-outs will be chosen and published in the Kitsap Sun.

Here are some examples of posed portraits from our archives:

New South Kitsap High School football coach Gavin Kralik is trying to rebuild a contender. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
New South Kitsap High School football coach Gavin Kralik is trying to rebuild a contender. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Gabe Rees (left) and Kevin Dahl are reflected in a mirror at Dahl Glass in Poulsbo on Thursday. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Gabe Rees (left) and Kevin Dahl are reflected in a mirror at Dahl Glass in Poulsbo on Thursday. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

 

Darren Gray of Bainbridge Island is going to compete in a team triathlon on Lake Michigan in Chicago. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Darren Gray of Bainbridge Island is going to compete in a team triathlon on Lake Michigan in Chicago. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

WSG PORT

Gary Kanekkeberg, a 75-year-old lifelong South Kitsap guy who has 16 classic cars in the garage at his house. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Gazzam Lake

Marty Simpson and Tara Prendergast at their Broken Ground Farm in Eglon on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

 

american pickers

Verne Christopher inside one of his out buildings that is full of old cars, and military vehicles.  He was one of two local’s to be featured on the History Channel hit show American Pickers. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

WSG PORT

Gary Kanekkeberg, a 75-year-old lifelong South Kitsap guy who has 16 classic cars in the garage at his house. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Rachel Soule, of Poulsbo, was an extra in UK pop artist Cheri Moon’s “One Crazy Summer” video which was filmed at Skateland in Bremerton. (Meegan M. Reid |  Kitsap Sun)

South Kitsap’s Joe rose is headed for the class 4A state tournament next month. (Steve Zugschwerdt | For the Kitsap Sun)

 

Norma Davis, 90, has vivid memories of the time she was stationed in Honolulu with her Navy husband George Davis.  (LARRY STEAGALL  |  KITSAP SUN)

Here are some examples of un-posed portraits:

Bremerton firefighter Dave Wallace moves through the apparatus bay of Bremerton Fire Station no. 3 as he and crew members work through a drill on Monday, July 13, 2015. The Bremerton Fire Department will be seeking a voter-approved levy for funds to update vehicles, equipment and stations in November. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bremerton firefighter Dave Wallace moves through the apparatus bay of Bremerton Fire Station no. 3 as he and crew members work through a drill on Monday, July 13, 2015. The Bremerton Fire Department will be seeking a voter-approved levy for funds to update vehicles, equipment and stations in November. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bartender Milo Goodrich mixes up a pair of margaritas at Paella Bar in Poulsbo on Monday, November 16, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bartender Milo Goodrich mixes up a pair of margaritas at Paella Bar in Poulsbo on Monday, November 16, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Hi-Joy Bowl in Port Orchard regular bowler Bob Smith of Port Orchard goes through his pre-roll ritual on Tuesday. The bowing alley is under new ownership. He comes to bowl four times a week. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Hi-Joy Bowl in Port Orchard regular bowler Bob Smith of Port Orchard goes through his pre-roll ritual on Tuesday. The bowing alley is under new ownership. He comes to bowl four times a week. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Olympic College in Bremerton students Mohamed Morshed, (left) and Loai Alfarran, study in the Haselwood Library on campus. The are from war torn Yemen. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Olympic College in Bremerton students Mohamed Morshed, (left) and Loai Alfarran, study in the Haselwood Library on campus. The are from war torn Yemen. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Vendor Arleen Eagan of Tahuya sets up her fiber art display at PresidentÕs Hall at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Thursday. She is at the Kitsap QuilterÕs 29th annual Quilt Show. More than 200 quilts are on display. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Vendor Arleen Eagan of Tahuya sets up her fiber art display at PresidentÕs Hall at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Thursday. She is at the Kitsap QuilterÕs 29th annual Quilt Show. More than 200 quilts are on display. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Leslie Gaschler operates a mobile clothing boutique out of a truck in Port Orchard. Her business is called the Dressing Vroom. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Leslie Gaschler operates a mobile clothing boutique out of a truck in Port Orchard. Her business is called the Dressing Vroom. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

Emily Moshay

 

Employer Spotlight David Wade Woodworking

David Buchanan, of David Wade Woodworking, prepares a cabinet door for gluing at his shop in Poulsbo on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

HAIR-RAISING COMPETITION

Aarne Bielefeldt from California gets close to the judges at the North American Beard and Mustache Championships at the Bremerton Elks Lodge to show his curled whiskers on Saturday. He scored a perfect score and won first place in the freestyle category. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Monicas Bakery

Monica Downen, owner and operator of Monica’s Waterfront Bakery & Café, gets a cookie for a customer at her establishment in Old Town Silverdale on Thursday, February 2, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

Seen through the window of Cornerstone Coffee in Bremerton, Ed Cain talks about when he was a 21-year-old reporter who rushed to Dallas after the Kennedy assassination and was one of the last reporters to see Lee Harvey Oswald alive. (MEEGAN M. REID |  KITSAP SUN)

Point No Point

Jeff Gales is refracted in the fresnel lens as he talks about the restoration of the Point No Point lighthouse in Hansville on Wednesday, May 09, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

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FRAMES ~ Photo Challenge #96 Your Favorite Photo of 2015 STAND-OUTS

Thanks so much for sharing your favorite photos of 2015 !

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. But truly that really is my FAVORITE part of these challenges!

The whole process of choosing one’s “favorite” photo out of a whole year’s worth of images can be a arduous process not only because of the number of images shot in a whole year 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 in the best way, 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 6 photos will be published in the Kitsap Sun print edition on January 10th.

***I’m also including a sampling of other images entered at the bottom of this post***

Polar Pioneer Is Greeted at Point No Point by Bob Rosenbladt This is a fantastic news image of the Polar Pioneer moving past a pair of sea lions. The sea lion with it's mouth open makes one think he could be protesting the big rig as it slowly moves through its backyard. Also one of the biggest worries of the Polar Pioneer is its effect on wildlife, so a photograph showcasing just this, a pair of marine mammals and the behemoth oil rig really drives home what could be at stake. This image just tells the story perfectly.
Polar Pioneer Is Greeted at Point No Point by Bob Rosenbladt
This is a fantastic news image of the Polar Pioneer moving past a pair of sea lions. The sea lion with it’s mouth open makes one think it could be protesting the big rig as it slowly moves through its backyard. Also one of the biggest worries of the Polar Pioneer is its effect on wildlife, so a photograph showcasing just this, a pair of marine mammals and the behemoth oil rig really drives home what could be at stake. This image just tells the story perfectly.
Cool Pink Flower by Kent Ferris Here's a secret, I am not a fan of pictures of flowers. I don't hate them or anything, it just seems they are the easiest and most common subject matter and I get really bored of them. That being said (or more like confessed) I have a great appreciation for photos that show flowers in an interesting or unique point of view. This shot of Kent's is just beautiful. Would I still have an appreciation for it without the added post-process texture? The frame does have have a lovely composition with the brilliant pink bloom in the corner but the added texture giving it the painterly effect and taking away the cluttered background really makes the photo stand-out.
Cool Pink Flower by Kent Ferris
Here’s a secret, I am not a fan of pictures of flowers. I don’t hate them or anything, it just seems they are the easiest and most common subject matter and I get really bored of them. That being said (or more like confessed) I have a great appreciation for photos that show flowers in an interesting or unique point of view. This shot of Kent’s is just beautiful. Would I still have an appreciation for it without the added post-process texture? The frame does have have a lovely composition with the brilliant pink bloom in the corner but the added texture giving it the painterly effect and taking away the cluttered background really makes the photo stand-out.

 

Grasshopper in the Flowers by Eli Owens The saturated colors are lovely as well as complementary in this beautiful image. I also really like the composition of the grasshopper perched on the stem with that pink fower in the background helping to lead the viewer's eye right to it. Oh and the light! Let's not forget the most important aspect of photography: light. The lighting in this image is just perfect.
Grasshopper in the Flowers by Eli Owens
The saturated colors are lovely as well as complementary in this beautiful image. I also really like the composition of the grasshopper perched on the stem with that pink fower in the background helping to lead the viewer’s eye right to it. Oh and the light! Let’s not forget the most important aspect of photography: light. The lighting in this image is just perfect.
Water Walker by Joe Kunesh I really enjoy the frozen action of this great blue heron as it tiptoes through/ on the water. It is an excellent wildlife shot.
Water Walker by Joe Kunesh
I really enjoy the frozen action of this great blue heron as it tiptoes through the water. It is an excellent wildlife shot.
Fedora by Gregory Zink Who's hat is this? Do you think they a young hipster or a very dapper older gentleman? Why did they leave it on a concrete bench? Did a bird a steal it from their head and just drop it there? This is a frame full of questions and I think that is just great . Besides the intrigue of the frame, I like the composition with the hat placed in the center and how Gregory captured the soft texture of the hat.
Fedora by Gregory Zink
Who’s hat is this? Do you think they a young hipster or a very dapper older gentleman? Why did they leave it on a concrete bench? Did a bird a steal it from their head and just drop it there? This is a frame full of questions and I think that is just great . Besides the intrigue of the frame, I like the composition with the hat placed in the center and how Gregory captured the soft texture of the hat.
Forest Fire Sunset by Scott Turchin Of course I received a bunch of sunset photographs for this challenge, I mean we live in a GREAT location for pretty sunsets. This shot by Scott was my favorite of the sunset bunch this time around. The smokey haze in the sky combined with the layers of trees and mountains just makes a beautiful scene.
Forest Fire Sunset by Scott Turchin
Of course I received a bunch of sunset photographs for this challenge, I mean we live in a GREAT location for pretty sunsets. This shot by Scott was my favorite of the sunset bunch this time around. The smokey haze in the sky combined with the layers of trees and mountains just makes a beautiful scene.

 

 

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Here are a few more of the entries for your viewing pleasure… I stress FEW because there were way too many to post them all.

Auroras by NWPixelChick
Auroras by NWPixelChick
Big Beef Creek Eagles by Don Bergman
Big Beef Creek Eagles by
Don Bergman
Marina Rainbows by Jaime Forsyth
Marina Rainbows by
Jaime Forsyth
Tourism Washington by Don Bergman
Tourism Washington
by Don Bergman
June Bugs enjoying Spring. - Eli Owens
June Bugs enjoying Spring.
– Eli Owens
January Shoreline by Steve Johnson
January Shoreline by Steve Johnson
Monarch butterflies feeding together. by Eli Owens
Monarch butterflies feeding together.
by Eli Owens
Costco by Kent Ferris
Costco by Kent Ferris
Needs More Sugar by Steve Johnson
Needs More Sugar by Steve Johnson
Barn Owl in the rafters. by Eli Owens
Barn Owl in the rafters.
by Eli Owens
By Gidget Lincoln
By Gidget Lincoln
Young Raccoon in the Moonlight. - Eli Owens
Young Raccoon in the Moonlight.
– Eli Owens
topTop Of The Morning by Jonathan Fogelman
"The
The Man Upstairs by Weekendadventure
Ginger"
Ginger by Jonathan Fogelman
Sunset
Sunset Silhouette by Kyle Nielsen
Winter's
Winter’s Walk by Kyle Nielsen
Super
Super Moon by Scott Turchin
Rainbows
Rainbows Over Bremerton by Jaime Forsythe
Trails"
Trails by Randy Toop
Bremerton
Bremerton Harborside Marina by Jaime Forsythe
Apocalypse
Apocalypse Hits Gasworks Park by Kent Ferris
Three
Three Boys by Steve Turnier
Dandelion"
Dandelion by Taelyn Blanton
Rooted"
Rooted by Amos Hudson
Sunrise
Sunrise Over The Bus Stop by Sophie Clifton
Mushrooms"
Mushrooms by Jack Butler
Sunset"
Sunset by Joe Kunesh
Fall"
Fall by Gracie Baze
CrossingCrossing The Stream by Lacey Gibson
Bee
Bee Close by Daylon Martin
Snowy
Snowy On the Head by Taelyn Blanton
At
At Home In The Creek by E. Faithe Lester
Over
Over The Shoulder by Jack C. Harpel
Serene
Serene Reflections by Shawna Wheelan
House
House Fire by Shawna Wheelan
Solitude"
Solitude by Christi Hunt
November
November Sunset by Kent Ferris
 Lift-off!"
Lift-Off by Dorothy Rosenbladt
Point
Point Defiance Jellies by Dorothy Rosenbladt
Playing
Playing Catch by BOb Rosenbladt
Paddleboarder
Paddelboarder vs. Nimitz by Bob Rosenbaldt