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FRAMES: Photo Challenge #82: Autumn ROUND 1

Oh my, the leaves are falling fast and thankfully the Autumn themed challenge photos are being entered just as fast!

Deadline is still NOVEMBER 3rd! and a recap of the challenge is located HERE. 

Here are a FEW (I’m stressing a few, I’m not going to post every single entry because there are oodles of them) entries thus far:

Stand

Stand Alone by Gregory Leach

The

The Honesty of Fall by Barbara Erickson

 

Bumpy
Bumpy Pumpkins by Patty Marz

 

Bird

Bird Bliss by Marta

Shrooms"

Shrooms by Richard Miles

 

Pumpkin
Pumpkin patch by Greg Leach
Olympia
Olympia Pier by Greg Leach
Charley
Charley Along The Olympic Bike Trail by Greg Leach
Circumzenithal Arc above Autumn Maple by Eli Owens
Circumzenithal Arc above Autumn Maple by Eli Owens
by Julie Musgrove
by Julie Musgrove
by Jessica Ormond
by Jessica Ormond
Fall in Poulsbo by Mary Moff Saurdiff
Fall in Poulsbo by Mary Moff Saurdiff
by Julie Musgrove
by Julie Musgrove
by Elisabeth Redmon
by Elisabeth Redmon
by Michelle Kennedy
by Michelle Kennedy
Pumpkins for Sale by Mary Moff Saurdiff
Pumpkins for Sale by Mary Moff Saurdiff
by Elisabeth Redmon
by Elisabeth Redmon

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #82: Autumn

Larry has already gone on his annual excursion up to Port Gamble to photograph the changing leaves. Even though every year he swears he is “not going to shoot it again”… yet he just can’t help himself and every year there he is, wandering through downtown Port Gamble shooting leaf photos.

Which of course means it is time for the annual Autumn themed photo challenge.

So your challenge, if you choose to accept it of course, is to show me your best photo depicting Autumn. You can interpret the theme of Autumn however you wish. If Autumn to you is a pile of giant pink and orange leaves with a rake sweeping them up, then snap it. Maybe a still life of the gads of gourds on display at the farmer’s market really screams the autumnal season to you, if so shoot it. Then again maybe to you Autumn is all about the fun of fall sports and brilliantly colorful Halloween costumes, if so then capture a few shots of those as well.

Deadline for this challenge is November 3rd.

You may email your entries to me: mreid@kitsapsun.com or use the handy “Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here” link on the right side of this page. Photos chosen as “Stand-Outs” will  be published in an upcoming edition of the Kitsap Sun. If you do use the uploader on the right of the page, please be sure your real life name is somewhere on the upload form.

As a recap, these photo challenges were started to give local shutterbugs to share their work, perhaps get published in the paper, maybe learn some photo tips and tricks and most of all to encourage people to get out there with their cameras (or iPhones) and have some fun taking photos.

As usual, here are a few from our archives to get you thinking about Autumn:

Gads of Gourds by Meegan M. Reid
Glorious Gourds by Meegan M. Reid
A leaf twists in the breeze as it hangs from the thread of a spider web on Bainbridge Island on Thursday. (MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN)
A leaf twists in the breeze as it hangs from the thread of a spider web on Bainbridge Island on Thursday. (MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN)
Gunnar Orr, 6, of Manette, helps his neighbor rake his colorful maple leaves up. He said he can't wait until their is a pile to jump in. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Gunnar Orr, 6, of Manette, helps his neighbor rake his colorful maple leaves up. He said he can’t wait until their is a pile to jump in. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

WA Leaves

Erynn Jensen,9,left, tries to dodge the dry leaves that her neighbor Robert Schauger,13, tosses at her. They are playing under a big tree losing it's leaves at 11th and Ohio in Bremerton. Jensen, and Schauger take pride in raking the leaves up and making neat piles after playing in them. (LARRY STEAGALL | KITSAP SUN)
Erynn Jensen,9,left, tries to dodge the dry leaves that her neighbor Robert Schauger,13, tosses at her. They are playing under a big tree losing it’s leaves at 11th and Ohio in Bremerton. Jensen, and Schauger take pride in raking the leaves up and making neat piles after playing in them. (LARRY STEAGALL | KITSAP SUN)
Fred Steinman of Poulsbo sits behind a new shipment of pumpkins outside with friends at the Central Market in Poulsbo. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Fred Steinman of Poulsbo sits behind a new shipment of pumpkins outside with friends at the Central Market in Poulsbo. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Dressed as a robot, Seth Chadwick, 5, holds his uncle Donald's hand as they cross Pacific Ave. during Downtown Bremerton's 17th Annual Safe Trick of Treat on Thursday, October 31, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Dressed as a robot, Seth Chadwick, 5, holds his uncle Donald’s hand as they cross Pacific Ave. during Downtown Bremerton’s 17th Annual Safe Trick of Treat on Thursday, October 31, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Pope Resources lead landscaper Lonnie Hyde cleans up the fallen leaves in Port Gamble. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Pope Resources lead landscaper Lonnie Hyde cleans up the fallen leaves in Port Gamble. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Dressed as Pumpkeleton from My Singing Monsters, Ben Burge, 7, walks along the sidewalk while trick or treating with his siblings Sam and Saria during tDowntown Bremerton's 17th Annual Safe Trick of Treat on Thursday, October 31, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Dressed as Pumpkeleton from My Singing Monsters, Ben Burge, 7, walks along the sidewalk while trick or treating with his siblings Sam and Saria during tDowntown Bremerton’s 17th Annual Safe Trick of Treat on Thursday, October 31, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Lisa and Taylor Nystrom pause for a photo on 4th street during Downtown Bremerton's 17th Annual Safe Trick of Treat on Thursday, October 31, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Lisa and Taylor Nystrom pause for a photo on 4th street during Downtown Bremerton’s 17th Annual Safe Trick of Treat on Thursday, October 31, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Debbie Short from Whidbey Island takes photos of the pumpkins on the railings of the Estes & Ava Crouse house built in 1903 in Port Gamble. She said Port Gamble is her favorite town in the fall. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Debbie Short from Whidbey Island takes photos of the pumpkins on the railings of the Estes & Ava Crouse house built in 1903 in Port Gamble. She said Port Gamble is her favorite town in the fall. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Zombie's dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller during Downtown Bremerton's 17th Annual Safe Trick of Treat on Thursday, October 31, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Zombie’s dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller during Downtown Bremerton’s 17th Annual Safe Trick of Treat on Thursday, October 31, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Jacob Delaney, 3, of Poulsbo, attempts to pull his pumpkin laden wagon through the field at Pheasant Fields Farm in Silverdale on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Jacob Delaney, 3, of Poulsbo, attempts to pull his pumpkin laden wagon through the field at Pheasant Fields Farm in Silverdale on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #81: Wildlife STAND-OUTS

I absolutely love the variety of wildlife that was captured for this challenge. There were lots of shots of those of the feathered variety of course but a few woodland dwellers, seashore inhabitants and amphibians got thrown into the mix as well which was great!

As always, seeing the different shooting styles of all you fellow photographers out there and getting the chance to see photos from those who are passionate about wildlife photography is really fun as well as inspiring. We are so very lucky to live in such a great area with such an abundance of creatures around to capture with our cameras.

This was a tough challenge to choose “stand-outs” for since there were so many entries of just fantastic photos. While I usually only pick six stand-outs, I went with eight shots this time because well, I just couldn’t decide. I will try to get all eight images published in the Sunday, October 12th. issue of the Kitsap Sun but being as I am not the one who designs or books pages, I cannot guarantee all eight will make it into print, and if one or two doesn’t make it, I do apologize for that.

Remember there aren’t any “winners” or “losers”, I just pick a few photos and ramble on about why I like them and why they stood-out among the rest.

Here are my stand-outs:

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Nap Time by Jack C. Harpel

The colors and sharpness of this shot are just fantastic! I also love the body language of these cute seals relaxing in the sunshine, yet I can’t help but think that the seal on the left could maybe use a little bit of sunscreen. ;)

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I am a fan of animals appearing to mimic humans and this little raccoon has that coy over-the-shoulder look like so many portraits of people have. Kudos to Michael for capturing this cute moment.

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Greg not only captured the beauty of this eagle just perfectly, he also captured the eagle’s habitat  just as perfectly. While a close-up photo of just an eagle is fine, seeing it at “home” on a driftwood perch among the rocks along the shore with snow-capped mountains in the background makes this image just an all-around fabulous wildlife photo.

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Crash and Burn: Baby Squirrel Rests After Strenuous Climb by Bobby Davis

Awwwwww look at this little darling! It is not often that one gets to look down at a baby squirrel resting in the grass and that fact (along with the cuteness factor of course) is why this image gets a “stand-out” designation.

by Steve Swanson American Goldfinch
by Steve Swanson

I love the composition of this image and how the branch goes diagonally across the frame. The whole scene is just lovely with the vibrant yellow of the goldfinch, the small seed just peeking out of his beak and the raindrops on the leaves.

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Bullhead-It’s What’s for Dinner by Jerry Harless

I really like how the viewer can instantly tell what this photo is without even reading the title. Yep that is definitely a bullhead and it is definitely about to become dinner. This photo captures the fantastic action of the flight of this osprey and bullhead which is just a treat to see.

Elk Herd by Noelle Morris
Elk Herd by Noelle Morris

I love the feel or mood of this photo as a herd of elk graze in the grass. Also the extreme horizontal crop is great with the herd in the middle with an equal amount of trees and grass in the top and bottom of the frame

Mr. Toad by Eli Owens
Mr. Toad by Eli Owens

The textures and colors of the toad’s skin and eye that are captured in this frame are just beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #81: Wildlife Round 3 (Challenge Closed)

Alright this wildlife challenge is now closed. Nice job everyone, I will start scrutinizing and have the stand-outs posted tomorrow.

(to those who entered bugs/insects…I am not considering them wildlife…but hold onto them, because there will most liekly be a macro/bug challenge in the future)

Until then, here are a few of the last entries that filtered in:

Fish Needle by Noelle Morris
Fish Needle by Noelle Morris
Soaking Sunshine by Deena Alley
Soaking Sunshine by Deena Alley
Keen Eyes by Deena Alley
Keen Eyes by Deena Alley
Brunch by Deena Alley
Brunch by Deena Alley
Summer Parade by Deena Alley
Summer Parade by Deena Alley
Summer Hops by Deena Alley
Summer Hops by Deena Alley
Soaring Glory by Deena Alley
Soaring Glory by Deena Alley
Nap Time by Jack C. Harpel
Nap Time by Jack C. Harpel
Scratching That Itch by Jack C. Harpel
Scratching That Itch by Jack C. Harpel

 

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #81: Wildlife ROUND 2

Our Wildife Photo challenge is in full swing…well on the downward swing I guess since Monday, October 6th. is your deadline to get me your best shot under the wildlife theme.

Recap of rules regulations etc. is located HERE.

If you are having trouble with the “Upload Challenge Pix” link on the right hand side (the site seems pretty finicky lately), do not hesitate to just email me your photos instead or just if you prefer that method: mreid@kitsapsun.com

Here are just a few of our latest wildlife entries:

by Steve Swanson
by Steve Swanson
Buck and the Daisies by Eli Owens
Buck and the Daisies by Eli Owens
Elk Herd by Noelle Morris
Elk Herd by Noelle Morris
Lavender Lizard by Eli Owens
Lavender Lizard by Eli Owens
by Steve Swanson
by Steve Swanson
by Steve Swanson
by Steve Swanson
by Steve Swanson
by Steve Swanson
by Steve Swanson
by Steve Swanson
by Steve Swanson
by Steve Swanson
Lithia Park Deer by Steve Johnson
Lithia Park Deer by Steve Johnson
by Steve Swanson
by Steve Swanson
Elk Herd by Noelle Morris
Elk Herd by Noelle Morris
Elk Herd by Noelle Morris
Elk Herd by Noelle Morris
Baby Deers by Noelle Morris
Baby Deers
by Noelle Morris
Mr. Toad by Eli Owens
Mr. Toad by Eli Owens

Bullhead

Bullhead-It’s What’s for Dinner by Jerry Harless

Seahawk

Seahawk On The Hunt by Jerry Harless

Three's

Threes A Crowd by Jerry Harless

What

Frog and Saw by John Haydon

Looking

Looking For Lunch by John Haydon

Frog

Frog In The Boo by John Haydon

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #81: Wildlife ROUND 1

Our wildlife challenge is in full swing!

Deadline is still October 3rd and a recap of the challenge and its rules and regulations is located HERE.

Here are a FEW of the entries this far:

Heron and Eagle by Noelle Morris
Heron and Eagle
by Noelle Morris
Barred Owl by Ed Palm
Barred Owl
by Ed Palm

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Great Blue Heron at Silverdale Waterfront Park by Greg Leach

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Juvenile Bald Eagle by Greg Leach

 

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Baby Duckling by Greg Leach

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Moose by Greg Leach

 

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Crane In Hand by Stephanie Craig

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Doe’s Day Out by Bobby Davis

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Peek A Boo by Bobby Davis

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Crash and Burn (Baby squirrel rests after strenuous climb) by Bobby Davis

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Tree Bound Grey Heron by Mark Zealor

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Barred Owl sitting on the shore of Mission Creek at Belfair State Park by Cory Monson

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Duck Dinner by Tara-Marie Buckley

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Mom and Baby by Tara-Marie Buckley

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Doe and Sunset by Tara-Marie Buckley

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Peek A Boo by Jim Michelinie

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Breakfast At The Feeder by Jim Michelinie

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Curious Raccoon by Michael Hrynio

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #81: Wildlife

I didn’t get enough entries for the #80 Fair challenge, so alas I can’t pick any stand-outs nor can I fill a page in Sunday’s paper.

A big shout-out to those who took the time to enter, your shots were lovely and thank you for taking the time to enter and my apologies if it now seems for nothing since they aren’t being showcased.

This is the second busted challenge of late so we need to get revved up and get back on track so it is a good thing that it is  time for the annual WILDLIFE challenge.

This challenge theme always nets the most entries and quite frankly the strongest and most interesting of photos. This challenge is also really tough to choose stand-outs because we have some amazing wildlife photographers in our midst so I am giddy with excitement to see what is entered.

There is a wide variety of nature right outside of our doors. To prove that, here’s a top secret newsroom tidbit: if you see a photo in the paper of a critter or bird, and the cutline/caption beneath the image has the following phrase in it: “…in a yard/tree/field near Brownsville” that almost always means I shot the photo at my house. And if that amount of wildlife is hanging out at my house then goodness I bet there are others out there who have country bear jamborees going on, on their patios.

Grab your camera (film, digital or even a simple iPhone) and get outside and show me what you see; be it birds, creatures with fur or those slimy snakes and toads hiding in the mud. Maybe you’ve recently been on a whirlwind vacation to Yellowstone this summer and shot a bazillion photos of bison wandering around doing their bison thing, if so show me the best bison of the bunch.

 

“Stand-Outs” be published in the October 12th edition of the Kitsap Sun.

Per usual you have a few rules/regulations:

My definition of wildlife is: animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and/or sea creatures living in a natural, undomesticated state.

That means unless your guinea pig “Pearl” has left the luxury of her cage and has joined the ranks of the local wild guinea pig herd and is roaming the forest then I don’t want to see Pearl’s photo.

***I AM NOT COUNTING BUG/INSECTS/SPIDERS as “wildife”.

I always encourage you to shoot the challenge in the time-frame that it is posted, I will accept any photos of wildlife that you have shot in 2014, but they cannot have been entered for any of the other challenges that we have had.

You may send me a maximum of 7 photos for this challenge, so edit your work down to 7 images MAX shutterbugs.

Deadline for entries will be October 3rd.

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

Please put your real-life name somewhere on the entry form if you use the handy photo uploader on the right side of this page.
As usual, here are some shots from our archives to get you thinking:
A curious harbor seal pup watches as cautious hikers keep their distance by hiking further up the beach as it rests in the sunshine on the shore of the Dungeness Spit, in Sequim, Washington on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Mother seals often leave their pups onshore as they forage for food. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A curious harbor seal pup watches as cautious hikers keep their distance by hiking further up the beach as it rests in the sunshine on the shore of the Dungeness Spit, in Sequim, Washington on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Mother seals often leave their pups onshore as they forage for food. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A pileated woodpecker perches on the railing of a deck near Brownsville on Monday, September 1, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A pileated woodpecker perches on the railing of a deck near Brownsville on Monday, September 1, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Ariel Clark, of Portland, Ore. tries to get a seagull to take a Cheeto out of her hand as she rides the Seattle to Bremerton ferry on Thursday, September 4, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Ariel Clark, of Portland, Ore. tries to get a seagull to take a Cheeto out of her hand as she rides the Seattle to Bremerton ferry on Thursday, September 4, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A flock of great blue herons feed along the Port Orchard waterfront during low tide on Monday, March 17, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)Flock of Herons by Meegan M. Reid
A flock of great blue herons feed along the Port Orchard waterfront during low tide on Monday, March 17, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A harbor seal basks in the morning sunlight as the fog begins to burn away at the Poulsbo Marina Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A harbor seal basks in the morning sunlight as the fog begins to burn away at the Poulsbo Marina Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A bald eagle has a perfect perch to rest with the Olympic Mountains in the background from Beach Drive in Port Orchard on Thursday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A bald eagle has a perfect perch to rest with the Olympic Mountains in the background from Beach Drive in Port Orchard on Thursday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A young buck wanders through the thick undergrowth near Brownsville on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
A young buck wanders through the thick undergrowth near Brownsville on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
A bald eagle flies over the Manette Bridge at sunset on Wednesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A bald eagle flies over the Manette Bridge at sunset on Wednesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

A lone baby raccoon sits in the grass at the future site of the Marvin Williams Youth Recreation & Community Center on Park Ave. in downtown Bremerton on Thursday. The youngster seemed to have gotten separated from its family and was picked up by the West Sound Wildlife Shelter. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A lone baby raccoon sits in the grass at the future site of the Marvin Williams Youth Recreation & Community Center on Park Ave. in downtown Bremerton on Thursday. The youngster seemed to have gotten separated from its family and was picked up by the West Sound Wildlife Shelter. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A barred owl perches on a highway sign near Viking Way and Highway 305 in Poulsbo just before sunrise. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

A barred owl perches on a highway sign near Viking Way and Highway 305 in Poulsbo just before sunrise. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

A pod of transient orcas visit Liberty Bay on Thursday, July 18, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A pod of transient orcas visit Liberty Bay on Thursday, July 18, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A buck deer walks along the Hurricane Hill trail in the Olympic National Park south of Port Angeles, as the morning clouds burn off over the Olympic Mountains. (Larry Steagall / Kitsap Sun)

A buck deer walks along the Hurricane Hill trail in the Olympic National Park south of Port Angeles, as the morning clouds burn off over the Olympic Mountains. (Larry Steagall / Kitsap Sun)

A deer munches on the tall grass at dusk in East Park near the Bremerton YMCA. (LARRY STEAGALL | KITSAP SUN)

A deer munches on the tall grass at dusk in East Park near the Bremerton YMCA. (LARRY STEAGALL | KITSAP SUN)

A sea lion and a trio of cormorants hang out on one of the navigational buoys along Bainbridge Island. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

A sea lion and a trio of cormorants hang out on one of the navigational buoys along Bainbridge Island. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

An eagle is pestered by a raven in Hansville. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

An eagle is pestered by a raven in Hansville. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A small mouse sits in the early morning sunshine in a gravel driveway in Brownsville. MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN

A small mouse sits in the early morning sunshine in a gravel driveway in Brownsville. MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN

A finch perches in a budding tree along the shore of Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

A finch perches in a budding tree along the shore of Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

A bald eagle looks out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the Salt Creek Recreation Area in Port Angeles, Wash. on Saturday, July 13, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A bald eagle looks out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the Salt Creek Recreation Area in Port Angeles, Wash. on Saturday, July 13, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A coyote stands in a field off Day Rd. on Bainbridge Island Wednesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

A coyote stands in a field off Day Rd. on Bainbridge Island Wednesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers help a black bear escape from a cage in the Central Cascades as their Karelian bear dogs get ready for the chase on June 10. 2011. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers help a black bear escape from a cage in the Central Cascades as their Karelian bear dogs get ready for the chase on June 10. 2011. (LARRY STEAGALL / 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 blue heron is silhouetted against the morning sky as it perches on a piling in the Bremerton Marina. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

 

Evergreen Park Squirrel: Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun

 

FRAMES: Our favorite fair photos (and a plea to enter yours for challenge #80)

I was a bit slammed this whole week with assignments for the upcoming high school football preview section so I am ONLY just getting to this fair and rodeo recap (apologies).

I also figure that a recap of OUR favorite shots would be a good opportunity to remind everyone that this month’s challenge was of course the fair and rodeo and YOU have until SEPTEMBER 5th. to enter your photo(s).

A recap of this challenge is HERE, so gosh darn it get editing and get uploading because I saw many many cameras snapping away while at the fair and I only have a few entries thus far.

Here are a few favorite shots from Larry and I that we shot last week at the fair and rodeo (you may advance the slideshow by clicking on the image, or just let it run through on its own):

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #80: The Fair

Oh boy, it’s just about that time of year again, that time of year when my co-photog Larry Steagall and I start getting antsy and start finagling ways so we each get to spend the whole last part of the week at the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede (fyi, I’m better at finagling than he is so odds are I’ll be the one there most often ;) ).

We absolutely love to shoot the fair and rodeo! For a photographer, you’ve got everything right in front of you; cowboy hats flying through the air during all the rodeo action, bright neon colors of the carnival rides illuminating the puke faces of kids who have rode them a little too soon after eating elephant ears, capturing the heartache of tears streaming down an adorable kids face as she auctions off her pig to Farmer George and all those deep-fried culinary classics just waiting to be captured in a still-life.

So, your photo challenge this time (as it is this time every year) is to show my your best photo taken at the Fair (which includes the rodeo and demolition derby).

Here’s the thing, I don’t care what fair you are photographing, sure the Kitsap County Fair is August 20th.-24th. and it is local and convenient,  but if you have been to another awesome county fair (and by fair i mean the kind with 4H animals, cotton candy and a carnival) this summer and have an amazing photo, I will accept it. BUT IT MUST HAVE BEEN TAKEN THIS SUMMER. It does not matter what kind of camera you are using, by all mean if you are a hardcore iPhone photographer than show me your best instagram of deep-fried twinkie etc.

Deadline is September 5th. which gives you plenty of time to edit down your shots, do not send me 20 photos, send me 5-7 at the max.

You may email me your submissions at mreid@kitsapsun.com or use the handy uploader on the right of this page that says” Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here.”

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

As usual, here are some photos from our archives to get you thinking:

A bull named Dump Truck gets a piece of cowboy Dallee Mason, of Weiser, ID. after his dismount during the Xtreme Bulls at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A bull named Dump Truck gets a piece of cowboy Dallee Mason, of Weiser, ID. after his dismount during the Xtreme Bulls at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
The air of the blow dryer sends 11-year-old Kyah Martinez's hair flying as she helps her friend Autumn Keehan, 9, wash and dry her 4-H goat named Bella at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Thursday August 22, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
The air of the blow dryer sends 11-year-old Kyah Martinez’s hair flying as she helps her friend Autumn Keehan, 9, wash and dry her 4-H goat named Bella at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Thursday August 22, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Fairgoers ride the YoYo at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Fairgoers ride the YoYo at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Davis Amusements worker Brenna Coale gets the balloon store game ready for customers at the Kitsap Fair & Stampede. ( LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Davis Amusements worker Brenna Coale gets the balloon store game ready for customers at the Kitsap Fair & Stampede. ( LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Cordell Burt, 4, gives a big thumbs up to the judge after competing in the pee-wee division of sheep at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Cordell Burt, 4, gives a big thumbs up to the judge after competing in the pee-wee division of sheep at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Fairgoers watch the Wenatchee Youth Circus at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Fairgoers watch the Wenatchee Youth Circus at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Mason Summers , 11 months, makes a dash to the finish line to win the diaper derby event at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Mason Summers , 11 months, makes a dash to the finish line to win the diaper derby event at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Jonathan Hoenig, 12, of Port Orchard, uses his goat cinnamon as a pillow as he relaxes in the sheep barn at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Wednesday. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

Jonathan Hoenig, 12, of Port Orchard, uses his goat cinnamon as a pillow as he relaxes in the sheep barn at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Wednesday. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

Lani Sylvester, 6, and her brother Ali, 5, soar through the air on the Squadron ride at the Kitsap County Fair on Wednesday. MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN

Lani Sylvester, 6, and her brother Ali, 5, soar through the air on the Squadron ride at the Kitsap County Fair on Wednesday. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

Emily Williams,left,18, of the South Kitsap FFA works to get her stubborn animal Cosmo to the judging arena at the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede on Thursday. With her are her dad and mom Mark and Cathy Williams. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

Emily Williams,left,18, of the South Kitsap FFA works to get her stubborn animal Cosmo to the judging arena at the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede on Thursday. With her are her dad and mom Mark and Cathy Williams. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

Amber Bumbalough,10 , snuggles with her pig Lucky prior to the start of Saturday's market auction at the Kitsap County Fair. MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN.

Amber Bumbalough,10 , snuggles with her pig Lucky prior to the start of Saturday’s market auction at the Kitsap County Fair. MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN.

Meegan M. Reid

Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun

 

Ty Breuer, of Mandan, ND., holds on tight as he rides a horse named Arabella during the bareback portion of Kitsap Stampede in Silverdale, Wash. on Friday, August 25, 2012. (Kitsap Sun/ Meegan M. Reid)

Ty Breuer, of Mandan, ND., holds on tight as he rides a horse named Arabella during the bareback portion of Kitsap Stampede in Silverdale, Wash. on Friday, August 25, 2012. (Kitsap Sun/ Meegan M. Reid)

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Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun

Meegan M. Reid

Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun

Jamie Milliron, 15, and Robert Jogerst, 15, watch as their friends ride the Octopus at the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede on Friday. MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN

Jamie Milliron, 15, and Robert Jogerst, 15, watch as their friends ride the Octopus at the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede on Friday. MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN

Kitsap Fair and Stampede cowboys move away from the chutes as Red Headed Stepchild tries to jump out during the bareback riding competition Saturday night. (LARRY STEAGALL)

Kitsap Fair and Stampede cowboys move away from the chutes as Red Headed Stepchild tries to jump out during the bareback riding competition Saturday night. (LARRY STEAGALL)

Fair attendees ride the Orbiter at the Kitsap County Fair on Friday. (Meegan M. Reid | Kitsap Sun)

Fair attendees ride the Orbiter at the Kitsap County Fair on Friday. (Meegan M. Reid | Kitsap Sun)

A Davis Amusements / Cascadia ride looks ready to take off Friday night at the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede on the midway. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

A Davis Amusements / Cascadia ride looks ready to take off Friday night at the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede on the midway. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

A cowboy is silhouetted against the sky during the first night of the Kitsap County Stampede on Wednesday. (MEEGAN M. REID)

A cowboy is silhouetted against the sky during the first night of the Kitsap County Stampede on Wednesday. (MEEGAN M. REID)

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #79: Summertime: STAND-OUTS

Nice job on the Summertime themed photos shutterbugs! As usual (and yes I know I ALWAYS say this) but I love seeing the different subjects and photography styles that were showcased for this challenge.

 

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

The following photos will be published in the Sunday, August 10th. of the Kitsap Sun print edition.

 

"Celestial Eruption" Kim Hart This is a gorgeous and very well executed shot of the Milky Way lighting up the sky above Mt. Rainier. I just love the lights of the climbers snaking their way up the snowy face.
“Celestial Eruption” Kim Hart
This is a gorgeous and very well executed shot of the Milky Way lighting up the sky above Mt. Rainier. I just love the lights of the climbers snaking their way up the snowy face.
"Twins At The Beach" by Kayleigh Lewis Oh my this is just an adorable shot of two twins who of course are sporting matching hairdos and swimsuits while enjoying a summer day at the beach.
“Twins At The Beach” by Kayleigh Lewis
Oh my this is just an adorable shot of two twins who of course are sporting matching hairdos and swimsuits while enjoying a summer day at the beach.
"Kayaking at Silverdale Waterfront" by Jack C. Harpel Reflections always add a little something extra to kayak photos and Jack captured a lovely and vibrant one here.
“Kayaking at Silverdale Waterfront” by Jack C. Harpel
Reflections always add a little something extra to kayak photos and Jack captured a lovely and vibrant one here.
"Jumping 2.0" by Samantha Rowan I took a little photo editor liberty with this shot and cropped out some of the water on the right hand side to put the focus of the image squarely on the jumping action gong on. I really like how everyone in the frame is frozen in a different moment of their jump and that makes this image just a great image of summer fun.
“Jumping 2.0″ by Samantha Rowan
I took a little photo editor liberty with this shot and cropped out some of the water on the right hand side to put the focus of the image squarely on the jumping action gong on. I really like how everyone in the frame is frozen in a different moment of their jump and that makes this image just a great image of summer fun.
"Sailing At Sunset" by Richard Miles I again took a little photo editor liberty with this image and cropped out a bit of building on the left hand side because I felt it took away from the focus of the photograph which of course is the lovely little sailboat framed but the tree. I am a big fan of images that frame objects with other objects in the frame. Fellow Sun Photojournalist Larry Steagall and I use this composition technique almost daily because it is a great way to make interesting images and put the focus on something that otherwise might get lost in the photo.
“Sailing At Sunset” by Richard Miles
I again took a little photo editor liberty with this image and cropped out a bit of building on the left hand side because I felt it took away from the focus of the photograph which of course is the lovely little sailboat framed but the tree. I am a big fan of images that frame objects with other objects in the frame. Fellow Sun Photojournalist Larry Steagall and I use this composition technique almost daily because it is a great way to make interesting images and put the focus on something that otherwise might get lost in the photo.