Kitsap Frames Meegan M. Reid keeps you up-to-date, gives some behind-the-scenes scoops, shares photos from the Kitsap Sun Staff (and readers) and provides you with a few tips to help you take better photos.
Sunrises and sunsets are of course my co-photog Larry
Steagall’s FAVORITE subject matter.
In fact not 20 minutes ago before I wrote this post he was going
on and on about how this summer has been “the BEST summer for
Well, I can’t argue with the sunset/silhouette master of the
Kitsap Sun, nor do I want to so challenge #92 is to show me
YOUR best photo depicting a sunrise or sunset.
Now while I usually prefer photographs taken in the time frame
of the challenge posting, I will of course willingly accept images
taken earlier this year- BUT IMAGES MUST HAVE BEEN
TAKEN IN 2015. <—-see how bold that statement is, that means
I mean it!
Deadline for entries will be Tuesday, September 1, 2015 and
please keep your entries to 5 photos total. Entries will be
scrutinized and “stand-outs” chosen and published in the Kitsap
Entries may be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org of your
may use that handy Upload Photo Challenge
Pix link on the right side of this page.
Here are a few shots from our archives (all shot this year) to
get you thinking:
Lovely work on the macro and close-up photo challenge
As usual I just love seeing the different subjects and shooting
styles showcased with this theme.
Macro and close-up photography emphasizes texture, pattern and
of course details of all kinds of subjects. From insects to humans,
using macro or cloes-up photography techniques can really bring out
the creativity in a photo shoot and make even the most mundane of
Remember, there aren’t any winners or losers, I just pick a few
photos and ramble on why they stand-out to me for various reasons.
The following photos will be published in the Kitsap Sun on Sunday,
August 9, 2015.
I post this challenge every year because it always yields a
bunch of really good frames, but also because Larry and I are
big fans of cool macro photos.
So your photo challenge, if you choose to accept it of course,
is to get out there and show me your best photo that is up
close and personal of something (usually something small but not
limited to just small things), be it a bug, mouse whiskers, an
M&M, the veins of a leaf etc.
If you don’t have a macro lens or a macro setting on your camera
(usually denoted as a flower icon) never fear, just get as close as
you can. Heck, even iPhones take really good closeups of tiny
I ENCOURAGE you to shoot these challenges in the time frame that
they are given, since the whole point of these challenges is to get
people out there building on their photo skills, but I will of
course begrudgingly accept photos that fit the theme that were
taken earlier in the year.
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 :
DEADLINE is Monday, August 3rd.
Here are a few of the “Stand-Outs” from years past, as well as a
few shots from our Kitsap Sun archives. Again, while there are a
lot of pics of bugs, you are not limited to that subject matter,
it’s just a very popular subject when one thinks of breaking out
the macro lens:
“Burton’s Fly” by Lea Bessler
“Caterpillar Pillar” by Eli Owens
“Taking A Nap” by Jack C. Harpel
“Fly in Disguise” by Eli Owens
“Picnic Beetle” by Misty Neff
“Hello There” by Stephanie Weir
“I See You” by Steve Swanson
“Summer Harvest” by Lea Bessler
“Little Green Bug From Mars” by Steve S.
“Chicken Bone Scraps” by James Ozburn
“Inside Time” by Faith Winters
“The Fly” by Dena Scott
“Life A Little Closer” by Lea
“White Spider on a Flower by Solveig Dahl
“My Flower” by Shelly
“Debbie’s Web” by Debbie
“Light Up” by Cameron Teller
A ladybug scrambles across the blooms of a plant at
Blueberry Park in Bremerton on Monday, July 11, 2011. (MEEGAN M.
A lacewing clings to the petal of a Poppy in the Raab Park
Children’s Garden in Poulsbo on Friday, July 6, 2012. (MEEGAN
M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Per usual I love the different subjects captured and shooting
styles on display for this month’s challenge.
Remember, there aren’t any winners or losers, I just pick a few
photos entered and ramble on about what makes them “stand-out” to
me for various reasons. The following photos will be published int
he July 12th. edition of the Kitsap Sun.
Full disclosure, I cropped this photo of Shawna’s into the
extreme horizontal format that you see here because I loved
everything about this shot but I really thought there needed to be
more of a focus on that adorable dog sprawled out on the sidewalk
at the end of his leash. By cropping it down the eye goes right for
the dog which is is so perfectly framed by the city construction in
Gasworks 4th by Deena Alley
My goodness that is one colorful sea of people! It’s not just
the vibrant colors of this shot, that make it great but also the
layering of colorful boats in the foreground with the colorful
people and the houses up in the third tier of the frame.
There were quite a few entries featuring the Space Needle and
the Seattle Waterfront which is to be expected with this theme.
What made Cynthia’s standout was that star burst of light from the
fishing boat. It is a very unique shot that ties in the iconic
Space Needle with the areas fishing industry.
The candid moment of this is lovely and I like the
composition and the layering of the market elements. But by far
the best part of this photo is how the woman’s face in the
foreground mimics that of the one of the portraits up in the top
corner. I just love those subtle details in a photo that most times
the photographer doesn’t even notice till editing their shots
Steve’s photo illustration depicting the woes of parking in the
city is very well executed and I like how he thought a bit
“outside of the box” when thinking about the theme of City
Your photo challenge this month, IF you choose to accept it of
course, is to show me your best photo that falls under the
theme of City Life.
Almost everyone lives in or near some form of city or town
(huge urban metropolis, or a smaller town, which you photograph is
up to you). From cityscapes, detailed shots of manhole covers,
motion blur shots of people scurrying along the sidewalk or even
portraits of those riding public transit…it can all be portrayed as
part of city life.
As usual, the theme is open to interpretation and all “out of
the box” thinking is encouraged.
So grab that camera and hit the streets – er hit the
sidewalks because safety first people-and capture a moment that
portrays City Life in your city/town of choice.
DEADLINE for entries will be Monday July 6th. and chosen
“stand-outs” will be published in an upcoming edition of the Kitsap
Sun. Entries can be emailed directly to email@example.com
or uploaded using the handy “Upload
Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here.” link on the right side of
***Please include the name of the town/city as part of your
title or description etc.****
Here are a few frames from our archives that could fit the City
Okay so I post this challenge theme every year at this time, and
every year it fails (fails as in I don’t get enough entries for
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
I have faith that this year is the year that the Festival Fun
challenge really happens!!!
So, 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 5 weeks. Your
photo MUST be taken at an upcoming “festival” OR one that
just happened earlier this month. 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
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:
I love the variety of subjects and moments that bring to
mind the Spring season, as well as those who thought a little
further “out of the box” than just pretty flowers.
Speaking of flowers, now I think I might have scared away a few
shutterbugs from taking part in this challenge when I mentioned
first that I hate photos of flowers, and then backtracked and said
that I don’t REALLY hate photos of flowers but that if it’s a
picture of a flower being entered than it better be a really
I get it, flowers are pretty, heck I snap photos of flowers
occasionally. But here is the thing, every photo challenge I post
regardless of the theme or technique that I am looking for I always
get more than a few flower entries.
Why? Because flowers are easy to photograph. There they stand,
all pretty and colorful without blinking or feeling
self-conscious that someone is taking their photo.
Remember, the point of these photo challenges is to give
Kitsap photo-enthusiasts a chance to have their work showcased as
well as a chance to build on to their existing photography
knowledge by trying different techniques etc.
To put it simply, I want to help everyone with a camera become a
better photographer. And part of becoming a better photographer is
getting forced out of your comfort zone
to capture different subjects as well as showing the
intended audience different views of even the most mundane of
subjects. A quick “point and shoot” of a flower in the center of
the frame is just not going to cut it.
Now throw some motion blur on the field of tulips, capture a
dragonfly on a poppy or capture an extreme macro shot of the
inside of a lily and that flower photo might just win me
Now if you only like flora photography, then please
disregard this entire spiel and snap away at those blooms.
Because really I get it, flowers can be very photogenic.
Okay, flower rant over, onto the “stand-outs”. Remember, there
aren’t any winners or losers, I just pick a few photos that were
entered and ramble on about why they stood out to me for various
The following photos will be published in the Sunday, May 10th.
edition of the Kitsap Sun.
Being a bit of a “bird nerd”, I couldn’t help but be drawn to
this beautiful shot by Jack. I love the composition with the “V” of
geese almost centered in the frame against the blank canvas of
the sky. It is just a simply beautiful image.
Nothing quite says the start of Springtime like patio
furniture coming out of hibernation. I love this shot of
Steve’s because it is clever and the fish-eye angle gives
you the full scope of those chairs. I am also now thinking I
need to purchase that greenish chair because it would look so
much better on my deck than the blue ones I bought last year…or the
red one purchased the year before.
This frame has wonderful and crisp detail as well as a lovely
composition with the dandelions puffs in the foreground and the
background. I also really like how Mojo the cat’s eyes compliment
the green of the grass.
Springtime wouldn’t be the season that it is without
butterflies and blooms. While I like the detail of
butterfly, I do wish you could see the full profile of
it. From personal photojournalist experience, I am
aware that asking a butterfly to turn more toward the
camera never works that well so this slight profile
shot makes a fine frame.
Maori by Madison Cordero
The composition of this shot is great with the stairs leading to
the bench. It’s also subtle, and maybe not even planned, but the
dress of the subject almost matches the color of the bricks which
is a really nice detail.
So yes this one is actually challenge #88, sorry I had numbered
the previous challenge incorrectly.
Anywho, since the last challenge was one dealing with photo
technique, I’m making this one theme oriented. And by looking out
my office window… oh who am I kidding everyone knows there isn’t a
window in the Photo Cave, hence the addition of “Cave” in the
name…okay so by sliding my chair across the Cave and out the
doorway, I can see that it is a gorgeous sunny spring day out there
right now. ***I started typing this on Thursday, yes it is now
Friday and the weather has turned to grey and gross…but that is
still part of springtime gosh darn it!! ****
So yep your theme is “Springtime.”
This challenge is of course open to interpretation and as usual
all “out of the box” thinking is encouraged. I also REALLY
ENCOURAGE you to shoot the challenge in the week(s) that it is
assigned since the whole point of these challenges is to get
shutterbugs out there shooting new and stronger photographs but
Spring has been apparent for awhile so I totally will accept photos
taken earlier this year.
A quick word of advice, yes flowers are a part of springtime and
yes that is probably the first thing anyone thinks of when the word
springtime is uttered, but here’s the thing… I hate pictures of
Okay that was harsh, I don’t REALLY hate pictures of
flowers, I’m even going to post a few in the examples below,
but you better make it an interesting picture of a flower because
entering a standard “point-and-shoot” shot of a flower without any
interesting composition, extra subject matter, really good light
etc etc is just going to cause me to sigh in exasperation and click
right past it.
DEADLINE for entries will be MONDAY, May
Entries may be emailed to me firstname.lastname@example.org or by
using the handy “Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here.” link
at the right hand side of the page. Please limit yourself to five
entries. Chosen “Stand-Outs” will be published in an upcoming
edition of the Kitsap Sun.
Here are a few photos from our archives that fit into the
Fabulous work on the frames challenge this week! I just love the
various subject matter that was captured in the corner of each
If you have ever read these challenges, you know that the
composition of a photograph (defined as the artistic
arrangement of the parts depicted within the frame ) is of the
utmost importance and a strong composition can make even the most
visually uninteresting subject matter really jump out of the
frame and make the viewer pause and scrutinize the image.
Using different compositional arrangements (ie. not putting the
main subject in the dead center of the frame) is an excellent way
to improve one’s photography. I am of course not saying that center
composition is bad, heck I am a big fan of it on certain occasions,
but it’s just nice to mix it up now and then and try different
Here are this week’s “stand-outs”, remember there aren’t any
winners or losers, I just pick a few photos and ramble on about why
they “stand-out” to me.
The following photos will be published in the Sunday, April
12th. edition of the Kitsap Sun.
Rainbow by Dori Lee Dunkle
Who needs a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow when you can
find a photographer there instead?!?!? This shot of Dori’s is just
beautiful because not only is the corner composition utilized but
the light and the subject matter are all top notch. Everything came
together perfectly in this frame and when that happens you have an
Otter Food by Alesha Ellis
The detail of the critter in this shot is great and I have to
admit that I am a little jealous of Alesha’s shot because I have
never had the opportunity to photograph an otter snacking.
Foggy Morning Photo by Deena Alley
I love how the layers of silhouettes in this image, combined
with the fog and clouds give it the perfect Pacific Northwest moody
Trailing Away by Bryan Flynn
While almost all the other entries utilized only one corner of
the frame (and not one entry used all four) Bryan went beyond that
and used two and filled them with the only subjects depicted in the
shot. I really like is whimsical feel of this photo and how the
beams of the sun are reaching toward the tail of the kite.
Jack C. Harpel
I like the action of this bird in mid flight and its contrast
against the vibrant green plant buds of the backdrop.