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FRAMES: Photo Challenge #89: Festival Fun

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 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.

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 YEAR.

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 9th.  Gig Harbor Beer Festival

May 12th-17th. Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival

May 15th-17th Poulsbo Viking Festival

May 16th. Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade

May 23rd.-24th. Kitsap Harbor Festival

May 23rd. Gig Harbor Street Scramble

June 6th.-7th. 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 8th!

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:

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)
The University of Washington Husky Saxes play their way down the parade route on Saturday, May 16, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
The University of Washington Husky Saxes play their way down the parade route on Saturday, May 16, 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.
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.
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 #88: Springtime STAND-OUTS

Nice work on the Springtime theme!

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 interesting shot.

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 over.

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 reasons.

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

Snow Geese Spring Migration by Jack C. Harpel
Snow Geese Spring Migration by Jack C. Harpel

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.

by Steve Johnson
No Patio Left Behind by Steve Johnson

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.

by Noelle Morris
Spring Mojo by Noelle Morris

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.

The Butterfly by Alisha Ellis
The Butterfly by Alisha Ellis

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.

 

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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.

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #88: Springtime

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 flowers.

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 4th.

Entries may be emailed to me meegan.reid@kitsapsun.com 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 springtime theme:

A pair of lambs relax in the grass as their mother keeps a watchful eye over them in a pasture on Bainbridge Island, Wash. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. (KITSAP SUN / MEEGAN M. REID)
A pair of lambs relax in the grass as their mother keeps a watchful eye over them in a pasture on Bainbridge Island, Wash. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. (KITSAP SUN / MEEGAN M. REID)
Surrounded by a sea of tulips, a woman takes photos in a Roozengaarde bulb company tulip field during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Wash. on Sunday, April 5, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Surrounded by a sea of tulips, a woman takes photos in a Roozengaarde bulb company tulip field during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Wash. on Sunday, April 5, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
James Morton of Bremerton takes advantage of the still water and warm day to standup paddle near the Lions Park boat ramp on Thursday. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
James Morton of Bremerton takes advantage of the still water and warm day to standup paddle near the Lions Park boat ramp on Thursday. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Ellis Osburn, 2, of Bremerton hands her mom Angie her candy wrapper after sampling some that she got at the South Kitsap Regional Park on Saturday for the Fathoms O' Fun Easter Egg Hunt. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Ellis Osburn, 2, of Bremerton hands her mom Angie her candy wrapper after sampling some that she got at the South Kitsap Regional Park on Saturday for the Fathoms O’ Fun Easter Egg Hunt. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Dan Kieta of Bremerton smiles as he watches his granddaughter Eveyln Bodnar, 1, kite go up as she holds the string Monday at Blueberry park in Bremerton. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Dan Kieta of Bremerton smiles as he watches his granddaughter Eveyln Bodnar, 1, kite go up as she holds the string Monday at Blueberry park in Bremerton. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
A crow sits in a flowering tree Friday as the signs of spring begin to appear. The tree is at Mountain View Middle School in Bremerton. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
A crow sits in a flowering tree Friday as the signs of spring begin to appear. The tree is at Mountain View Middle School in Bremerton. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Ayla Hubbs,3, of Poulsbo jumps in a puddle at the Silverdale Farmers Market as her mom Nona shops for sage plants. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Ayla Hubbs,3, of Poulsbo jumps in a puddle at the Silverdale Farmers Market as her mom Nona shops for sage plants. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Noah Santos, 5, steps over a row of dafodils while picking the flowers with his sisters Naomi, 6, (left) and Sophia, 8, (right) at the Santos Family U-Pick Farm in Bremerton. MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN
Noah Santos, 5, steps over a row of dafodils while picking the flowers with his sisters Naomi, 6, (left) and Sophia, 8, (right) at the Santos Family U-Pick Farm in Bremerton. MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN
Laney Clement, 6, makes a dash for Easter eggs at Kiwanis Park in Bremerton on Saturday, April 19, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
Laney Clement, 6, makes a dash for Easter eggs at Kiwanis Park in Bremerton on Saturday, April 19, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
Dan Bingham of Silverdale shows his daughter Heather, 15, months how to blow a dandelion at Island Lake County Park. On a warm spring like day. LARRY STEAGALL | KITSAP SUN
Dan Bingham of Silverdale shows his daughter Heather, 15, months how to blow a dandelion at Island Lake County Park. On a warm spring like day. LARRY STEAGALL | KITSAP SUN
Jason Olivas, Jr. ,2,of Silverdale drives his electric tractor at Silverdale Waterfront Park on Tuesday. It's an early spring as the daffodils and tree blossoms are in bloom. Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun
Jason Olivas, Jr. ,2,of Silverdale drives his electric tractor at Silverdale Waterfront Park on Tuesday. It’s an early spring as the daffodils and tree blossoms are in bloom. Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun
Geese and goslings form an orderly line as they cross Beach Drive in Port Orchard on Wednesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Geese and goslings form an orderly line as they cross Beach Drive in Port Orchard on Wednesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Maureen Wierzbicki,left, and her husband Chris,right, from Bainbridge Island enjoy a spring time lunch with their son Hank,center, 10 months, at Silverdale Waterfront Park on Thursday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Maureen Wierzbicki,left, and her husband Chris,right, from Bainbridge Island enjoy a spring time lunch with their son Hank,center, 10 months, at Silverdale Waterfront Park on Thursday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

 

 

 

 

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #87 Corner Composition: STAND-OUTS

Fabulous work on the frames challenge this week! I just love the various subject matter that was captured in the corner of each frame.

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 compositional techniques.

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.

0412_KSFE_Frames01Icelandic 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 immediate stand-out.

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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.

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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 feel.

 

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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.

0412_KSFE_Frames05Inbound by 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #87 Corner Composition ROUND 2

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

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

Early

Early Bird, Meet The Worm by Jack C. Harpel

Inbound"

Inbound by Jack C. Harpel

Cool

Cool Cat On a Cool Rock by Jack C. Harpel

The

The Great Ride Open by Breelan Smilen

Into

Into The Trail by Caedence Ortega

Washington

Washington Equals Rust by Caleb Thomas

Sad

Sad Flower by Tyler Smith

Otter

Otter Food by Alesha Ellis

Mailbox

Mailbox Peak by Juliana Paterson

Insect

Insect On The Sun by Kaley Bartel

Boy

Boy Playing In The Surge by Dee Kamp

Horseshoe

Horseshoe Ring by Katie Stoner

All

All Natural by Madi Gale

Flower

Flower Child by April Beckett

Flight"

Flight by Keenan Clark

Pottery

Pottery Worm by Emily Hammermeister

Curious

Curious Souls by Sara Neal

Trailing

Trailing Away by Bryan Flynn

Foggy

Foggy Reflection On Dyes Inlet by Travis Tyler

Tossin'

Tossin’ Rocks by Karen Ebersole

 

 

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #87 Corner Composition ROUND 1

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

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

Here are a few of the entries received:

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

Bestest

Bestest Friends Forever by Christina

#Lunch

Lunch Time by flossboss33

#Serenity"

Serenity by flossboss33

A

A Hole in One by Maragret Behning

On

On Top Of The World by Claire Christien

Listening

Listening From Afar by Margaret Behning

DIRECTION

Direction Change by acesign

At

At Anchor by Karen Eborsole

Spring

Spring Blooms Early by flossboss33
SunshineIcelandic Rainbow by Dori Lee Dunkle

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #87 Corner Composition

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or check out our new facebook page:

 www.facebook.com/kitsapframes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broccoli by Jack Butler
Broccoli by Jack Butler

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Deadline for this challenge is still March 2nd.

Recap of this challenge rules/regulations is right HERE.

Here are a few of the entries so far:

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

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

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

 

Ocean

“Ocean In A Glass” by Sara Neal

Makin'

“Makin’ Bacon” by Kyle Nielsen

Dinner

 

“Dinner In San Fran” by Emily Hammermeister

Pike

 

“Pike Place Pirate” by Greg Leach

The

 

“The True Lunch” by Nick Booher

The

“The Kickstarter” by Matt Shaw

Pike

“Pike Place Chilis” by Greg Leach

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for this challenge will be March 2nd.

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

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

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

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

Because Sushi is Always a Work of Art. – Meegan M. Reid

Quinoa and Brown Rice Pilaf with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Crostinis. – Meegan M. Reid