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FRAMES ~ Photo Challenge #97 : Portrait

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

Come on people show me some…well people! 😉

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Here are some examples of posed portraits from our archives:

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

 

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

WSG PORT

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

Gazzam Lake

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

 

american pickers

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

WSG PORT

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

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

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

 

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

Here are some examples of un-posed portraits:

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

Emily Moshay

 

Employer Spotlight David Wade Woodworking

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

HAIR-RAISING COMPETITION

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

Monicas Bakery

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

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

Point No Point

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

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

Thanks so much for sharing your favorite photos of 2015 !

As usual (and yes I realize I say this every month) it was really fun to see so many different shooting styles and subjects captured. But truly that really is my FAVORITE part of these challenges!

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

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

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

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

The following 6 photos will be published in the Kitsap Sun print edition on January 10th.

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

FRAMES ~ Photo Challenge #96 Your Favorite Photo of 2015

It’s almost mid-December already and 2015 is ticking away which means It is time for Larry and I to start picking our favorite photos of this past year.

Trust me when I tell you that we  both drag our feet when it comes to this “project” because that is a whole lot of photos for us to scroll through as we smile at the “good ones” and groan and shudder (or shutter…hee heee a little photo humor there for you) at the “weak ones” that we are a bit embarrassed to have had published for the world to see…and might have threatened each other with “I’m putting your name under this photo” for each of those cringe worthy shots.

So, since I have begun this arduous task of wading through 3,343 photos that reside in my “2015 Published” folder, your photo challenge (if you choose to accept it of course) is to show me your  favorite photo that you shot in 2015.

You know you have that one shot, that one AMAZING shot that you captured with your camera or phone and immediately uploaded it to Instagram/Facebook for the world to see.

Maybe you shot the perfect photo for a previous challenge theme but didn’t get it entered in time.

Maybe you just don’t like any of the challenge themes because they haven’t “spoken” to you and your love of photography….well now is your chance to show that photo off.

Or maybe you have 5 shots that you love equally but for varying reasons you just can’t pick one above the rest…fine then show me your top 5 shots of the year. But you may only upload or email me 5 submissions. Trust me, I know it’s tough to edit down a year’s worth of photos…it takes Larry and I weeks to get our picks down from 3,343 down to 40 and then to only 5 for the print edition.

This is a shot of my 2015 Favorites contact sheet…I still have to lose quite a few photos to get to the self-imposed 40 image slideshow limit:

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So your rules are:

PHOTO MUST HAVE BEEN TAKEN IN 2015! (And hey, you still have a few weeks to shoot one that beats all the others so get out there and get snapping!)

***Photos that have been chosen as “stand-outs” earlier in the year are NOT allowed in your 5 favorites.***

DEADLINE will be January 4th.

You can use that handy “Upload Photo Challenge Pix” link on the right side of this page or feel free to email me your entries : mreid@kitsapsun.com.

Chosen Stand-outs will be published in the January 10th. print edition of the Kitsap Sun.

Here are links to Larry and my best of 2014 slideshows from last year…just to get you thinking:

http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/larry-steagalls-favorite-photos-of-2014

http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/meegan-m-reids-favorite-photos-of-2014

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #95: Pets STAND-OUTS

Nice work on the pets themed photo challenge!

It was so nice to see so many different shooting styles and furry friends plus one reptile showcased.

Remember there aren’t any winners of losers, I just pick a few photos and ramble on about why they “stand-out” from the others.

The following six photos will be published in the Sunday, December 13th. issue of the Kitsap Sun:

Pluto The Majestic Pug by Rebecca Fackrell I have to admit that I have never used the word majestic to describe a pug, but this frame of Pluto here has made me a believer in the majestical qualities of the breed. The light and how the red halter just pops out of the image against the greens is just lovely. But the truly important part of the image is in fact Pluto and that perfect distinguished pose atop a tree stump right there in the center of the frame.
Pluto The Majestic Pug by Rebecca Fackrell
I have to admit that I have never used the word majestic to describe a pug, but this frame of Pluto here has made me a believer in the majestical qualities of the breed. The light and how the red halter just pops out of the image against the greens is just lovely. But the truly important part of the image is in fact Pluto and that perfect distinguished pose atop a tree stump right there in the center of the frame.
Jetta by Deena Alley I love the exposure of this image by Deena and how the eyes and white fur of this feline pop right out of the frame while the black fur just blends right into the background of the image. It's a beautiful shot.
Jetta by Deena Alley
I love the exposure of this image by Deena and how the eyes and white fur of this feline pop right out of the frame while the black fur just blends right into the background of the image. It’s a beautiful shot.
Gimmee That by Olesja Lapteva I love the body language of this photo with one dog all nonchalant holding on to the toy while the other dog makes a grab for it. I also really like the composition of placing the dogs in the center with just a sea of grass filling in the frame.
Gimme That by Olesja Lapteva
I love the body language of this photo with one dog all nonchalant holding on to the toy while the other dog makes a grab for it. I also really like the composition of placing the dogs in the center with just a sea of grass filling in the frame.
You Don't Smell Like A Puppy by Teresa Hull The wide-eyed slightly confused look of the canine poking into the frame to sniff the "other puppy" and the youngster's facial expression are just perfect! It is an excellent moment captured with a lovely composition.
You Don’t Smell Like A Puppy by Teresa Hull
The wide-eyed slightly confused look of the canine poking into the frame to sniff the “other puppy” and the youngster’s facial expression are just perfect! It is an excellent moment captured with a lovely composition.
The Eye of Taz by Kent Ferris The colors and crispness of this frame are just stunning! It's also one of those detail shots that one doesn't necessarily need a title to know what the close-up photo subject matter is.
The Eye of Taz by Kent Ferris
The colors and crispness of this frame are just stunning! It’s also one of those detail shots that one doesn’t necessarily need a title to know what the close-up photo subject matter is.
Peaceful Coexistence by Steve Johnson I was kind of bummed that I didn't get to see more images of dogs and cats being friends. You know with all the negative news in the world these last few weeks a few pics of dogs snuggling cats would make anyone's day a little brighter. But let's face it, this adorable shot of Steve's with two kittens warily watching the snoozing pup with plenty of room between them and the pup is a bit more true to life. It's a lovely frame that maybe tells a cute story of a house (or couch) divided.
Peaceful Coexistence by Steve Johnson
I was kind of bummed that I didn’t get to see more images of dogs and cats being friends. You know with all the negative news in the world these last few weeks a few pics of dogs snuggling cats would make anyone’s day a little brighter. But let’s face it, this adorable shot of Steve’s with two kittens warily watching the snoozing pup with plenty of room between them and the pup is a bit more true to life. It’s a lovely frame that maybe tells a cute story of a house (or couch) divided.

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Here are a FEW of the other entries I received for this challenge. I stress FEW because there were a lot of submissions and not enough time or space to post them all:

"PEEK

 

Peek A Moo by Jonathan Fogelman

Eye

 

Eye of the Dragon by Dorothy Rosenbladt

Stretch

Stretch Kitty by Kent Ferris

Homeless"

Homeless by Kent Ferris

Tired
Tired Kitty by Wade Ewing
Justin"
Justin by Colette Wilson
Beau"
Beau by Colette Wilson
Leaves
Leave Are Falling by Cathy Shaffer
Smiling
Smiling Guard Dog by Dawn Wells-Hacker
Nugget"
Nugget by Nancy Andrist
Dutchie's
Dutchie’s Selfie by Marcy Crebs
Pete"
Pete by Shawna Whelan
Angus"
Angus by Jamie Reeves
Take
Take My Picture by Kaitlyn Byrd
Guilmont
Guillmont Cove Hiking by Jenny Bert
Puppy
Puppy In A Christmas Stocking by Patti Wilson
Beast Mode by Steve Johnson
Beast Mode by Steve Johnson
"But mom, I want some kettle corn too." -Hope Photo by: Erinn Ward
“But mom, I want some kettle corn too.”
Photo by: Erinn Ward
Title: Inky Toes in the Snow Eli Owens
Title: Inky Toes in the Snow
Eli Owens
"Imposter" I made it my goal this month to take a cute dog photo worthy of entry. This is the cutest I could come up with. -Kim :)
“Imposter” by Kim Rubenstein

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #95: Pets

When you upgraded your phone the last time, did you have to choose one with a whole bunch more space because your current phone is jammed full of photos of your dogs?

Wait is that just me?

I am doubting  (and hoping) that I am not the only one who snaps a ridiculous amount of photos of their pets.

So your challenge this month if you choose to accept it of course, is to show me your best photo of a pet. It doesn’t have to be your pet, heck just a photo of any domesticated animal (that of course includes horsies and other farm animals) that happens past the front of your lens is fair game. The “pet” in question doesn’t even have to be the main focal point of the image so if it only makes a cameo hidden behind boxes in the way back of the frame than also counts as a pet photo.

Use any camera you like, be it an iPhone app, a DSLR or an old clunky film camera if you are into the retro photography thing. And remember outside of the box thinking is always encouraged.

Deadline for entries will be Wednesday, December 2nd. You are strongly encouraged to capture your entry in the time frame that the challenge is posted- since the whole reason for these challenges is to get people out there with their cameras capturing dynamic images on a somewhat monthly basis. BUT as always I will begrudgingly accept images taken before this challenge time frame.

Submissions may be uploaded to the handy Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here. link or emailed to me mreid@kitsapsun.com.

Chosen “stand-outs” will be published in an upcoming edition of the Kitsap Sun.

Here are a few photos from our archives to get you thinking (yes Larry and I have been known to zero in on animals for the newspaper quite often) and fine also a few pictures of my dogs from my iPhone archive because someone else besides me should revel in their cuteness:

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Get me Out Of This Cone Of Shame – Mike BishopIMG_3445

These Are All My Tennis Balls – Meegan M. Reid

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Chambers Bay Dog Hijinks – Meegan M. Reid

 

Lee Hoffman of Manette and his dog Sir Jack have a spectacular view of a sunset over Bremerton from Shore Drive in Manette on Friday. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Lee Hoffman of Manette and his dog Sir Jack have a spectacular view of a sunset over Bremerton from Shore Drive in Manette on Friday. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Reflected in the side mirror of owner Pat Davison's 1930 Model A Ford, Clipper waits for Davison outside of the downtown Bremerton Library on Saturday. Davison drives the vintage car everyday. MEEGAN M. REID | KISTAP SUN
Reflected in the side mirror of owner Pat Davison’s 1930 Model A Ford, Clipper waits for Davison outside of the downtown Bremerton Library on Saturday. Davison drives the vintage car everyday. MEEGAN M. REID | KISTAP SUN
Jerry Tallman of Belfair and his dog Salty with some of his seascapes he has carved with a chainsaw on Monday. Tallman lost his arm in a logging accident, but still carves. He is going to display them at the Seattle Aquarium. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Jerry Tallman of Belfair and his dog Salty with some of his seascapes he has carved with a chainsaw on Monday. Tallman lost his arm in a logging accident, but still carves. He is going to display them at the Seattle Aquarium. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Wilfero Tario, of Silverdale, gets tangled in his dog leads as he walks his three chihuahuas at Old Mill Park in Silverdale on Friday. The dogs are from the left, Luba, Percy, and Nino. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Wilfero Tario, of Silverdale, gets tangled in his dog leads as he walks his three chihuahuas at Old Mill Park in Silverdale on Friday. The dogs are from the left, Luba, Percy, and Nino. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Rajean Barone's dog Lizzie greets customers as they enter her Found shop in the Manette neighborhood of Bremerton on Friday, November 7, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Rajean Barone’s dog Lizzie greets customers as they enter her Found shop in the Manette neighborhood of Bremerton on Friday, November 7, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)


Breanne Peterson dashes to return the ball to her sister Emily as her dog Romo surveys the courts as the sisters play tennis at Lions Park in Bremerton. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

 

A pooch peaks through the fence on the pedestrian walkway to have a view of the the grand opening festivities of the new Manette Bridge on November 10, 2011.  (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Norma Davis,90, gives her cat Pretty Baby a hug after lifting her up Monday afternoon in her East Bremerton studio apartment. Davis was living in Pearl Harbor when it was attacked in 1941.  LARRY STEAGALL  |  KITSAP SUN

Charlie Merrill’s cat Jackson sits atop a wine barrel at Victor Alexander Winery on Bainbridge Island. MEEGAN M. REID |  KITSAP SUN

Cris Felicinao,16, of Bremerton helps give his dog Sleepy a cool drink of water to stay hydrated at Lions park in Bremerton on a warm summer day. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #94: Autumn STAND-OUTS

Nice work on the Autumn themed photos everyone!

As usual I love the different  shooting styles and subjects shared by everyone who took the time to enter.

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

The following photos will be published in the Sunday, November 8th. edition of the Kitsap Sun.

Sisyphus Works For The Parks Department by Steve Johnson
Sisyphus Works For The Parks Department by Steve Johnson

Nothing says Autumn quite like colorful leaves and raking. I really like Steve’s elevated point-of-view for this shot as well as his use of the leading lines of the sidewalk and curb from the right corner of the frame. It is an all around great image depicting this season.

 

Floating Leak by Alex Weirth
Floating Leak by Alex Weirth

The light in this photo really makes everything in the frame work. Without that beautiful light one wouldn’t see the fabulous details of the ripples of the water, nor would those colors of the leaf be “popping” right out of the frame. It is a beautiful and calming shot.

Pumpkin Guard Dog by Jack C. Harpel
Pumpkin Guard Dog by Jack C. Harpel

Since  the jack-o-lantern is composed right in the center of the frame, the viewer’s eyes go straight to it. And even though that green leafy plant is trying to throw off the whole Autumn feel of the image it just doesn’t matter thanks to that bright orange pumpkin right in the middle. This lovely porch scene is balanced out by a sweet little dog standing guard next to the milk box.

Big Foot by Narumi Ando
Big Foot by Narumi Ando

I am a fan of “out of the box” creative thinking and capturing a few scattered leaves perfectly framing a wet footprint is just very interesting. I also think that this shot portrays fall in two ways, one being the leaves of course but the other being that sogginess that tends to linger on through the whole season. It’s a very well executed image.

Fall Mushrooms by acey Gibson
Fall Mushrooms by Lacey Gibson

I love the saturated colors and the crisp details of these little mushrooms. While it might be subtle, I also think that the light scattering of dirt still visible on top of their caps is very important to the scene as well because it gives it sense of time and these are obviously freshly sprung mushrooms.

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #94: Autumn

It is time for the annual Autumn/Fall 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 pumpkin spice latte that you drink every morning 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 2nd.

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  an opportunity 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:

The still water of Olalla Bay reflects the fall colors as a hooded merganser paddles around on Thursday, October 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
The still water of Olalla Bay reflects the fall colors as a hooded merganser paddles around on Thursday, October 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Jacque Watkins of Bremerton documents the stages of fall on a tree at 11th and Ohio in Bremerton. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Jacque Watkins of Bremerton documents the stages of fall on a tree at 11th and Ohio in Bremerton. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
The trees are just beginning to turn color of fall at Port Gamble on Tuesday, The week of cold night will help the process. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
The trees are just beginning to turn color of fall at Port Gamble on Tuesday, The week of cold night will help the process. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
With the fall leaves as a backdrop, Jack Farnsworth walks down the hill toward the water at Illahee State Park on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Farnsworth tries to walk through the park "every couple of days." (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
With the fall leaves as a backdrop, Jack Farnsworth walks down the hill toward the water at Illahee State Park on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Farnsworth tries to walk through the park “every couple of days.” (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Fall colors on the Olympic College Bremerton campus on Friday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Fall colors on the Olympic College Bremerton campus on Friday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Alexander Nemechik adjusts his ghillie suit as he prepares to take his position aboard the USS Turner Joy for the Haunted Ship Tormented Tales: Island of Dolls tours on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Alexander Nemechik adjusts his ghillie suit as he prepares to take his position aboard the USS Turner Joy for the Haunted Ship Tormented Tales: Island of Dolls tours on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Kellie Bickel hold an umbrella to keep her and son Shay, 5, dry as they trick or treat as character from Angry Birds in downtown Poulsbo on Thursday, October 31, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Kellie Bickel hold an umbrella to keep her and son Shay, 5, dry as they trick or treat as character from Angry Birds in downtown Poulsbo on Thursday, October 31, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Hayride passengers wave to a passing hay wagon going in the opposite direction as they leave the pumpkin patch at Hunter Farms in Union on Sunday, October 19, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Hayride passengers wave to a passing hay wagon going in the opposite direction as they leave the pumpkin patch at Hunter Farms in Union on Sunday, October 19, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
The perfect pumpkin is sought after in the pumpkin patch at Hunter Farms in Union on Sunday, October 19, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
The perfect pumpkin is sought after in the pumpkin patch at Hunter Farms in Union on Sunday, October 19, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
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)
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 #93: Wildlife STAND-OUTS

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 all so very lucky to live in such a great area with such an abundance of creatures around to capture with our cameras!

This challenge theme is the HARDEST to pick “stand-outs” for because of the high caliber of work and the limited space we have to display them in the print edition.

Don’t forget, there aren’t any “winners or losers”, I just pick a few photos and ramble on about why they stand-out to me for various reasons (composition, subject matter, all around humor etc.)

The following 7 photos are my “stand-outs” and will be published in the Sunday, October 11th. edition of the Kitsap Sun.

***I will also include a a whole bunch of entries beneath the “stand-outs” so everyone can see some of the other really nice shots that I received***

 

STAND-OUTS:

Hurricane Ridge Marmot by Donna Ferris This photo just cracks me up! I love this furry marmot's expression and body language as it appears to be yelling at the camera. I have to think that marmot paparazzi might just be a problem at Hurricane Ridge these days.
Hurricane Ridge Marmot by Donna Ferris
This photo just cracks me up! I love this furry marmot’s expression and body language as it appears to be yelling at the camera. I have to think that marmot paparazzi might just be a problem at Hurricane Ridge these days.
Floating Frogs Embracing by Eli Owens This frame is just stunning in every way: the colors, detail, composition and subject matter (although the subject matter might be a little risquŽ to some but hey these are frogs it is what they do in nature). It really is a perfect photograph.
Floating Frogs Embracing by Eli Owens
This frame is just stunning in every way: the colors, detail, composition and subject matter (although the subject matter might be a little risquŽ to some but hey these are frogs it is what they do in nature). It really is a perfect photograph.
Otter With Breakfast by Bob Rosenbladt I just love this shot captured by Bob of an other with his freshly caught breakfast. It is a wonderful wildlife moment and one that many have probably never had the opportunity to witness first hand.
Otter With Breakfast by Bob Rosenbladt
I just love this shot captured by Bob of an other with his freshly caught breakfast. It is a wonderful wildlife moment and one that many have probably never had the opportunity to witness first hand.
Green Heron on Kitsap Lake by Janine Schutt I had no idea that there was such a thing as a green heron and now thanks to Janine's beautiful photo, I know where I will be next summer when these winged beauties arrive in our area. The composition of the heron among the lily pads is wonderful as is the stopped motion of the bird in mid takeoff.
Green Heron on Kitsap Lake by Janine Schutt
I had no idea that there was such a thing as a green heron and now thanks to Janine’s beautiful photo, I know where I will be next summer when these winged beauties arrive in our area. The composition of the heron among the lily pads is wonderful as is the stopped motion of the bird in mid takeoff.
Humpback with Gulls by Connie Bickerton The flock of gulls really adds some great depth and action to this lovely whale shot by Connie.
Humpback with Gulls by Connie Bickerton
The flock of gulls really adds some great depth and  action to this lovely whale shot by Connie.
Evening Stretch E Faithe Lester I really enjoy the composition of this image with the weathered fence in the background giving the image a sense of place. It's also a great catch of a buck in the middle of what looks like his evening yoga routine.
Evening Stretch E Faithe Lester
I really enjoy the composition of this image with the weathered fence in the background giving the image a sense of place. It’s also a great catch of a buck in the middle of what looks like his evening yoga routine.
Eggs no more by Steve Swanson I really like how the composition of this frame makes it look like the robin is taking a selfie with its newly hatched chick...you know maybe to TWEET out to its twitter followers or something.
Eggs no more by Steve Swanson
I really like how the composition of this frame makes it look like the robin is taking a selfie with its newly hatched chick…you know maybe to TWEET out to its twitter followers or something. (Apologies for the bird pun…I just couldn’t help myself)

 

 

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JUST A FEW MORE OF THE REALLY COOL IMAGES THAT WERE ENTERED:

Beached Lion's Mane Jellyfish by Joel Colvos
Beached Lion’s Mane Jellyfish by Joel Colvos
Frog at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge by Donna Ferris
Frog at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge by Donna Ferris
Raccoon Leaping by Eli Owens
Raccoon Leaping by Eli Owens
Queuing up! by Steve Swanson
Queuing up! by Steve Swanson
by Noelle Morris
by Noelle Morris
Male downy woodpecker at his nest hole on an alder tree at the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument by Janine Schutt
Male downy woodpecker at his nest hole on an alder tree at the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument by Janine Schutt
Black Striped Marlin by Stuart Hafer
Black Striped Marlin by Stuart Hafer
by acesign
by acesign
Nose to Nose by E Faithe Lester
Nose to Nose by E Faithe Lester
American pika at Mt. Rainier National Park by Janine Schutt
American pika at Mt. Rainier National Park by Janine Schutt
by acesign
by acesign
A Talking Deer by acesign
A Talking Deer by acesign
Cormorants in Fog by Joel Colvos
Cormorants in Fog by Joel Colvos
You lookin' at me? by Barbara Westfall
You lookin’ at me? by Barbara Westfall
The Star Fish is Too Big by Barbara Westfall
The Star Fish is Too Big by Barbara Westfall
Snow monkeys in Nagano, Japan by Steve Swanson
Snow monkeys in Nagano, Japan by Steve Swanson
Pondering one's reflection by Steve Swanson
Pondering one’s reflection by Steve Swanson
Got more? by Steve Swanson
Got more? by Steve Swanson
Raccoon Peeking From Den by Eli Ownes
Raccoon Peeking From Den by Eli Ownes
Delivery by Deena Alley
Delivery by Deena Alley
Crow in the Wind by Connie Bickerton
Crow in the Wind by Connie Bickerton
Dancing Herons by Bob Rosenbladt
Dancing Herons by Bob Rosenbladt
Orca Family Bonds by Connie Bickerton
Orca Family Bonds by Connie Bickerton
Mama Bear and Baby Bears by Lacey Gibson
Mama Bear and Baby Bears by Lacey Gibson
New Baby by Carol Cadigan
New Baby by Carol Cadigan
Grouse On Hurricane Hill by Lacey Gibson
Grouse On Hurricane Hill by Lacey Gibson
Gull Cracking Clam Shell by Bob Rosenbladt
Gull Cracking Clam Shell by Bob Rosenbladt

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #93: Wildlife

This is by far the most popular theme/subject of any of the challenges that we have ever done (hence why we shoot this one annually). It quite frankly almost always showcases the strongest and most interesting of photos of the year.

This challenge is also the toughest to choose stand-outs for because we have some amazing wildlife photographers in our midst so I am giddy with excitement to see what is entered.

Okay and so as I type it every year (ahem or more like copy and paste from the year before):

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 right near my house, sometimes from the deck, other times from the driveway looking into my neighbor’s yard etc. 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 even.

So 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 an upcoming 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 cockatoo “Carl” has left the comfort of his cage and has joined the ranks of the local cockatoo flock foraging around Lions Park then I don’t want to see Carl’s photo.

***ALSO 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 2015, but they cannot have been entered for any of the other challenges that we have had.

You may send me a maximum of 5 photos for this challenge, so edit your work down to 5 images MAX shutterbugs.

Deadline for entries will be October 1st.

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 and yes there is a cute photo of a warf rat in there that was never published in the paper (i think my editor might be anti-rat regardless of how cute it is):
A barred owl perches on a mossy limb while searching for breakfast on Saturday morning near Brownsville. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A barred owl perches on a mossy limb while searching for breakfast on Saturday morning near Brownsville. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
An orca calf surfaces behind its family as the pod of swims through Dyes Inlet on Friday, June 12, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
An orca calf surfaces behind its family as the pod of swims through Dyes Inlet on Friday, June 12, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A wharf rat scrambles through the blackberry brambles along the shore near the Port Orchard Marina on Friday, July 10, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A wharf rat scrambles through the blackberry brambles along the shore near the Port Orchard Marina on Friday, July 10, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A murder of crows harass a bald eagle as it dines on a duck, on the dock at Illahee State Park on Monday, June 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A murder of crows harass a bald eagle as it dines on a duck, on the dock at Illahee State Park on Monday, June 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A squirrel sits among the blossoms of a tree in Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton, Wash. on a rainy Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A squirrel sits among the blossoms of a tree in Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton, Wash. on a rainy Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A great blue heron carries a twig through the air while building a nest in a rookery above the 76 gas station on Bethel Avenue in Port Orchard, Wash. on Thursday, March 26, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A great blue heron carries a twig through the air while building a nest in a rookery above the 76 gas station on Bethel Avenue in Port Orchard, Wash. on Thursday, March 26, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

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(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)
A young buck grazes near the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center on Sunday, June 7, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A young buck grazes near the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center on Sunday, June 7, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A great blue heron snacks on a fish along the shore of the Arness Roadside Park in Kingston on Wednesday August 12, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A great blue heron snacks on a fish along the shore of the Arness Roadside Park in Kingston on Wednesday August 12, 2015. (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 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: Photo Challenge #92: Sunrise/Sunset STAND-OUTS

Nice work on the sunrise/sunset shots! I absolutely love the various hues and foreground silhouettes captured by everyone.

This was a tough batch of photographs to only pick out a few “stand-outs” so I’m picking 6 stand-outs but also going to post just a few of the many nifty frames shared this past month.

The following 6 shots will be published in the Sunday, September 13th. edition of the Kitsap Sun:

Westport Wonders by Deena Alley
Westport Wonders by Deena Alley

Co-photographer Larry Steagall and I feel that a person silhouette is one of the most important parts of a really strong sunset photo. Now many landscape photographers disagree with that and many sunset photos sans people silhouettes are beautiful and strong photos no doubt. This shot of Deena’s is great not only because we see that silhouetted person taking in the view on the right, but the layers of color in the water and sky are just beautiful. Crop out the silhouetted onlooker and it would still be a great photo.

Southworth Windmill at Sunrise by E. Faithe Lester
Southworth Windmill at Sunrise by E. Faithe Lester

I was surprised by how many photographs featuring sunrises were entered, I guess not everyone groans at the thought of rising before the sun rises, or maybe everyone does groan but taking in the beautiful sky just makes it worth it. Anyway, I just love the movement of the windmill blades captured here against the varied hues of clouds.

Tracyton Sunset by Kent Ferris
Tracyton Sunset by Kent Ferris

While it is only a subtle part of this image, the red trailing car lights cruising down Tracyton Beach Road help draw the eye to the small patch of red sky in the center. This shot is just beautiful.

August Sunrise by Noelle Morris
August Sunrise by Noelle Morris

Noelle is always out there in Manchester snapping beautiful shots of eagles. The composition of this shot is great showcasing all the layers of silhouettes starting with the eagle and moving back all the way to the lighter hue of the mountains.

Sunrise in Silverdale by Lacey Gibson
Sunrise in Silverdale by Lacey Gibson

I like how Lacey’s shot captured the expanse of the wispy cloud filled sky with the tiny moon in the corner.

Sunset Ferry by Conny Johannesson
Sunset Ferry by Conny Johannesson

There were quite a few entries featuring ferries, many which were quite good but I liked this one of Conny’s the best of the bunch because of the glowing lights illuminating the boat and the water. Sure the sunset colors are a bit muted (as most sunsets usually are) but those ferry lights give a burst of color that the sky was missing that night.

 

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And because there were way too many really good shots to choose from, here are just a few (and I stress a few) more entries to take a look at:

by Michelle Dorr
by Michelle Dorr
by Kim Hart
by Kim Hart

 

 

 

 

 

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by Lacey Gibson

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by Connie Bickerton

by Val Linn
by Val Linn
By John Lax 07/12/2015 Northern California beach (west of Orick). Through a covered picnic patio toward open ocean sunset.
By John Lax
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by Jack C. Harpel

by Lorri Hamilton
by Lorri Hamilton
by Sue Mhyre
by Sue Mhyre
by Deena Alley
by Deena Alley

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by Steve Havert

 

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by Landra Reinke

by Deena Alley
by Deena Alley
by Brent Tyler
by Brent Tyler
by Linda Bailey
by Linda Bailey
by: Don Bergman
by: Don Bergman
by Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson
by Deena Alley
by Deena Alley
by Jan Heeter
by Jan Heeter
by Deena Alley
by Deena Alley
August 2015 Sunrises by Noelle Morris
August 2015 Sunrises by Noelle Morris
by Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

 

by Julie Rotter
by Julie Rotter

 

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Pink Clouds at Sunset by E Faithe Lester