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FRAMES: Photo Challenge #83: Frame Within The Frame

It is a very important technique that photographers (especially photojournalists) use quite often and Larry and I are no exception. On almost every assignment we shoot, we end up looking for something that is already there in the environment (man or nature made) to frame our subjects with. We use this concept in an effort to add interest and impact to our photographs and subjects.

So your challenge this month, if you choose to accept it of course, is to show me your best photo capturing a “Frame Within the Frame.”

The frame can be a window, a door , a fence, tree leaves or a porthole. It doesn’t matter what the “frame” is as long as it frames your subject.

Now this “frame” does not have to go all the way along four sides of your subject or scene like a standard picture frame does. Take the example of the sailboat below, the sailboat is framed by ships on two sides.

A sailboat cruises past the PSNS Shipyard as seen from the Port Orchard Waterfront on a brisk Tuesday, November 11, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A sailboat is framed by two cargo ships as it cruises past the PSNS Shipyard as seen from the Port Orchard Waterfront on a brisk Tuesday, November 11, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

Again I encourage you to get out there and shoot the challenge in the week that it is posted but I will accept previously shot images. Choose your best/favorite image (or 5) and upload it to the “Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here” link on the right hand side of this page or email them to me directly at mreid@kitsapsun.com.

This challenge deadline is Monday, December 8th.

Here are a few “Frame Within The Frame” photographs from Larry and my archives to get you thinking:

A Puget Sound Naval Shipyard worker is framed by the rock art in the adjacent park on a rainy Wednesday, at the First and Pacific gate. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A Puget Sound Naval Shipyard worker is framed by the rock art in the adjacent park on a rainy Wednesday, at the First and Pacific gate. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Bainbridge Island ferry commuters are framed by one of the new Bicycle racks on Winslow Way on a wet Thursday morning. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Bainbridge Island ferry commuters are framed by one of the new Bicycle racks on Winslow Way on a wet Thursday morning. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
The Washington State ferry Salish pulls into Bremerton on Sunday as divers stand in the shallow water at low tide framed by pillings of the Annapolis Dock. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
The Washington State ferry Salish pulls into Bremerton on Sunday as divers stand in the shallow water at low tide framed by pillings of the Annapolis Dock. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A pair of kayakers are framed by the support pilings to the Manette Bridge on Tuesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A pair of kayakers are framed by the support pilings to the Manette Bridge on Tuesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Pat Ziarnik is framed in the windows of the old Keyport Contential Inn where he is moving his Whiskey Creek Steakhouse. The new site is across the street from the original restaurant in Keyport. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Pat Ziarnik is framed in the windows of the old Keyport Contential Inn where he is moving his Whiskey Creek Steakhouse. The new site is across the street from the original restaurant in Keyport. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Rylee Howell is framed in a window as she wanders through the boothe of Tiny Town during the Kingston Fourth of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Rylee Howell is framed in a window as she wanders through the boothe of Tiny Town during the Kingston Fourth of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Alan Kasper is framed in a window of the existing rifle range structure as he talks about the improvements that would be made before reopening the rifle range at the Bainbridge Island Sportsmen's Club on Friday, July 12, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Alan Kasper is framed in a window of the existing rifle range structure as he talks about the improvements that would be made before reopening the rifle range at the Bainbridge Island Sportsmen’s Club on Friday, July 12, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Half of the Chico Creek culvert is ripped up on Tuesday. The old culvert is being removed. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Half of the Chico Creek culvert is ripped up on Tuesday. The old culvert is being removed. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
The youngest of a three generation family that lives at the Chieftain Motel in West Bremerton peeks out of her rooms window. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
The youngest of a three generation family that lives at the Chieftain Motel in West Bremerton peeks out of her rooms window. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Todd Krause is framed in his barn window as he washes the milking equipment after milking his cows early Wednesday morning. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
Todd Krause is framed in his barn window as he washes the milking equipment after milking his cows early Wednesday morning. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
A cat peers out a window in Manette as the sun makes an appearance between rain storms on Thursday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A cat peers out a window in Manette as the sun makes an appearance between rain storms on Thursday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Bill Swope is framed by the cockpit of a helicopter that he is building during a field trip of Central Kitsap Junior High aviation students to Apex Airpark in Silverdale on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bill Swope is framed by the cockpit of a helicopter that he is building during a field trip of Central Kitsap Junior High aviation students to Apex Airpark in Silverdale on Wednesday, November 12, 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)
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)
Ashleigh Lauber measures as she works in a display window of the new Purpose Boutique at Fourth and Pacific in downtown Bremerton. The new shop plans to open on Jan. 10. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
Ashleigh Lauber measures as she works in a display window of the new Purpose Boutique at Fourth and Pacific in downtown Bremerton. The new shop plans to open on Jan. 10. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

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Sailors look out of a porthole in the side of the USS John C. Stennis as it docks at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Friday, May, 3, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Sailors look out of a porthole in the side of the USS John C. Stennis as it docks at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Friday, May, 3, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Youngsters watch from a window as Bremerton Firefighter Seth Jackson (left) and a fellow Bremerton crew member help extinguish a fire in the basement of a neighboring house along Warren Avenue in Bremerton on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Central Kitsap crews also assisted on the call. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Youngsters watch from a window as Bremerton Firefighter Seth Jackson (left) and a fellow Bremerton crew member help extinguish a fire in the basement of a neighboring house along Warren Avenue in Bremerton on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Central Kitsap crews also assisted on the call. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Charlie Tate, 5, takes a look at a clam that he found underneath the dock at Lions Park in Bremerton on a sunny Tuesday afternoon.(MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Charlie Tate, 5, takes a look at a clam that he found underneath the dock at Lions Park in Bremerton on a sunny Tuesday afternoon.(MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Alexander Nemechik adjusts his ghillie suit as he prepares to take his position aboard the USS Turner Joy for the Haunted Ship Tormented Tales: Island of Dolls tours on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Alexander Nemechik adjusts his ghillie suit as he prepares to take his position aboard the USS Turner Joy for the Haunted Ship Tormented Tales: Island of Dolls tours on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Madrona School Waldorf Eduction third grade students Natalie Taylor,9,left, and Thomas Wyatt,9, look out a port hole on Thursday. Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun
Madrona School Waldorf Eduction third grade students Natalie Taylor,9,left, and Thomas Wyatt,9, look out a port hole on Thursday. Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #82: Autumn STAND-OUTS

Lovely Autumn themed photos everyone!

As usual I love the varying subjects that were captured for this challenge and the different photography styles on display.

Remember, there aren’t any “winners” or “losers”, I just pick a few photos that “stand-out” to me and ramble on about the reasons I like them. The following photos will be published in the Sunday, November 9th. edition of the Kitsap Sun.

Pumpkin
Pumpkin patch by Gregory Leach
I just love everything about this image. The composition is fabulous with the rows and rows of pumpkins in the foreground with the iconic barn in the background. Also, the muted colors give it a lovely old-time feel. Truly everything in this frame just screams Autumn.

 

Central Utah Aspen Trees by Steve Fisher
Central Utah Aspen Trees by Steve Fisher

The colors and contrast of these repeating rows of Aspen trees filling the frame is really nice.

 
Fall Ride on Wenatchee River by Noelle Morris
Fall Ride on Wenatchee River by Noelle Morris

By shooting this photo from atop her trusty steed, Noelle gives the viewer a great point of view of the scene. That point of view also segways into a great composition with the horse’s head situated nicely in the corner leading the viewers eye on to the horses and colorful trees in the background.

Golden Oak by Lenaic Leleu
Golden Oak by Lenaic Leleu

I love the vibrancy of the orange of this image, and how those leaves in the foreground are just a shade different enough to standout from the background. The corner composition of this shot is also great.

In Transition by Hailey Stokes
In Transition by Hailey Stokes

The details and textures in this frame are just lovely and the light causing the glimmer of the water drops is fantastic.

TisThe Season by Skyler Bakken
Tis’ The Season by Skyler Bakken

This photo makes me smile. Apparently even teenagers enjoy the thrill and fun of throwing leaves in the air and letting them cascade down upon them. I also like how out of place this leaf throwing exhibition is. I mean they are on a concrete sidewalk without any piles of leaves within sight, yet that does not stop their whimsical leaf throwing one bit.

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #82: Autumn ROUND 2

You have just one  more week left to snap that “Stand-Out” worthy shot for out Autumn themed photo challenge.

Recap of rules and regulations are here.

Deadline is still Monday, November 3rd.

Here are a few more (just a few, not all) of entries that filtered in:

The

The Beauty Of Nature by Jack C. Harpel

"Shrooms""

Shrooms by Jack C. Harpel

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Fall colors and fog at a tarn near Mildred Lakes by Shawna Whelan
Fall colors and fog at a tarn near Mildred Lakes by Shawna Whelan
Central Utah Aspen Trees by Steve Fisher
Central Utah Aspen Trees by Steve Fisher
Fort Ward Park Stairs by Vicki Rauh
Fort Ward Park Stairs by Vicki Rauh
Fall Ride on Wenatchee River by Noelle Morris
Fall Ride on Wenatchee River by Noelle Morris
Fall Ride on Wenatchee River by Noelle Morris
Fall Ride on Wenatchee River by Noelle Morris
Nature's Art by Mary Moff Saurdiff
Nature’s Art by Mary Moff Saurdiff
Spider Web by Mathew Niblack
Spider Web by Mathew Niblack
Mushroom Birdbath by Noelle Morris
Mushroom Birdbath by Noelle Morris
Fall Berries, by Mary Moff Saurdiff
Fall Berries, by Mary Moff Saurdiff

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #82: Autumn ROUND 1

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

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

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

Stand

Stand Alone by Gregory Leach

The

The Honesty of Fall by Barbara Erickson

 

Bumpy
Bumpy Pumpkins by Patty Marz

 

Bird

Bird Bliss by Marta

Shrooms"

Shrooms by Richard Miles

 

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

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #82: Autumn

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

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

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

Deadline for this challenge is November 3rd.

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

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

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

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

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

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #81: Wildlife STAND-OUTS

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

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

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

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

Here are my stand-outs:

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Nap Time by Jack C. Harpel

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

d98f0d95-8d8a-4faf-a075-c67a2dfc8935Curious Raccoon by Michael Hrynio

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

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

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

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

by Steve Swanson American Goldfinch
by Steve Swanson

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

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

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

Elk Herd by Noelle Morris
Elk Herd by Noelle Morris

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #81: Wildlife ROUND 2

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

Recap of rules regulations etc. is located HERE.

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

Here are just a few of our latest wildlife entries:

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

Bullhead

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

Seahawk

Seahawk On The Hunt by Jerry Harless

Three's

Threes A Crowd by Jerry Harless

What

Frog and Saw by John Haydon

Looking

Looking For Lunch by John Haydon

Frog

Frog In The Boo by John Haydon

 

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #81: Wildlife ROUND 1

Our wildlife challenge is in full swing!

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

Here are a FEW of the entries this far:

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

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Great Blue Heron at Silverdale Waterfront Park by Greg Leach

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Juvenile Bald Eagle by Greg Leach

 

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Baby Duckling by Greg Leach

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Moose by Greg Leach

 

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Crane In Hand by Stephanie Craig

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Doe’s Day Out by Bobby Davis

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Peek A Boo by Bobby Davis

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

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Tree Bound Grey Heron by Mark Zealor

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

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Duck Dinner by Tara-Marie Buckley

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Mom and Baby by Tara-Marie Buckley

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Doe and Sunset by Tara-Marie Buckley

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Peek A Boo by Jim Michelinie

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Breakfast At The Feeder by Jim Michelinie

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Curious Raccoon by Michael Hrynio

FRAMES: Photo Challenge #81: Wildlife

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Per usual you have a few rules/regulations:

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for entries will be October 3rd.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A male osprey returns to a waiting fledgling with a fish in his talons at their nest on top of one of the lights at Gene Lobe Field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 12, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

 

A blue heron is silhouetted against the morning sky as it perches on a piling in the Bremerton Marina. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

 

Evergreen Park Squirrel: Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun