Category Archives: Photo of the Day

FRAMES: Heron rookery (bird nerd alert)

It’s probably not a big secret that I am a little bit of a “bird nerd”.

That’s right, I like birds, I like photographing birds and I just might have a little bird guide book where I write down the when and the where of a newly spotted bird.

And I know there are quite a few fellow “bird nerds” out there so I am passing along this bird alert: in the trees above/behind the 76 gas station on the corner of Bethel Ave. and Bay St. in Port Orchard, there is a large rookery of great blue herons building nests. It’s quite a sight to see them flying to and from with twigs and sticks.

Your window for seeing this is probably closing pretty soon because once the leaves on the trees spring forth, I have to think those nests are going to be quite hard to spot.

Here are a few shots I snapped of the rookery today:

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all photos © Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun

FRAMES: Photo of the day: Skittish Seagulls

As a photographer,  you just know when a curious youngster meets a flock of seagulls in the park that it is going to be a nice photo…but when that kid is also wearing a hood with bear ears… well that just takes the photograph to a whole new level of cute! ;)

Seagulls take flight as a curious Charlye Malone, 1, walks up to them while visiting Bremerton's Evergeen Rotary Park with her grandmother Karen Frederick on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Seagulls take flight as a curious Charlye Malone, 1, walks up to them while visiting Bremerton’s Evergeen Rotary Park with her grandmother Karen Frederick on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

FRAMES: Photos of the Day: Olalla Polar Bear Plunge 2015

Bystanders on the bridge snap cellphone pictures as Brad Larson, of Gig Harbor, falls toward the water during the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bystanders on the bridge snap cellphone pictures as Brad Larson, of Gig Harbor, falls toward the water during the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Heidi Edgecombe, of Port Orchard, gives a yell as she makes the jump from the bridge with Savannah Easterday and Nancy Martin at the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Heidi Edgecombe, of Port Orchard, gives a yell as she makes the jump from the bridge with Savannah Easterday and Nancy Martin at the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Lindsey Skuza, of Olalla, left, exits the shimmering water as Gidget Westland, of Gig Harbor, wraps herself in a towel on the shore after the two took part in the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Lindsey Skuza, of Olalla, left, exits the shimmering water as Gidget Westland, of Gig Harbor, wraps herself in a towel on the shore after the two took part in the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A trio of plungers take part in the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A trio of plungers take part in the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge on Monday, January 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

FRAMES: Photo Of The Day: Partial Solar Eclipse

I just can’t help but think of the Cheshire Cat’s grin from Alice In Wonderland when I look at these eclipse photos. :)

A partial eclipse of the sun is just visible through the clouds above Poulsbo's Waterfront Park on Thursday, October 23, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A partial eclipse of the sun is just visible through the clouds above Poulsbo’s Waterfront Park on Thursday, October 23, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A partial eclipse of the sun is just visible through the clouds above Poulsbo's Waterfront Park on Thursday, October 23, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A partial eclipse of the sun is just visible through the clouds above Poulsbo’s Waterfront Park on Thursday, October 23, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

FRAMES: Photo of the day: GAMCON Hipstys

If you were downtown Bremerton this weekend, chances are you saw a bunch of people dressed up in some amazing costumes (which is actually called cosplay: the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime).

The first GAMCON at the Kitsap Conference Center seemed to be a success from the amount of people I witnessed out and about at the convention on Saturday. But it was kind of an overwhelming scene for a photographer because the colorful cosplay outfits were just everywhere!

I  decided to take a bunch of portraits with my iPhone’s Hipstamatic app and put them together as a grid, to give an overall look at some of the many people in the most random attire that were present on Saturday. I chose the most “sci-fi/japanese anime” filter and lens combo I could come up with in the app and just started snapping people against the same wall throughout the day. I stitched them together in a grid and came up with the image below.

It looks a little rough and I was really rushed in getting it done but overall I think it came out pretty nice. It gives an overall look of the convention with a flare of art because of the app filter. But the next time I do something like this I’ll make it a little more refined and easier to read.

 

A collage using the Hipstamatic IPhone app of a few of those attending Saturday's GAMCON in Bremerton. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A collage using the Hipstamatic IPhone app of a few of those attending Saturday’s GAMCON in Bremerton. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

FRAMES: Photo(s) Of The Day: Poulsbo Fireworks

It had been many many years since I had photographed fireworks, so needless to say I was incredibly stressed out when I was assigned to shoot the 3rd of July fireworks in Poulsbo on deadline (which means transmitting photos immediately back to the office for print as soon as the final “boom”resonates across the water, leaving not one extra second for checking focus, exposure, changing position etc.)

Luckily I shot just fine and transmitted photos in time (well barely in time thanks to the whole North Kitsap area being on their smart phones as they left the fireworks hence causing cell data service to creep along as slow as possible as this photographer freaks out in her car because her wireless card for her computer has 5 bars but is creeping along slower than a snail and only picked up to actual snail pace as soon as we exited city limits) but whatever they made it in time for the presses to start rolling.

The hardest part was of course editing as fast as I could, I missed some great shots that should have been sent in for front page contention. But wait, I run a blog so I’m publishing them here as well.

For those who want to know the “tech” specs for this fireworks shoot, here are my camera settings: ISO 400, F-11 and Shutter varied from 1 -6 seconds depending on how bright I thought the fireworks were going to be. Also used a tripod (a must for fireworks) and a cable/wireless shutter release.

Here are some of my favorites: (the slideshow will advance in its own, or you can click the image to hurry it along)