FRAMES: Best of 2010 Challenge Stand-outs

Yes we’re a little late on the posting of the Best of 2010 Challenge Standouts, but hey give me a break while most had the holidays off (ahem Derek) I was working…wait I guess since this blog is work related that excuse doesn’t really count…well anyway here are our picks for this week’s stand-outs.

A new challenge will be posted later this week.

***Please remember there are no winners or losers, we just choose photos that stand-out to us for various reasons. 🙂

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“Going For Gold” by Patricia Thomas

We are suckers for silhouette photos here at the Sun and this one is just beautiful! The composition of the boat, bird and sun combined with the overall golden light brought it straight to the top of our picks.

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“Kyla Marie” by Colette Wilson

This is hands-down an adorable portrait. The act of this little darling looking almost wistfully towards the sky as she rests her chin in her hands makes this photo just delightful. The small smile makes one thing that she’s either thinking about princesses or planning some major mischief.

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“Garden Art” by Meghan Hill

The number three is a very popular when it comes to photography (think rule of thirds). In this photo, Meghan took the number three and the rule of thirds and kicked it up a notch. What could have been just a static picture of statues in a garden was made visually interesting by using the repeating triangles of trees (three of them), the upside down triangles formed by the space in between the trees (again three spaces) and the three statues. And triangles of course have three sides. It’s a very visually pleasing photo.

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“Christmas in Big Valley” by Pam Ehrhardt

Capturing Christmas lights can be a tough shoot, yet Pam captured this Big Valley scene perfectly. The trail of blue lights leading the viewers eye straight up to the gazebo is really nice.

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“Tranquility on Oregon’s Lost Lake” by Debbie Nopp

A photographer can’t go wrong with a tranquil lake and a mountain view but it’s really the small boat in the corner of the frame that makes the photo stand out. Landscape photos are fantastic, but a landscape photo with people in it (no matter how small they are in the frame) are even better.