*VOTING HAS ENDED FOR OUR 2019 CALENDAR. We appreciate all who contributed. Winning photographers and the winning voter will be notified by email by November 9th, 2018.
Vote for your favorite photos by local photographers, and we’ll put them into our 2019 Calendar!
One randomly picked voter will become the proud owner of a wonderful ready to hang 11 x 17 metal print photo ($75 Value), just for voting! Enter your name and email address below (for notification purposes only, NO SPAM), vote for your favorite photo(s), and you could win one locally shot ready to hang photo, taken by our advertising coordinator Josh Bergesen. Winning voter will be notified via email in early November 2018.
We were absolutely overwhelmed with photos this year with over 400 entries! We dwindled it down to just 82 to be voted on for the 31 spots in the calendar.
Below is the voting gallery for the 2019 calendar contest. This year, public voting on submitted photographs will decide the cover photo and all the monthly photos for our annual calendar. Basically the 2019 calendar will be created by the community, for the community. Voting is open to the public from September 24th to October 12th.
Winning photographers will be notified by November 30th.
- The top vote getter will be awarded the coveted cover of the 2019 calendar, a $100 Gift Card to Hartnagel Building Supply AND a 16″ x 20″ metal print of their chosen photo from Bay Photo Lab.
- The next 12 photos with the most votes will receive prominent placement for each month in the calendar AND photographers will be awarded an 8.5″ x 11″ metal print of their chosen photo from Bay Photo Lab.
- The next 18 photos with the most votes will receive placement in smaller displayed areas of the calendar AND photographers will be awarded a 4″ x 6″ metal print of their chosen photo from Bay Photo Lab.
- Voting is limited to one voter per IP address to create an even playing field. If you have more than one potential voter in a household or workplace we encourage everyone to vote via separate mobile devices not connected to WI-FI which contain different IP addresses.
- Click directly on a photo for the full uncropped view.
- Click the star icon on an image to cast a vote for that photograph.
- One vote will be counted per user, per image, so feel free to cast votes for all of your favorite pictures.
To vote, please enter your name and email address.
This information will be used to select a winner for the metal photo print available to voting participants.
You will NOT be signed up for emails from us or any third parties.
Now that we’ve chosen a good digital camera, familiarized ourselves with it, and have learned enough about our wildlife subjects to get some photos, it’s time to think about the final product.
One of the most enjoyable elements of photography is the sharing of a striking photo that can take someone’s breath away. These photos don’t have to be of exotic, rarely seen birds and animals. They can be of creatures that we see everyday but are shown in a different way than what we normally see. By using the focal tools on the camera we can isolate the animal or bird and bring it into sharp focus while the rest of the background is soft and out of focus. This is called creating Bokeh. Bokeh is the wonderfully hazy backdrop to a crisp, sharp image of the subject. The result is a photo that leaves a lasting impression.
Another factor in creating spectacular photos is the placement of the subject. rather than placing the bird or animal in the exact center of the shot, try to place it to one side or the other. With a bird in flight this can give the illusion of motion as the bird has an open area to “move” into. The viewer’s eye will complete the scene and the results are impressive.
With most digital cameras you have a choice of shooting modes such as JPEG or Raw. These are modes that allow different levels of editing once the shot is taken. Editing can greatly improve a somewhat disappointing photo. It doesn’t take too long to learn how to edit your photos and the time will be well spent. Whether you wish to share the photo on social media or print them for framing, your editing program will have resolution choices that you can use to get great results.
The most important thing is that you’ve begun to see things differently and learned to use a camera to record the natural world around you. Nothing will look as it once did and you will want to have that camera with you and ready all the time! Enjoy the hobby and remember to share the beauty of our area generously!
We’d like to thank Chuck Rondeau for being a guest writer on our blog to help promote our ongoing 2017 Calendar Photography Contest found HERE. Entries are open to all and the deadline of September 15th is fast approaching! If you’ve missed any of his previous posts please click below.
Post 1 – Getting Started in Photography
Post 2 – Beginning Wildlife Photography
Chuck Rondeau is an accomplished wildlife photographer and painter residing in Port Angeles. You can find his work on Facebook at Chuck Rondeau Wildlife Art.
Photography is a wonderful way to capture the beauty of the world around us for others to enjoy and to keep the memories of our time spent in special places with those we love. While there are many types of photography ranging from portraiture to landscape, one of the most popular styles these days is wildlife photography. Viewing photos from all over the world allows us to see creatures and habitats that we might never see in person. Photos taken in our backyards is a great way to share our own world with others.
Getting started with this great pastime may seem daunting but it really isn’t. Wildlife photography can be challenging but it can also be as simple as sitting near a bird feeder with an inexpensive digital camera. I would like to share with you some helpful hints on beginning and improving your photography skills. The emphasis will be on shooting wildlife photos but the information will be just as useful in other types of photography.
Let’s begin by looking at the equipment you will need. First and foremost is a camera. Obviously, there are thousands of different cameras to choose from so where does one begin? A little homework that entails looking at photos that you like will help out immensely. I choose my favorite camera by seeing the results that others are getting with that particular camera. By determining what you can afford, you will eliminate a number of choices. By deciding what kind of photos you want to shoot, such as close up shots of insects and flowers apposed to to large flocks of migrating water fowl, you will refine your choices in the equipment you will need.
Many cameras and lenses offer capabilities that allow you the flexibility to do a wide variety of photo styles. Starting out with an inexpensive camera doesn’t mean you won’t take great photos. My best advice would be to buy the best that you can afford. Most camera manufacturers produce a wide selection of cameras that vary in price. That variation is usually based on the quality of materials that they used to create the camera or lens. The quality of the materials will influence your ability to get better photographs. Many websites will display photos with the camera information so the viewer can compare the photos taken by different cameras.
Get started today by comparing the various cameras and thinking about what photos you would like to take. The growing world of photography is always looking for more photographers!
Chuck will be writing a couple more posts in the coming weeks on getting started in photography so remember to subscribe to our website posts and follow us on Facebook.
We’d like to thank Chuck Rondeau for being a guest writer on our blog to help promote our ongoing 2017 Calendar Photography Contest found HERE. Chuck Rondeau is an accomplished wildlife photographer and painter residing in Port Angeles. You can find his work on Facebook at Chuck Rondeau Wildlife Art.