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Hardest Post: Your FAVORITE photo EVER.

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by SRHEdD, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    I know, I know... "the one I haven't taken yet" or "all of them" or "this one with my new $3000 lens", etc. But put all of that aside, use your gut and your heart. The ONE that has some meaning to YOU as a photographer AND a person. Not your BEST photo, or most difficult to take, or best show of Photoshop skills... your FAVORITE.

    Mine is this. I grew up in Washington D.C. in the early sixties and had to practice hiding under my desk at school in case the Commies dropped the big one. To then actually stand HERE and take THIS some 40+ years later...

    ...and to also then bring home our most wonderful youngest son, adopted from Kirov, makes this one my favorite. This is uncorrected, mostly unaltered. Fixing it isn't the point.

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  2. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    One of my very very personal favorites was taken during the pre-digital dark ages with a Hasselblad and Tri-X.

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    Upland, California
     
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  3. acercanto

    acercanto Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 15, 2011
    SW VA, USA
    I know I haven't been shooting for nearly as long as some of you guys, but here's my favorite shot of all.
    I'd had this shot in my head for months and many tries to get the look I had in my mind, and I finally got pretty close. I only had my little Kodak to work with, and no tripod, so it took a lot of luck to finally get the right combination of exposures, and little movement between the frames. It's the only shot I've ever gone back to the scene several times to get it right (I've actually got a new scene of some old RR bridge pylons that I want to get the perfect shot of).
    I might have to go back with the GF1 and see if I can do better now.

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    Sunset over the train tracks by acercanto, on Flickr

    Acer
     
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  4. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    I'd post here but, I fear it may make the rest of my life anticlimactic .........

    Alan
     
  5. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Gary, I feel you on this shot. That is one POWERFUL photograph.


     
  6. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 31, 2011
    Phare Ouest
    My... This is a classic. The whole of Faulkner in one shot. I have nothing such to share in this thread.
    Respect.

    (and great gutsy thread! Thanks)
     
  7. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    But that's the great thing about life AND photography... that pic could change at any time.
     
  8. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Thank you PK for the compliant. This isn't a competition ... and it isn't fair to compare as I was a photo journalist and shot every working day. So just based on shear volume ... moneys in the closet with typewriters ... I'm bound to get some "classic" images.

    So please post your fav.

    This photo has some special meaning to me. While I had been a stringer or on staff with a newspaper or wire service since my early teens ... it was all fun and games. Even when I was shooting in Vietnam was I living a childhood I had never known.

    In college I doubled majored, Marine Biology and Communications (journalism). This photo was use by a professor to illustrate .... well a number of things. After class we had a heart-to-heart discussion and he illuminated that as a photo journalist I could/would have a greater effect on the lives of more people than I could as your average Marine Biologist.

    The next month I started shooting for the Times.

    G
     
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  9. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Thanks Alan. If you shoot enough ... every now and then you'll get a winner.

    G
     
  10. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    THAT's what I'm talking about!! There almost HAS to be posted with that bit of story. In Gary's case it happens to be a tremendous image, but even if it weren't, it could belong here because of its place in his life.

    More! More!
     
  11. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Coa dai Temple

    Coa dai Temple

    The Cao Dai Temple is located just outside Tay Ninh, 53K northwest of Ho Chi Minh City.

    I never expected to see this site heading back to Ho Chi Minh City. I had been lugging a DSLR around Vietnam for 22 days and was traveling very light with only a Canon G3 stuck in my pack, when in accordance with the very firm rules of Murphy's law...this shows up.

    Pulled out the G3, expecting nothing... Every once in a while the image gods take pity on you...

    In that regard this has been one of my favorites, simply because I didn't think I had the image captured at all... So every time I run across it in my library I smile because we all know it usually works the other way around.

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  12. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    Did they allow cameras freely? Just curious, places of worship seem to differ on photos. My wife and I were escorted out after I took this. All of the "No Photos in Sanctuary" signs were in Russian...

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  13. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    SRHEdD my friend, when it comes to this sort of thing I live by the golden rule.

    "it is easier to get forgiveness than permission"

    I never asked... just took my chances, though they didn't seem interested in me or my little canon....

    Alan
     
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  14. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    There are lot of places of worship in the world.
    In the UK most churches are open all the time, maybe 24 hours (I've never tried going in one at night), even if there is no attendant. I remember going in one last summer in a farming village recorded in the Domesday book that has never had more than about 30 people living in it from then to now - they had an old church which I went it- there wasn't a single person around (church or village). Very often if there isn't a service there is nobody in them (there are some of immense historic or artistic value I've been in that have been completely empty of people). There is nothing to stop you taking a photo, and not usually in ones where there are people.
    But that's the culture here and mileage may vary.
    (I wouldn't try going in the local mosque and taking photos)

    Anyhow my favourite, I think, altough it doesn't get as much reaction from other people as others, is this, which I took with my old camera and it was the last bit of impetus for getting my EPL1 in the hope of rendering future photo ops like this with better quality:
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  15. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    Definitely one of my postulates as well, but in "that Russian Incident" as we call it, they were nice, but firm, so we left... tucking a few American dollars in the box by the door.
     
  16. Pelao

    Pelao Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 3, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Gary
    You have the eye.
     
  17. sherlock

    sherlock Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 31, 2011
    Gary — your shot is fantastic. Tri-X has such a great look to it as well.

    Here's mine: one of the first portraits I did on my 5D2 + 35L, really cemented how much I loved that combination.

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    Untitled by Matt Silverlock, on Flickr​
     
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  18. I could agonise over this forever, so I just had a browse through some old photos and found one that I've always liked.

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2007

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    Canon EOS 350D + Sigma 18-50mm EX DC
     
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  19. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Very nice Alan ... much different than my photos from 'Nam.

    Gary
     
  20. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Wow... very nice. Shows a very good eye just to see this image. The background seems to me ambivalent ... it adds as much as it distracts from the web.

    G
     
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