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Old 05-27-2005   #1
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Show us your stuff !!

So after have asked why you practice photography, of which the results were pretty interesting, I would really like to see your absolute favorite shot ever taken. I dont mean technical perfection, I mean photos with a meaning, something you might of enlarged and hung above your desk, something that reminds you of whatever important .... something with "feeling"

I have just acquired a scanner and will upload my first ever picture on the web which is my absolute favorite, I have this hanging over my desk in a quit large enlargement, it is technically imperfect, the scan is bad, the negative is worse I'm still trying to sort out photoshop ... but for me it has value ....

Please show us yours, I'm really interested .....
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Nice photo. Here is my favorite...
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Both great. This one is "one" of my favs of my son.

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My gallery does not have a lot of pictures in it as I'm very selective. Please have a look there.
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I have to follow on Frank's direction, the galleries are great for finding evocative and inspring images.

It might take longer but most members have something to show in their galleries. Quite a few of them are wonderful. Why not have a look there?

Now, if I could force myself to be a selective as Frank
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I have looked through the galleries, and I agree some of them are great, but this is not what I'm after..... you must have one particular photo which you reall like, genuinly like .... a favorite for what ever reason ... thats the one I would like to see...
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The first 2 shots I took with my Leica M2, 2.8/50 Elmar (from 58). I had gone out with 13,000 danish crowns to find a Hasselblad, and looked at an M2 and it was instant love. Somewhat crappy scans, shot on XP2 Super, at 1/15th and wide open.
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I think this is a great idea for a thread. I think this photo is probably my favorite that I have taken. I feel kind of bad that it was already 2.5 years ago. I feel like I should have a new best photo every day!



I just liked the angle of view, the subject matter and the colors. Taken before I had an RF though -- Canon F1N and 50mm f/1.2L on E100VS (strangely, I have never used this film every again).
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Unfortunately I have lost the originals to my all-time favorite shots:

1. My father standing at the wheel with his best friend, both in rain gear on Lake Michigan during a Chicago/Mackinac race with a huge following sea that looked in the picture like it was going to overtake them -- I was braced beside the cabin shooting back and Kodachrome reproduced the reds, blues, and greys beautifully...I wonder if I'll ever find that slide.

2. 1985: Miss Miller American running in Detroit with Chip Hanauer at the helm of the first turbine powered unlimited hydro, setting a course record of just under 140mph average speed on a three mile course. The shot was panned as she passed in front of the Detroit Yacht Cub, a lovely red tile roof building, and one shot of perhaps thirty or more taken (why we like motor-drives) came out razor sharp with just the blurred background I was hoping for. Miller Brewing bought the photo from me.

How pathetic -- in all the film I've burned in all of these years only two shots that mean a damn!!!
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Lost shots are like lost memories, always leaves a lot open for imagination, thats why they are treasured .....
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Well, I have this one hanging on my wall. It's not the world's greatest shot, but it reminds me of a fabulous day spent with a very dear friend. That makes it priceless to me.

P.S. I had to downsample quite a bit to make the attachment size limit but you'll get the idea
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Frank S, I believe the shot of the couple walking away in the middle of a blizzard should be your favorite. I know the story, but even without it, it's a very poignant image.

Needless to say, it's among my favorites.

As for me... I have one favorite for each day of the week of three or four months. What can I do? I'm fickle...
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This one is very old, I'm going to say 1971. This is a lousy scan of a small print. I have a very nice 11x14 of this which is still very striking. I really don't know why this is one of my all time faves, but it is. It takes me back to that time whenever I concentrate on it. It was really just a chance shot.
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I've taken a lot of pictures of this old mill in Virginia, but this one is my favorite.
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This is my favorite so far:
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Well, it changes once in a while, but three of my favorite shots are found under these links:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/phot...at=3622&page=4

http://www.beststuff.com/forum/downl...le=tihany2.jpg

http://www.beststuff.com/forum/downl...=ringturm2.jpg

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Cool

You asked for our favorites, those taken with any camera not just the rangefinders we love. This one was take recently but has become one of my all-time favorites. It tells a story in itself, and it is one that is taken just in time. Enjoy!
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Richard, hehehehehe I can see why .... :-)
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Jarvis,
I intended to comment about your photo but its impact is something I must digest. There is a feeling of a life lost or looking back at choices, good or bad, but something keeps coming up. The story goes to the heart of all of us.
My photo was taken with an SLR, Autofocus, and a great deal of luck. These fine boys are my grandsons and I bet I've burned a mile of film of these two, but this one is my all-time favorite. The youngest loves to go to the park, as did his mother, and the slide is his favorite. With fine hair and static electricity this was bound to happen, but unexpectedly his brother just appeared and reacted thusly. I couldn't have posed them like this, serendipity!
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Shot yesterday - Olympus 35 RD that I found last week in a junk shop, paid $20 for it. Intended to sell it, but fell in love after cleaning it, refoaming, and shooting the mandatory test-roll. Best find I've made since meeting my wife, who coincidentally is the beauty in this image:



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You asked for our favorites, those taken with any camera not just the rangefinders we love. This one was take recently but has become one of my all-time favorites. It tells a story in itself, and it is one that is taken just in time. Enjoy!

I am new here, so this was an intersting topic to check out .... came across your foto, reall fantastic picture..... must of been what Billy Idol looked like at the age of 6 or so ... :-)

Very nice shot, very particular shot I bet very little people get the chance to shoot something like this
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: great "facourites", everybody.
Anders, that ant is fantastic!
Also Richard's shot of the two kids is something to be proud of.

I agree w Stuart - a new 'best photo' every day would be the way to go.

Hey Hither - i recognize that shot err, the lady, in fact! She's very popupar on the PN classic cameras forum
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This one is difficult for me as I only recently got my first RF which was followed very quickly by addiction. These are 2 SLR shots (I hope no-one minds) which I've continued to enjoy, one was a model shoot and the other a "street" capture at a otter sanctuary.

EDIT: If anyone does object to these not being RF shots, let me know and I'll be happy to delete them
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Shot yesterday - Olympus 35 RD that I found last week in a junk shop, paid $20 for it. Intended to sell it, but fell in love after cleaning it, refoaming, and shooting the mandatory test-roll. Best find I've made since meeting my wife, who coincidentally is the beauty in this image:



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That's a great photo but the "Eating is Believing" logo is rendered horribly and is completely distracting.
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Here are a couple of my favorite rangefinder photos.

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Wow, I love that lightning strike shot! Good one!
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Wow, I love that lightning strike shot! Good one!

Thank You. I shot a series of shots as this storm approached. After this shot I began to question my sanity regarding standing in an open field with a metal tripod, I decided to pack up while I was still alive and had not yet wet my pants.

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This is possibly my favorite picture in terms of subtlety. I'm not sure the scanned version is as effective as the wet-print version but here it is. This was taken on a back street in Wetzlar, Germany, in the Winter of '71 - '72. The film was Tri-X exposed at 400 and developed in D-76. The camera was a Leica IIIf and the lens was most likely my Summitar 50mm. The image has been cropped from the full negative.

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One of mine favorite shots

Here is one of my favorite shots, taken about 1 year ago.
Contax G2, 21mm Biogon with X0 filter, Ilford XP-2, exposed after 200 iso.
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doubs43, I like that street shot, fine delineation of the man with briefcase. I'm trying to make out the bright item on the nearby door...
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vha, I like yours too! Interesting arrangement of black-clad pedestrians for a nearly symmetrical composition.
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Sorry Ray, I wanted to re-size this pic.

Here's my favourite RF street photo:

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Frank,

Is this the same girlfriend who, 25 years ago, walked away from you in the snow and now she is trying to get you back?

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Wayne,

One memory is sublime, the other is crass. Can you guess which is which?

(I do appreciate the humour, though.)
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