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Your favourite photo of 2019 (taken by you), and why
Old 12-30-2019   #1
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Your favourite photo of 2019 (taken by you), and why

Here we go again.. let's end the year by sharing which photo is your favourite of all the photos you've taken in 2019 - and why.

Please don't confuse this with 'your best photograph', although it might well be.. I think 'favourite' is the more interesting choice!

A Happy New Year to all!

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PS I know it can be difficult to choose just one favourite over different genres (like portrait, and landscape), so two favourites are permitted - but please, no more than two.

Don’t forget to say why it’s your favourite!
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Old 12-30-2019   #2
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This is a photo of Boris, a Jack Russell terrier belonging to our German friend Waltraud who has lived in Scotland for many years. I printed a copy of this and framed it up as a surprise Christmas present for Waltraud. Sadly, a couple of days before Christmas, Boris collapsed after his usual morning walk. He was rushed to the vet but nothing could be done and he was put to sleep. I worried what Waltraud's reaction would be when she opened her gift on Christmas morning. She phoned to say that many tears had been shed but it was the best Christmas present she could have received as it beautifully captured Boris's personality. For this reason it is my favourite photo of 2019.

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Hi Lynn,not sure so I asked my wife and she said this one

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Always a good challenge from you Lynn. I would say that the one below is my 2019 favourite photo of your hometown and my birthplace because it is a slightly different angle on a scene I've looked at a number of times, and you must have seen many more times.

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The name of this outdoor sculpture is, "Fountain of Time." It was completed in 1920 and is located in Washington Park, near the University of Chicago, on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States.

I took this photo of the southern end of this 38-meter work of art by Lorado Taft.

Occasionally, I used this work of art as a subject to test various cameras. I tested film cameras, digital cameras, and film pinhole cameras.

In May of 2019, I was testing a recently repaired Mamiya RB67 medium format film camera and a new formula for a 2-bath black & white film developer. I was so pleased with how the medium format Ilford HP5 film, the new developer, and the repaired camera were able to capture the texture of the subject that this photo became my favorite for the year.


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Why? There is no "best" imo, there is only luck, sometimes more, sometimes less!
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Souvenir shot while on lunch-break visiting NYC (on company business). I shot this sculpture at Zuccotti Park while munching on a BK Whopper .

I like the tonality, 3-Dimensionality, convergence, and sunbeam rays.

(Sculpture leaf appearing to be wrapping around left side of building adds an interesting twist -an almost vine-like connection to the building)

[iPhone 6, converted to B/W and framed in Snapseed]


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Old 12-30-2019   #8
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Interesting. The year isn't quite done yet, though, and there are two days of photo opportunities yet to come ... and stuff going on in those days that might well win the prize.

I'll likely make a decision and post something next week.

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Here we go again.. let's end the year by sharing which photo is your favourite of all the photos you've taken in 2019 - and why.

Please don't confuse this with 'your best photograph', although it might well be.. I think 'favourite' is the more interesting choice!

A Happy New Year to all!

Lynn

PS I know it can be difficult to choose just one favourite over different genres (like portrait, and landscape), so two favourites are permitted - but please, no more than two.

Don稚 forget to say why it痴 your favourite!
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...that might well win the prize.
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Old 12-30-2019   #10
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I was out riding, he came up to me and I asked if I could take his picture. He stood straight up, and offered a thoughtful look.
I later carried a print of it in my bag, one day I saw him and passed it over as I rode by. He has moved since.



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Old 12-30-2019   #11
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2019 was one of my most productive years ever -- both professionally and personally. I'm hoping that 2020 will be a repeat of 2019!

The 'Mapping the West' project took a very big leap this year, as I have developed a relationship with a farming family in southern New Mexico and west Texas. It has resulted in a different approach to the project -- not simply wandering the West in the hopes of stumbling upon a situation or scene, or a chance meeting of someone, but cultivating (pardon the farming pun!) relationships with specific people in a specific location out West. It has been hugely rewarding, and I'm honoured to have been allowed into their lives and to (as they have put it) become part of the family.

This shot is likely my favourite of 2019, and was used as the postcard image for the latest exhibition of 'Mapping the West' that was held in Baltimore last month. This is Jay Hill on part of his large farm in west Texas. He is checking out the alfalfa, as he and his crew were planning on harvesting it later that evening. As we were driving around checking out the various alfalfa fields, there were these storms way off in the distance and in every direction, threatening to overcome us. I wanted to get a shot of these storms and Jay stopped the truck at this alfalfa field. He jumped out of the truck and I followed along. I thought a shot of the storm on its own would be okay, but now Jay put himself in the landscape and was seemingly walking towards this storm. I think I took about 5 or 6 shots before we jumped back in the truck and were on our way to the next alfalfa field.

I think this is a good representation of Jay -- someone who has so many things going on at his farm, yet dives headlong into them with gusto. Definitely not afraid of walking towards his personal storms.


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This was a bad photo year for me: too many medical things. I like this photo taken in Scottsdale, AZ; because this guy and his bird seem so free of problems:

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This has been a very fertile photographic year for me. It gave many pictures that I like and I hope that 2020 will be just as good. I find it difficult to say with certainty which picture is my favourite but if push comes to shove I would choose this one:



Why? Because it is a very simple composition and I like simplicity in photos. The light is lovely, tones are nice and the gentleman's expression shows him in deep thoughts unable to notice me taking a picture of him.
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Finally bought myself a Hasselblad XPan this year, after years of waiting/dreaming and finding a clean copy. One came up in my local camera shop and it had only a few rolls ever run through it. Traded in some other gear and managed to purchase it before moving out to California. I recently took it to Kauai, Hawaii as my main camera and shot about 8 rolls through it.

This is one of my first "successful" XPan shots and I'm now totally hooked on this camera. Posting this one as my introduction and love of this long awaited camera...



3 apart - xpan


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Old 12-30-2019   #15
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My favourite photo must come as a pair; one made by me and the other by my son, for this was the year we formed a true bond with picture-making as the glue. We've always had a great relationship, but now we have an even better one.

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I made this a few weeks ago and really like both her smile and the way the light catches it.

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My favourite photo must come as a pair; one made by me and the other by my son, for this was the year we formed a true bond with picture-making as the glue. We've always had a great relationship, but now we have an even better one.

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I'll call it a vertical Diptych! Lovely as they are and all the better for the representation of a real bond.
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This is one of my very first shots with my new M10.
I was worried that I chose buying the camera instead of a motorcycle.
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I enjoyed a lot our trip in Europe last summer. Using the Zeiss Hologon 16mm/8 was special for me. This image of red flowers in some field in Denmark reminds me of the good times traveling with my family and having with us on the tour, Robert and Simo.

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01) a remote area between Morioka and Akita City... Akita Prefecture



02) near 平原駅 (Hirahara Station, Nagano Prefecture) on the しなの鉄道 (Shinano Railway Line)



Both taken with the Nikon F3P, Ai-S 50mm f/1.2, and ACROS Neopan. The refreshing solitary nature of landscape while spending extended time in remote areas of Japan.

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I took this about two weeks ago. I think I captured a special moment between the mother-to-be and her child-to-be. 4x5 Crown Graphic, 135mm lens, Tri-X.



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Rafters load up

I picked this as a favorite because I was with a photographer friend, and, I called the shot in advance. We were standing, talking when I pointed at the bus parked at the wild angle, something the raft company had not done before. I said I was waiting for the rafters to come out, to load up. Said I was going to get a shot that accentuated the odd angle, and would have a couple of rafters looking at the camera. I even called my position, which, with 35mm lens on Canon 1D, would put me in the middle of the street, down low. Figured I'd look odd enough that some of the rafters would be looking my way.

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Finally bought myself a Hasselblad XPan this year, after years of waiting/dreaming and finding a clean copy. One came up in my local camera shop and it had only a few rolls ever run through it. Traded in some other gear and managed to purchase it before moving out to California. I recently took it to Kauai, Hawaii as my main camera and shot about 8 rolls through it.

This is one of my first "successful" XPan shots and I'm now totally hooked on this camera. Posting this one as my introduction and love of this long awaited camera...



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That really works with the wide format -- all 3 people "walking" through the scene, each perhaps unaware of the others.
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Second favorite photo (because I can't post #1)...

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Just felt like I got this guy good.

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This nine year old wearing adult like clothing caught my eye.

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I was out riding, he came up to me and I asked if I could take his picture. He stood straight up, and offered a thoughtful look.
I later carried a print of it in my bag, one day I saw him and passed it over as I rode by. He has moved since.

What a great story. He looks like a good kid, too. There's something earnest and straightforward about his gaze. I hope he keeps that print for years to come.
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Some wonderful photos in this thread. Thank you for sharing your favourite pictures here - and why they are special to you. Keep them coming!

I have 3 more rolls of film to develop from December. I will decide my favourite when I have seen them.
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I love this photo because it symbolizes the modern world: contact with the rest of the world via iPhone only, which nevertheless remains completely unknowable.

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2019 was the year I started asking for portraits on the street. Turned out to be a lot of fun and met some interesting people once I'd got over my hesitation in asking.

Probably my favourite, and a nice guy to boot

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This is my favorite photo from this year because it was such a happy accident. I have no idea how I managed the double exposure, but the contrast of the happy dog and my brother looking dejected makes me laugh every time.
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Because it was shot with an M5 purchased from a beloved rff member, and I was hoping some of the magic would rub off.


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My oldest daughter got accepted by the Norwegian National opera and ballet as a dancer this year, so many hours and years of training, disiplin and hard work finally paid off for her. Iエm so proud of her, this is a photo from the premiere in the opera.
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Wow - a wonderful photo and such a fabulous achievement! Well done her!
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Nice one, NaChase. I love those kinds of accidents.
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This photo likely carries more sway with me since I had the opportunity to watch these two interact. As I did not know them I assumed that it was a father and his son. The young boy was not at a loss for conversation and he just seemed to idolize his dining partner. I liked both the contrast and the connection between the small, talkative boy and the large, quiet (by comparison) man. I did not want to spoil the moment and felt fortunate to quickly capture a few images of their interaction without being noticed.


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