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Your favourite photo of 2016 (taken by you), and why
Old 12-30-2016   #1
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Your favourite photo of 2016 (taken by you), and why

Let's end the year by sharing which photo is your favourite of all the photos you've taken in 2016 - and why.

Please don't confuse this with 'your best photograph', although it might well be.. I think 'favourite' is the more interesting choice!
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Old 12-30-2016   #2
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I’ll start the thread off with my favourite:


Hurry up and get it over with, I want to go home
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This is my favourite for its dark humour in broad daylight.. the mother standing impatiently as if waiting for the eldest sibling to dispatch the youngest with a s p a d e, while the middle sibling calmly prepares the plot to bury the body!
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Old 12-30-2016   #3
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Please don't confuse this with 'your best photograph', although it might well be.. I think 'favourite' is the more interesting choice!
So hard to choose just one favourite but I guess this one I took while wandering the streets of Xi'an, China in May. In retrospect, I wish I'd exposed the film a little more to further reveal the face of the child's father behind the steam, but I guess it turned out ok as is


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This photo of our cats is my favorite. It really seems to have captured their personalities.

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I took this photo last month at Kampong Khleang, one of the floating villages at Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia. The genuine smiles and youthful innocence were heartwarming, yet I couldn't help but feel some sadness for their current living conditions and what's likely to be a difficult future as they grow up.

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I shot a few films during my stay in Poland last summer. There are a few pictures that i could label them as my 'favourite' for 2016.

I choose this one thought, there is something about togetherness and separation at the same time, both in touch but at the same time outside each other's field of vision.

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A fun, but tough question. It's inevitably, going to be a photo from one of my favorite times during the year but there were so many good ones this year I didn't find it easy to choose. But I settled on this one:

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That evening was something else. Well, morning really, and late morning at that -- part of an all night gypsy jazz jam with some absurdly talented musicians and a few other people who quickly bonded into a tight if fleeting clique for a series of all night escapades in the days following this photo. And I see, in this photo, some of the exhaustion and bliss I felt just then.
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I became a grandfather this year so have been taking roll after roll of little Tilly. She will be the most photographed baby ever

Of the hundreds already taken, this one has a special feel to it. Shot on Foma 200, it has a certain old school charm to it. Printed nicely too.



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Not technically a good shot but my favourite of this year. During our visit to Canada in July, we saw three black bears on different occasions. This was the closest encounter. I have learnt over the years, to not beat myself up at failing to get a good shot of a wild animal. To see an animal like this (from the safety of our car) was a real treat!

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Like others, this isn't my best photo but it is my favourite. It represents some good memories and a time in my life when I finally overcame some problems with anxiety I'd had since being a child (still a way to go!).

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Old 12-31-2016   #11
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I like it because in this shot everything comes together what I like in photography.

Happy New Year everybody.

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My favorite picture of 2016 is one of my father's handshake, hours before he died. I'm not showing it here. It's still too personal.

I'm very sad of losing him, but it was a firm handshake and I like to think he sent me on my way with empowerment. I have that in the bank, to invest in my future once the effing burnout clears up...
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This is my choice for the year. Taken on Ilford HP5+ with an Olympus Mju ii. I am delighted with the way it has handled exposure on a harsh light day and the shadows are open and full of detail. I also like how the sculpture, although originally unpopular, has weathered over 20 or so years and now fits in perfectly.

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I have a couple of more favourites, but this one touched me a lot.
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"Favorite", not "best" !!
Old 12-31-2016   #15
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"Favorite", not "best" !!

Invariably my personal favorites are very poor technically.
This is a "selfie" with the camera forgotten on full manual.
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Good idea for a thread Lynn. My favourite of the year is two French girls I met in Australia setting off on a ride back home overland. Their spirit of adventure shines.

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This was made on a great day out with friends after a long time dealing with health troubles here at home. I love this gal with all my heart.
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I took a bunch of family photos back in August. I told the young gal that I was going to use a lens (a fisheye) that would make a person's face look "funny." She leaned forward about a foot from the camera/lens and I took this pic. Leica M240 with Canon FD15mm fisheye.



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I like it because in this shot everything comes together what I like in photography.

Happy New Year everybody.

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This was one of my favorites from the forum this year. Interesting architecture and a great shot of a working man in his prime... washing windows!
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I left Cambridge UK after 2.5 years there. I always walked past St John College every morning and this is one of my most fav shots i made near its entrance, also in my last month in the city:

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Nice work, everyone.

For me, easily the photo below. It combines my influences and styles (street, Kertész, surrealism) in the strongest way so far. I'm hoping to continue in this direction.

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I like the atmosphere. I took this photo a week ago during my break from University work, and it felt good to plan a photo shoot and to be ready for it. The camera was set to AUTO, and no PS was used. It looked this way. I was reminded of times when I had more free times for photo shoots in remote areas by myself.
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Not technically a good shot but my favourite of this year. During our visit to Canada in July, we saw three black bears on different occasions. This was the closest encounter. I have learnt over the years, to not beat myself up at failing to get a good shot of a wild animal. To see an animal like this (from the safety of our car) was a real treat!

Don't Get Too Close... by Philip McAllister, on Flickr
Love it! Yes, not a National Geographic shot by any means, but your posts exemplifies what's great about photography as a hobby. It's about what the shot means to you, and I'm sure that if I had witnessed such a scene and managed to capture it on film, I would be pretty fond of the image as well.
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I'm going to be piggy and post two. The first is actually my favorite of the year, but the second is a so close second because it was my return to film.



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Not my best, but my grandniece and I like her expression.

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Most of 2016 I didn't even pick up a camera. Fall of this year I was preparing to load a roll of film into my Canon AE-1P my wife gave me years ago & the shutter jammed & mirror locked up. Heard something in the camera snap. Fortunately 2 months prior my son found an AE-1 Program & gave it to me. Amazing he picked this camera because he knows nothing about camera's.

So I loaded up the newly acquired AE-1P with Pan F50, 35mm lens & walked one of my favorite places, Old Salem. This is my favorite of 2016. In the midst of death life overshadows.

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This is my favorite because it exemplifies a lot of what I've learned about taking pictures here on RFF. The most important thing is, you have to have a camera with you in order to take pictures. Next is you have to be ready for anything to happen in an instant, or the moment is lost.
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Photographing strangers does not come naturally to me, but I am excited when I get a shot that works. This from Rolling Thunder in WDC.



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For me it is this one. It is all my favorite and most cherished things, my 3 dogs and my wife. When people refer to their wife as their "better half" I would have to say she is my better 90%. And the dogs, they make life that much better and then some. Taken on a trip to Maine to see my parents.
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Lynn: Thanks for starting this thread, what a wonderful idea.




This one because my Mum had a pretty rough year, it was nice to be able to capture a picture of her on her feet and smiling.
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Very nice photo j.scooter.
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David Clark, our grandson.

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It was rather hard to decide as this year has been quite fruitful, but I think this one could be my favourite. I like the atmosphere, the timelessness, being immersed in the moment it was happening, the whole balance of it and feel.


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I don't know that this is necessarily my favorite, but due to recent events, it is one of the more memorable.

This was shot at a Trump For President rally in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, back in February of 2016. After I took the photo, I chatted with the young man for a few minutes. I told him that I had been shooting political events and protests since the late '60's. He asked me if I thought Trump had a chance at winning the presidency. I responded that there was no way the American people would elect this buffoon.

Every day I wake up to this Orwellian nightmare....

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Nothing rangefinder about it, but this is my favourite of the past year:

I love the little eastern spinebills, and I'd not previously been able to get a decent photo of this feeding behaviour (which they usually sustain for only a second or so at a time).

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This is one of my favorites from 2016. It was first time out with the Leica Standard, to see if I could be "invisible" shooting street people. In front of a music venue, a Screamo-metal show, waiting for the doors to open, and this guy was pissed that I took a picture of him.
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