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Your favourite photo of 2017 (taken by you), and why
Old 12-30-2017   #1
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Your favourite photo of 2017 (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 2017 - and why.

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

(I ran a similar thread last year - link here)

A Happy New Year to all!
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The Great journey.

It was a goose following me in the park. The picture was so random, but a the end turned out really great! :-D
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Old 12-30-2017   #3
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Probably this photo I took of my sheep Minty a few weeks ago. He slept like this a lot ... totally relaxed and looking pretty much like he'd fallen out of a helicopter and landed in my yard!

Sadly he had to be put down a week ago because of his age and declining mobility ... it was a very hard decision and I'm still missing him a lot. He had the most beautiful nature along with a level of quirkiness that endeared him to all who met him.


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This is the bottom of the steps of the Town Hall near work in Richmond. It is the opposite of the great Italianate Victorian town halls in inner Melbourne, painfully plain. Neither I nor anyone else could have often noticed this decoration, and it is all there is. And when I walk past now it is an effort to find what I saw that sunny afternoon during the several weeks over summer when the sun hits the south face of a building in Melbourne. It was the first roll in a newly acquired Barnack with a good 1951 Elmar. I was pleased to see it and capture this on film when everything was against the hope of a good subject here.
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It is my mother, 88 years old.

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On holiday with my 4 girls in SF, we drove out Point Reyes for a day long hike, and on the way back decided to take the "shorter" way back to the parking lot, which was an arduous, winding road but my girls were singing and laughing the whole way up. This photo evokes for me the joys of family, youth and vacation...
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This picture of my wife, taken at home early in the year. When I took this we didn't know what a difficult year lay ahead of us, following eight years caring for our ill daughters. She deserves a medal for all the love, effort and self-sacrifice she has put in to caring for and supporting our girls.


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This was shot at an anti-racism rally in downtown Dallas, Texas. The rally was in response to a local group protesting the city government's plan to relocate several Civil War memorial statues.

Amidst all the shouting, cursing, and an occasional skirmish here and there between the different groups, I came across this trio of young people calmly sitting in a tree watching everything. If ever there was a true "calm in the middle of a storm" moment, this was it.

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My two sons. One lives in Canada and the other was just back from a 16 month bicycle tour on the American continent.
We managed to find time for a holiday with the four of us which is usually hard to arrange.
I enjoyed capturing their happiness to be together.

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Probably this one of my son, taken with Fuji GA645 on expired film:

I think it was a bit of luck to freeze that happy moment/emotion and that’s why it is my favorite.
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Finzels Reach Bridge construction, Bristol, 1 Feb 2017 by John Hancock, on Flickr

I like this because it shows regeneration on land and water, with a bit of colour on a February day.
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Probably this one of my son, taken with Fuji GA645 on expired film:

I think I was a bit of luck to freeze that happy moment/emotion and that’s why it is my favorite.
Very nice...
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Probably this one. It's just a photo of a random kid at a county fair, but the intensity of the young man in the middle of all the intense color just seems to make it for me.

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Probably this one of my son, taken with Fuji GA645 on expired film:

I think I was a bit of luck to freeze that happy moment/emotion and that’s why it is my favorite.
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My niece Emma going to a prom.
Very independent and spunky and the family is finally embracing her assertive independence.
Has been my favorite young person since, at 5 years old, she enjoyed sharing my plate of calamari (!!).
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For various reasons I haven't done as much photography as I'd have liked this year but I think this one is my favourite from 2017 - I love the light, the colours and the painterly feel to it, particularly the poise and stillness of the woman in orange.
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Hello Lynn, my favourite of 2017 taken on the last day thereof, and because the absurd appearance of water-walking canoeists amused me. All the best to all RFF members for 2018.

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It's very difficult to pick absolute favorites. Two shots stand out as those I like very much, the one of the Roseman Bridge, and the one I shot coming across a very peaceful scene way out in the Middle Of Nowhere ...



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2017 was a Year of few keepers...
fits the criteria of may not be my Best but certainly one of MY Fav's . Simply love the Composition ... lines , arches,zig zags


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the other Fav is this One
It's all about Mood ...lonely, atmospheric , lines ,contrast & light

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For various reasons I haven't done as much photography as I'd have liked this year but I think this one is my favourite from 2017 - I love the light, the colours and the painterly feel to it, particularly the poise and stillness of the woman in orange.
Really LOVE the Color & The Mood of this Steve... Just Lovely !
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Our daughter and her family. It was 70 degrees just before Christmas. Photo made in LaCanada California.

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Probably this photo I took of my sheep Minty a few weeks ago. He slept like this a lot ... totally relaxed and looking pretty much like he'd fallen out of a helicopter and landed in my yard!

Sadly he had to be put down a week ago because of his age and declining mobility ... it was a very hard decision and I'm still missing him a lot. He had the most beautiful nature along with a level of quirkiness that endeared him to all who met him.


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This was shot at an anti-racism rally in downtown Dallas, Texas. The rally was in response to a local group protesting the city government's plan to relocate several Civil War memorial statues.

Amidst all the shouting, cursing, and an occasional skirmish here and there between the different groups, I came across this trio of young people calmly sitting in a tree watching everything. If ever there was a true "calm in the middle of a storm" moment, this was it.

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It's very difficult to pick absolute favorites. Two shots stand out as those I like very much, the one of the Roseman Bridge, and the one I shot coming across a very peaceful scene way out in the Middle Of Nowhere ...




The more I look at these
the more I Adore them... Each evoking a Different emotion , whether it's the story told or down to pure visual
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Really LOVE the Color & The Mood of this Steve... Just Lovely !
Thanks Helen - that means a lot. Incidentally this was taken on an iphone - I think the colour palette and subtlety of tones in what was really awful dark street lighting is remarkable regardless of camera, and insane for a cellphone. The wonders of technology
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A favorite from the last year . . .



During the Ben Shapiro speech at UC Berkeley, a large crowd gathered outside. Here we have a student shushing an inebriated troll, who was very very pro trump. Because of the low light you can't see the cop in the background laughing his ass off at how this kid was handling him.
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2017 was a good year for me and photography had a lot to do with it. Earlier this year a friend of mine whose business is to photograph local school age athletes and sell the photos to their parents, got me a sideline pass for all public school sports. The sport I was most interested in was football. I started out with a Sports Illustrated mindset but then I remembered that Garry Winogrand has photographed football games when he was teaching at the University of Texas (Google "garry winogrand dallas texas 1974"), so I switched to wide angle lenses. This photo is if a Junior Varsity game. The 8th graders and jr varsity teams have their own facility and I like photographing there. And, since they are smaller kids, I hope I won't get hurt like Garry Winogrand did...

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Probably this one of my son, taken with Fuji GA645 on expired film:

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Probably this one. It's just a photo of a random kid at a county fair, but the intensity of the young man in the middle of all the intense color just seems to make it for me.


These are just absolute Crazy FUN... childhood euphoria
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Some great shots - good idea for a thread. Here are couple of my favourites

Leaving the library this fall came across this "scene" on one of the steps - Nex 5n and 30mm Sigma


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Solar Eclipse 2017 by Narsuitus, on Flickr

This image of the 2017 solar eclipse will haunt me forever. The intense rays of the sun fried my camera, thus ending its useful life.
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This image of the 2017 solar eclipse will haunt me forever. The intense rays of the sun fried my camera, thus ending its useful life.
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The house I live in used to be my grandparents' house. My mother grew up here. My grandpa, John Westerfield, died in 1999; and my grandma, Stella Westerfield, is in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Grandma loved to paint and draw, though she never aspired to be a professional artist. She liked to paint flowers and pretty landscape scenes. This room is one of the upstairs bedrooms in my house. It was grandma's art room.

My son and I have lived here for a few years now, but we have left this room as it was when grandma still lived here. The paintings on the shelves are some of her work.

The frame on the wall on the right side of the photograph is a display that grandma put together of fishing flies that I made when I was in middle school and high school. Grandpa and I spent a lot of time fishing, and he taught me how to tie flies.

Grandma was very supportive of me when I went to art school, and as I struggled to make a living as a professional artist after earning my degree. I was the only professional artist in the family, and that made her proud.

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This would be one if my favorites...
My brother & mother passed over three years ago...with the drama gone that they both brought on, my dad was always in the shadows...over these last four years he and I have had a better relationship...he will go with my wife and I while visiting family, our kids, dinner or any other normal family events...he's finally getting to do things that he wants to do...
This was shot earlier this year in Palm Springs, CA...
Our son flew this Harrier in while doing some Training and we drove out to visit...it was a crappy overcast day and while I shot this in color I converted it to B&W...so much better...
At first I was waiting for my dad to move out of the shot but then I really looked at what was going on and glad I took this one...
My dad was an Air Force Jet Mechanic during the Korean War and he enjoys seeing these planes or any other our son has flown...
This shot ties the two of them together and I love it...


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There are some very awesome images in this thread. I thought about this the other day, which photo is my absolute favorite, and there are a few I'm really happy with, but I think this one is it.

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We had already had a packed travel schedule for the year, but preceding the election, we decided to buy tickets for a weekend in Cuba, in case one candidate won and rescinded travel to Cuba, which is exactly what happened.

My wife and I brought our Instax cameras and were handing out images to people, the way their faces lit up was something I'll never forget. In this case, an old man was on his porch on the second story, so I snapped one and went inside the stairwell and up to give it to him, and on the way down, I saw this. For me, it just really felt like Cuba to me, more than any other car photo I could have taken.
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This is a serendipity photo. I was testing some Ferrania P30 in my old Canonflex and was walking down a street in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan that had a collection of old 1700-era historical homes. One of the volunteers, in period garb, was sitting on a bench taking a break and I asked her if I could photograph her. She agreed and shot me this winning smile. Make me smile looking at it.

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This picture of my wife, taken at home early in the year. When I took this we didn't know what a difficult year lay ahead of us, following eight years caring for our ill daughters. She deserves a medal for all the love, effort and self-sacrifice she has put in to caring for and supporting our girls.


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My family comes first:


... and these are just some local photos that reflect simplicity of life and basic beauty.

The white sand beaches here in the Florida Panhandle are special to me:


Foggy days and fishing boats are also what I enjoy taking photos of:

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