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casil403
04-30-2010, 09:01 AM
I saw this on another site so I thought I would give it a try here...feel free to add to it as we go...and if you post something and find something better that is okay too. :)
Post the best/most favorite photo you've taken so far ...doesn't have to be technically the best, or for any other reason other than you happen to like it for your reasons...and it can be something you have posted on the forum already...if that is okay by Marko. :)
Please post the reasons as to why you like it...is there a story attached to it? Was it a turning point in your development in photography? Why do you like it or consider it your best so far....was it one of those right place at right time kind of things? Did you do everything right as far as technical and rules go?
I am hoping that this is a place not to critique but rather just enjoy...thanks :)

Okay I will start:

Here is mine

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2645/4207028950_9bd7df6e4a_o.jpg

This is my favorite so far simply because I think it tells a story. I was on transit heading to somewhere else to take some shots when I spotted this woman sleeping on a corner downtown. I immediately got off the bus and began shooting. She looked so alone, it was so cold (-15C) and it was about a week or so before Xmas so I went over to her, woke her up and gave her some money. I posted this a while back and it was well recieved and to this day it is still my favorite image.
I didn't notice the sign behind her until after I got home and started processing the shots. I think it tells a real story about dichotomy of "Living Out There" I gave it to my Mum for here birthday. :) I have seen Gail several times since this first time and I always make time to spend a few minutes with her and if I have money I give it to her...she never asks me for money but there is something about her that tugs at my heart strings every time I see her.

Iguanasan
04-30-2010, 09:37 AM
Ok, so you make it almost impossible to follow that one! :eek:

However, I'll chime in to make it easier for others ;)

Truly it is hard to pick one favourite as I have different favourites for different reasons. For now though, here's my favourite. This one is not so much from the original photo which only has a simple story of "early morning shot of the town clock on the way into work" but from the processing. This was the first time I tried to turn a photo into a fake miniature after reading about it on the web and I think it came out excellent. I really liked the result.

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Marko
04-30-2010, 10:35 AM
I think this is a great thread...:highfive: I'll post here shortly as well with the caveat "one of my faves". THE fave is simply impossible for me and likely for many others that have been shooting for decades across different genres.

Wicked Dark
04-30-2010, 10:52 AM
ditto what Marko said. I can't pick an absolute since I've been doing this since 1985. I can pick a shot that speaks to what I've learned and how I've progressed though. Might take some time, but I think I can do it.

casil403
04-30-2010, 11:39 AM
Love that one Iggy....I remember it and thought..."That is so cool!"

I agree with you Marko...it is hard to pick just one out of the many but that one for me I always have known it to be my fave shot thus far.:)

Soooooooo.....how about it can be the or a "fave" or a "best" or a photo that is one of the many faves or bests in your collection as long as there is some kind of story behind it as to the reason why?
Make sense? :thankyou:

Bambi
04-30-2010, 11:45 AM
well until I go shooting with Casil next week, this is one of my favs so far:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4010/4485785924_c0d83cfeac_b.jpg

I had this concept for a few months but could never actually make it work. Finally the dof, angle, detail, colour etc all came together and 'aha!'. Actually made MA sit up and take notice :) For me this represents me starting to really figure out my camera (still a long way to go that's for sure) rather then adjusting the settings and hoping for the best, I was adjusting the settings to get what I wanted.

Marko
04-30-2010, 12:42 PM
I'm gonna go old skool on you guys. I shot this in the late nineties and it remains one of my faves to this day. It looks much better in print but even now looking at it again in web-quality for the jillionth time, I still dig it. I dig this shot because of the expression on the face, the dead stare in the eyes and the tonal quality. It's a very personal shot for me of a good friend. I'll even be a bit more honest; while I watched it reveal itself in the darkroom developing bath for the first time, I wept from joy. That was a one time thing - it's never happened since.

http://www.photography.ca/i/photographer/kulik/kulik_lorne.jpg

kat
04-30-2010, 12:50 PM
This is my fav so far this year. http://www.photography.ca/Forums/f11/funky-grass-8781.html

It wasn't technically hard. I set the aperture, ISO and bang..got what I wanted first shot. The color version (the above link) had nothing done to it. So I think this is my fav because I saw it..took it and had to do nothing with it (but sepia change for my sepia wall).

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4016/4524210450_cd7967c1ff_o.jpg

Michaelaw
04-30-2010, 05:03 PM
This one is my fav so far and was shot in 08 with my Olympus E510 and a 70-300 Zuiko lens. I had been off the auto nipple for only a few months so when this little garter snake posed by the side of the trail and I managed to get the settings correct for the moment I was VERY happy:)


http://www.redzonefilms.com/pics3/snake stare.jpg

casil403
04-30-2010, 07:49 PM
These are all just great and I love the stories that go with them. Thanks so much for posting, participating and sharing!
Bambi I too thought this was a turning point in your photo journey....and since then you have really put out some awesome stuff!
Kat great stuff...Love the bw version of the grass blades....one of my faves from you for sure!
MAW cool to know that you were on the auto nipple once as well...that statement made me laugh! :laughing:
Marko, I especially love yours and the moving story that went with it...I can see why it got you emotional as it is an incredibly powerful image. :)

AntZ
04-30-2010, 08:04 PM
Wow, these are all wonderful shots. The one of Marko's makes me wonder if we should have a thread for favourite old photo that hasn't been posted here. This might be cool because people usually post their most recent work.

Mad Aussie
04-30-2010, 08:12 PM
Man ... I've just spent about 15 mins staring at my fav's in my flickr album trying to figure out what photo I would choose as my 'favourite' of all.

I can't do it.

I would have to separate this into different genres to even begin to decide. Probably says a lot about my decision making process :headslap:

I'm one of those people that is partial to many genres. I love some of my bird shots. I love some of the landscapes, sunrise/sunset and storm shots etc as well.

So, in order to choose something I went with this shot of Chantelle I took about a year ago using 3x flashes. I wanted a harsh light/shadow effect and was happy with the resulting shadows and highlights on her skin and face.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3536/3458378121_c7ff463b6f.jpg

Iguanasan
04-30-2010, 08:26 PM
Wow, these are all wonderful shots. The one of Marko's makes me wonder if we should have a thread for favourite old photo that hasn't been posted here. This might be cool because people usually post their most recent work.

Ahh, but Marko's has been posted here somewhere before. I remember it! Loved it then and love it now.

The rest are great to see again too. :clap::clap:

Greg_Nuspel
04-30-2010, 09:10 PM
I think this is mine, but I could be mistaken

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2585/4224512943_22f94c1183_b.jpg

casil403
04-30-2010, 09:31 PM
MA you can post others if you like for different reasons....as can anyone. :)
I guess I like the stories as to why you like them and what was going on when the shot was taken or processed...for me that is the best part and why I like reading the thread.

Greg that is definitely one of my alltime faves from you also! :highfive:

Mad Aussie
04-30-2010, 09:37 PM
MA you can post others if you like for different reasons....as can anyone. :)
I'd be here for hours rambling on like an idiot if I did that! :headslap:

casil403
04-30-2010, 10:01 PM
Lol...more so than usual? :laughing: :laugh: ;) :evil2: :sorry:

Mad Aussie
04-30-2010, 10:06 PM
Lots more than usual ;)

casil403
04-30-2010, 10:07 PM
S'ok...go for it I like reading the stories! :)

JAS_Photo
04-30-2010, 11:57 PM
That is coffe table book beautiful, Greg.

Greg_Nuspel
05-01-2010, 12:07 AM
You'll have to see the print of it, one will be on show at the Resolution Gallery the openning is next Friday.

JAS_Photo
05-01-2010, 12:28 AM
Very nice!

QuietOne
05-01-2010, 06:50 PM
For a lot of my shots, the story's the same. I'm saying, "Isn't this beautiful?" or cool, or interesting, or funny. I'm out with a camera because it helps me see more. I'm out on the Greenbelt a lot, away from the phones and adding machines and the noise of the fans in the computers. I like it best when I have it mostly to myself, because it gives me a chance to decompress. I've been out when it's snowing sideways, when the temperature hasn't even been in the teens (Fahrenheit) or has been well over 100. I take pictures even when it's so overcast it's likely anything moving will be a bit blurry (which works more often than I think it will) or so foggy I have trouble seeing (ditto the overcast comment). Picking a favorite? That's tough. But here's some of the recent ones.

Marko
05-01-2010, 08:25 PM
Nice choices QO!
Always dug that shot you posted Greg!

Kawarthabob
05-01-2010, 09:08 PM
geez this is gonna be a tough one ...... i have a fav of the day and a fav of the month, now all i gotta do is whittle it down from there

crystalb
05-06-2010, 09:36 PM
This is one of my faves, my little one. Love the expression, who knows what his little mind is thinking, but something in there is working :)

crystalb
05-06-2010, 09:39 PM
Another one, did this one blind and fluked out but that's my style:laughing::laughing:

Iguanasan
05-06-2010, 09:51 PM
Cool shots, everyone!

Xenos
05-07-2010, 01:36 AM
This is a favourite shot of mine just because of the emotion in it. The background behind this shot is pretty intense. This is one of my best friends on his wedding day, when I saw the photo later I laughed and then got very solemn. Just before it was taken, we were having a few drinks on the Lowriders, he looked at me and said What the f*** am I doing. The marriage lasted less than a year.

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd63/focusracer30/KerryGiselleWedding029-1Large.jpg

Michaelaw
05-07-2010, 01:53 AM
Crystalb....That shot in post 26 is killer :highfive:

crystalb
05-08-2010, 12:29 AM
Thanks M :)

crystalb
05-08-2010, 12:31 AM
Xenos - My first reaction was a laugh too. It even seems that the groomsman is trying to talk him out of it....

Xenos
05-10-2010, 03:03 AM
Ya, it was something like that. It was an interesting wedding that's for sure.

Richard
05-10-2010, 03:20 AM
This is one of my favourite shots..

http://content.snapixel.com/content/EBS1/m/Richard_e68ace144423.jpg?c=962

Mostly because it is my daughter, and shows her just the way she is...

My wife doesn't like it though because of the messy hair...

AntZ
05-10-2010, 06:05 AM
I'm going to go with this...although I think I could pick 5 favourites.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4068/4512497893_85e722c80c_b.jpg

casil403
05-10-2010, 07:47 AM
Nice images everyone..love the children shots.
Antz you had another one where the kids where looking in the fridge...I think that is another fave of mine of yours. :)

Marko
05-10-2010, 10:47 AM
More wonderful shots everyone!

Canthaiwan
06-16-2010, 01:49 AM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4068/4514310887_ca428350f1_b.jpg



Hi Guys,
Unlike all of you, I am a newbie. So, I don't really have a big problem choosing a favorite photo since my selection is very limited. Did I say limited? I mean very limited! Anyhow, I thought this photograph of this Zombie was great. I really this the colour and composition of the photo. I actually felt I was able to focus well on my subject. I also thought my use of depth of field was good. However, I really like this photograph because I feel the presence of the Zombie. I feel like she is starring right at me and is thinking about walking towards me!

Iguanasan
06-16-2010, 08:08 AM
Hi Guys,
Unlike all of you, I am a newbie. So, I don't really have a big problem choosing a favorite photo since my selection is very limited. Did I say limited? I mean very limited! Anyhow, I thought this photograph of this Zombie was great. I really this the colour and composition of the photo. I actually felt I was able to focus well on my subject. I also thought my use of depth of field was good. However, I really like this photograph because I feel the presence of the Zombie. I feel like she is starring right at me and is thinking about walking towards me!

Hey, Canthaiwan. This is a photo to be proud of as it is very well done. :highfive:

JAS_Photo
06-16-2010, 11:38 AM
Wow. I thought I commented on this photo. I love the way the girl is looking back at the viewer and her slight head tilt. The colours are great too with all the crowd in the background. Cool shot, Cantaiwan!

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer
06-17-2010, 10:30 AM
Hey Guys, Well I took this portrait yesterday and at that time it was my favorite image of all time, however that being said, today is a new day and I want to make a new image today that will be my favorite image that I'm excited about. ;-)

Best regards, Ernst

Marko
06-17-2010, 10:41 AM
The only complaint i have about this new favorite image Ernst is that i wish it were about 50% larger :)

Peter
07-04-2010, 12:42 AM
I saw this on another site so I thought I would give it a try here...feel free to add to it as we go...and if you post something and find something better that is okay too. :)
Post the best/most favorite photo you've taken so far ...doesn't have to be technically the best, or for any other reason other than you happen to like it for your reasons...and it can be something you have posted on the forum already...if that is okay by Marko. :)
Please post the reasons as to why you like it...is there a story attached to it? Was it a turning point in your development in photography? Why do you like it or consider it your best so far....was it one of those right place at right time kind of things? Did you do everything right as far as technical and rules go?
I am hoping that this is a place not to critique but rather just enjoy...thanks :)

Okay I will start:

Here is mine

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2645/4207028950_9bd7df6e4a_o.jpg

This is my favorite so far simply because I think it tells a story. I was on transit heading to somewhere else to take some shots when I spotted this woman sleeping on a corner downtown. I immediately got off the bus and began shooting. She looked so alone, it was so cold (-15C) and it was about a week or so before Xmas so I went over to her, woke her up and gave her some money. I posted this a while back and it was well recieved and to this day it is still my favorite image.
I didn't notice the sign behind her until after I got home and started processing the shots. I think it tells a real story about dichotomy of "Living Out There" I gave it to my Mum for here birthday. :) I have seen Gail several times since this first time and I always make time to spend a few minutes with her and if I have money I give it to her...she never asks me for money but there is something about her that tugs at my heart strings every time I see her.

This is a good photo! The B&W makes it more real. I work security downtown and have made acquaintances with most of the regulars from the street. My job has me removing some of them from the buildings I work in. Itís a sad situation in this city sometimes.

Peter
07-04-2010, 12:46 AM
I'm going to go with this...although I think I could pick 5 favourites.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4068/4512497893_85e722c80c_b.jpg

The Eyes Tell It.

Michaelaw
07-04-2010, 01:30 AM
Awesome image Peter!:highfive:

Mad Aussie
07-04-2010, 02:53 AM
Awesome image Peter!:highfive:
Awesome image AntZ??? Or maybe Casil?? ;)

BroMiCs
08-05-2010, 09:11 AM
This is my fav photo I have taken so far, It isn't neccissarly the best one or the most amazing, but it captures my dog perfetly. She is such a unique dog that even ppl who don't like dogs fall in love with her. I think I am going to get this printed up in a poster size... I haven't done any post proccessing with it.. I don't really know what to do with it. I don't do much work in black and white.. If you have any suggestions feel free throw your two cents in :twocents:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs066.snc4/34654_476368947941_505727941_6622475_991354_n.jpg

This is just a facebook pic, not the original. You loose a lot of quality when you upload to FB

Marko
08-05-2010, 09:44 AM
Nice image Peter! really nice BW here (to my eye perhaps increase contrast on the highlights 5% but that's it), gorgeous dog!

BroMiCs
08-05-2010, 10:22 AM
Thank you very much.. She sure is precious. She is always the life of the party. I bet you I have a thousand pix of here. She is 3 years old and can do any trick you can think of. (havn't been able to perfect the "getting me a beer trick" yet, but I am working on it) :fingerscr

JAS_Photo
08-05-2010, 01:27 PM
Very nice capture of your little dog! Great light in the eyes!

F8&Bthere
08-16-2010, 02:27 PM
I have noticed a fair number of kiddie shots in the thread and it reminds me of what can make a certain image special to the photographer... the subject. Although this one probably wouldn't quite make it into my top 5 all time favourite/best images, I like it because it tells a lot about me and my experience as a photographer:
1. It's not about the gear- this was shot with a point n shoot
2. It's about the moment- timing is everything, I like her expression.
3. Our kids are sometimes our best available subjects/models
4. I always like something in an image that breaks the rules...In this case, with part of her face being outside of the frame, plus the high key (blown out) lighting and colour cast, all work for me (because I'm a nut :p).
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Shant M
10-27-2010, 01:47 AM
Oooh, it's hard. I have many, but here's 1 out of my top 10:


Downtown Vancouver
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1417/5120030504_fff9e5c0b6_b.jpg

Iguanasan
10-27-2010, 07:10 AM
A very nice cityscape, Shant M. Love the blue sky and lights. :)

bobthetog
01-06-2011, 09:20 PM
Great work folks!
This is my all time fave.

http://bobthetog.smugmug.com/Animals/WILDLIFE-OF-CANADA/WHITE-TAILED-DEER/803714646_vKYZY-L.jpg

casil403
01-06-2011, 11:25 PM
Wow great shot BtT! Sharp eye detail and really sweet light!
That buck has some rack!

Hillbillygirl
01-07-2011, 05:48 AM
WOW Bobthetog. That buck sure has some mass to him, nice swollen neck.
Love the droptines on that rack, sure is a beauty.

Donna
01-07-2011, 05:38 PM
This was really enjoyable , going through this thread :)
Great work everyone!! :)

Bambi
01-07-2011, 06:15 PM
This was really enjoyable , going through this thread :)
Great work everyone!! :)

I agree.

casil403
01-08-2011, 11:54 AM
Okay for some reason I look at my post and it says the image is no longer available...which is hooey because It is still on flickr. :shrug: I can't seem to edit the original post so here's a repost:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2645/4207028950_6d06e3e2bd_z.jpg

Marko
01-08-2011, 11:56 AM
I've commented on this one before; to sum up...Fab shot!

casil403
01-08-2011, 11:58 AM
Thanks....does it show up on your screen in the original post Marko? On mine it says "no longer available"....odd???
Also is there a time limit for being able to edit posts? I would much prefer to just stick it back in the original post than make a new one... :)

JAS_Photo
01-08-2011, 01:09 PM
I have noticed a fair number of kiddie shots in the thread and it reminds me of what can make a certain image special to the photographer... the subject. Although this one probably wouldn't quite make it into my top 5 all time favourite/best images, I like it because it tells a lot about me and my experience as a photographer:
http://www.photography.ca/Forums/attachments/f7/8826-your-favorite-photo-so-far-stormbringer.jpg

Love this shot, F8. Love the title as well (Stormbringer)which for non geeks, ha ha, is the name of a sword from the Elric Series of fantasy books. The sword was capable of taking over your soul.

jude01
01-08-2011, 01:18 PM
This is my absolute # 1 Favorite shot. :) I went back to my hometown for a visit. I was at Kokanee Glacier Park, for a wander threw the woods, and to see the kokanee in the spawning channels. This is one of my favorite places to go. I have many memories of woodland walks, and swims in the lake. As I leaned over the railing to see if there where any American dippers splashing in the creek, a shaft of sunlight came down threw the trees and illuminated this branch. I took the pic with my point and shoot.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l189/selenaxrt123/Selena%20Rhodes%20Scofield%20Photography/selenasfirstphoto.jpg

Its my favorite photo because its the pic that made me get into photography. Id always been a birder and used to see the camera adds in my bird magazines, always dreaming of one day being a wildlife photographer.
After taking this pic, I realized that yes maybe I could be a photographer, If I actually tried instead of just dreaming about it.

This photo will always be my inspiration.

Lizardqing
05-07-2011, 11:56 PM
Enjoyed going through this thread and seeing all the great photos.

Hard to choose just one, but this is one of the more recent favorites. Was one of those photos where how I saw and envisioned the photo being is how it turned out perfectly.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5030/5562478568_4e9864b19d_b.jpg

katalen
05-20-2011, 06:20 PM
Digby pines hotel http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/21956_1314218171055_1098692075_968872_8021961_n.jp g

okmqaz42
05-20-2011, 07:16 PM
I took this a couple of months after I got my camera and to me it was the first time I thought that I had truly found a way to capture the world the way I see it. It may be difficult to believe but this is an incredibly busy seaside resort with people promenading constantly but for 1/1250 of a second it was me, my camera and an unspoilt view to infinity.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4044/4506837715_19e3e91098_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/okmqaz42/4506837715/)
DSC_1497 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/okmqaz42/4506837715/) by okmqaz42 (http://www.flickr.com/people/okmqaz42/), on Flickr

Gremlich
06-19-2011, 10:44 AM
Shot on 2 December 2010 using a monopod and it was freaking cold

12553

Gremlich
07-10-2011, 06:57 PM
Hey, don't make me be the thread killer!!

Iguanasan
07-11-2011, 08:38 AM
I think most everyone who's here has posted on this thread already... I think we should qualify it. Such as favourite photo of 2010 or favourite photo of 2011 or something as my favourites seem to change every time I press the shutter :)

AcadieLibre
07-11-2011, 08:47 AM
This is my fav photo I have taken so far, It isn't neccissarly the best one or the most amazing, but it captures my dog perfetly. She is such a unique dog that even ppl who don't like dogs fall in love with her. I think I am going to get this printed up in a poster size... I haven't done any post proccessing with it.. I don't really know what to do with it. I don't do much work in black and white.. If you have any suggestions feel free throw your two cents in :twocents:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs066.snc4/34654_476368947941_505727941_6622475_991354_n.jpg

This is just a facebook pic, not the original. You loose a lot of quality when you upload to FB

I have a Boston Terrier but mine is the short bus version lol ....

FuzzySlipper
08-01-2011, 02:02 PM
so far this is my favorite shot because it is one of the first shots I ever managed to get in focus. Now to work on getting the eye in focus.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6004/5998446565_445c5dc1bb.jpg

Iguanasan
08-01-2011, 02:09 PM
Always a pivotal moment, Chris. Well done.

theantiquetiger
09-01-2011, 04:44 AM
Ok, I will join the fun. Like I said before about this shot, I've tried many times since and cannot get this angle. If was just the way she turned her head and I turned the camera about 45 deg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r198/theantiquetiger/Maddy_Morgan/IMG_0996.jpg

noobclicker
10-03-2011, 10:04 PM
i am just beginning to explore photography again so since i only have a few weeks under my belt its quite easy for me to pic
i saw this lady and it was 530pm at toronto city hall so you can imagine how many people were walking around and yet she was alone in the sea of people

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6159/6156979248_98602162ea_z.jpg

mellowinman
10-18-2011, 08:00 PM
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g123/mellowinman1/IMG_0134cl.jpg

Iguanasan
10-18-2011, 08:23 PM
Very cool, mellowinman.

mellowinman
10-18-2011, 10:19 PM
Very cool, mellowinman.

Yeah, and it has a great story. I had issues with where they said I could and couldn't be at that Cathedral, and I used a swear word in talking to a nun, and almost came to actual blows with a priest.

katalen
10-28-2011, 07:59 PM
this shot turned out great an is one of my fav's off all time right now :D

theantiquetiger
10-28-2011, 08:12 PM
I am updating mine to this one:

http://www.photography.ca/Forums/attachments/f20/13924d1319469427-louisiana-yard-dog-alligator-allie4completesmall.jpg