My Favourite Shot in April 2017

    This is where members showcase the shot they feel is their favourite of their previous months shooting.

    There are many reasons why a shot might be a personal favourite, and quite often is not known to the viewer as it may be for personal reasons. Each Photographer has given their own reasons as to why the image they have chosen is their favourite of the month, along with the camera settings and location.


    La petite fille aux chiens by Esther FR

    Olympus E-M5 – OLYMPUS M.12-50mm F3.5-6.3 – ƒ/10.0 – 12.0 mm – 1/320 – ISO 200  – Venice

    I took about 10 shots before this one : I knew that the dogs, the girl and the lady would make a nice scene, but I had to try different points of view and compositions. I have chosen this one because the little girl becomes the main subjet, but the second one, the dogs and the lady gives a sense and a story. I also waited until the dogs were in a good position, and that nobody crossed the scene. I tried a black and white editing but in this case, I was loosing the nice ocre tones. I lowered the saturation a little bit to make the picture softer.
    So this picture is a mix of a scene that caught my eye and took some patience, too! That’s why this is my favorite shot.


    Gentleman of the road by Phil Anker

    Fujifilm X70 – ƒ/4.0 – 18.5 mm – 1/250 – ISO 200 Bournemouth UK

    I have often been out with my camera and have frequently found the best shot of the day is the last one.
    This one was the opposite… the first shot of the day. I saw this guy behind the monument base before I had taken my camera out. He was quite inquisitive as he saw me rummaging in my camera bag, which made for some great eye contact.


    Crouching Tiger  by Garry Davies

    Canon EOS 550D – EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM – ƒ/4.0 – 100.0 mm – 1/320 – ISO 800 – Perth, Australia

    I came across this scene in Perth’s Hyde Park, where slackliners often congregate. I’ve shown it to a lot of people, and very few notice the line immediately – it looks at first glance like a martial arts movie fight sequence where both combatants are defying gravity and the heroine is coming in with a killer kick. My only regret is that I had to convert it to black and white as it looked great in colour. The problem was that the slack line was bright purple and too obvious, which spoiled the impact of the shot.


    Love in Shadowland by Draopsnai

    Panasonic DMC-TZ60 – ƒ/3.3 – 4.3 mm – 1/640 – ISO 100 – London UK

    I like this shot for it’s niceness- anonymous elegance and romance.


    Negative Space by Mister G.C.

    Ricoh GR – 18.3 mm f/7.1 – ƒ/11.0 – 18.3 mm – 1/500 – ISO 800 – Hannover, Germany.

    I spotted this elderly lady in Hannover town center, it was her fur coat & tartan skirt that caught my eye. I took a snapshot of her the moment I seen her but it was just a ‘snapshot’….I knew that there was a better photograph to be had. So I watched to see which direction she was heading and I walked on ahead, looking back now and then to see where she was. At the same time I was looking for a location that would offer up a better composition.

    Initially I was looking for an advert or a sign in a shop window, to maybe grab a juxtaposition shot however there was nothing doing. It was then I decided to go for the total opposite of an elaborate juxtaposition and go for a ‘negative space’ shot for the MC.

    I spotted a large plain area of the wall of a department store, set myself up and had a moment or two to make a quick composition of the area before she reached the point. I was very lucky indeed to have her all on her own as the town was busy, even thought it was only a week day and not a weekend.

    There are a few reasons as to why this is my fave of the month….I like negative space /minimalist images, I also like a shot where I have captured a full stride. The main reason however, is that due to me wanting to better my first ‘snapshot’, by doing a little extra foot work and planning the composition to get the shot showing here, paid off. A really satisfying feeling :0)


    More work from the above featured photographers can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate links below:

    Draopsnai

    Phil Anker

    Mister G.C.

    Esther FR

    Garry Davies


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