My Favourite Shot in December 2016

    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.


    City Lights – by Phil Anker

    Pentax K-70 – f/1.8 – 85mm – 1/125 – ISO 1600 – Salisbury, UK

    I was experimenting with night shooting in December and this was one of many I took. This is only a simple composition but I like it for this simpleness. The light chains wrapped around the trees give a lovely light right through the shot. A nice blurry background makes a good backdrop for the lone person on the bench and the reflections in the wet pavement complete it. Because of all of these elements this was my favourite shot in December.


    ‘Watchin’ n Waitin’ – by Draopsnai

    Panasonic DMC-TZ60 – f/5.6 – 5.8mm – 1/5 – ISO 100 – Central London, UK

    This is my favourite this month because recently I’ve been playing about with the shutter speed with very mixed results, this shot worked as I hoped it would, better in fact as the man turned his head so we can see his face.


    Boutique des arts – by Esther FR

    Olympus E-M5 – f/5.5 – 31mm – 1/60 – ISO 500 – Saintes, France

    I was in Saintes an afternoon in December, to get some gifts for Christmas and some shots for the MC. In winter, the night falls early and I was coming back to my car in a hurry, when I saw the silhouette of this lonely man in the shop. I had to take the shot, I quickly took my camera from my bag. I like the scene, framed by the night, with the little lights around the man. I tried a color version, but there was too much “noise” in the picture due to high ISO. I like the fact that you often find a last shot when you don’t expect it anymore…


    You are here – by Mister G.C.

    Ricoh GR – f/5.0 – 18.3mm – 1/500 – ISO 800 – Celle, Germany

    Although I only had one day out shooting in December I was very happy with the images I managed to capture during my hour or so in Celle, Germany.
    The reason that this image is my favourite for December is the fact that I managed to juggle between my Nikon D5300 which was in my hand at the time of spotting this scene and my Ricoh GR which was in my jacket pocket. You can read the whole story behind the shot in my post, The Best Camera for Street Photography. I was so happy that the person on the other side was still standing there, perfectly in the middle of the town map, by the time I was ready to take the shot. If I had pondered a few seconds longer on the idea of I getting my GR out or not, I would have certainly missed it.


    Eye Forward! – By Tina Leggio

    Sony a7Rii – f/2.8 – 35mm – 1/320 – ISO 500 (auto) – New York, USA

    The best shots are the ones you don’t plan on taking. I had just reached my destination, Times Square, and was trying to walk around this huge crowd that had gathered to watch some street performers. Street performers are everywhere in NYC, even on the trains, so I was just going to keep on walking. Then I figured I’d stand behind the crowd while I adjusted my camera settings. It was better than trying to find a seemingly out of the way spot and getting bumped anyway.
    After I had gotten everything set up for nighttime shooting, and had taken into account the extremely bright lights in Times Square, I looked up and saw this scene. I had only a split second to take the picture before a group of people walked in front of me. I wonder how those people got up there. Did they do it themselves? Did someone help them up there?


    2 Comments

    1. Mister G.C. | | Reply

      A great selection of shots this month.

      I’m feeling the urge after seeing Phil’s night shot and Ian’s motion blur shot to try some experimenting myself in these styles. Good to see people trying out new stuff as it may inspires others to get outside of their comfort zone.

      I also noticed that 3 of the shots were taken at night and that Phil and Esther submitted their images in colour and b&w respectively….for the reasons as I would have too. Phil’s shot in b&w would have killed the warm colourful,festive atmosphere and as I mentioned in Esther’s photostream on Flickr, I was distracted by the colourful adverts in the colour version she uploaded.

      Great work everyone and thanks for sharing your favourite shot from December with us all.

    2. Esther | | Reply

      Excellent selection.
      December is a good month to try night shots with nice lights.
      Grant, your Ricoh GR is your best friend ! Clever shot.
      Tina, you really get the good moment, with one of the girls looking back.
      Phil, I love the tones of the picture and the blurry background
      Draopsnai, very good work with a low speed. I love the movement around the man.

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