My Favourite Shot in April 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 why their shot is their favourite.

    Once again we have almost the whole of the group putting forward their favourite shots for April. So read and enjoy.


    Jeux d’eau… – Esther FR – Nantes, France.Olympus EM5, Olympus 12-50mm f3.5-6.3, f6.3, 1/100 sec, ISO 500.

    I took this picture in Nantes, a nice city near Brittany. It was at the end of the afternoon, the light was falling, and I was not ready to take the shot, as I was far away from the fountains. I was chatting with my friends when I saw these silhouettes in the haze. I suddenly left my friends and ran until I was close enough to get the shot. I took several pictures, but this one is the best in my opinion, because of the attitute and the posture of the different children.

    I accentuated the white haze when I edited the picture in black and white, to create an atmosphere a little magical and unreal. It also avoid to focus on some elements of the background, such as cars.


     This Is A Cute Picture Of Us – Tina Leggio – NYS, USA.

    Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 85mm f1.8, f1.8, 1/250 sec, ISO 1600.

    I chose this picture because I was standing closer to them than I normally do. In that way I really felt that I was a part of the scene, albeit an invisible part. These two people, most
    likely romantic partners, are looking at the screen and they just look so happy.


    April showers – Phil Anker – Salisbury, England.

    Pentax K-S2, Pentax 16-50mm f2.8D, f6.3, 1/100 sec, ISO 1600.

    I had gone into town with my camera and as soon as I arrived it started raining. Sheltering in a doorway I noticed a woman doing the same opposite. Looked like a chance of a shot so I clicked the shutter and everything came together.

    You can see the small dry patch at her feet that she is sheltering in stood next to a display of umbrellas, a couple walked into the shot determined to get through the rain. I also like
    composition of her being left of frame and the walkers right of frame. A good story to this shot and to add to it as I was using AV due to the poor light the slow shutter speed catches the rain perfectly.


    Face to face with a murderer – Draopsnai – London, England.

    Panasonic DMC-TZ60, 24.2mm, f5.3, 1/250 sec, ISO 500.

    I chose this shot as I very nearly didn’t take it but am delighted that I did and just how well it worked.

    I was on the bus with my son going out for the day and wasn’t expecting to take any candid shots. My camera was packed away but I kept looking at this man in front wondering if I should
    get it out or not, when he turned the page and I saw the new headline and woman’s face I just couldn’t resist any longer.


    No F * C K YOU Very Much – 4d Photo Images – Cardiff, Wales.Nikon D750, Nikon 85mm f1.8G. f3.5, 1/640 sec, ISO 100.

     I have just upgraded my camera to a full frame – Nikon D750. This is one of the first shots with the new camera. I was blown away by the quality of the image, the colours and sharpness, but it is the speed and accuracy of autofocus – awesome.

    download – Dizbin – London, England.

    Olympus EM10, Lumix G 20/f1.7, f4, 1/320 sec, ISO 200.

    I took this in a market in London … it was meant as a comment on the decline of the high street in general, and, more specifically, the predominance of mp3’s and loss of many record shops.

    Ironically, when I got home, and after I’d posted the shot on flickr, I googled silk sound and found out that it’s a thriving studio, so I guess the camera does lie, however, I think he message is still the same.

    The cooling down period. – Mister G.C. – Nienburg, Germany.Sony A6000, Sony 20mm f2.8, f8, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

    This is my favourite shot from April because I actually achieved something in my street photography that I had been meaning to try for a long time, Zone Focusing. I was always afraid of spending my precious spare time driving to a busy location, shooting using the zone focusing method, only to come home with a memory card full of blurry out of focus shots. Without giving too much away (as I am planning on writing a blog post about my zone focusing) I set my camera settings and away I went. I was determined to stick to zone focusing for the whole time I was there, no matter what.
    I used different methods on that day such as using the view finder, using the screen and also using the tilted screen.
    This shot was taken using the tilted screen method with the camera around waist height and I took my time positioning myself & composing the shot. I just love the sharpness of the shot and also the fact that the guy looks as if he really is enjoying his own little private moment watching the crowds while eating his ice cream…..almost as if he was a visitor there and not actually working. Everything from his stance, the door helping to frame him and the little dribble of ice cream on his chin just make this for me.

    I’ll definitely be practicing the zone focusing method next time out after watching more videos online and picking up a few good tips that could have prevented some of the unusable shots that I obviously managed to take on that same day.


    Reflections – Tomavin – Prague, Czech Republic.Canon PowerShot G7 X, 8.8-36.8mm, f4, 1/250 sec, ISO 500

    I was standing with my small camera at the tram stop Výtoň. That is a place on the right bank of the Vltava River in Prague. There was a tram passing by and I could see some interesting reflections in its glazing. The glass in the tram usually has so many reflections it isn’t worth trying to get any photos but I decided to combine these reflections with the silhouettes of people sitting inside the tram or with the people standing outside and see what comes out of it. I took about thirty pictures. I was playing a lot with the light and composition and did not know exactly what the result of my experimenting would be. That was a great fun. I selected a picture with rather unusual composition. It is merging the space inside the tram with the outdoor space. That was my intention – a slightly disturbing image provoking interest and fantasy that may be interpreted in more than one way.


     /i| | \ – Dragan – Vienna, Austria.Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF18mmF2 R, f4, 1/280 sec, ISO 200

    Why do I choose this one ?

    Well its definitely the way of photography which shows my preferred style : lines, symmetry,.. broken by a human element.

    But this is not the main reason. Its more the fact that this and two other shots should have just have been a “test” of the 18mm lens and deleted afterwards. Funny for me that already at the first shot the girl appeared in the frame, so the photo ended up in my favorite selection instead of the trash.


     Poster man – Nikonsnapper – Cardiff, Wales.Olympus EM1, Olympus 12-40mm f2.8, f2.8, 1/6400 sec, ISO 500

    I was looking for a shots for the monthly theme topic brush and saw this sign poster putting the sign up. He looked very furtive as though he was posting pictures illegally. I thought it was just a great expression. I was surprised because both of the pictures taken and posted on that day for the monthly competition made explore.

    Texting under the shop lights

     Texting under the shop lights – Just Ard – Venice, Italy.Nikon D750, Nikon 85mm f1.8, f2.8, 1/50, ISO 2500

    Returning back to our apartment later in the evening aboard the Water Bus on the Cannaregio Canal in Venice, I saw this girl. It was the lights that struck me first. All along the canalside were pockets of light, and so the light emitting from the fast food place lit up the girl, but it was the triangles of light from the outside lamps that really drew me.

    The image looked so good on the computer, but when I converted it to B&W those triangles of light really popped out. It seems to give the effect of a stage play.


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