My Favourite Shot in July 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.

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     There’s no running away from yourself… – Draopsnai – London, England. Panasonic DMC TZ-60 – f/3.3 – 4.3mm – 1/250 sec – ISO 320

     

    This is my favourite as it was unexpected. I had my sights on taking a pic of the legs and leather boots protruding from a doorway further down, and was walking towards them to see where I could get a good reflection of them when this man just ran past. Snap.
    Soho.

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    frames – Dragan – Vienna, Austria. Fujifilm X-Pro2 – XF10-24mmF2 R – f/4 – 35.8mm – 1/1250 sec – ISO 400

     

    Well apart from the fact that I simply like clear lines, geometry… it was really hard to get such a composition there. I was at least four times, three out of that without any result. The last one was nearly as i imagined. That’s another reason I am proud of this one.

     


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    Open window –Phil Anker – Bournemouth, England. Pentax K-S2 – Pentax 50-135mm f/2.8 – f/6.7 – 75mm – 1/500 sec, ISO 100

    Taken in Bournemouth while I was attending a street festival. I happened to look up from the street, saw the symmetry of the windows and thought it very interesting. Just then somebody decided to pop their head out of one of the windows, up with the camera and click. Then they were gone, so just the one chance and shot.

    One touch of the straighten button in Lightroom lined everything up to aid the symmetry of the walls and windows and there it was.

    My favourite shot of the month because it was a right place at the right time opportunity and it has taught me to look up, behind and around not just in front.

     


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    Mounted and ready –4d Photo Images – Cardiff, Wales. Nikon D750 – Nikon 24-120mm f/4 – f/8 – 24mm – 1/2000 sec – ISO 400

    We often see these guys mounted on their horses on the big special occasions in Cardiff, International Rugby Matches, Marathons, Armed Forces Day etc. On this occasion it was for the open top bus ride for the Welsh team after doing so well in the football Euro’s.

    So why is this my favourite shot, because it is so different to all my other attempts to get an interesting image of these guys mounted on their horses. The Low POV and wide angle gives a real sense of how big these animals are, and I managed to get the clock tower, part of Cardiff Castle, one of the Icons of the city – Yes I do like this one if you don’t mind me saying so, one of my favourites.

     


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    Hi There! – Tomavim – Prague, Czech Republic. Canon EOS 700D – 17-50mm – f/2.8 – 50mm – 1/60 sec – ISO 25

    One of my challenges in July was to materialise PHOTINGO 2 theme – Low POV. Many of the Low POV pictures I´ve taken so far were the shots of cobblestone details with some blurry backgrounds. Also this time I went for the cobblestones. When I saw this cute bored and sleepy bulldog I realised it could be a nice subject for my photo. I went down on my knees with 50 mm focus wide open at f/2.8. The dog, being rather curious than alerted, perked up its ears. I took just one shot with two blurred persons in the background. I like this picture because it has a lovely subject emphasised with a small DOF.

     


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     Barbe… à papa –Esther FR – Royan, France.Olympus E-M5 – Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 – f4 – 40mm – 1/80 sec – ISO 1600.

     

    I could have chosen a better picture, in term of photographical quality. The high ISO gives a certain grain, even after the processing.

    But this is my favorite shot of the month because I like the scene a lot. A father and his daughter are sharing a “barbapapa” during a nice summer evening, awaiting the start of the music show on the beach.

    I saw the light coming from the right, and the plain background, and I took two shots quickly. I stopped one second in front of them, and they had no idea I was there. I saw the result on my computer, and the second picture was good enough.

     


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    You’ve Got To Be Kidding – Garry Davies – Perth, Western Australia. Canon Eos 550D – EF100mm f/2.8L – f/2.8 – 100mm – 1/800 – ISO 100

    I do have a favourite photo, but it’s not one that has had a lot of love on Flickr. It’s probably not my best photo of the month, but it’s the one that appeals to me personally the most.

    I was on a lunch break with camera in hand and spotted these two ladies waiting for a bus. I love the expressions on their faces – the woman on the left looks thoroughly unimpressed with something her friend has said, and her friend looks totally defiant about having said it. I keep coming back to this photo and trying to guess the story behind it.

     


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    The Queen Has Arrived – Tina Leggio – NYC, USA. Sony ILCE-7RM2 – Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 – f/2.8 – 35mm – 1/1000 sec – ISO 2500

    There are people in this world who stand out, for whatever reason. Some people for their clothes, some people for their confidence as they walk down the street. A rare few for the fact that they seem to have the whole package. This woman was one of those rare few. Normally I struggle to give titles to pictures but this one came easy for me because this woman had such a presence that I couldn’t imagine naming it anything else.

    I was wandering around Little Italy when I stopped in this one shop for a gelato. As I came out it was starting to rain. There hadn’t been any reports about even a possibility of rain, so most people did not have umbrellas. I was lucky enough to be able to grab a spot under the awning of the gelato shop and as I was waiting for the rain to stop I was able to get many pictures of the people walking (and in some cases running) down the street. When this woman and her friend walked by, the rain was down to a light drizzle but this woman was oblivious to it all. The rain was not going to cramp her style.

     


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    Stay alert, look around… –Steve Snapshot – Stratford, London, England. Fujifilm X100T – 35mm f/2 – f2 – 35mm – 1/119 sec – ISO 200

    It may not be obvious but the guy is holding his push bike on the escalator. He had just been pushing it through the crowded shopping centre getting in the way of several people who were very vocal at showing their displeasure. As he travels down the escalator he is still getting grief from those above which caused him to look around. This is also one of the first shots with my new camera, the Fujifilm X100T. At the time I was still getting to know the how’s and what’s of the camera so was pleased with the result.

     


    Inspired by the 5FIA Monthly Challenge theme - Juxtaposition Your views and comments are much appreciated.

    Interested? – Just Ard – Cardiff, Wales. Nikon D750 – Nikon 50mm f/1.8G – 50mm – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

    Over the last few months my photography has changed and I am going through a natural progression in Street, bringing in more of the environment. I still love the portraits with the 85mm, but have found that I am now using the 50mm a lot more and enjoying the results.

    The reason this shot is my favourite above others is that I had the Monthly Challenge subject of Juxtaposition in the back of my mind. Normally I shoot what I see and move on. Sometimes I stay in one place and react the same. The difference for this shot was that I saw the Window Poster first, and waited for the right person to walk past, obviously a bald man. I normally give up at this stage, but Ian had gone into a shop and I was waiting outside so no rush.

    As is normal in Street you get others coming into shot or blocking it. I managed to get a few shots, but they were just passing then just as Ian came out of the shop this guy walked past, and looked at the poster. Yes, got it.

     


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    A tender moment –Nikonsnapper – Bath, England.Olympus EM1 – Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 – f/5 – 40mm – 1/800 – ISO 100

    I took this shot on a trip to Bath with Wayne and Martin. We met up with Phil as well and all had a good chat. I was wandering around and spotted this couple sitting on the bench eating their ice creams and a group of younger people were next to them dressing a “bride to be” for her hen party. They must have asked the elderly couple to kiss, so they could picture them with the bride as part of the wedding experience. They looked so good with the ice creams I couldn’t resist grabbing the shot.


     

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    1. Tina | | Reply

      The pictures are all so good. I love looking at each member’s favorite picture of the month because sometimes it’s one that I haven’t even seen on Flickr. It gives me a reason to go back and look over their photo stream.

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