My Favourite Shot in May 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.


     

    Love Is In The Air– Tina Leggio – Times Square NY.

    Canon EOS 5D MK III, EF85mm f/1.8 USM, f/1.8, 1/400 sec, ISO 1600

    I really like this picture for two reasons. One is because it reached Explore and I always feel kind of proud when that happens, especially when it’s with a photo that I really like. The second reason is that I’m a sucker for love. But then again, aren’t we all? These two just look so happy together, like they’re the only two people in the world. The fact that they’re in Times Square, surrounded by hundreds (possibly even thousands) of people lend even more of a romantic air to the picture since they only have eyes for each other.


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    Passengers– Draopsnai – Oxford Street, London, UK.

    Panasonic DMC TZ-60 – f5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 200.

    I’ve picked this photo as I enjoyed taking it. It was the two men’s check shirts that first caught my eye, and the men were both leaning on their hands, as I took my time lining the shot up the second man noticed and looked at me. I took the shot and nodded at him before disappearing down a side street away from his stare and Oxford Street.


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    Mr Whippy– Phil Anker – Salisbury, UK.

    Pentax K-S2, Pentax 16-50mm f2.8D, 18mm, f4, 1/320 sec, ISO 100.

    This was what I class as a “grab” shot. That is walking past without any real time to compose or be noticed and using a wide focal length to allow for cropping later. I originally saw the girl framed in the middle window, it was not until later that I saw the larger aluminium frame.
    The way all of the ice cream posters and bottles are lined up also pleased my eye ( a bit OCD maybe). It just had to be left in colour and to top it off this was my first shot to make explore.


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    When words are just not enough.– Mister G.C. – Maschsee, Hannover, Germany.

    Nikon D5300, Nikon 85mm 1.8G, 85mm, f2.8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 200

    This has to be my fave of the month. As I was about to cross the road in the direction of the car park, I spotted the couple cuddling on the wall and I let my wife carry on towards the car while I snapped a quick shot from a distance just so I didn’t miss the moment. As I walked closer towards them they were still embracing each other so I composed another shot close the angle that this one was taken from. At this point I was happy that I got the shot I saw a few moments ago in my minds eye but I decided to hang around for a few more seconds…..and then it happened. They broke of the cuddle and as I was standing there with my camera at the ready the scene above emerged. Bang! I captured, not only my fave shot of the month, but one of my own personal top fave shots of all time.


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    Heels on the blue carpet – Tomavim – Prague.Canon EOS700D, 17-50mm, 50mm, f4, 1/500 sec, ISO 100.

    The other day I went to downtown Prague. My focus was on the high-heels. I was quite confident to have a good opportunity to shoot in front of the Prague concert hall called Rudolfinum.
    There was some classical music concert starting at 7.30 pm. My main concern was to be there on time.
    When I arrived at the place it was already very busy. Crowds of well-dressed people walking up the stairs, women mostly in high heels. I took few pictures but I was not satisfied . It was difficult to make a good composition in this crowded scene. In few minutes the crowd began to thin out. That was the right moment for the picture. I selected a small DOF and focused on the legs climbing the stairs, then I tried to integrate also the stairs as the leading lines. Finally focusing on the stairs in the foreground with high-heels already slightly out of focus brought me a sort of satisfaction. I like the colours and the mood and I also like the rhythm of motion in this picture.


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    Lecture en tête á tête – Esther FR – New York.Olympus E-M5, M40 – 150mm F4 -5.6R, f4, 62mm, f4, 1/400 sec, ISO 200.

    It was very difficult to choose a picture from the ones I took in New York. I was in Union Square and there were so many subjects around me. I first saw the man immersed in his book, which it’s not so common, as so many people are on their phones now.
    Then I saw the author’s face on the cover and I knew it could be a good shot. This was especially true when I viewed it on my computer. The resemblance is striking. Even the comments on the back cover adds a little bit of humor : “a captivating read”.
    I turned it in B&W to increase the similarity of the two men.


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    Bridge – Dragan – Vienna, Austria.Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF18-55mm f2.8 – f4  f4, 18mm, f13, 1/350 sec, ISO 400.

    It’s simply a shot I like due to the geometry and the shadows.


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    1. Esther | | Reply

      As the past months, I really appreciate the diversity of the styles. Colors or Black and white, portraits or graphic lines, light and shadows… nice choices !

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