Let’s try something a little different. We all have them – our favorite shots taken over the years. But, can you pick just one to share with the rest of us. I know I had my list whittled down to a mere few hundred. I did make the ultimate sacrifice and chose my #1. So, I am asking that you select your favorite and prepare a story to go along with it. Of course, this means you will be able to sift through your archives – good luck!
We are looking forward to see what you selected. . .
Joe’s “Ghost Train“
I have had more comments about this one image than any of the others. “Ghost Train” was a right-time, right-place shot. My wife and I were continuing on our Pacific Coast Highway trip back in August of 2007. One of our stops for lodging was in Ft. Bragg, CA. It was also one of unique places to lay our heads as we were housed in a former water tower – now a very nice B&B. While waiting for the call to breakfast, I went onto the roof to check out the surroundings. About a block and a half away I saw this classic locomotive. I immediately grabbed my camera and rushed off in the direction of the billowing smoke.
Just as I got there the “Skunk Train” was taking on passengers for its Saturday morning four-hour round trip to Northspur, CA. As I got beside the locomotive, it began to stoke its engines and steam began to rise all around it. I just started clicking away – fortunately it was a digital camera, as I would have certainly run out of film!
It wasn’t until I got home to check out what I shot during the twenty-five day trip along the Pacific Coast. I renamed it the “Ghost Train” because of the way the engine was emerging from all of the steam.
Ed’s ”Two Van Gogh’s“
I shot the scene on the left in London, England, posted it on a website, and got back a comment that it looked like a modern day Van Gogh. Flattered, I Googled Van Gogh and located the image on the right, Van Gogh’s “Cafe Terrace at Night“. There are a lot of similarities, at least enough for someone to notice. For fun, I added a filter to my image to make it look like a painting.
Did someone say, “Ed, you’re no Van Gogh.”
This is from a while ago. It might not be my very best favorite but I like it.
Jim’s “Sunday Morning“
Taken in Newport in May of this year.
The time was right, the trees were in bloom and the people on the lawn added to a very serene scene, I thought.
Bernie’s “Bluebird Family“
My favorite shot may be “Bluebird Family,” taken back in 2008 with my old Nikon D40.
I may have a couple of more recent, technically better photos, but none tell a story like this one. And, it was my first “15” score (thanks, Diane). The bluebirds had used this birdhouse in the front yard for several years before I finally decided to try to get some good pictures of them with my new camera and a 70-300mm lens. I set up with a tripod about 40 feet away, and while crouched down behind a bush, used my remote. I was happy just to get the two adults, but when I realized the baby was visible inside, I was thrilled!
I love this photo that I took at a farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a couple of years ago. It gives me a nostalgic feeling because I grew up next to a farm in Stoughton. I really like the bright green feathers, and I was fortunate that he sat still long enough for me to take his picture. Doesn’t it look like a scene from “The Wizard of OZ”?
Ron’s “Town River“
The photo was taken along the Town River in West Bridgewater several years ago. I keep returning to this spot year-round because it’s in a constant state of flux and always scenic. I think it’s one of the prettiest spots in this area.
Since I still consider myself a bit of a novice, I don’t have that many photos to choose from yet. This photo was taken as part of a class assignment. We talked about Irving Penn, who was known for his black and white photography, and the use of light. I had a very important “aha” moment working on this assignment, when it finally dawned on me how important a part the use of light is in photography.