- January 5, 2019 at 6:40 am #383113
Showcase your favourite image(s) taken in 2018, and tell us why you chose it/them!
- January 5, 2019 at 8:12 am #383128
Picking one's favorite is very difficult. What is it about an image that appeals to you? Is it the color? Composition? The memories of your time spent there? The feelings in you that it evokes? I guess dissecting whether an image is worthy is best left to other people who aren't so emotionally invested in the effort involved in actually taking that image. That said, I don't know why I like this image. It makes me feel good. I love sunsets. I am amazed at the colors. It makes me glad that I am alive to be able to witness things such as this. Mike
- January 5, 2019 at 10:20 am #383133
Perhaps you like this one because it is a bit of a self-portrait. I see a mustache and a big smile.
- January 5, 2019 at 1:24 pm #383143
It definitely conveys a sense of peace for me. Lovely image, Michael.
- January 5, 2019 at 3:17 pm #383148
I totally agree with your discussion about this “favorite” challenge Michael. Favorite is very personal and subjective. We, the visitors to your image, miss your personal connection, but can can take the visitor to places they emotionally connect to. Like Leanne mentioned, for me, your pic conjures peace and solitude. Thank you
- January 5, 2019 at 4:02 pm #383153
Great choice Michael, the colours are beautiful and accentuated with the reflection, and it evokes a sense of peace.
- January 7, 2019 at 6:12 pm #383533
Rob Wood (Admin)Keymaster
Ver solid, @michaelkoumis
- January 5, 2019 at 11:58 am #383138
I chose this one because this Chestnut-backed Chickadee was the first bird to show up at my feeders last year that wasn't a Starling or a Scrub Jay.
- January 5, 2019 at 1:26 pm #383144
Great capture, Dave!
- January 5, 2019 at 8:16 pm #383173
Thanks Leanne. 🙂
- January 5, 2019 at 4:03 pm #383154
Sweet shot Dave, what lens did you use?
- January 5, 2019 at 8:21 pm #383174
Thanks Tersha. Pentax 55-300mm PLM @260mm. Attached to a K-70.
f/5.6, 1/200, 200 ISO.
- January 5, 2019 at 1:21 pm #383142
This might be considered cheating but I did see Diane added an ‘s' after ‘image'. I made a collage of my favourites from the year because I have favourite family shots, favourite flower images, favourite travel pics…I pick different images for different reasons and like MichaelK suggested, it is a very subjective process…
- January 5, 2019 at 1:56 pm #383145
Very good – nice collage. 🙂
- January 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm #383146
You've made a lovely collage, Leanne. I know there are many intense memories that will flood back every time to look at your collage. Thank you.
- January 5, 2019 at 3:21 pm #383149
Yes Leanne, I've loved viewing your images all year long. You have quite a talent. My favorite in your collage is of your daughters.
Happy New Year
- January 5, 2019 at 4:06 pm #383155
I remember a lot of these images Leanne, you've made a lovely collage.
- January 5, 2019 at 8:16 pm #383172
A wonderful collection of images. Really nice work.
- January 6, 2019 at 7:21 pm #383336
I love the collage Leanne. It's a nice way to showcase all your favorites. My favorite is the horses with the barbed wire.
- January 7, 2019 at 3:51 am #383357
Well done Leanne. Good choices.
- January 11, 2019 at 4:50 pm #384305
You had a Great Year Leanne
- January 5, 2019 at 3:10 pm #383147
This is not an easy challenge for me because a definition of “favorite” takes me in many directions. I’ve decided to choose two images that, only for me, are an indelible moment in time that has all the elements of personal beauty including color, smell, composition, emotional connection and memory. I know that you, my Light Stalking friends, will miss the the subjective. So like MichaelK above, the two images I have chosen are just for me and you are given a peek into who I am and where my mind goes when I need an escape into the past.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Early morning explorations into Monument Valley, Utah
Rainbow greeting at the end of an eight day hike in the Scottish Highlands
- January 5, 2019 at 4:49 pm #383157
Thanks for the “peek” Gray. I saw both on Flickr, initially, and was pulled in. So although they don't hold all the other elements that they do for you personally, they resonate in a different way. I think this is the most interesting part of art/photography. We artists make choices all the time about what to shoot and how to shoot it. We know the story we want to tell. But ultimately, what someone else gets out of the final image is highly personal. Based on their experiences it may not have any impact or a completely different one from what we intend.
Happy New Year Gray! And happy shooting!
- January 5, 2019 at 4:02 pm #383152
Beautiful mood, color and composition!
- January 5, 2019 at 5:23 pm #383160
Rough year, but my puppy could always make me smile.
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- January 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm #383332
Great shot Cole! The way you captured the eyes can make me feel petting a dog's floppy skin on their head
- January 7, 2019 at 4:08 am #383363
Good shot Cole. I know it's not the ST but if it were mine I would erase the black thing in the BG, the green in the water and bleu foreground left.
- January 8, 2019 at 3:15 pm #383789
- January 5, 2019 at 7:50 pm #383167
- January 5, 2019 at 8:02 pm #383169
- January 7, 2019 at 3:56 am #383359
Chris, I had to look it up, “Witbrules”. The best I could find was:
The working income tax benefit (WITB) is a refundable tax credit intended to provide tax relief for eligible working low-income individuals and …..
But I do like the first image of you and you wise a lot. That's what counts.
- January 7, 2019 at 9:42 pm #383592
My bad; uncorrected spelling error – amend to read ‘bad with rules’ 🙂
- January 9, 2019 at 12:22 pm #383910
Chris, a lovely shot of you and your wife!
- January 12, 2019 at 6:21 am #384432
All good Chris, but the one with you and your wife is really, really good!
- January 5, 2019 at 8:41 pm #383175
This one is fairly easy for me…. as words tell a different story.
I think most, if not everyone heard or read about the Campfire Fire the ravaged California in the fall. This shot taken at that time.
- January 6, 2019 at 11:47 am #383213
I’m with you on this one Bucweeet. When you took this image, I had too many friends and a family member fleeing their burning homes. A year not ever to forget.
- January 7, 2019 at 10:22 am #383426
@admin … Interesting…. my whole post has been changed. My original post was regarding how text/wording can change an image… Now it appears to be someone else's post who was trying to figure out what ‘Witbrules' referred to.
However, I'm ‘am' allowed to “Edit” my post which is over a day ole (which was never permissible before, once the day had changed, I was never able to go back and edit a post that older than a day).
Additionally, when I -> edit this post… my original post and image appear on the screen allowing me to edit it. With – no – editing performed, I clicked ‘submit' and nothing changed. Still the wrong post.
I'll attempt to add a word to the edit and then re-post to see if both the edit is saved as well as the original post is returned.
I'll post my findings on how it works.
- January 7, 2019 at 10:24 am #383428
@admin Good News!! When I added/changed the wording ‘slightly', the new ‘edit' saved and my original post was back.
- January 5, 2019 at 9:39 pm #383180
Like Leanne I noticed the ‘S', I have chosen 12 with a common theme. These may not be my best images of 2018, they may not be the sharpest, or technically any good at all, but each one represents a step in my journey in 2018. Each photo contains or was inspired by people that I met in 2018. Some are obviously models or cosplay characters, others inspired me to make new tools, or develop new techniques or just hung out in dark alleyways with me. All of them are special to me, and made 2018 vibrant and at times challenging.
- January 6, 2019 at 10:28 am #383210
Best sunrise from our house in 2018.
- January 6, 2019 at 4:43 pm #383296
Metal sculpture, Ontario, Calif.
- January 6, 2019 at 6:07 pm #383305
After seeing other submittals from others who had seen the (S). I am submitting a collage of the senior pictures I took of my three granddaughters who are graduating seniors in 2019. I don't consider myself a polished portrait professional, most of my photos are landscapes from our travels, old buildings such as barns, homes, mills and covered bridges, and automobiles both new and old.
I did my first portraits of my oldest granddaughter last year and was pleased with the results. I think that you will admit that it is easy to get great pics with models who look like this.
- January 10, 2019 at 4:08 pm #384060
Three beautiful girls Thomas, lovely photos!
- January 6, 2019 at 6:30 pm #383321
If it was in focus and the exposure was acceptable…it's one of my favourites! Fortunately this narrows it down to a handful. Here's a collage of scenic, flower and people subjects;
- January 6, 2019 at 7:12 pm #383333
I missed a shot earlier on this walk with my dad sitting on a rock with the sun casting perfect light on him. Alas I did not have my zoom lens, so this makes me think of the missed opportunity and I can still see the nicer picture in my head.
I call this “Portrait of a Goofball” (my cat). It was my first photo that I felt was good enough to print and actually hang in my office.
Here's to a year of getting better, little by little…
- January 7, 2019 at 4:09 am #383364
Diane, thank you for the challenge. Made me look at my picks for 2018. The jury is not out yet.
- January 7, 2019 at 3:53 pm #383501
It's hard to decide, isn't it Erik! 🙂
- January 7, 2019 at 8:47 am #383403
These are all wonderful shots. Too many posts to comment individually. They are all great. Fabulous job Lightstalkers.
- January 7, 2019 at 12:14 pm #383439
I think any image that is meaningful to the photographer is a favorite and I'm enjoying looking at them. But somehow, commenting on these images makes me a feel like I'm intruding on something private so I'll pass on doing that this week.
- January 8, 2019 at 5:27 pm #383791
Bobbie, you shouldn't feel like you are intruding on something private. We all post these images because they are our babies. We love each and every one of them. Otherwise we wouldn't share them for everyone to see. Hearing critical remarks sometimes stings, but everyone here wants to improve their skills and we need feedback and insight from others for that. But picking a favorite is difficult, for sure. It's like telling one of your children that they are your favorite. They are ALL “favorite!”
- January 7, 2019 at 2:21 pm #383453
This was a very thought provoking challenge as I look back on my images for 2018. What I love about photography is the opportunity to capture memories, whether you use a cell phone or expensive DSLR, each photo connects to an individual differently depending on their own memories.
I narrowed my favorites down to four images.
The old Sea Lion resting in the sun with the bird saying I’m hear for you my friend. No matter how hard life gets, our friends are there to comfort us.
Capturing the magnificent sky from my car window with my cell phone as we were stopped in traffic. We need to stop a minute in our busy lives to take in the beauty around us.
Capturing a spectacular night as Jupiter lined up close to the Moon.
And when it comes to macro photography It simply amazes me to see the beauty and complexity each water drop colliding brings.
Each of these photos stir up great memories for me.
- January 7, 2019 at 2:40 pm #383455
I love photos 2 – 4, sorry but #1 just doesn't do it for me. The cloud scene captured with a cell phone is particularly impressive, and I couldn't agree with you more than needing to take the time in our lives to enjoy the beauty around us.
- January 8, 2019 at 10:24 pm #383831
Thank you so much Thomas for your kind words
- January 11, 2019 at 4:53 pm #384307
I dont remember the second one Frog, love those clouds.
- January 12, 2019 at 3:53 pm #384474
Thank you so much Robert. Yeah, I think I shared it under Mobile Mondays – not sure … the sky was amazing.
- January 12, 2019 at 7:11 am #384451
You had a good year Belinda! They're all great and all so different.
- January 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm #384475
Thank you so much for your kind words Rob 🙂, looking forward to what 2019 will bring
- January 7, 2019 at 5:39 pm #383521
I have been trying to kick my photography habit up a notch and saw a video on YouTube that said I needed simply to have the intent to come away with a highly-acceptable shot instead of the usual dreck and “close but no cigar” stuff, so I grabbed the camera and tried it. I found this shot in under 15 minutes at the shopping center waiting for the wife to get her hair done. It's the cross-hatched beams in the roadside abutment behind the supermarket.
- January 8, 2019 at 12:02 am #383614
Moon Light Nightscape
I think this is my best image captured in 2018.
I captured star trail in same place before (will posting this image also). But I want to capture same shot on my new Z6.
Before one day this image was captured, the sky is clear, but on the capturing day the sky is full of clouds. So I decided to capture cloud trail instead of star trail with same composition I decided and got this shot.
Captured at Haripur around 11PM, on the bank of river ‘Krishna, Sangli, Maharashtra, India.
Captured on Nikon Z6 with NIKKOR Z 24-70 f4 S Lens
Exposure: 3 Minutes, ISO 800, f4, Manual Time Mode Exposure with Electronic Shutter + Exposure Delay Mode, and focused manually.
- January 8, 2019 at 12:07 am #383615
This is my star trail image at same place.
Moon Light Star Trail Nightscape, FUJIFILM X-T10, Fujinon 10-24 f4 Lens, ISO 1600, f4, total 3 Hours Exposure of 30″ Exposure for each photograph. Shoot with in built intervalometer
Shot at Haripur, on the bank of Rever Krishna, Sangli, Maharashtra, India
- January 8, 2019 at 9:15 pm #383812
After reading JasenkaG's article about Macro photography I decided to add one more to my 2018 favorites. My sister and I took a four day trip to northeastern Oregon. Neither one of us had been in that part of the state. A cold morning in the mostly ghost town of Cornucopia kept this Bumble bee still.
- January 9, 2019 at 11:01 am #383896
- January 9, 2019 at 11:16 am #383897
- January 10, 2019 at 12:29 pm #384041
I love that picture. You can truly sense the emotion and closeness.
- January 10, 2019 at 4:04 pm #384059
A great feeling with this Bobbie, love it!
- January 11, 2019 at 4:20 am #384226
Thanks Kent and Diane. The team, especially we veteran members, have been told by outsiders that we have a very unique way of working and clearly, very close relationships with each other.
- January 12, 2019 at 7:07 am #384450
Lovely and warm Bobbie.
- January 13, 2019 at 7:03 am #384532
Thanks so much Rob!
- January 9, 2019 at 3:53 pm #383928
- January 10, 2019 at 11:51 am #384038
This is amazing Diane. You have “the patience of Job” combined with artistic excellence.
- January 10, 2019 at 4:03 pm #384057
- January 10, 2019 at 12:30 pm #384042
That is a phenomenal picture- worthy of awards!
- January 10, 2019 at 4:03 pm #384058
Wow, thanks Kent! 🙂
- January 11, 2019 at 4:23 am #384227
Duane, your eye and technique with nature in its varied form is phenomenal. I've learned so much about it and photography from you. Thanks so much!
- January 11, 2019 at 4:55 pm #384310
This one was just too Cool for Words.
- January 12, 2019 at 7:05 am #384449
A stunner Diane. I hope you have this framed…or better yet blown up really big…wow!
- January 12, 2019 at 4:05 pm #384476
This is an amazing photo Diane, I can’t stop looking at it! I totally agree this is an award winning image!
- January 10, 2019 at 1:32 am #383970
2018 was a good year for me. I didn't leave my home state of Tennessee,but traveled a lot around the state.Following are a few of favorites for the year…
First off, my favorite waterfall pic. In Edgar Evins State Park.The light was very good that day,mostly cloudy…
- January 10, 2019 at 1:37 am #383971
My favorite Barn photo of the year. And I took a lot of barn photos…
- January 10, 2019 at 1:42 am #383979
My favorite Landscape photo of the year. In the Great Smoky Mountain National Park…
- January 10, 2019 at 12:31 pm #384044
That is gorgeous!
- January 10, 2019 at 1:42 pm #384046
Such a beautiful shot.
- January 10, 2019 at 4:02 pm #384056
Tom, the colours in this are amazing, beautiful landscape!
- January 11, 2019 at 4:55 pm #384311
Love it Tom
- January 12, 2019 at 7:02 am #384448
Great shot Tom. It's been a while since I've been in the Smokies. Your picture gets me “hankerin” for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Maybe this spring.
- January 10, 2019 at 1:47 am #383980
I worked at our county Fair for our camera club this year, so here is my favorite Fair photo, a night shot of the lights and color…
- January 11, 2019 at 8:02 pm #384361
Would that be the Wilson County Fair, Tom?
Sigh… I spent many a happy hour there with the family while the kids were growing up. I sure miss the horse-made ice cream and the hypnotist show! Lol
- January 10, 2019 at 1:54 am #383981
And finally, my favorite city skyline photo, Nashville…
- January 10, 2019 at 9:49 am #384017
- January 10, 2019 at 1:44 pm #384047
No. 5 is a cat photo!
- January 10, 2019 at 2:02 pm #384048
- January 10, 2019 at 6:22 pm #384094
Lovely indeed,Kent. What is going on with the masks in that one photo?
- January 11, 2019 at 9:27 am #384245
We visited Korea in 2017. The Koreans are very enamored with the care of their skin. My wife got some tips and got into it- including these facial skin masks that come from Korea. In the one picture… my wife, her sister, their mother, and our niece are all sitting around with various types of facial skin masks on. 🙂 I titled it, “When Zombies Chill Out”. 🙂
- January 11, 2019 at 4:57 pm #384312
- January 11, 2019 at 8:04 pm #384362
Lovely images Kent! They tell a joyous tale of your relationship.
- January 14, 2019 at 9:36 am #384771
Thanks Bruce. She is my best friend.
- January 11, 2019 at 8:43 pm #384370
Love em all Kent. The joy really does come out in them. Particularly like the wall poster shot. While others walk through life heads down lost in another world, she is the living embodiment of the postered smiling faces surrounding them all.
- January 14, 2019 at 9:37 am #384772
I like that one too, and it was such a spur of the moment capture. That type of image is really a favorite of mine.
- January 12, 2019 at 7:00 am #384447
You're a lucky man Kent. My wife hates having her picture taken. What a lovely collection.
- January 14, 2019 at 9:38 am #384773
Thanks Rob. She's really good about letting me take pictures of her- even when the moment isn't particularly flattering. She has a great sense of humor.
- January 10, 2019 at 4:00 pm #384055
- January 10, 2019 at 6:10 pm #384091
- January 10, 2019 at 6:25 pm #384095
Interesting Anne. A girl in my camera club raises monarchs also, also from eggs. She has been doing this for a couple years now, and has many many photos of all stages of the life of monarchs. She is crazy about them…
- January 11, 2019 at 9:24 am #384243
- January 11, 2019 at 8:45 pm #384372
Amazing. Ain't nature grand!
- January 12, 2019 at 6:56 am #384444
I didn't know you could raise these Anne. We have lots were we live. I must look into this. Very interesting shot.
- January 14, 2019 at 10:14 am #384791
Congratulations Anne on raising 60 Monarchs last year. Not far from us is a “Butterfly Pavilion” at the Elkton Community Education Center. We visited there for the first time last year.
This spring we plan on putting in a butterfly garden which will include some native Milkweed plants purchased at the ECEC. Our Oregon Monarchs do not make the migration to Mexico. They migrate to California. But the numbers of west coast Monarchs have been dwindling as well.
We're excited to see what shows up in our garden this summer.
- January 14, 2019 at 10:40 am #384796
Thanks, folks! @robeyers you can google ‘raise the migration' and find a number of sites.
@Davewatkins that's wonderful you're planting milkweed. I've read that the west coast Monarchs had high mortality rates due to the forest fires this past season.
- January 11, 2019 at 11:56 am #384289
There were 4 that really stood out for my self, Ive printed all 4 in large format and have them on the wall.
- January 11, 2019 at 1:59 pm #384293
All 4 are really beautiful Robert! I'm quite certain they look magnificent on the wall.
- January 11, 2019 at 8:47 pm #384373
The last one is especially good. Amazing what a beer added to the mix can achieve!
- January 12, 2019 at 6:53 am #384442
I remember all of these Robert and like them all. The last one was a killer. Must have been the beer. 🙂
- January 11, 2019 at 3:14 pm #384296
My favourites all take me back to different ramblings during the year. If I can come home with one shot I like I consider a trip a success. They're never what I anticipate capturing but they bring back good memories.
This is Marigot Bay in St. Lucia. You have to take a small boat to a charming little hotel to see this view. This was shot from our lunch table.
Our first iceburg trip to Newfoundland and there weren't a lot of them to see this year. This one was a ways out so I was glad I had lugged a longer lens and an extender.
Venice at sunset. First time there, it was clean and it wasn't flooded. Luck…what can I say
Mexico city at the Palacio de Belles Artes with some great friends, tortas and cerveza.
- January 11, 2019 at 3:58 pm #384301
All different Rob, and all great!
- January 12, 2019 at 6:50 am #384438
Thank you Diane.
- January 11, 2019 at 4:59 pm #384313
The Iceberg was definitely my favorite, they are all great though.
- January 12, 2019 at 6:51 am #384439
- January 11, 2019 at 8:48 pm #384374
Impossible to pick a favourite. All stunners.
- January 12, 2019 at 6:51 am #384440
Thank you Graham.
- January 11, 2019 at 4:02 pm #384302
- January 11, 2019 at 8:49 pm #384375
Lovely Diane. I remember Robins from my childhood in the UK.
- January 11, 2019 at 4:48 pm #384304
- January 11, 2019 at 8:51 pm #384376
Really? 1M hits? Biggest seller? Bugger me, I gotta get me some of that!
- January 11, 2019 at 8:18 pm #384365
2018 was a year of massive personal changes for me, and as an attempt to rebound, I found myself getting back into photography. So, this shot is from the fall, when I feel I began to really develop the direction of my own vision, self expression, and started to understand the functions of my camera and post processing. (a big shout out to all here who have helped with that)
- January 11, 2019 at 8:22 pm #384367
And, as I don't know how to post multiple photos in the same posting…
This is the last picture I took in 2018, and represents my interest in wildlife. I like the lighting, focus and the magnificent pose this young buck had the patience to hold for me while I worked out all the settings.
- January 11, 2019 at 8:54 pm #384377
What a magnificent pic Bruce. Can't believe it just stood there waiting for you to call “Action!” You sure you don't have any taxidermy friends?
- January 12, 2019 at 12:29 pm #384467
Thanks Graham! This guy is part of a pretty tame herd, so he isn’t too skittish, although the herd was more restless than usual that day. We think there must have been a mountain lion in the area.
- January 11, 2019 at 11:27 pm #384379
Love it Bruce, brings me back to the Ranch in Colorado, they used to walk up to the kitchen window most every morning and we would watch each other eat breakfast.
- January 12, 2019 at 12:31 pm #384468
Thanks Robert! This is actually in a friend’s back yard in Evergreen, so it’s very similar to your experience. It is great to finally living so close to nature, after having spent so much of my life in cities…
- January 14, 2019 at 9:32 am #384770
That is a beautiful and stunning wildlife picture! Well done!
- January 11, 2019 at 8:29 pm #384369
And here is the first, and ONLY, photo I have EVER sold! Took it the first week I had my Nikon D5300 in 2018, and it sold on Shutterstock for 25 cents a few months later. It made me laugh, but hey; now when people ask me if I'm a professional I hold my head up and say “Yes, I am!” LOL
- January 12, 2019 at 11:44 am #384466
What a wonderful collection of images this past week. Too many to comment on individually but looking at them all this morning has given me incentive to work harder at improving my photography both in the field and in PP. Thank you Light Stalking.
- January 12, 2019 at 6:50 pm #384486
Agree, Dave! I've scrolled through several times. Ditto on thank you LS
- January 18, 2019 at 2:55 pm #385627
I'm new enough here to still be in the “confused” category, Is a “favourite” posted here limited to shots taken by the individual posting it, or can it include photos from others they've tagged as “favorites”? At any rate, the iceberg photo above is stunning because it appears to be a visual pun on sea creatures or sailing ships.
- January 18, 2019 at 3:42 pm #385628
Hi Ed, posts here are for shots taken by the person posting. If you want to comment on an individual photo, just click on the ‘reply' in the bar above the posting. Hope that helps, any more questions, please ask. 🙂
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