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    Default Assignment #24: The Cut

    A photographer needs to be a good editor of negatives and prints! ... I find the single most valuable tool in the darkroom is my trash can - that's where most of my prints end up.
    - John Sexton

    With the end of 2008, this is a great time to look back and reflect on all of the varied and excellent work that we've done. Series, assignments, challenges, clients, personal projects or simply shooting for fun, there's always a lot of material to work with and plenty to choose from when looking back at our favourite photos from 2008.

    But for this assignment, you must select only one.

    Being an effective editor is an important part of mastering photography. Making hard choices is the key to effective series, portfolios, and websites. For this assignment, pick your single best image from 2008 and share it here. You can use whatever criteria you like to decide which one your best is, but you must narrow it down to only one.

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    Well this is a easy choice for me, as I shoot mostly drivel and cast offs, I only have 2 or 3 shiners to pick from

    Over all, I feel this is my "shot of the year", I titled it: "Pick One!"



    Since it is the years end, I was thinking of starting a tradition for myself. Each year at this time, pick your shot of the year and frame it and hang it up in the house. Over the years you would gain a interesting collection, and also maybe learn something about yourself. I know as I revisit my shots of the last year, my first full year in digital, my ideas, methods and interests have changed. I think for the better.

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    Default Re: Assignment #24: The Cut

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Flinchbaugh View Post
    Over all, I feel this is my "shot of the year"
    Boy, if that was mine it would be the "shot of a lifetime". I'm green with envy!
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    For me I would have to say that the image that stands out for me in 2008 is this photo of a gannet taken at Muriwai Gannet Colony on the west coast of Auckland.

    Taken with the 70-300mm lens.

    http://www.digital-images.co.nz/gall...-0035.jpg.html

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    That's some gannet John - wonderfull.

    My contribution is from our holiday this year - Dawn over the bay of Gocek in Turkey E3 + 'kit' 40-150 4/5.6

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    Mine, of course, is a bug. As shot, no PP. Perhaps a better crop is in order, but I decided to leave it.
    Last edited by bug; 06-26-2010 at 08:07 AM.
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    I like this shot because of the color, the expresion and the fact that it is unusual--none of which I had any control over.
    Last edited by halfwright; 04-15-2009 at 02:11 PM.

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    I'd have to go with this one. I purchased my e510/twin lens kit in June '08, and this was my first camping/hiking trip that I got to take it on in late July. I was still very new to the camera, but ended up getting a great capture (first time shooting RAW, also). Despite my recent "better" lens purchases, I've yet to get a shot that betters this one from my 14-42mm. The main reason for me stepping into the dSLR world was for better vacation photos and this one looks great at 11x14 in my living room
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    Wow, what gorgeous images! Sometimes I feel like such a beginner when I look at some of the members' work here. Makes me realize how far I have to go. I really like the Turkish shot.

    An on-going challenge of mine is trying to get good shots in an indoor arena. The light is always insufficient, and catching the horse at the right moment in its stride, with enough light, and the right camera settings, well . . . a lot of shots never see the light of day.

    This is one of several that came out well that day, and so I'm posting it here.

    Diana
    Last edited by Ddaside88; 07-19-2009 at 08:25 PM.

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    This was taken in the crypt of Winchester Cathedral where there is a sculpture by Antony Gormley designed to stand in water. The crypt normally only floods every few years, but we have had a very wet 2008 and it has flooded several times.

    I chose this one as I had tried several times to get a shot that included all the reflections and it took a few visits before I found the water at the right level.

    At one end of the crypt there is a viewing platform and a few steps down to ground level. In front of the steps is some railings and I got this shot by jamming the camera in between the railings right down at water level. This shot really would have been almost impossible to get without live view and the E3's swivel LCD.

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    Last edited by zbahu; 01-03-2009 at 04:42 AM. Reason: Problems with pbase, moved image to smugmug!

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    Default Re: Assignment #24: The Cut

    Here is mine......

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    I feel this was my best photo of 2008.


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    I'll go with this one. I took dozens of pictures of Iao Stream; had a wonderful time doing it. Now I have dozens and dozens of quite good pictures. But, when it comes time to pick just one of the set, this is the one I go to. It's even being displayed at the local airport along with other local camera club members pictures...

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfwright View Post
    I like this shot because of the color, the expresion and the fact that it is unusual--none of which I had any control over.
    I love this shot!
    Constructive criticism is always welcomed. I am here to learn. Just don't piss me off.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Flinchbaugh View Post
    Well this is a easy choice for me, as I shoot mostly drivel and cast offs, I only have 2 or 3 shiners to pick from

    Over all, I feel this is my "shot of the year", I titled it: "Pick One!"



    Since it is the years end, I was thinking of starting a tradition for myself. Each year at this time, pick your shot of the year and frame it and hang it up in the house. Over the years you would gain a interesting collection, and also maybe learn something about yourself. I know as I revisit my shots of the last year, my first full year in digital, my ideas, methods and interests have changed. I think for the better.

    E510, 50-200

    WOW, This is beautiful!
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    I chose this one because it is the best portrait I've ever taken so far. I then added the background...
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    My "best" of the year was, in part, a mistake. I was using an E500 at the time, and every so often would accidentally pushed that doggone "one touch wb" button, messing up my white balance. This was the result of one of those accidents!



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    Mine has to be this one:



    Great year for photos from everyone!

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    First off, excellent photos everyone. Second off, good grief . Usually when you see thse types of threads someone has already said they can't make up their mind and they post three or four.

    I've got it narrowed down to two now so I'll be back after some deep thought

    I don't want to be the one who breaks the rules, well not this time anyway.

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    OK, Linguini and clams are good brian food.

    Here's my best of the year:





    I chose this one for a few reasons. One, I responded as I had trained myself in using the My mode for the function button when spotting a bird in flight. I caught him out of the corner of my eye turned with my thumb on the fn button and fired away.

    Second, because I have my mode set up to 1/2000 and the bird was in the shade this was underexposed by a full 1EV and with some serious pixel abuse I still ended up with a decent shot.

    You've gotta love it when the technology will forgive your mistakes. My 300 would never have been so tolerant of an underexposed ISO400 shot. The 2100UZ would never have focused.

    Thirdly and lastly, this was shot wide open with the 50-200 with the EC14 at 283mm at about 12 feet. I like my Bigma for the reach but it simply can't do this. This is why I join in on the wish threads hoping that Oly will put out a 200-400 in the 50-200 class. If they made a lens I could use wide open with this sharpness I'd find the $1800-$2k for it.

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    Agree, all of these photo's are really nice! I hope someday to be able to shoot as well as you all....
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    Well this is a hard thing to do because while I like a lot of my shots I still don't feel like I've taken "The ONE" yet that is exactly what I wanted or what I seen. But I do like this one I hope the colors stay authentic looking I seen it a friends Mac the other day and it was way over saturated. But trust me the sky was incredibly blue with pink/red clouds up high and yellow/orange near sunset.

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    While it isn't the most colorful, or dramatic, given today's festivities, this is my entry for keeper of 2008.



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    I have looked at this thread several times and keep going back and looking over my stuff from 2008 and finally settled on this one.



    It is not much to look at on-screen, but the print looks great!

    A really tough challenge to go and try and pick a shot that defines you for the last 12 Months, and in so many ways, this photo does just that for me.

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    Bob... what a great juxtaposition of technologies! Well done!

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