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pilpel-adom 11-09-2006 08:16 PM

Hey all!
I guess many of you people have lots of photos on your gallery (more than a page for sure), and I also guess that among all these photos, there is at least one photo that you repeatedly return to view and appreciate - appreciate for the quality of the moment, of the composition, of the technical achievement or just return back to that shutter press, when the atmosphere is so scarce in our daily life...I would be delighted to see your special photos, those that each time you spread them on your screen you say to yourself "I DID IT!" or "WHAT A MOMENT!"...
I have such <a href="">photo</a> so feel free to copy/paste your link so I and the other TE'rs could see your special moments, those moments that made your day or just made you happy of being a photographer...
Good day and good weekend!

alainh 11-09-2006 08:24 PM

good idea Pilpel
for me this one without hesitations:
not a perfect shot but a strange and incredible moment: Fire and lightning and i was here with my little Canon A20 for my best shot.
and this capture give me a new passion of photo.
and for the little story, this one permit to me to discover TE
because another one post this shot !!!
have a nice evening

pilpel-adom 11-09-2006 08:30 PM

Forgot the story
The story behind the scene: Along my trip in SA I wanted badly to do a panning shot, but even though I made several tries, I hace never got the shot I liked. I was truely lucky (and a bit more experienced) to capture my friend crosses the little stream at that beautiful day in one of the most beautiful parks in SA, the Torres Del Paine NP...

nicoz 11-09-2006 08:40 PM

My Mona Lisa...
That's a good idea!!! For me it would be <a href="">this one</a> I suppose (the only one I can think of that has 0 point!!!!!!!!). I like the photo, and the instant was great too. I was in one of my psycho mood, well, the note says it all...

rushfan2112 11-09-2006 09:29 PM

My fiancee and I spent the most fantastic holiday in Kenya. The first week was a safari and, towards the end of an exceptional day for photographs, I looked over my shoulder and saw this:

(Sorry, you'll have to click and paste as I don't know how to create a link like the others.) It may not be the best shot I've ever taken but my mood at that moment was sublime and I will never forget that African sun.

Keitht 11-10-2006 12:02 AM

For me there are 2 here that I really do keep going back to. <a href="">This one</a> because it really does scream "Canada" to me, and <a href="">This</a> because I was determined to revisit the site to try to incorporate some of the suggestions made to improve my original image of the same location. We hit just about every type of weather on the drive up, and I really didn't think I would get anything worthwhile. The temperature was below freezing; it was snowing and the fog was rolling in. I just love the result. It seems others did also as it received more critiques than any of my other images.

mlopes 11-10-2006 02:38 AM

There's so much i could tell about the photo i see most in my gallery... it's not by far the most commented, but imo it's the one that convey more the message i was trying to portrait in that moment!

I'm not ashame to say that i'm really proud of this photo.


agbonavita 11-10-2006 03:49 AM

Hi Chen, nice ideia, I will try to see photo of everybody here. Is very dificult to chose a photo that I most view or appreciate. But concerning this ideia "I did that" to me my THE PHOTO is that one:

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Nice day

Mingfang 11-10-2006 04:24 AM

Not sure which one is my favorate or appreciate on my gallery, just remembered the words that a member of Mugmum said to me when i made a meeting with him in China, "you should ruturn to look at your photos critically from time to time." WO, impressive! but i still remember the new feeling when i got <a href="">this one </a> with my new digital camera. that gave me different experience from triditional camera, it was so free...

Thanks you all and great to see the photos you show here.

Have a nice day

danielswalsh 11-10-2006 10:08 AM

Great question/ topic for the forum Chen!

I have to say that I have a hard time choosing 'just one' from my onlie gallery- but I'll probably have to go with one that's been featured in a few magazines- and that's this <a href="">Photo</a>.

I'll quite often grab my camera, tripod, ipod,, back pack and trekking shoes- and hit the pavement. This day I had found myself along Singapore's Orchard Road (shopping district). This escalator was well lit with these blue lights, and as always- LOTS of people.

With my headphones on- I was oblivious to the throngs of people passing by me as I stood at the bottom of the escalator focused on 'getting the shot'.

All the best!
- Dan

jinju 11-10-2006 03:24 PM

For me, I think it has to be this one. It combines all that I like: empty space, geometry and a fleeting moment.

2nd choice would be this one

alekpet 11-10-2006 03:37 PM


I had no hesitation on what is the photo I like the most out of my galery. It is certainly not the best valued, and is no favorite to anyone except me, but still I received a lot of comments for <A HREF="">this one.</A> The story behind this photo is that this is a view from my apartment. I never have seen such a good placement of the moon and such a good placement of the clouds as then. The setting sun lights the mountains with just about the same intensity as the moon is shining behind those thin clouds. As a bonus, there is a layer of clouds on the mountain itself.

Have a nice day and weekend, Aleks

Polonaise 11-10-2006 04:57 PM

Splendid idea, Chan !!!
Worth preserving. Worth developing.
Worth to ask Adam S. to create a window where once a year, everyone one of us will be allow to post one photo, and I mean ONE photo (that's the all beauty about it...ONE !!!) and not a 'second choice would be', or 'maybe this one'....
One and only...My favorite, the one I love more than any other...
Can't decide ? Don't bother then to post anything.
Nobody is putting a gun to your head.
My mind is spinning.
We talk so much about the bestest of the best, points, rewards, values...etc...etc..
Here it is...Once a year...Show me what do you prefer, and I'll tell you how good you are, or who you are as a photographer.
Once more, many thanks for the idea, Chen.
Now, let's wait for the development of it (if any?)
My favorite?
<a href="">this one<a>
What are the chances that my camera will malfunction...again ? (:-))))
Have a great weekend, folks.
Break your heads choosing that one and only, the BEST in the world...Your very own babe...

delkoo 11-10-2006 05:17 PM

i like this one where woman disappear completely under a huge burden.
my favorite

<a href="">this one</a>

good day

TheG1 11-10-2006 06:33 PM

Well, this is an impossible task... select THE PHOTO. Ok, <a href="">this one</a> is my favorite for the past few months.

hugolef 11-10-2006 07:27 PM

For me it is this <a href="">one</a>, because it was the time i experimented some "blue hour sessions", and because it was hard to combine two facts : try to get the best settings and don't fall in cold water (because of seaweeds and ice)

But i was very happy of the photo i get ...

When i uploaded it, i kindly dedicated it to all photographers who have fall during photo sessions (;))

Luko 11-10-2006 07:48 PM

Probably <a href="" target="_blank">this one</a>... because of the connection, because of the moment we passed, because of the period of my life, because Asia was still Asia, because of the friendship, because of the hindsight...

...perhaps also because I know it printed big on Agfa Record Rapid. This is why I like it though it didn't really impress on TrekEarth.

nwoehnl 11-10-2006 08:05 PM

Great question, Chen, and very interesting to see the others' picks (some true hidden gems there).

I'd probably pick <A HREF="">this one</A>, because it is a spontaneous moment that happened without any planning or "designing", and because for me it encapsulates the uniqueness and beauty of the place where it was shot.

In hindsight, I think it could do with some selective brightening though ...


rhizomes 11-10-2006 08:48 PM

Hi Chen !
Interesting subject...
I think I'd choose <a href="" target="_blank">this one</a>.
It was taken during a fantastic trip to the Vezelay Basilic (Burgundy, France)...Uncredible place, very quiet and spirituous...

volalto 11-10-2006 09:14 PM

I'm really proud of <a href="">this picture</a>.
It's not an artificial composition. I really found this rose on a bench one evening, when I was on my way back home after a long studying afternoon. Anybody but me seemed to notice this extremely romantic scene...
The shot has also a special place in my heart because of the long post production work I made on it (and considering I’m a newbie Photoshop user I was very pleased with the result!).

Clairedelune 11-11-2006 01:36 AM

Very good and positive idea Chen!

Well, I think I would choose <a target="_blank" href="">this one</a>. The reasons? Because, it's one of the rare ones that I am almost completely satisfied of! ;)
The moment, the colors, the motion, the difficulties...


AmiBe 11-11-2006 03:18 AM

Very interesting thread... I've seen all your fav pictures and it's often a big surprise.
For me I think it's actually <a href="">this one</a>.
But tomorrow it could be an other one :)

But yet not totally satisfied... Still waiting "THE shot"

Emiel_Skyfreak 11-11-2006 07:34 AM

Haha that's a funny one! A walking bush!

Emiel_Skyfreak 11-11-2006 07:41 AM

Well, to pick a real Moment-photo. Atleast, for my standards.
I would pick <a href="">this one</a>, one of my recent one's. If I would have clicked later I think the moment would have been gone, one boat in the ray of light entering from the ceiling. One boat just not entering it yet. Moment's later both would be in the ray's, maybe resulting in another nice shot, maybe less than this one. I don't know the answer.
I'm quite proud of that one, allthough the sky is overexposed.
Most of other shots we're quite static, so the moment would stay for a longer time probably!
And also, I was on a moving boat, so my POV would change too!

I also have a frog close-up somewhere, not very well saturated and not much contrast, but the frog could jump away every moment. Fortunatly he'd stay where he was for a while. But it could be a moment shot too.

roamermark 11-11-2006 07:58 AM

I think of any recent shots I impressed myself with <a href=""> this one

A lot of it was luck and a happy accident but it really did turn out nicely I think and it did okay (by my standards) here on TE

roamermark 11-11-2006 07:58 AM

that previous message just shows how bad I am at making links do you turn it off

Luan 11-11-2006 02:18 PM

Without any doubt, it would be this one :

<a href="">The Way Out</a>

Why....Vietnam, HCMC, the invitation to follow......

A nice thread Chen, interesting to wonder what could be our own fav pics.


Wirraway 11-11-2006 04:04 PM

Without doubt this one

It has been published and won numerous best photo on a number of photo sites, I have not taken any images this year but hope to get
back into photography on an upcoming 30 day trip to Singapore-Philippines and Thailand in December.

xavshot 11-11-2006 04:13 PM

Bonne idée ;o)
pour moi j'ai une préférence pour celle-ci : <a href="" target="blank">Wacky Races</a>. J'aime beaucoup l'ambiance de course folle qu'apporte le début des vendanges dans ma région.

isabib 11-11-2006 04:37 PM

<a href="">This one</a> would be the one for me. Drove for 1 hour to reach the place and it was raining. And waited another 30 mins for the clear sky.

peter1892 11-11-2006 07:37 PM

Does it have to be on TE? Well for me, it would have to be <a href="">this one</a> as it captured the mood & moment perfectly at the end of a long day's shooting. I don't think it would necessarily be a good TE shot (I know the couple well, they're friends of mine) but I'm extremely proud of it.

Homerhomer 11-11-2006 08:03 PM

I think <a href="">this</a> is mine, would love to see a good print made out of it. Difficult choice for me as I don't have a photo that I would be super proud of, this is favourite probably because of the memories in my head more than the photo itself.
Interesting seeing the choices made by others.

oochappan 11-11-2006 08:27 PM

Very pleasant idea, Chen, and auto-challenging to recall the one that summurize a bit your aim.

The one that jumped in to my mind reflecting
daily life on the street with a slight humor,
action and the extra dimension of colors is <a target="_blank" href="">Glass Onion</a>

Having internet-connection problems at the moment, I hope this come through ?

KevRyan 11-11-2006 08:36 PM

This image is one that continues to jump up in front of my eyes - the photograph itself but also the picture of me in my minds eye suddenly realising what's in front of me and fumbling to get the camera from its case before the bus moved off - the humour in this shot for me is bound up with this reaction to it......I like to laugh at myself and get things in perspective this way...........

This is my second choice shot.....which may be one which i might guess I would never have taken.....

...but for sheer excitement and elation in the moment it has to be this one.......

kinginexile 11-11-2006 08:57 PM

Intereseting answers, quite a few make the point, and others show how much emotion drives the souvenir, and it would be hard for others to guess where is the beef, photographically. I post too little to answer the question, but if anyone is interested, the pictures/moment with the camera I am the most proud are in my "Bangkok ramblings" gallery on Pbase. The ones that attract so little viewers, because it's just a bunch of craggy-faced farmers demonstrating in Thailand, no neck rings, no "amazing Thailand" islands, hilltribes, monks, or pretty women, plain hard working lives no one really pays attention to, but who define what is really Thailand when you scratch a little, the "amazing" veneer.

Ok, one pix definitely means a lot to me beyond the subject, the SIAMESE CAT one:

an old story, hard drive stolen the morning of departure, mayb 10 000 pix lost, 3 months of travel, and I decide to stay an extra week-end, shooting and shooting, and i go hand by the rail tracks, where people live in shacks, and smile as if they had just put a million $ in the bank. And I get that pix, which is not perfect, but the moment is, and it would have never been if not for my misfortune, and that's what great about life AND photography. Screw what you just did or what happened to you, no whining, get out and start again, the world is constantly waiting for you!

Polonaise 11-11-2006 09:28 PM

Dear Kev...
You didn't read the Chen's text at the beginning of this tread, or mine one, as a matter of fact, did ya ?
Because the WHOLE fun of it is: ONE photo for crying out loud.
Your ONE and only, your love and passion, your baby, your mistress, your desire, the one you always come back to...
That's the one...
Why? You may ask...
Well, read above...

Have a most wonderful, brokenhearted day, my dearest friend.
Hey, I couldn't decide either... But finally I DID !!

KevRyan 11-12-2006 12:29 AM

Which planet are you on today dear friend ......go and read what Chen said again!!!!!

...but you're right....I'm just not sure if it's any of these really........I might have to have another one and only, my baby, my mistress, my desire........I was being too mundane......

.......perhaps I'll start a new thread ...for me to choose the one i like.......

KevRyan 11-12-2006 12:59 AM

...great image I've read your note and seen your photo I can see the passion of it......but the really sad thing about it is I'm not sure i feel THAT passionate about any one of my images right now.....I always feel so much more passionate about the work of others.......there are so many images that i appreciate here that i value far far more than any of my own...including the one you present here.......that's the simple reality of it........and I'm really happy to love the work of others.........

......however, i do so often feel passionate about an image the moment I make it ......but somehow that's different........

...and i can feel passion about coillections of images...including my own.......

....the passion is not really about the image but the moment I guess......the story....

falling in love with the images of others is a different matter....

now my head is spinning...;-))

Polonaise 11-12-2006 01:03 AM

Go for it Kev, and I'll be there first for you, buddy.
But for now - ONE - and only one. That's the tic of it!
Any more that that might be read as a form of self-publicizing of your own production on Forum.
But then... What the heck... Who I am to reprimand?
Your photos are pure enjoyment to look at, so why I'm complaining...(:-)))

mdchachi 11-12-2006 01:53 AM

This <a href="">photo</a> is a simple image but I love it. It wasn't a composition I arranged, it was just there and I crouched down on the sand and took it.

See also <a href="">this thread</a>.

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