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Share Your Best Shot Ever

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Today I want to get some discussion going around ‘best shots’ – and give you a chance to show yours off.

  • What is the best photo you’ve ever taken? If it’s hosted somewhere online (like Flickr) please share a link to it.
  • Why do you consider it to be your best shot?
  • Tell us about how the shot came about. What was the situation, did you plan it or did it just ‘happen’?
  • What kind of camera did you use? What settings did you select or what ‘mode’ were you in?

Can’t wait to see your best shots and stories in comments below.

I’ll highlight some of my favorite shots submitted on a blog post later in the week to highlight some of the DPS community’s work.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Bishop Decker

    September 25, 2011 10:58 pm

    I have a few favorites that I shot in this series. It was planned in a fashion. The week prior to this I was in West Texas and saw the best sunset that i could ever recall and I did not have my camera. I was scheduled to be in the area the following week and brought my Nikon D200, tripod, remote shutter release and several lenses. I used the 18-200 Nikon lens and shot in manual mode, bracketing to see what I wound up with. This series still did not live up to the prior week's sunset, but you will just have to take my word fo rit

    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6029/5916982346_8fa724d35e_s.jpg

    http://pappadecker.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Sunsets/West-Texas-Sunset-Welch-Texas/15110600_FngSSq

  • Ashley

    September 24, 2011 07:29 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/51548435@N05/6175805435/in/photostream
    These two (Baby and Jake) have been pasture mates for years, and they're the bullies of the group. Even so, Jake is much older than his friend, and in this picture he's looking at Baby much like a grandfather would look at a young boy. I was using the horse's mid-day snack as an opportunity to photograph them while they were standing still, and I ended up with a favorite shot!

  • Shariq Yasin

    September 23, 2011 05:06 pm

    Few of my best shots:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/101311801377509000917/TheEarthAndLife#5623184753601462962
    https://picasaweb.google.com/101311801377509000917/TheEarthAndLife#5623184195426242242
    https://picasaweb.google.com/101311801377509000917/TheEarthAndLife#5623183131469639410
    https://picasaweb.google.com/101311801377509000917/TheEarthAndLife#5630973249230518690

  • Marcy (Too Timid)

    June 26, 2011 09:44 pm

    Big Horn Sheep: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcy0414/1348101449/in/set-72157601786170233

    I hiked up to the top of Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone with my husband and two children. We saw a herd of big horn sheep in the distance, and as we kept hiking, we moved closer to them, and they moved closer to us. Before we knew it, we were both on the same path and crossing each other! There were about 15 animals in the herd. In this photo, a young sheep and an adult crossed right in front of us. While the photo is just an example of being in the right place at the right time and snapped on a point and shoot camera, it is one of my favorite photos. It was thrilling being so close to these beautiful animals. It was a little scary, too. My younger boy was nine years old, and I kept my body between him and the larger animals. We stayed very still and quiet, and they all passed in front of us and went on their way.

  • sex

    April 2, 2010 08:58 pm

    The only drawback, for the possibility?Of the Aztec, good investment strategy.Appointment I call, the bathroom carpet.Laut einer Studie sex, hier das Richtige put the right.A long necklace, planned sales transaction.,

  • Pamela

    October 10, 2009 08:20 am

    wow.....I can't do anything right today !!!!! Wrong link

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/privileged07/3993554458/k....this is really it!

  • Pamela

    October 10, 2009 08:15 am

    http://flauntR_img_8_9_2009_12_58_40 forgot the link also

  • Pamela

    October 9, 2009 03:08 am

    Like most everyone else, I don't know if this is my best shot but it certainly is my favorite. It was a beautiful day and I was really enjoying a walk down a bike path in Cleveland. I'm a new photographer so when I get what I think is a good shot, I'm really pleased. I have just a Coolpix L100 which I really like but considering its my first camera, I don't have anything to compare it with.

  • Thomas Eldershaw

    July 31, 2009 09:41 pm

    If I had to pick a favorite among the many shots I took I think it would have to be my first successful lightning shot. Taken with a Pentax D110 that I had purchased just days before and not knowing a darn thing about it, I was totally surprised at the result.

  • Alex Esplin

    May 27, 2009 12:29 am

    yup, forgot the link: http://picasaweb.google.com/alex.esplin/Favorites#5340138477611638898

  • Alex Esplin

    May 27, 2009 12:28 am

    I took this at the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier last summer with a Canon point'n'shoot (A720 I think) before I got my D60.

    Given the tireless consistency of the performance of the guards, I bled a little color out to make it look old-ish.

    Exif Data:

    Camera: Canon
    Model: Canon PowerShot A720 IS
    ISO: 80
    Exposure: 1/1250 sec
    Aperture: 4.0
    Focal Length: 10mm
    Flash Used: No

  • MJK

    May 26, 2009 07:44 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/marianagea/3466987995/

    this is my favorite photo for sentimental reasons, as it shows my grandmother's hands and they represent her hard life very well...
    it was taken on my last trip to her village in Romania, two years ago... I miss her.

  • A. Townsend

    May 26, 2009 07:41 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/atownsend/3553937264/sizes/l/

    I don't think I could pick a best ever but this is my most recent favorite. My parents were live in Ocean City, MD and I was visiting a few weeks ago. I didn't leave my house in Philly until 1:00am, so I drank a huge energy drink on the way down there. When I got there, everyone was asleep but I was still wired from that drink so I went out to get some shots.
    I took this one from the Rt. 50 bridge facing downtown Ocean City with a 30 second exposure at F/8 200 ISO and 18mm focal length and with a circular polarizer.
    I tried numerous shots at different exposures to reduce the blown-out areas but they just didn't offer enough detail in the rest of the shot so I settled with this one. The lights are blown out in a lot of areas, but the detail is very sharp in the rest of the picture, imo.
    I hope you all like it. =o]

  • Hari

    April 16, 2009 06:18 pm

    The shot was taken in a funderworld, bristol (Mobile theme park, they call it as). I visited with my friends in the morning and i really enjoyed it. When the lights starts to glow in the fair, I couldnt resist myself, I drove back to my home and took my camera, then again paid the entrance fee to enter. Its really worth for money. I have few more shots. i will upload it soon in my flickr account.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hari_kr/3440589901/

    My Photostream:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hari_kr/

  • scott holmes

    January 26, 2009 09:04 am

    http://picasaweb.google.com/sch1308/SharkValley#5289935765465936450

    I was in the Everglades hiking and i saw this, pretty good for a 15 year old. Taken with my Nikon D60 55-200mm sports setting

  • white_shadow_photog

    January 13, 2009 04:05 pm

    Just a nifty fifty (Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D AF) and a Nikon D70s. But it has to be one of my favorites.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteshadowphotography/2988407475/

  • Willem

    October 5, 2008 08:49 pm

    I am not very good at being "quick at the right moment" with my photographs. But with this picture of a jumping southern whale I WAS. That's why it is my best pic ever.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/koets/2776833255/

  • Hugo Palomino

    August 24, 2008 04:41 am

    this one make me feel, u know, a little pleased, a little proud :P
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/shuichi_youko11/1003257440/

  • DerekPee

    August 21, 2008 12:37 am

    I just got my brandnew Nikon D40. This is one of the first few shots I made upon receiving my DSLR. Enjoy :)

  • Dominik

    August 18, 2008 09:45 pm

    My favorite
    http://jendroszczyk.wordpress.com/2008/08/17/kite-session-in-jastarnia/

  • Jon

    August 16, 2008 09:38 am

    I was in Italy recently and i brought along my minolta xg-1.
    I wouldn't say this is my best shot ever, but it is my favorite shot.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonsantos/2612628470/in/set-72157605818886054/

  • Adam H

    August 16, 2008 01:31 am

    it would have to come down to one of these two :
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29542206@N02/2762743481/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29542206@N02/2762746971/

    The first was a shot i took when we were out on the range training up a national guard unit to go to kosovo.

    The second I took one day while we were walking around nurnberg.

    Both were taken on my XTi through a Tamron LD 28-75 f/2.8 Aspherical lens.

    They were both planned, i converted the raw of the building to HDR, although it's pretty subtle. I really like the one of the LT performing a recon on a training round, i think it perfectly displays another EOD guy at work.

  • Cindy

    August 15, 2008 07:11 am

    my personal favourite would be one of my wonderful grandmother. i love this image so much not only because i did it right, but also because of the emotion i felt at the moment i took it. she took care of me since the day i was born and i love her to bits.

    image taken with my canon 400d.

  • Ben H

    August 14, 2008 04:56 am

    This is one of my more recent favorites of my daughter wearing a beanie:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/gobenho.photos/ChillyIzzy/photo#5227038410837165042

    Details:
    Camera: Canon 20D
    ISO: 100
    Exposure: 1/200 sec
    Aperture: f/9.0
    Focal Length: 50mm

    Two strobes illuminating face (one above and one below) and one strobe (gelled blue) pointing at the wall.

  • Ammar Keshodia

    August 13, 2008 02:37 am

    I think this is one of my best photos:

    http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/413730

    I took this at the Boston Aquarium when some kids were playing and having fun in front of the jellyfish tank.

  • Jack

    August 8, 2008 02:13 am

    Wow, nice collection, here's mine I think:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3094/2633086462_5b5b15841b_o.jpg

    Photo taken in Jasper, Alberta, Canada, on top of a mountain about 5000ft high.

  • Joanie

    August 7, 2008 04:22 pm

    Like Heather, I've spent hours looking through everyone's contributions and have found inspiration everywhere! What a wonderful treat this is.

    After seeing what flickr had to say, this is my "best". I probably would have picked this one if I'd thought it out more, though.

  • Heather Katsoulis (hlkljgk)

    August 7, 2008 05:22 am

    What a great series of photos from my peers. I took the time to look at at least one of each of your submissions. Really great work. Kudos and keep it up!

    How do you pick your best shot? Technically best? Most personally meaningful? Most "acclaim?"

    Well, here is what I consider to be my best subject:
    http://www.hlkphoto.com/sek
    (my daughter, Syna)

    I shoot with a Nikon d70 usually in aperture priority mode with the aperture wide open for a shallow depth of field. These are examples of what I consider the best circumstances for great candid children's portraits: some natural action, great light, wonder... I consider these types of photos to be my best because of the personal meaning behind them - for me or my clients.

    Thanks Darren and DPS community,
    -Heather

    (flickr says this is my "best.")

  • Justin

    August 5, 2008 01:39 am

    Maybe not what I would consider my best but under the pressure of trying to find one I'm going with one that a lot of people I know enjoy.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/justin-fritts/2322429285/in/set-72157594192271917/

    It was my 8th photo using a DSLR and my second using my 100mm Macro lens.

  • Cheryl

    August 3, 2008 08:24 am

    A shot of a Japanese Maple in fall. I got lucky with the conditions; it was a foggy morning, which made for great lighting and a soft background.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheryl_hill/281619003

  • boyghost

    August 2, 2008 02:39 am

    I'm not sure I have a "best shot," but one of my personal favorites is this one:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/boyghost/2440587852/in/set-72157604314225608

    I like it because I was manually focusing in natural, springtime evening light with the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8. The bokeh turned out well, and I liked the composition. But it's mostly the light ;)

  • Nathan

    August 1, 2008 03:10 pm

    This was taken with my little fujifilm hand held. That frog thankfully didn't move.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nathanksimpson/2721490032/

  • la lene

    August 1, 2008 12:02 am

    Mine : http://www.flickr.com/photos/geekette/2188325191/

    I consider this is my best shot because I love that face and the emotions the girl is sharing. I was not planned. We were in a park with her parents and i took the picture.

    I used my nikon D70 (aperture priority).

    ISO : 400 ISO
    F/4,5
    145mm
    1/500s

    It was underexposed. I worked on it with Lightroom afterward.

  • Nicolas Hoizey

    July 31, 2008 09:13 pm

    Here is my favorite shot:
    http://flickr.com/photos/nicolas-hoizey/2704862/in/set-685912/

    I shot it in The Netherlands, in Arhnem. It was Christmas and there was a lot of fog. When I saw this really original statue and the lights in the background, I couldn't resist taking my point&shoot digital camera (Konica KD-400z) and shoot!

  • x@ray

    July 31, 2008 07:35 pm

    I'm quite happy with this one : http://flickr.com/photos/xaray/2672976279/in/set-72157605637202620/

    Taken in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia at the monkey forest temple.

    Technically not perfect, but a great subject, those people are beautiful.

    This place is great for photographers... (also see http://flickr.com/photos/xaray/2670021237/in/set-72157605637202620/)

  • Causalien

    July 31, 2008 02:14 pm

    My best shot ever

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3054/2553031448_972aa5127e_b.jpg

    I really like this shot due to the contrast of blue sky against the saturated gold of orange-red sand. Not to mention that the shadows happened to form a line that leads to the distant blue sky as if saying "Salvation is there"

    This shot is the gem out all the shots I've taken during a two day camel ride through the Zagora desert, Morocco. My battery was almost dead from extreme heat, the zoom semi working from all the sands that seeped through the crevices of the camera. Not to mention that I took this shot with my left hand at my waist while bumping up and down on my camel.

    The camera is a Kodak P850 I was in aperture mode with focus set on infinite. 1/1000 shutter, ISO 50, F stop 2.8 if I remember correctly.

  • Aline Tom

    July 30, 2008 07:19 pm

    my fav shot
    taken at kovai kuttaradam..with my cannon sx100 camera.

  • Rick Buch

    July 29, 2008 05:34 pm

    One of my favorite shots.

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3160/2602284413_6f01529dec_b.jpg

    Taken with a nikon d50. I locked and held a spot meter reading of the sun, then posed my daughter and grandson, and moved into position for the shot. Very simple once learned but a great effect.

  • Moe

    July 29, 2008 07:44 am

    Sorry, I forgot the link on the earlier post .

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3010/2701809817_7a007d2ec2_o.jpg

    I love this shot. It reminds me of palm trees. I took about 90 photos this night and caught about 6 photos with the canister trails. This was taken at the Itasca, IL firework display. I used a tripod of course and set my Olympus e-510 to scene - fireworks. There is a four second delay, no flash and ISO of 100. This was my first try at shooting fireworks. :-)

  • Moe

    July 29, 2008 07:42 am

    Sorry, I forgot the link on the earlier post .

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3010/2701809817_7a007d2ec2_o.jpg

    I love this shot. It reminds me of palm trees. I took about 90 photos this night and caught about 6 photos with the canister trails. This was taken at the Itasca, IL firework display. I used a tripod of course and set my Olympus e-510 to scene - fireworks. There is a four second delay, no flash and ISO of 100. Next year I will try to take some on Manual with my own settings. This was my first try at shooting fireworks. :-)
    I’m pleased.

  • Alfonso

    July 28, 2008 12:34 am

    Here is one of my favourite shots:

    http://flickr.com/photos/alfonsojimenez/2279395527/in/set-72157603952491179/

  • P Fenton

    July 28, 2008 12:18 am

    Christmas 07 in a quiet corner of Ireland, looking out from my folks back garden. Liked the look

  • Craig Robertson

    July 27, 2008 11:28 pm

    My best has to be this picture of my son:-

    http://www.crcshetland.co.uk/index.php?album=portraits&image=DSC_3515_2.jpg

    I grabbed it one day while at the beach with him and then edited it in Lightroom to give it the earthy sepia tone.

  • Jaana

    July 27, 2008 08:26 pm

    Not very good technically but an excellent moment:
    http://flickr.com/photos/texmex5/2641372315/in/set-72157601140847013/

  • mary

    July 27, 2008 04:41 am

    http://flickr.com/photos/cebalt/2697581710/in/set-72157606342188807/

    http://flickr.com/photos/cebalt/2697581756/in/set-72157606342188807/

    http://flickr.com/photos/cebalt/2696782177/in/set-72157606342188807/

    http://flickr.com/photos/cebalt/2696765337/in/set-72157606342188807/

    well, i'm not sure about personal bests but i like them, they're my most recently taken. i'm an amateur because i'm only sixteen and just starting, haha. but i'm taking a summer photography course currently and i love it!

  • Vida

    July 27, 2008 01:12 am

    I really love this one, because it’s very different from the real situation. I took this image when I followed other subject in yard, the weather was windy and everything was flyaway. I found out something dreamy among dry leafage and poky bushes by chance.

    http://expose.aminus3.com/image/2008-05-29.html

    Let me choose another! I love this one too. Without any reason, I love everything secret in this shot; The light, the composition, the pose of my little sister, the stars of her dress, even the title that I chosen! "The myth of a Girl"

    http://expose.aminus3.com/image/2008-03-25.html

  • Gustav Persson

    July 26, 2008 07:48 pm

    There are a lot of really great photos in this thread!
    On of my favourite shot is from Vietnam:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lazygus/2395065989/

  • Reva Best

    July 26, 2008 04:21 pm

    I probably too late to submit these pix in "my best pic ever" segment, but I'm happy to share with others anyway.
    Not sure if I'm doing this right as Flickr is too complicated for me... just seem to be going 'round in circles!
    Hope this works...
    Original: 'au-natural baubles':
    Dew drops on a spider web dangling in a breeze. This hand-held p&s shot was my second of four attempts; over-anxious, I got a fraction closer on the 4th try and burst the bubble on the lens! Disappointed, I forgot about it; but what a lovely surprise when importing to my 'puta the next day! The actual bubble was about 1.5mm in diam...like an oldfashioned pinhead!
    Taken in Super macro on my FujiFilm FinePix S5700 digicam.
    Maybe not my 'best', but certainly my top fave!
    See #2 for greatly cropped version...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/24706108@N06/

  • XmasCarol

    July 26, 2008 01:11 pm

    This has been my favourite photos for a while.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/xmascarol/2685264479/in/set-72157606272701002/

    I don't usually take portrait shots but I was visiting a Tibetian monestary, with lots of tourists around me, and suddenly this Tibetian old man came through the doorway and I was like wow... quickly pointed my camera with my 100mm portrait lens at him and pressed the shutter.

    It was actually a little dark so I had to bump up the contrast and curve in PS, but I was lucky as everything was focusing correctly and completely sharp (which is not usually what I get).

  • Jennifer

    July 26, 2008 12:45 pm

    Best photos i feel i have ever taken...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenniferkay_photo/2485554570/

    this is a priest at a Syrian Greek Orthodox church. my boss's son is getting married and they are Palestinian and they through a HUGE party for their engagement ceremony. This is the priest who did their formal engagement and he let my friend and i (who were enlisted to take photos at the party) stay in the chapel a little while longer to take some photos of the chapel as he was walking down the steps i told him to stop and shot my photo. This photo is hanging up their business right now and i get countless comments on it. I think its a great portrait and actually shows someone in their natural surroundings.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenniferkay_photo/2559221312/

    This is the Indianapolis Skyline. This is my city. even though it is one of the easiest cities in town, i know this place like the back of my hand and my heart will always be anchored to it. This photo was taken at "my secret spot" and i would love to tell you all where it is, because it has the best view of Indianapolis and it's skyline. but i cant! ITS A SECRET!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenniferkay_photo/2651609031/

    This is a photo of an abandon house out in the town where I am from. My friends and i used to search for abandon houses the summer we got out of high school and spend hours taking photos and exploring. This is probably my favorite "abandon house" photo i have ever taken. This house was actually discovered this year and creeps me out! I have more photos on my flickr site of this house. Check them out! I'm sure you will know why this house was creepy!

  • Moe

    July 26, 2008 09:30 am

    I love this shot. It reminds me of palm trees. I took about 90 photos this night and caught about 6 photos with the canister trails. This was taken at the Itasca, IL firework display. I used a tripod of course and set my Olympus e-510 to scene - fireworks. There is a four second delay, no flash and ISO of 100. Next year I will try to take some on Manual with my own settings. This was my first try at shooting fireworks. :-)
    I'm pleased.

  • Lori

    July 26, 2008 07:27 am

    This is my favorite:

    http://flickr.com/photos/ladynms/1470766934/in/set-72157603317809697/

    This is a place where I often go to watch the sunset. It is so peaceful! This is also where the river begins.

  • Noah

    July 26, 2008 05:09 am

    This one will always be one of my favorites...

    http://www.noahjorr.com/-/noahjorr/gallery.asp?cat=72453&pID=5&row=7&photoID=5185712&searchTerm=

    It's called "Hanakapiai Beach", and was made on the Na Pali coast on the North Shore of Kauai...one of the most amazing and majestic places I have ever visited. My fiancee and I were hiking the coast and came across the first beach - Hanakapiai. I saw this scene with the stacked rocks and dropped everything to get this shot. It is a combination of multiple images compiled into an HDR image.

  • Angela Henderson

    July 26, 2008 03:00 am

    According to Flickr, my best one is the one I took at an abandoned mental hospital: http://www.flickr.com/photos/slolane/1702269/

  • Maricel

    July 26, 2008 01:21 am

    One of the photos I think is my best was taken in Madrid, Spain. It is a picture of the Communications Palace, I loved this building from the very first day I arrived to Madrid, it is just magnificent and one day, it was Friday night, Easter Friday actually, there were a lot of people on the streets and the moon was just amazing, the building had perfect light so I took a great photo:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mquesada/407993604/

    I hope you like it too!

  • Charles Hamel

    July 26, 2008 12:26 am

    I am a Beginner at Photography and recently stepped into the DSLR world with the new Canon 1000D (Kiss F). We attended a Fire Festival in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan and I caught this shot which I think is one of the best pictures I have taken so far with my new camera.

    http://flickr.com/photos/chamel/2701075222/

  • Ed O'Keeffe

    July 26, 2008 12:05 am

    http://www.edwud.com/2007/02/01/the-photographers-sunset/

  • Wendy

    July 25, 2008 11:45 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/americanlady/288353908/in/set-72157600701099404/

    Sorry, this goes with above :/

  • Wendy

    July 25, 2008 11:44 pm

    I like to shoot people, and I've always liked the way this one came out. I was using a Nikon D50, and slightly underexposed for better skin tone. Uganda 2007

  • Nabil

    July 25, 2008 11:13 pm

    My best photo ever is located at my photoblog:
    http://www.beanuts.com/photoblog/index.php?showimage=11

    It was taken at Daman-e-Koh, Islamabad, Pakistan. The skyline in the background is that of Islamabad, Pakistan. Usually this place is very crowded. I went there on a cold windy night so that there won't be many people and I could take several images for landscape sticht. I shot twelve images in shutter priority mode (shutter speed of 15 seconds). Images were later stitched to create the panorama.

    I like it because the results were very nice a crisp. The background lighting from the city came out very nice as well.

  • Tara

    July 25, 2008 08:56 pm

    I was lucky enough recently to embark on a 4 month long European trip. I took along with me my brand new Canon Powershot S5 IS and alot of enthusiasm to capture the 'perfect picture'. Being new to photography I had alot of fun playing around with my camera and produced some good shots. This one would have to be one of my faves tho.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22956097@N03/2701179766/

    I look forward to taking more pictures and occasionally pinching my dad's Nikon D60.

  • AroFarMeR

    July 25, 2008 07:07 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsaiek6654/2494546885/in/set-72157604803537278/

    ThE ReASoN:
    Considered it my bestshot because of the difficulty in getting it... tiny subject, manual focus, tedious trailing, patiently waiting for it to spread its wings, very late nite, sleepy, etc... but all's worth it!!

    ThE StoRy:
    Surprise surprise... to find our little pesty friend alive and kicking in a sealed packet of china barley which my friend bought.

    The china barley is for me - to shoot his herbal drink stall "Barley Drink" pictures and out tumbled the tiny grain beetle as i poured out the content.

    i thot it was dead at first sight, all wrinkled and motionless... but as i was preparing the china barleys for shoot, this tiny black spec suddenly moves!

    Quickly, i got my macro lens and trailed it. It went around and occassionally spreading its wings. i guess it's warming up... after spending who knows how long in the sealed pack!

    Finally, with all its bodily juices pumped up, it spread its wings and took off...

    Shooting Notes & Details:
    Camera Body: Canon 40D
    Lens: EF 100mm Macro f/2.8 USM
    Mode: Manual - Av @ 16, Tv @ 160, ISO @ 100
    Focus: Manual
    Flash: Canon MT-24
    Mode: ETTL

    Website - http://arofarmer.blogspot.com/2008/05/grain-beetle-amidst-my-china-barley-p.html

  • Janet Hellis

    July 25, 2008 05:29 pm

    My best photo ever; rather 'so far' was taken in a small village, pop. 38, called Agia Gala, on the island of Chios in Greece, in August, 2007. I had gone there to visit a small church, of which was the namesake of the village; named because of a 'miraculous' white liquid that dripped from two stalactites in a cave inside the church. While I waited for 3 hours for the postman to bring the villagers their pensions, and for the girl who had the key to the church, I talked and photographed some of the women of the village. The sun was hot and after about 2 hours, these three old women sought shelter from the heat in a small construction meant for those waiting for the bus...If I had not had the patience, I never would have been in that village at that specific time, at that exact place. Agia Gala worked another miracle that day.
    For the complete story, please visit my pages on

    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/74ef1/

    See my photo of the the Old Women from Chios on Flickr:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28917110@N04/2698521182/

  • Ross

    July 25, 2008 05:27 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossf/489482156/sizes/o/

    I'm really happy with the composition and with the color of this sunset pic, but I think my favorite part is the wonderful time in my life that it brings me back to.

  • Eric

    July 25, 2008 05:10 pm

    Paris in the night
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/erickeesen/359838746/

    Budapest
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/erickeesen/357044904/

    Opera House, Copenhagen
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/erickeesen/511140635/

    Sepia Zebra
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/erickeesen/747376823/

    Let me know when you like it

  • Jill Renee

    July 25, 2008 02:34 pm

    Technically [by vote of my watchers] http://reachthetop.deviantart.com/art/Take-Flight-82574058 is my best shot ever, but personally I dont like to say it is my best shot because it was pure luck. I mean, I still shot in auto when I took that photo for goodness sake!

    But in my opinion, my best photo to date is: http://reachthetop.deviantart.com/art/Lack-of-Rain-90465407
    I just love the sense of scale and how it can make you feel so tiny looking at this photo. I did not crop the photo or anything, just changed it to sepia using the black and white conversion in Photoshop CS3.
    Extif Data:
    Make: NIKON CORPORATION
    Model: NIKON D40
    Shutter Speed: 1/160 second
    F Number: F/10.0
    Focal Length: 55 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Shoot in: A mode

    But darn it was tough deciding... I have plenty I am proud of and that I think are amazing.. of course that doesnt mean other people do...

  • Joanie

    July 25, 2008 02:16 pm

    Of all my photos, there's something super intimate and dear about this particular shot that makes me happy and sad all at the same time.

    In Tune

    My son and I went to a nearby park where they were holding a folk song festival. We walked around, listening to all the great musicians and just generally enjoyed ourselves. One group stood off by themselves. At first they were just talking and then they began this little impromptu rehearsal, to which we were witnesses. Each of the performers had their moment of magic, but I was continually drawn to the upright bass player. I tried my best to be unobtrusive and was rewarded with this very sweet moment of a man seemingly coaxing his instrument to produce the right sounds.

    Manual mode, no flash, ISO 200, using my Canon 35-135mm lens

  • Joel Suganth

    July 25, 2008 01:42 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/joellazarus/2089811949/in/set-72157594588069121/

    I was on a jeep traveling in Jharkhand, in India, when I saw there two children coming towards the jeep on the left hand side of the road, I quickly took at my Panasonic Lumix with leica lens that a friend lent me, and since the driver was not slowing down, I twisted myself in the seat and panned and clicked and got this shot, I then waved at them.. although a little blurry, I love this picture, because I felt I witnessed something beautiful.

  • John

    July 25, 2008 01:38 pm

    here are my top 4

    1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/j_p_h/2609642761/

    2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/j_p_h/2689373979/

    3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/j_p_h/2586295246/

    4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/j_p_h/2532082019/

  • T.H

    July 25, 2008 12:31 pm

    This i guess

    http://tinyurl.com/69x4tq

  • Brad S

    July 25, 2008 01:14 am

    Torn between a great lightning shot.
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3028/2578386981_baa131daf5_b.jpg

    Or this HDR Ferrari 360.
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3008/2617953075_fe041480e5_o.jpg

  • Andreas Hobi | schweizweit.net

    July 24, 2008 10:05 pm

    I shot this picture in the Disneyland Park in Paris. For a short moment, there were no people, so I did the shot:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreashobi/914184420/in/set-72157601035338899/

  • Varun Vasudevan

    July 24, 2008 08:24 pm

    I would never say this is my best picture. Its hard to choose a "best". This is more of a personal favourite.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/varun2911/1945143261/

  • Nicky L

    July 24, 2008 02:52 pm

    http://lieberphotography.deviantart.com/art/Struggle-78471075

    Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA. I shot surfers for hours with a fast shutter speed to get this shot

  • Jordan O

    July 24, 2008 11:47 am

    Sorry about the last links

    Hard choice, but I’m going to have to go with two pictures I took our of the window of an airplane a few weeks ago.

    The first is of Mt.Rainier. The second, some clouds
    http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2748815260101779785yJDQGL
    http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2872054290101779785iAdKwO

  • Ryan Coleman

    July 24, 2008 11:10 am

    My best shot ever:

    http://flickr.com/photos/rycoleman/1032961474/

    For years I ha craved an SLR so I could start taking night shots... I finally got my D80 and the first weekend up at the cottage I snapped this picture - it came out exactly as I wanted and captured a magical night on the lake.

    Camera: Nikon D80
    Exposure: 6 sec (6)
    Aperture: f/4
    Focal Length: 18 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: -1 EV

  • elrondvega

    July 24, 2008 10:08 am

    This is my favorite shot.

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2368/1893093353_9ebf885c26_b.jpg

    taken at night, no post-processing.

  • ZenPanda

    July 24, 2008 09:56 am

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/103/293272296_14c22e2e9c_o.jpg

    While saying good-bye one afternoon, I quickly grabbed my camera and called my friend's name. He turned & I snapped. I love his eyes and the small smile creeping across his face. Totally natural to him.

  • Asif

    July 24, 2008 07:04 am

    http://flickr.com/photos/asifirfan/2309133910/

    Just liked the water during my chicago visit. Just a random shot. I used Nikon Coolpix for this shot.

  • alexandru savu

    July 24, 2008 06:01 am

    I was in Barcelona a few years ago. With some fellow Microsoft Student Partners at a conference.
    While sightseeing i took this cool shot from my point of view.

    http://www.alexandrusavu.ro/2007/01/28/barcelona-view/

    PS: I love Barcelona.

  • Jeff Bailey

    July 24, 2008 05:46 am

    What is the best photo you’ve ever taken? If it’s hosted somewhere online (like Flickr) please share a link to it.
    http://flickr.com/photos/jprime84/2339078491/in/set-72157604169244845/

    Let me start by saying I am not a professional photographer. I consider this to be my best shot because I took it with a Nikon CoolPix 2.3 megapixel point and shoot camera. I really felt like it was the first great shot I pulled off with almost no technology. I made the lightsource myself for this particular shot. It was planned and entered in a photography contest years ago that I don't think I won.

  • Janet Hellis

    July 24, 2008 04:31 am

    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/74ef1/

    Canon PowerShot A550
    Auto Focus

    One of my favourite Greek icons is called 'Agia Ipomoni,' or in English, 'Saint Patience.' My visit in Agia Gala, 'Saint Milk,' is a tribute to Agia Ipomoni!

    Before I left for my road trip to Agia Gala, I had stopped in the village of Vollisos to buy water. While in the little supermarket and during a short conversation with the owner, another shopper overheard me and recognized my 'American Greek accent!' To make a long story shorter, she also was from America and lived in the village with her mother. She told me to be sure to 'find the key to the church in Agia Gala,' and 'not to leave without seeing the church no matter what else I did.' So, with these orders, I left Vollisos, on my way to the village of Agia Gala. The time from Vollisos to Agia Gala is less than one hour, but the road is narrow and very curvey, with steep abrupt drop-offs at the edge of the pavement.

    As I drove into the area of the village, I noticed a stone church, clutching to the side of a slope of the hill to my left. It was surrounded by beautiful, green, lush trees; Plane trees, Oak trees, both of which were signs of the flowing water at their roots. Sure enough, a small creek of cold mountain water, snaked below in the valley, across which, a stone bridge linked the far side to the stone path that led to the church above. Was this the famous church not to be missed?
    I continued driving up the road, around several more curves until I arrived at the 'top' of the village. Here, by chance, and I cannot emphasize the word 'chance,' here as you will understand as my story unfolds, I see a group of woman standing next to the road. This looked like a good opportunity to stop and ask some friendly village women, where I might find the key to the church!

    Sure enough, the youngest looking lady, with a big smile, turned around and said, 'Yes, I have the key, but, 'if you want to wait until the 'Postman' gets here, I will take you to the church afterwards. 'We are waiting for him to bring us our pension money and to pay our monthly bills for 'lights' and 'water.'

    Why not, I thought, as I looked down at my wrist to see the hour hand just slipping by the number 12 and the little hand sitting on the 10! It must be just about time for the Postman to deliver his precious envelopes, with their much anticipated money.

    Little did I know, that I would be soon saying a small prayer to my patron saint, "Agia Ipomoni!'

    'Where is the Postman?' The question repeats itself, every 15 minutes for the next three hours! That's right, THREE HOURS!

    But, oh, what lovely three hours those were! Thank you, Agia Ipomoni, for giving me the opportunity to know the lovely ladies from the village of Agia Gala and especially, Kiria Maria, 'The Keeper Of the Key.'

    As I sat, in the growing heat of the morning, and as the sun was rising to its pinnacle in the clear blue sky above Agia Gala, I chatted with 'Maria.' I watched as the other ladies, walked back and forth, and as they talked about their daily chores; the bread that was baked; the mid-day meal, yet to be cooked, and 'would there be time? Where was Kiros Costa? How would they have time to finish their work? He was so slow, that postman today? Was there trouble down the road? Was there an accident? Call the next village to see if he had arrived there! No, he hadn't, but call back again in 1/2 hour; he must be on his way!

    A little, hunched-over, woman, surely the oldest in the village, passed infront of me. I smiled and said, 'Kalimera!' What fortitude these village women had! Here was a woman, who is any other country, would have been 'safely' 'put-away,' in an 'Old Folks Home,' to die alone far from what had been her familiar, daily routine for more that 80 years! Not so, here in the mountain village of 'Agia Gala,' or for that matter, Not So, in most of the villages of Greece! No, the older people are looked after and taken care of and allowed to be a part of the community with respect and reverance...'Bravo,' I thought to myself! I hope that when I am 85 years old, I will have the strength and 'patience' to stand for 3 hot hours waiting for the postman! I took her photograph to remember the strength, courage, and above all, the 'Patience,' of this beautiful old woman.
    As the time passed, we came to share our stories. I told them of how I had come to Chios in search of a paper showing that my father's father, my grandfather Ioannis Helios, had been written in the Town Hall. I told them of my quest to get Greek Citizenship and of the long, long, journey I had taken this far in my search for this one missing paper. They opened up to me and saw me not as a total stranger, but of a child of Chios, looking for my roots. They told me their names and gave me permission, with huge smiles, to take their pictures...if I promised to send them copies of the photographs when I returned to Athens.

    This is the first picture I took, that has since been accepted from 5,000 entries, by National Geographic to be one photo published in the first week of September, 2007, in the "Daily Dozen' feature of on-line pictures submitted by ordinary people like myself! What an honour. I can only again, thank "Agia Ipomoni,' for giving me the patience to sit for those 3 hours and to get to know these lovely women of a village that soon will have lost its old ways, and its old women who have given it so much colour for my pages on VT and in National Geographic.

    My Best Photo can be seen on my home page of VT.

  • sheila bocchine

    July 24, 2008 03:28 am

    Wow! What a fun blog!

    I went to my blog to look for my best shot ever and I realized it wasn't on there... so thanks for pointing that out to me!

    My favorite pinhole wedding photograph is one of Kristi and Joel, looking off into the distance, like cake toppers on a grassy hill.... I took it in December 2006 and have used it on postcards, and in magazine ads.

    It's romantic and dreamy and is the perfect wedding image.

    http://sheilabocchine.com/blog/?p=76

    Take a look and tell me what you think of it!

    Ciao!

  • Robert Donovan

    July 24, 2008 02:25 am

    Tough call but probably this

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertdonovan/2596315271/

    There was a mean storm blowing across the Isle of Palms in SC and I ran out to catch the seriously scary clouds.

    D300
    12-24mm f/4
    taken at 12mm f/11 1/60sec ISO 100.
    -1 EV

    This probably comes in second.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertdonovan/2558471540/

  • Charis

    July 24, 2008 01:52 am

    My 4 fav shots are:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28933743@N08/2695352641/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28933743@N08/2696173656/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28933743@N08/2696146488/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28933743@N08/2696146166/

    Shot using my D80. Cambodia's floating village, Tongle Sap.

    I started photography only in march, and had a chance to go to Cambodia w my schl. :)
    What do you guys think?

  • Steve

    July 23, 2008 10:31 pm

    Skies Flame:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27966333@N02/2695782436/

    Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
    Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
    Aperture: f/4
    Focal Length: 17 mm
    ISO Speed: 100
    Exposure Bias: 1 EV

    It was a pretty spontaneous shot. I carried my camera in my bag when I went to the library that day, and when I got out around 4:30 PM I saw that the sky was doing some incredible things. I jogged as quickly as I could to a public beach access and took some photos of the most striking sky I'd ever seen.

  • Johan

    July 23, 2008 08:05 pm


    A time for reflection... (Nikon D40 - 1/30s f/25 26mm ISO400)

    And

    Where the sun never shines (Nikon D40 - 1/400s f/10 18mm)

    Both were spontanious shots. The last one is mainly good because of the title.

  • Sumeet Malhotra

    July 23, 2008 07:28 pm

    One of the shots I like is the Imperial Pigeon starting in flight.

    Flight of a pigeon...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sumoworld/2684422277/

    It was almost night time in the Nagarhole National Park, India when we spotted the pigeons perched on an almost dead tree. This picture was taken from an open vehicle. I have cropped it a bit. Although its not the sharpest pictures, but managed to capture the flight of freedom emotion for me.

    Nikon D80, f/4.2, 1/3200s, -0.3EV, Auto ISO chose 800.

  • Azmeen

    July 23, 2008 05:51 pm

    My two favourite shots are:

    Mangosteen Close-Up

    ...and;

    Water Droplets on a Pink Flower

    Shot using my Sony α200 (A200). Both shot using the Manual mode which you can find out more the EXIF data.

  • dEni kosasih

    July 23, 2008 11:45 am

    I'm not sure if this is my best shot 'ever', but i like it.

    i don't have it on flickr, but it's online in facebook:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1021507&id=12862703754

    I like it because the nothing close to this would happen again. I was shooting an outdoor wedding, and it was drizzling with rain in the evening. It was one lavish wedding with fancy decoration. I was in the back and saw this moment of the photographers went to document the bride and groom with their friends. I carefully meter and lift my camera up in the air to take the shot.
    Amazing how they have all the same umbrella! :D

  • rachel

    July 23, 2008 11:31 am

    Hi there! Just stumbled on this blog and wanted to get involved. It's an INCREDIBLE RESOURCE!!

    Anyway, this is one of my favorites, recently anyway. I love it because it's colorful, beautiful and a unique perspective. Plus everyone that sees it seems to gasp. It was taken in Canada in Niagara-on-the-Lake in May of this year when all their tulips are literally in the thousands on the streets.

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3047/2523828473_7161f9b96d_b.jpg

    Nikon D70
    Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
    Aperture: f/11
    Focal Length: 70 mm
    Exposure Program: Manual

  • Jon W

    July 23, 2008 09:37 am

    These might be my best 3

    1. Taken while driving across the US. I was currently the driver so I decided it was work stopping for and this is what I got.

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2271/2111037714_24aece71b1_o.jpg

    2. On the same trip, this is in Yellowstone

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2120/2110259429_827da25305_o.jpg

    3. This is on an island off of Edinburgh, Scotland that I took when on vacation. I was only there for three days, but we devoted a day to exploring this island. Very wet weather.
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2414/2110258145_cb889228f1_o.jpg

    All images were taken with an EF-S 10-22, which is currently the only lens I have. Sorry I posted three...

  • Jeff Lynch

    July 23, 2008 07:29 am

    It's amazing what a change in perspective will do!

    This shot is entitled "Stairway to Heaven". Anyone care to guess what it is before looking at the rest of the shots.

    http://jefflynchdev.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/observatory1a.jpg

    Shot taken with a Canon 40D , 17-40mm f/4L with circular polarizer at 17mm, f/13, 1/250th on SanDisk Digital Film

  • Todd

    July 23, 2008 07:10 am

    This is my daughter who absolutely loves these missing boards in our fence. It was an OK color image but when I converted it to black and white, the way I caught her "escaping" into the light. For me this became about two things -- it captures her adventuresome personality and the contrast between light and dark gave it an 'old movie set' feel.

    http://www.toddmckimmey.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/zoe_escape_4x5_bw_sm.jpg

    Canon Rebel XTi, 50mm f1.4 at f/3.5, taken at approximately 7:30pm.

  • Mark Avey

    July 23, 2008 07:09 am

    This is my own personal favourite:

    http://flickr.com/photos/psionmark/300347330/

    It's Gibside Chapel in Northumbria, UK, taken on a Panasonic FZ30.

    I really like the atmosphere of the shot.

  • Oneiroi

    July 23, 2008 05:08 am

    This is my best shot in my opinion.

    Because: A) I want to do more work with people shots and created scenes B)It was done all by myself C) Took hours worth of shooting until the natural lighting was just right D)Creative execution of a dream I had E)Took decent photoshop work to put together.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/oneiroi/301237118/in/set-1152024

  • Robert

    July 23, 2008 04:38 am

    This shot was taken with a Canon Powershot P&S camera. I now have a Canon Rebel XT. I visited the Grand Canyon this year and only saw two points. I plan on going back one day (with my Rebel). This is the place to get some great shots. I saw many people reading and meditating on the edges. This guy looked peaceful reading. So far this is my favorite picture in my photography career (which has only been 3 months)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgeeblues/2692701221/sizes/o/

  • Gabe

    July 23, 2008 03:29 am

    I took this inside a small church in an IDP camp outside of Khartoum, Sudan. This displaced little Sudanese girl stood outside and watched the service with such a heartbreaking look that I only wish I would have had a zoom lens and the time to take a cleaner shot. And while I'm not normally a fan of black and white or sepia, switching it over helped capture the emotion of the little girl.

    http://www.gabewaddell.com/blog/2008/03/28/worth-a-thousand-words/

    Nikon D40, Nikkor 18-55mm kit lens, in portrait mode.

  • Meng

    July 23, 2008 02:40 am

    I am a photography beginner. Personally, I like my razor set best:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21410096@N06/sets/72157606247080100/

    Sharp, high contrast and nice curve of the razor.

  • Lindyannajones

    July 23, 2008 02:36 am

    This photo was taken in Bellagio, Italy in 2004. This was a magical vacation. I have this photo in my office and I can take a mini-vacation by mentally placing myself on this bench and remembering to breathe.

    The camera was small but mighty. It's an Olympus C740 that was always set on auto.

  • chris

    July 23, 2008 02:05 am

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/2313474724_13966b1f16_b.jpg

    I really love this shot. I keep coming back to it. This was taken with my Nikon D70, using a tripod. What do you think?

  • Chris

    July 23, 2008 02:01 am

    This is one that really grabs me everytime I look at it. This was taken with a Nikon D70. I love doing night shots, stong contrast, nice composition, ect. What do you think?

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/2313474724_13966b1f16_b.jpg

  • Peach

    July 23, 2008 01:51 am

    In my humble opinion, I believe that this is my best shot so far. Why? Because I think I was able to capture beauty in it most simple form, and allowed it to stand out.

    http://digital-photography-school.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=240&pictureid=1452

  • ryan nipper

    July 23, 2008 01:21 am

    long time follower but first time poster on the blog.

    i recently purchased a new fujifilm s5800 superzoom, it's not quite a dslr, but my budget only stretches so far at the moment, anyhoo after playing around with it for a couple days here are two of my favourite shots

    1. a macro shot of some coins in my spare change box, i like the colours in the shot
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28851560@N06/2692961234/

    2. a picture of a lone dog wandering along the beach in aberdeen at dusk while some birds are flying overhead
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28851560@N06/2692172947/

    i'd be interested to know what other people think of my shots

    Ryan

  • Neil Creek

    July 23, 2008 01:12 am

    Trying to pick a single "best" photo is incredibly difficult, I like many photos for many different reasons, but if I had to pick just one, it would be this sunset on Lakes Entrance:

    http://flickr.com/photos/neilcreek/500738693/

    I like this pne for a number of reasons: the sky is interesting, the whole image has a golden glow about it, the fishing vessels through the middle of the picture give it context and interesting detail, and the summer haze fading into the distance really has a tangible atmosphere. I also am pleased with the technical aspect, with it being one of my best efforts at a natural looking HDR image.

    The photo was taken from a bridge over an inlet looking to an incredibly spectacular sunset. The light was so other-worldly that everyone out walking in the balmy evening in this seaside vacation town was stopped in their tracks watching the sun go down. It was a truly magical moment, and I felt that I captured it well.

    Thank you for the opportunity to share our favourite photos!

  • Andrew Drake

    July 23, 2008 01:04 am

    This was a quick photo I took while walking home one night. I slapped the camera down on the bridge, set the aperture and exposure and didn't really think about it too much till I got back home and was pleasantly surprised :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nevrar/414039927/in/set-72157603972471294

  • deb

    July 23, 2008 01:03 am

    I'm torn between a couple of them.

    There's the first one from this series:
    http://debowen.typepad.com/photoblog/2008/05/check-her-out.html

    And while this isn't the best shot I've ever taken technically, I loved getting this one while on stage singing......so it's quickly become a favorite:
    http://debowen.typepad.com/photoblog/2008/07/pops---4th-of-july.html

    all the best!
    deb

  • Vince

    July 23, 2008 12:51 am

    Here is the picture
    http://flickr.com/photos/vkoser/2683664731/

    # Why do you consider it to be your best shot?
    I think it captured my daughters total concentration at the time. The depth of field also allowed me to capture primarily her face as the focal point of the picture.

    # Tell us about how the shot came about. What was the situation, did you plan it or did it just ‘happen’?
    Just playing around with some bubbles and happened to have the camera handy

    # What kind of camera did you use? What settings did you select or what ‘mode’ were you in?
    I chose portrait mode on the Canon Rebel XSi, this is a new camera for me and my first SLR since college photography class 10 years ago. I'm really excited about taking these kind of pictures again.

  • Jay Soft

    July 23, 2008 12:46 am

    This is my favourite shot at the moment, but it changes every few weeks or so.

    I took it more to take advantage of my new 10-20mm Sigma than because i thought it would turn out well. It turned out better than all of the photos i spent more time composing.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaysoft/2644956139/

    This one is probably my favourite shot of all time, which i took on my first outing with my new DSLR.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaysoft/2648957063/

  • Tammy

    July 22, 2008 11:53 pm

    My favorite shot to date --> http://www.flickr.com/photos/tacobunni/2644886702/

    Taken with my Canon Rebel XTi, not a planned shot at all. Just playing with some afternoon sunlight and one of my pups and he (shockingly) sat still for the split-second I needed to get the shot.

  • Brian

    July 22, 2008 11:39 pm

    I think I shot this with my 70-200mm zoom lens, but i can't exactly recall. I went out to the State park before dawn and it happened to be a misty foggy day and the overcast nature of the day cast a blue light over everything.

    I shot everything on a tripod and i had to keep wiping the front element on my lens.

    I got several favorite shots that day, but this one still stands out for its mystery.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ranzino/260748344/

  • Richard

    July 22, 2008 11:08 pm

    I think this is the best photo I've taken so far - I managed to get it printed in the Times back in June:

    http://red-ten.deviantart.com/art/Seeing-Stars-87652139

    It shows that even the grimmest modern architecture can make you see stars, sometimes :)

  • jus'learnin

    July 22, 2008 11:05 pm

    Favorites do change, my current favorite...

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3295/2691921697_b84ee5fbbb.jpg

    This is my grandma, she is 97 soon to be 98, and she is not doing too good. It took alot to get a picture with some personality in it. I think it works well, my mom was concerned about it showing too many wrinkles. I say she earned the wrinkles, and she wears them well...

  • Dean

    July 22, 2008 10:35 pm

    I've got to be honest—I don't own a single piece of photographic equipment, although I do have a Nokia N93 (3.2 MP) to use. I think that the best picture I've ever taken is a semi-planned photo, "Two Kids on a Beach.

    I also have a separate "Attempts at Photography" set on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/deanlozarie/sets/72157605154963788/

    Any comments would be appreciated. Anything at all. If you have a crappy SLR/DSLR in your basement and would like to get rid of it, I'd be more than happy to *eherm* take care of the trash for you. LOL. Half-kidding about that. :)

  • Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near You

    July 22, 2008 09:26 pm

    I'll echo, too, that this was a difficult choice. I shot this without a tripod, using my kodak easyshare and a couple of macro lenses.

    Daisy in macro

    but then again, I love this shot of my son,
    morning baby in the morning light.

    That was shot w/my nikon d40 :)

  • visithra

    July 22, 2008 08:35 pm

    Fear

    Was shot using a canon powershot a620 - n it captures the raw emotion perfectly - definetly one of best shots

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/visithra/1364281878/in/set-72157601978535650/

  • awahid

    July 22, 2008 08:12 pm

    Here is my favorite picture ...
    I was extremely lucky to get spiderman in smoke. I wont be able to take such shoot again.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/awahid/2363988226/in/photostream/

  • enrico

    July 22, 2008 07:28 pm

    This picture of my son is one of my favourites, not for technical reasons, but for the look in his eyes that makes me wonder what was he thinking about in that moment.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mec73/2675652920/

  • Vince

    July 22, 2008 07:16 pm

    This ski slope in Switserland was shot earlier this year. The misty, contrasty picture is one of my favorites.

    http://www.catchlight.be/index.php?showimage=170

    Thanks for watching!

    Vince

  • Mateusz

    July 22, 2008 05:40 pm

    I was on the camera walk near unknown soldiers cemetery, which is located on the hill. After crossing the street I noticed this guy, sitting ion the hill and started to shoot. It turned out he was a photographer as well, and what he was doing was hunting for planes as the airport was nearby and all machines were flying really low.
    I took like 100 shots waiting for birds to appear in composition in big group. Birds were fast, but finally I got it.
    http://wanttodream.deviantart.com/art/Loneliness-90954334

  • Esteban

    July 22, 2008 01:44 pm

    My favorite picture, in times of film cameras :)

    http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=7427477

  • Ben

    July 22, 2008 01:13 pm

    This is my favorite shot that I have taken so far. I like the stories that come out of people mouth while viewing the shot.

    http://www.bengeldreich.com/index.php?showimage=28

    Let me know what you think by leaving a comment on my site.

  • James Anthos

    July 22, 2008 12:49 pm

    Best one I like is this one. It was taken on a trip at the Isle of Capri near Italy. I had just rode to the top of the mountain in one of those single lift chairs. Quite the breathtaking view.

    http://flickr.com/photos/janthosjr/1425878312/

  • Mike Cohen

    July 22, 2008 10:59 am

    I really like this one: Capoeira

    I used the continuous shooting mode of my D40x to shoot a capoeira demonstration at my town's youth day festival. In this shot I managed to capture one of the guys in midair.

  • Kelly

    July 22, 2008 10:52 am

    I walked over to the local florist and bought one flower. The light through an upstairs bedroom window was perfect. It was such joy to photograph something so simple and perfect. On a whim, I actually printed a copy and gave it to the florist.

  • Christina N

    July 22, 2008 09:45 am

    Best shot ever?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ctnfeathers/2619872941/

    Nothing special technically speaking, but I like the composition and the story of the shot. It's open to interpretation and I feel no two people take away the same sentiment from the photo. I shot this as the Getty in Los Angeles, from the exhibition balcony down towards the gardens. I saw the couple and noticed how there were some tourists leaning over the edge seen in the photo remarking on the scenery but completely oblivious to the intimate scene below. Likewise, the couple was unaware of the excited and hurried chatterings of the people above them. I decided to stay at my perch and capture what I could of worlds that don't collide, but rather slide silently by, blissfully yet tragically unaware.

    Taken with a Nikon Coolpix E4600

  • Angela M.

    July 22, 2008 09:37 am

    Oh I forgot to explain why! hehe

    Well the first one is my best because first of all, it is a self portrait, and good self portraits are not easy to achieve, I do use a tripod but I don´t have a remote, so it makes it harder (all my SP), the other reason is because it was something really spontaneus, I just had that blue make up and thought about wrapping my face with a blue dress (everyone thinks it is a veil), so it came out pretty great...:)

    The second one has an especial meaning to me, as a Christian I dream about representing Biblical scriptures and I loved doing that one thinking about the freedom that the Word of God and Jesus Christ brought to my life, though the girl in the picture is a slave. And also the fact that I´ve been trying to take dinamic shots, trying to capture the perfect moment, motion and expression and that picture is an example of the kind of picture I feel proud of...;P

  • Angela Cardenas

    July 22, 2008 09:08 am

    I actually have 2 i really like.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/angphotosnyc/AnGPhotoPortfolio/photo#5208921625403470178

    http://picasaweb.google.com/angphotosnyc/AnGPhotoPortfolio/photo#5209887704998351762

    I like taking candid portraits. Photographing children could be a real challenge also a live band in venues where lighting is not always the greatest.

    =)

    An-G

  • Ian

    July 22, 2008 08:56 am

    I took this one before the Fourth of July fireworks along the river:

    http://www.23hq.com/uid0/photo/3252144

    Sadly, it's not me who's curled up next to the woman :p

  • Chester Bullock

    July 22, 2008 08:48 am

    I was in Germany for a couple weeks in 2001-2002. You aren't allowed to take pictures inside Neuschwanstein. I was in the throne room, and happened to look out the window. Thankfully I had my camera (Olympus D-490 Zoom, 3.2MP P&S) with me and got this pic...

  • Angela M.

    July 22, 2008 08:45 am

    Wow! so many people sharing!
    Well here it is the pic I consider my best ever hehe:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/proverbs31/1774442711/in/set-72157602809326566/

    This was one of my very first good shots, it is a self portrait, taken with a Canon XT, using a reflector and natural yummy window light...:)

    And this one is one of my recent favorites:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/proverbs31/2516380236/

    Same camera, natural lighting coming from a hole in the ceiling, high speed of course. I used Photoshop for the post processing, bokeh and blue tones added..:)

  • Justin Moreland

    July 22, 2008 07:28 am

    I've done a lot better photos since (technically speaking) but none with quite this tenderness and emotional appeal.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jwmoreland/1156247100/

  • Sopon

    July 22, 2008 07:04 am

    I was waiting for my first chance to take the firework pictures, and July 4th came along. I waited there from around 5 pm. It was totally worth it.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sopon/2637975393/sizes/l/

    Using the lens cover to block the in-out lights from the firework, so I could get 3 different kinds of them in one picture without burning the picture.

    Sopon

  • Robin Ryan

    July 22, 2008 06:54 am

    Probably this one: http://flickr.com/photos/robinryan/2311361953/

    I was trudging along a path in Guatemala, carrying a backpack and a huge pack in my other hand, when I saw these cute couples. They were just too perfect, so I crouched down, checked my exposure, and fired off a few shots. I'm pretty pleased with the results.

  • nikau

    July 22, 2008 06:52 am

    This one is the best i did for a long time , i think

  • Pete

    July 22, 2008 06:32 am

    Here is my most successful shot - I won a Minnesota Public Radio contest with this photo of fireworks over the minnesota state fair.

    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1025/1291525525_53ff2f10b0.jpg

  • Ian

    July 22, 2008 06:21 am

    Between two shots for me:

    http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g17/istouder226/Photography/IMG_0330.jpg

    Easter of 2008 at my Aunt's house. In an already colorful house, this stood out a little bit. All natural light.

    http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g17/istouder226/Photography/IMG_1863.jpg

    This one is of an apartment fire me and a friend got to right as the firefighters did. Several other good shots from this series, but this one is my favorite.

  • Chris

    July 22, 2008 06:08 am

    I don't know that it's my "best shot ever" but right now it's my favorite.

    In the belly of the beast...

    It has all of my favorite elements: a ton of color, great bokeh, a carnival and my beautiful babies. The shot is one of those typical "dad" pictures. The kids got on this spinning dragon ride and I told them both to say cheese. I shot it on a Nikon D40x with a NIKKOR 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6. My absolute favorite "take anywhere" lens. It's not VR, but it's light, fast and if I drop it (again) and destroy it, I don't have to sell an organ to replace it.

  • Iztok

    July 22, 2008 06:02 am

    I like this:

    http://flickr.com/photos/i68/2440622025/

    It was spring time 2008. There are fields near my house where we can watch a lot of different colors.

    I like the reflection of this photo:

    http://flickr.com/photos/i68/2375084074/

    It was late afternoon, sun was very low. I like warm colors.

    I used Pentax k100d super - great camera for beginners.

  • Dan Rode

    July 22, 2008 04:52 am

    A downtown fountain at night is one of my favorites.
    http://picasaweb.google.com/Dan.Rode/NorthCoastUrbanShots/photo#5120534388147376322

  • octavian

    July 22, 2008 04:30 am

    It's hard to choose a best shot ever, but this one makes me happy and gives me a boost in further ideas. http://okti.deviantart.com/art/Not-There-90796933

    i think this one is my best shot especially because it was the funniest to make it as i accidentaly discovered a little trick, sooooo simple but with huge effect.
    It was premeditated, made it with my 400D + the classic 50mm lens with 1.8.
    I hope you'll watch it as there are lots of posts here! thank you

  • kepleskj

    July 22, 2008 04:05 am

    I absolutely love this photo. I took it while walking along the coast of the Cinque Terra region of the Italian Riviera. Cinque Terra is composed of 5 small towns right on the Mediterranean sea. It was the most beautiful place I have ever been in my life. The landscape makes the picture. Hope everyone enjoys, let me know what you think

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28798510@N07/2689207211

  • kepleskj

    July 22, 2008 04:04 am

    I absolutely love this photo. I took it while walking along the coast of the Cinque Terra region of the Italian Riviera. Cinque Terra is composed of 5 small towns right on the Mediterranean sea. It was the most beautiful place I have ever been in my life. The landscape makes the picture. Hope everyone enjoys, let me know what you think

  • WL Hur

    July 22, 2008 03:56 am

    This is what I consider my best shot ever (so far!).

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hurworld/2586793306/

    I consider it to be my best shot because it takes the right moment, the right kit, and the right processing to create this shot. It gives a dreamy effect, very movie-like, and I could imagine having a large print of this on my wall and just stare at it for ages, getting lost in memory again picturing myself in a Metro train station platform on a cool Paris summer night.

    As mentioned, the shot was taking just at the right moment (fianceé walking along the platform, head slightly bowed, while waiting for metro train), with the right equipment (D300's excellent higher iso quality coupled with sigma 30mm f/1.4's low light performance), and with just the right amount of post-processing (Matt's Surreal Edgy effect plus vignette effect) made the shot.

    What kind of camera did you use? What settings did you select or what ‘mode’ were you in?

    As mentioned, I took the shot using Nikon D300 with Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens to take this shot, and I left the camera in auto-iso mode (200 - 1600 @ 1/60s) which gave ISO320, and used Aperture Priority mode, Auto-area AF mode, centre-weighted metering.

  • Karthik Sunil

    July 22, 2008 03:53 am

    This is my shot during deepavali.

    http://tinypic.com/lczgz

  • Robert M

    July 22, 2008 03:44 am

    I can't decide between my three favorite shots. I just happened to "luck" into these shots--right place, right time, camera on automatic on all three shots. I just adjusted the zoom.

    I don't usually like the beach. I prefer the mountains and deserts. But my wife finally talked me into driving down to Galveston for the afternoon.
    http://www.me.com/ro/rmcmahan0348/Galleries/100105/IMGP0250/web.jpg?ver=12146692100001

    We were on vacation in Colorado and took a side trip down an old dirt and mostly rock road. We came around a curve and found this.
    http://www.me.com/ro/rmcmahan0348/Galleries/100031/IMGP2980/web.jpg?ver=12146211220001

    This is another photo from the same Colorado trip earlier on the same day. We again came around a curve in the highway and saw this.
    http://www.me.com/ro/rmcmahan0348/Galleries/100031/IMGP2700/web.jpg?ver=12146195950001

    The camera is a Pentax *istDL with a 70-300mm Quantaray Zoom. I have since upgraded to a Pentax K20D.

  • Richard

    July 22, 2008 03:18 am

    I think this is my best shot ever, although I'm not at all sure that I'm really an objective judge:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/richarddigitalphotos/2354938351/

    This is a barely thawed waterfall, lit on the right by the late afternoon sun and on the left by the clear blue sky. I really like the contrast between warm and cool colors, and probably also because I got in and out without falling on ice and/or breaking any gear. :-D

    Richard

  • Kunjan

    July 22, 2008 02:05 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kunjanshah/2051969940/

    Saw this hot air balloon in Shawnee Mission Park, while I was testing some new filters. Had no idea this was going to be there!

  • David

    July 22, 2008 02:04 am

    My best shot ever:
    http://defoephoto.smugmug.com/photos/152839399_NTWcV-L.jpg

    It was the end of the day the shadows were great and models were tired. I handed the model my cell phone and asked her to act like she was cussing out her boyfriend.

    Camera: Olympus E-500 can't remember the settings and don't have exif data.

  • Tobias Varland

    July 22, 2008 01:54 am

    http://flickr.com/photos/varlandphotography/2415310894/in/set-72157605524888304/

    I think this is my best shot because it was one of my first attempts at night photography after I finally bought a tripod, it was my very first attempt at stitching photos together, and the night was just beautiful!

    It was taken with a Canon 30D using the 24-70 f/2.8L lens. This is without any editing other than stitching. All the parts were taken in AV mode.

  • Chris

    July 22, 2008 01:44 am

    Went out with the guys and spent a very long, very drunken night and shot this:

    http://cecube.de/wp-content/myfotos/photostream/Scan-080226-0008.jpg

    I didn't remember taking it at all... Shot with a Konica Hexar AF on Fuji Velvia 800, I think.

  • eioua

    July 22, 2008 01:37 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/eioua/2604059862/

    i think my favorite photograph probably changes hourly. i took this while driving around in the middle of the high plains. there were no fences on the sides of the road, so i got to get up really close to the windmill. i lowered the shutter speed and raised the f-stop to get the motion.
    i guess this is my favorite right now because i feel like it best showcases my improvement as a photographer. a lot of my photos show pretty clearly, i think, my improvement (or, at least constant experimentation) with photoshop, but this one has very little manipulation (just split-toning and slight vignette from lightroom), and relies mostly on the capture itself.

  • Mike

    July 22, 2008 01:26 am

    Not my best due to composition or technical merit, but still my personal favorite:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v143/mikeperegrine/0604Tornado0057WEB.jpg

    Another shot that I love following one of these powerful events here:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v143/mikeperegrine/webFillmore0016.jpg

  • Image-Y

    July 22, 2008 01:22 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/image-y/2439948604/

    I took this shot at around 8am canoing from my camp ground.

    As always I had my 80-400mm on my D200 just in case I might see a bear or dear. I was so concentrated on spoting animals that I almost missed the stupendous landscape just in front of me. OS I fumbled in my bag and slapped on my Sigma 10-20mm, brought my aperture up to f12 (on A mode). I then guided the canoe with one hand and shot with the other... waiting for that pereft timing for perfect symetry. :)

    Yanik

  • Bruce Toombs

    July 22, 2008 01:12 am

    oops. Didn't leave the camera info.

    The second one (from Pakistan) was done with a point-and-shoot.

    Kodak z-740 zoom
    ISO 80
    fill flash
    edited in photoshop

    the first one was

    Canon EOS Digital Rebel Xti
    ISO - 400
    focal length - 55mm
    Aperture f6/3
    shutter speed: 1/125
    no flash

    B

  • Amit

    July 22, 2008 01:11 am

    This is my latest and the best I have shot.

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3158/2685928780_dbdf7812f7.jpg

    I like the dark colors.... it looks very sinister !

    Canon PowerShot A720 IS
    Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 5.8 mm
    ISO Speed: 80

  • Bruce Toombs

    July 22, 2008 01:04 am

    I think I'm at my best when taking portraits, though they are really hard to get right, I find. Here are two that I consider pretty darned good, though who knows if they're my best? One was taken in Montreal, the other in Pakistan. Both of strangers I met because I walked up to them and started engaging them in conversation (well, the Pakistani spoke no English. I spoke through an interpreter).

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/brucetoombs/2498625972/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/brucetoombs/417777039/

  • Dana

    July 22, 2008 12:58 am

    I change my mind a lot, but this is my all-time favorite:

    http://flickr.com/photos/danamarie593/581443130/

    And my current favorite (which will undoubtedly change in a week or so):

    http://flickr.com/photos/danamarie593/2654529694/

    The first was sort of spur-of-the-moment, once I realized that my camera lens was a rather good reflective surface. It was taken with my Fuji point-and-shoot in BW mode.

    The second was taken with my new Canon Rebel XTi. I was outside with Ginger and she was barking at a rabbit, so the shot was difficult because she wouldn't stay still. All the settings are on the 'More properties' page.

  • Dennis

    July 22, 2008 12:44 am

    This is my current favorite.

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2245/2394971879_0d10e84d5b_m.jpg

    This is one of a set of panning pictures I took of my wife biking. I thought it was the natural thing to do with a moving subject. Practice paid off well, in this case. :-)

    Canon EOS 30D
    Lens: 24-105mm f/4 IS
    Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
    Aperture: f/8
    Focal Length: 45 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Manual Exposure

  • Dennis

    July 22, 2008 12:41 am

    This is my current favorite.

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2245/2394971879_0d10e84d5b_m.jpg

    This is one of a set of panning pictures I took of my wife biking.

    Canon EOS 30D
    Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
    Aperture: f/8
    Focal Length: 45 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Manual Exposure

  • Jordan O

    July 22, 2008 12:28 am

    Hard choice, but I'm going to have to go with two pictures I took our of the window of an airplane a few weeks ago.

    The first is of Mt.Rainier. The second, some clouds
    [URL=http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2748815260101779785yJDQGL][IMG]http://thumb5.webshots.net/t/24/665/8/15/26/2748815260101779785yJDQGL_th.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

    [URL=http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2872054290101779785iAdKwO][IMG]http://thumb5.webshots.net/t/60/660/0/54/29/2872054290101779785iAdKwO_th.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

  • Mark

    July 22, 2008 12:25 am

    This is my favorite:
    http://www.emerle.com/photos/displayimage.php?pid=73&fullsize=1

    My first macro shot take with a Canon Powershot G1 while in Cancun Mexico with my wife. We were at Xel-Ha (a water theme park with a jungle setting) inside their butterfly preserve. The only bummer is that I did not have much room on my CF card and do not possess a high-res copy of this shot.

  • mseigafuse

    July 22, 2008 12:07 am

    I'm not sure if this is my best ever - I think that is still to come. But, like others this is my current favorite. I didn't start out planning this, it was actually pouring rain. Just before sunset the rain stopped and the sun broke through the clouds with these incredible colors. I grabbed my camera bag and dashed to the dock to get some pictures. I did take a series of shots hoping to get a good panorama and I really like the result. I think it is one of my better shots because it captured the fantastic colors and the scenery is compelling. I shot this on manual with my Pentax K100D and a tripod. I used autostitch on the three pictures to get the panorama.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mseigafuse/2531745346/sizes/l/in/set-72157605132916445/

  • Eric

    July 22, 2008 12:01 am

    I think my best shot is probably:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/efleming/2169003862/

    That is the most popular in my photo stream on Flickr. I think I like any pictures of my kids better but I am a little biased. This is one of my favorites:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/efleming/2438220025/

  • sven.goetz

    July 21, 2008 11:46 pm

    I consider this to be my "real" best shot:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/52067732@N00/400090501/

    I got to say that i'm actually more into (cross)processed photos cause they show what we can already see but from another angle since possibilities are endless and you can make something regular look pretty extraordinary. Well enough of philosophy. About my shot:

    So I consider this to be my best shot cause i didn't do any processing to it. it's just straight out of the cam.

    This is an accidental shot actually. It was the first day I had my new camera. I was out in Stuttgart with a good friend of mine for a phototrip and which took a nice end in a jazzclub. I shot it from my knee so i consider it to be accidental.

    Just some hours before i got my new nikon d50. the pic was shot in Programmmode. Exif:

    Exposure: 0.077 sec (1/13)
    Aperture: f/5.6
    Focal Length: 62 mm
    ISO Speed: 800
    no flash

  • Scott Zetlan

    July 21, 2008 11:37 pm

    I don't know about best, but here's one where everything seemed to come together, more or less by accident:
    Corner Market
    Taken with my Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ii, 50mm f/1.8, and I think ISO 3200. No flash.

  • olandesina

    July 21, 2008 11:35 pm

    I think this is my best shot ever. It's a beggar in London.

    http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup/concepts-and-ideas/2478211-just-homeless.php?id=2478211

    I was there for an iStock event. We were walking around when I saw the beggar. I asked him permission to take some shots of him and even got him to sign me a release. I used a Nikon D70 and 18-70mm kit lens and no flash.

  • Alex

    July 21, 2008 11:32 pm

    These are two of my all-time faves...

    http://flickr.com/photos/fhalexander/2563958815/sizes/l/in/set-72157605521061227/

    http://flickr.com/photos/fhalexander/2671564821/sizes/l/

  • Scott Weintraub

    July 21, 2008 11:28 pm

    This is my favorite:
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3183/2354029927_683729dbb3.jpg

    There were a bunch of used wine glasses sitting on a counter, and I just got up real close and voila.

    The colors are great and unexpected, as another shot I have from just a few feet away shows no hint of it. The limited dof adds a lot to both obfuscating what you are looking at, and to creating a nice abstract pattern.

  • Jorell Hernandez

    July 21, 2008 11:24 pm

    Right Place, Right time.

    Olympus C-720UZ

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jorellh/153955612/

  • Nicole

    July 21, 2008 10:54 pm

    My Best Shot Ever: I call it "through the trees."
    Seen here at:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cynicole_b/1572280319/

    Taken during my point and shoot days (still learning my dslr) at the Portland Japanese Gardens on a fine October day.

    It would have been impossible to take a bad shot at this beautiful location, where the sun streamed through the trees and surrounding hills perfectly and every corner your turned a gorgeous shot surrounded you. This shot was taken, spur of the moment, by ducking under a huge bright orange japanese maple tree that had very interesting branches that created very nice angles. The shot was taken very quickly, as there were photographers all around shooting and it was a rarity to take a shot that didn't have someone else in the frame since it was very fairly crowded that day.

    No photoshopping or editing.

    Camera: Panasonic DMC-FX# (point and shoot)
    Exposure: .0008 sec (1/125)
    Apeture: f/2.8
    Focal length: 5.8 mm
    ISO: 100
    No flash

  • Pete Langlois

    July 21, 2008 10:51 pm

    I have so many favorite shots. This was my first sale so it's a little special to me

    http://www.petelanglois.net/gallery/5149532_DXefW#311566030_A2ZSq

    Taken with Nikon D50, 18-55mm DX II lens on 26mm, shot at 1/400 sec @ f/8

    As for planning, I went to the Pittsfield NH Balloon Festival in 2007, http://www.pittsfield-nh.com/publicinfo/balloonfestival/index.htm, looking to get this shot and I did.

  • Michael

    July 21, 2008 10:36 pm

    This is my best shot ever!

    I was really pleased with this especially because I hadn't really planned the picture. It was kind of like just grab my camera and tripod and setup. Please let me know what you think and any suggestions you may have.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/76988950@N00/2688318975/

    Camera: Nikon D40x
    Lens: Nikon 55-200mm
    Flash Mode: No Flash
    Focal Length: 200mm
    F-Number: F/5.6
    Exposure Time: 20 sec
    ISO: 100
    Program: Aperture Priority

  • ChrisH

    July 21, 2008 10:29 pm

    My 'best' photo tends to be one of my more recent ones. The photo I picked was taken during an all night shoot with the London Flickr Meetup Group.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrishoman/2686381405/

    Camera: Canon EOS 40D
    Exposure: 30 sec (30)
    Aperture: f/14
    Focal Length: 35 mm
    ISO Speed: 200

  • ad2graph

    July 21, 2008 09:48 pm

    This is my best shot ever.

    For a while I have been attempting a style, and this was the closest I ever got to it.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ad2graph/2523676434/

    I was using my Canon 350D with standard 18-55 mm lens and a bounce to fill in. Strobist was 1/250 @ f11 ISO200. In post I cleaned up a little, tweaked the modes and added a little lucis art in the end. The Newspapers were shot seperately and then placed in PS.

    I was extremely happy with my results. It looks really good in A1 size.
    Thanks you for allowing me to share.

  • Yonghwee

    July 21, 2008 08:40 pm

    This is mine.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/yonghweefoo/1689267831/

    It's a shot of the Singapore Flyer before it was opened to the public. I had to move around quite a fair bit to get a good position but it was well worth it!

  • Mike Ancient

    July 21, 2008 07:52 pm

    It's this one, I guess: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeancient/2455431562/
    Taken early on a still morning towards the sunrise. I was purposefully up early taking photos on my way to work. Spent an hour shooting, and got two pictures out of the entire session. I wish I had more time to research my subjects beforehand.

  • Petteri

    July 21, 2008 07:27 pm

    http://petterilopponenphotography.blogspot.com/2008/05/canon-assignment.html#links

    Last october I was on an excursion trip to Minsk, Belarus, which is the last dictatorship in Europe. This shot is taken from Kuropaty forest memorial ground near Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Kuropaty is marked by crude wooden crosses. it is the site of mass grave of those executed by Stalin's secret police from 1937 to 1941, and it is thought to contain up to 200.000 corpses. Kuropaty killing fields was discovered in 1988.I think I captured the sadness and coldness of Kuropaty in this picture. What do you think?

    Canon EOS 400D
    Canon EF 70-300mm f/4 - 5.6 IS USM
    Focal length 300mm
    Aperture 6.3
    1/500
    ISO 400

  • Tom

    July 21, 2008 07:20 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28812450@N04/2688799472/
    I had been setting out to take some photos at sunset, just outside my home town of Bath, but had failed to take anything especially interesting before the sun went down. However, on my way home past the Abbey, I saw this. The sun had disappeared from view, leaving half the sky a rich dark blue and giving the horizon a gorgeous orange tint. The very clear and sharp crescent moon (you can see even the non-glowing part of the moon) completes the shot. The only photoshopping required was soome straightening, because the ground wasn't very flat, which tilted my tripod.

    Taken with Nikon D80, in RAW + JPEG mode 3sec at f/5.6 at ISO 100 with an 18-55mm lens.

  • Gustavo

    July 21, 2008 06:56 pm

    I'm not sure this is my best shot, but it is the one people like the most.

    There is a long explanation about how I shot it here:
    http://www.webdefotografia.es/fotografia-con-poca-luz-a-traves-de-un-ejemplo/
    (in Spanish, sorry)

  • saapmifree

    July 21, 2008 06:56 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/larbelaitz/2498836665/

    In autumn we usually have a couple of days in our city (San Sebastian, Basque Country) when the ocean goes really violent. It is a very visual moment, great to try some shots.

    It was my very first day with my new Canon 40D, and despite I got drenched with some huge waves, I managed to take this picture of this guy few seconds before the wave hit the wall and got completely wet.

    I like the pic because you can perfectly see the wave and you can somehow feel how the guy felt that moment.

  • Cristi

    July 21, 2008 06:26 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/shyald/965734592/

    It's not a very challenging shot from a technical point of view. It was taken during the golden hours - with a wide lens and a nice field of sun flowers in the background. I like the result - due to personal reasons it means a lot to me.

  • DavidLee

    July 21, 2008 06:16 pm

    Just thought I'd submit an entry here, after following this site for a few months now.

    Here's my photo - http://www.bigboyalready.com/2008/07/21/dps-best-photo-submission/

    I was walking at a Botanical Garden, and this little critter was scooting along on the road so I whipped my newly bought Konica Minolta XT (which isn't impressive by today's terms) and set it to MACRO.

    Can't remember what other settings were on it.

    My first submission to .. DPS! Woohoo!

  • Serena

    July 21, 2008 06:16 pm

    Hi :)

    I'm 15 years old and have been reading DPS for about a year now - thanks so much for the awesome advice!

    Here is (one of) my favourite photos so far:

    http://crazykamakazeechair.deviantart.com/art/Lean-On-Me-77082751

    I'm still quite an amateur photographer, so if you have time, please take a look at my gallery (at http://crazykamakazeechair.deviantart.com/) and tell me what you think!

    Have a fantastic day! :)

  • Floriantanplan

    July 21, 2008 05:37 pm

    Some day last yeau I decided to leave work earlier to do some photography. I went to one of the places I'm used to photograph and there was this splendid scene of water and sun ... I just had to adjust my settings and shoot ;-)

    Here it is : http://www.flickr.com/photos/fpoulin/2174880529/

    Taken with a 20D, 17-40 mm, in RAW mode (aperture value).

  • Dean Godden

    July 21, 2008 05:31 pm

    I saw this picture before i took the shot.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/deangodden/2580687211/
    I knew what i wanted and managed to take the photograph i wanted and as a beginner it made me happy when i actually saw it up on the screen at home and i found i had actually got the photograph.
    It wasn't a set up shot or overcomplicated I saw it swung the camera up set it to Av f/8 and took the candid shot.
    It was taken on a walk around some fields near home in Nottinghamshire UK.
    Canon EOS 400D
    Sigma 70-300 APO DG @133mm
    f/8 in AV mode
    1/400
    iso 100

  • sarah

    July 21, 2008 03:38 pm

    I think my best one would be this one:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3245/2599450503_3915ab0755.jpg

    It was taken a couple of years ago with a Sony Cybershot. My family and I were at a private pool, and I was just taking shots here and there. I saw my cousin preparing to jump (and I guess he saw me with a camera... and then the shot happened!

    I love it because of the summer colors: the cool, clear blue of the water contrasts with the bright sunlight. My cousin's face has a "SUMMER!!!" look to it. And I LOVE the droplets of water behind him! :)

  • Kunal Daswani

    July 21, 2008 03:27 pm

    This is my first shot and best shot so far:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3135/2687521673_93f2263eac.jpg

    After reading a post on DPS which said that you could get really great moody BW shots on a rainy day, i took my camera out and to my luck it was raining really hard. Sat by the window and was looking for a subject to shoot and I saw this crow taking shelter under a window at the opposite building. Set my focus and waited for about 20 mins for the bird to fly, just when i was about to give up and walk away the bird flew and i literally shot from the hip!! I was amazed at the composition cos my subject was placed exactly at the rule of thirds.

    Later I read a post on digital lomo (also on DPS) and I dunno what made me experiment on a BW shot but i was amazed at how it made my image look so graphic.

    Overall, i was very happy with how the image turned out and its all tanks to 2 posts I read at DPS!!

  • Joey Rico

    July 21, 2008 03:14 pm

    for me this one is my best shot!!!

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2187/2626973297_5fb710b32d.jpg

  • Joey Rico

    July 21, 2008 03:13 pm

    for me i would say this one is my best shot!!!

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2187/2626973297_5fb710b32d.jpg

  • FrankenPengie

    July 21, 2008 02:39 pm

    My best because of those darned eyes.

    My great nephew and his little brother and I were on a park bench. I had been taking some pictures as the sun passed to evening and was diddling with settings adjustments during a break while they sat next to me. Suddenly he was crouching under the camera lens looking up and asked me, "What are you doing?". What else was I supposed to do?

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5.

  • Erin

    July 21, 2008 02:25 pm

    I think this is one of my better shots--granted, it could do with some touch-ups in photoshop, but for what it is, I am rather fond of it:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3168/2688216218_00cc4ed32d_o.jpg

    I took it in 2003 in Venice. I think the reason why I like it so much was because I took it with just a disposable camera. I was on a group trip to Italy, and I had packed up about 13 disposable cameras. I wasn't even sure if they would turn out right because they happened to go through security 3 or 4 different times.

    There is just something about it that I really like. Part of it is the experience and the memories associated with it, but it also is just with the actual picture. I like the composition of it a lot. Now having "grown up" to a digital camera and learning about photography, I know that it could have been much better. But the washed out colors are part of what I like. I have never seriously tried to touch it up at all.
    It definitely wasn't a "planned" shot by any means; I was just wandering around taking pictures of "pretty things," and this just came out of it.

  • Marilyn Ottoy

    July 21, 2008 02:08 pm

    I too have chosen a couple. The first is of my horse Splash. I have taken hundreds of photos of him, trying to capture his soul and personality. I feel I got it with this and if I never take another picture of him thats fine. I have cropped it a little and taken some wire out about chest height, but have not enhanced it any other way, no sharpening, colouring etc. http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k28/mottoy/DSC_0443wireremovedcropped.jpg
    It was taken with a Nikon D300 with a 70-300 lens. I was inside the shed, I turned around and there he was..

    The other is of a woman in Shimla, a Himalayan mountain town in India. Nikon D40X on auto.... 18-200 lens.
    http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k28/mottoy/DSC_0199.jpg

  • yeongbing

    July 21, 2008 01:50 pm

    At the moment, my favorite would have to be this:

    http://yeongbing.com/photoblog/index.php?showimage=5

    This picture tells a story of a child heading into the doorway of danger even though a sign tells her not to.

  • Eric H

    July 21, 2008 01:33 pm

    Here is a link to one of my favorite pictures I took my self with my new Nikon D40 Camera I got for my birthday!

    http://picasaweb.google.com/ehill8794/EricSDigitalPhotographyGallery/photo#5225303254514782978

    Have a look and feel free to look at any of my other ones!

  • 'chel

    July 21, 2008 01:28 pm

    brrr.... one of my best shot,not that good but reminds me a lot of my friends!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22440489@N08/2687109585/

  • Curtis

    July 21, 2008 01:00 pm

    I had a hard time finding one, but this one was from my recent trip to Laos that I really liked. It's a bit dark from the time of the day it was taken, but it is still desktop-wallpaper-worthy for me.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23012073@N02/2687145241/in/set-72157606286779271/

    I also liked this other one I took, and by pure accident, it turned out that it was shot similar to the Abbey Road Beatles shot.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23012073@N02/2687156413/in/set-72157606286779271/

    Both photos were taken on a Rebel XT with a Canon EF-S 17-85mm USM IS lens, and both were taken in Laos. SUCH a beautiful country.

  • V'toria

    July 21, 2008 12:18 pm

    Don't know if it is my "best" shot, but it is one of my favorites and I have gotten a lot of compliments on it.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vtoria/2511890876/in/set-72157605168072038/

    I on a photo tour of El Paso with a photography friend. We had been out during walking around the city in the hottest part of the day and had stopped in to Starbucks to get refreshments. I was playing with the different settings on my new Sony a700 when I took this shot of a couple in the corner reading the newspaper together.

    It wasn't until the next day when I was sorting through all the pictures that I realized that I had some good shots from the store.

  • Rebecca M

    July 21, 2008 12:15 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beguilingsunflower/2497521427/in/set-72157594247918223/

    I think this might be my best. It was unplanned. My son and I went to the park as we often do. I grabbed my camera. As he was swinging, I noticed how cute his little boots looked.

    Snapped a few, but knew this was the one.

    I also really like this one:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beguilingsunflower/2391403936/in/set-72157594247918223/

  • peteinakl

    July 21, 2008 11:56 am

    Out of the camera: http://flickr.com/photos/peteinakl/2480815459/

    Manipulated: http://flickr.com/photos/peteinakl/486049941/

  • Mark

    July 21, 2008 11:47 am

    I have a few family portraits that are really probably my favorite, but I have to say

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/markphilpot/2616626668/in/set-72157605846161818/

    is my favorite. Its a five shot pano taken with a D70 at a resort in the Mayan Riveria (forget the name at the moment). I honestly didn't even mess with the colors all that much. There were lots of great sunsets, but this was so different with the blue divide...

  • KatoKungFu

    July 21, 2008 11:30 am

    Used a borrowed digital camera (didn’t even own one at the time).

    Was early at a wedding and one of our friends daughters, who was just learning to walk, was ‘exploring’.

    Didn’t plan this shot or lighting or anything. Just one of those moments that…just work.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/katokungfu/sets/72157603262847530/

  • George L Smyth

    July 21, 2008 11:30 am

    I guess the best shot I ever took was Fifteen Lads And A Lass Say, "Cheese", located at http://flickr.com/photos/glsmyth/2674216098/.

    About a dozen years ago I visited Wales, which is one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever been. I had been shooting Kodak infrared film, which needs to be swapped in and out of the camera in the dark, and having come close to the end of the roll, headed back to the B&B where I had been staying in Brecon.

    I had about eight frames remaining on the roll so I decided to just expose them on the next subject that came to mind. Just before arriving at the B&B I came across a school yard with children playing. I decided to take some pictures of them, one of which is displayed here.

    As I was shooting, one of the children noticed me and asked what I was doing. After telling him, he asked if I would take his picture. I told him that I would and had him step away about twenty paces. Of course, some other children noticed this and came over, asking if I would take their picture. I had them line up next to the first child and took their picture.

    This happened several times and before I knew it I had 15 children lined up. I told them all to yell “Cheese” and took their picture with the last frame on the roll. I thanked them and began to walk away. At that point the first child whose picture I took the picture of came running up to me and sand, “Did you really take our picture?” I told him that I had done so. He smiled and said, “What fun … lovely.”

  • Scott

    July 21, 2008 11:25 am

    This is one of my most favorite shots, it is a photo of Mt. Rainier taken from Crystal Mountain while snowboarding. I took this with my old point and shoot and was pleasantly surprised with the shot when I got home. After all taking a photo in windy 20° weather isn't an ideal condition for photography.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/smaira/306305611/

    Camera: Olympus X-2,C-50Z
    Exposure: 1/640 sec.
    Aperture: f/8
    Focal Length: 7.8 mm
    ISO Speed: 80

  • M.C.Adams

    July 21, 2008 10:59 am

    This is one I took on a trip to Seattle, we took a day trip out on the Olympic Peninsula. It was taken with a point and shoot Kodak and turned out pretty good, in my opinion.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hdmca/1510993877/

  • Dave Rodriguez

    July 21, 2008 10:38 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/daverodriguez/2446628444/

    This was taken in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was walking down Calle Florida (a pedestrian shopping street) and a young guy and a girl were starting a tango performance. They danced one song and then passed the hat around, and then did one more before leaving. I took about 30 photos of them, and this one, totally by chance, was lit and timed just right.

  • Lori

    July 21, 2008 10:33 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ljphoto/2686592221/

    I always come back to this photo as one of my best shots. When I took this, it represented my two favorite individuals, my dog Jack, and my husband, who is a musician. Of course, it was taken 3 months before I became pregnant with my son, so the representation no longer holds true.

    I took it with a Nikon D70s in Manual.
    Exposure: 1/50
    Aperture: f/2.5
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Post processing: Photoshop CS

  • Oxa

    July 21, 2008 10:09 am

    I like this one because it was the first photo where I tried to make it a "photographic" photo and it worked. Taken on the macro setting with my fujifilm finepix a350 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jollygood/2201614211/

    I like this one that was taken in Dubai because the buildings make me feel like I'm in a different world. This was taken with the same camera but I don't remember the settings. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jollygood/2202389342/

  • R. M;artin

    July 21, 2008 10:01 am

    This is my best shot ever:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/riley84/2630348824/

  • Jesse

    July 21, 2008 09:55 am

    Even though I took this before I owned DSLRs, I still love it and think it is one of my bests:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3290/2686558423_9f73487917_b.jpg

    It is the cemetery at the Nazi transportation camp in Terezin, Czech Republic. It was taken with a Canon point and shoot at whatever the lowest aperture I could get was. I wanted to have the gravestone in the front right in the best focus. I converted the photo to black and white and did some post-processing in Photoshop.

  • Eric

    July 21, 2008 09:40 am

    Having only had my DSLR for a few weeks, I feel like I am improving every day. So, I think my best shots were taken this weekend.

    I went through the weekly photo contest thread and am trying to do one from every previous contest. Oddly enough, my favorite is probably my shot from the "shooting from the hip" contest.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/enoeske/NateS71908/photo#5225166001485092962

    Model: PENTAX K200D
    ISO: 100
    Exposure: 1/90 sec
    Aperture: f/9.5
    Focal Length: 35mm
    Flash Used: No

  • William

    July 21, 2008 09:22 am

    I would say that my favourite picture at the moment would be

    http://creative-creations.eu/wordpress/2008/05/31/sunset-2/

    It was taken at Fjellerup on the east coast of Denmark.

  • KatoKungFu

    July 21, 2008 09:18 am

    Used a borrowed digital camera (didn't even own one at the time).

    Was early at a wedding and one of our friends daughters, who was just learning to walk, was 'exploring'.

    Didn't plan this shot or lighting or anything. Just one of those moments that...just work.

  • Rebeca

    July 21, 2008 08:52 am

    This is one of my favorite shots taken at the Detroit Zoo last month. I like the way the red and yellow play and the way the stamens are the actual focus (like DAVE ID above, I like the way they look like cobras). I've browsed through a bunch of the other photos and it doesn't compare to them as I am pretty much a beginner, but I think I have an eye for framing my pictures. I tend to gravitate towards nature and animals more than people at this point, but that's ok with me.

    I took it with a Nikon D40 and basically just took it because the flowers were pretty.

  • Muffy

    July 21, 2008 08:29 am

    http://flickr.com/photos/muffyone/2501982942/

    I think this is my best shot..and this is also the most viewed in my flickr page..
    I love it also because was taken in a "diffucult" situation with heavy raining that doesn't stopped me and a friend of mine in this urban exploration..

    Bye

  • Larry Boyd

    July 21, 2008 08:27 am

    This is my favorite. I get a lot of comments with this photo. I have even sold some copies of the print.

    I went out early in the morning to a nearby lake. I was talking with a fellow that was out for a morning walk. We were having a good conversation when he looked out and said, "Wow, look at that." I got the picture and loved it.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/larryboyd/1346015003/in/set-72157601926728578/

  • Scott

    July 21, 2008 08:09 am

    This is probably my favorite street photo:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/smaira/2444464257/

    I just happened to be walking around downtown Portland with my camera in hand and got lucky when this opportunity presented itself.

    Camera: Olympus E-500
    Exposure: 1/250 sec
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 30 mm
    ISO Speed: 400

  • Kerry Garrison

    July 21, 2008 07:58 am

    I have a lot of favorites so I also went with my most popular (by far) image on flickr.

    http://flickr.com/photos/kgarrison/2525829823/

    What makes this fun for me is that the model is my daughter and the hun belonged to my great-grandfather. I decided I wanted to do something with the gun and discussed it with my daughter and she came up with the idea for the shoot. Since it is very much a family image, it is one of my favorites for that reason.

  • Ignacio

    July 21, 2008 07:33 am

    This is my favorite shot;

    http://www.pbase.com/martcronos/image/91271471.

    I love it beacause I got exactly what I wanted: the angle, composition and the water texture wer just chat I wanted. I took it with an "old" Canon A75.

  • Ross Davidson

    July 21, 2008 07:31 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ross_davidson/2620238514/sizes/l/

    This wasn't really planned, I was visiting a friend in NYC and we were just exploring. I saw this, pulled out the fisheye, layed on the ground, and shot.

    I also loved the color of the place so I took it in HDR

    Camera: Nikon D50
    Aperture: f/16
    Focal Length: 10.5 mm
    ISO Speed: 200

  • P Font

    July 21, 2008 07:14 am

    This is one of my favorite pictures ever. It's of my niece, taken on a rare rainy Los Angeles day. I still don't have a good title for it, so if anyone wants to suggest one, please let me know!

    http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m135/pfphoto/Website/GabrielaLeaves79-ws.jpg

  • Amandalynn

    July 21, 2008 06:55 am

    I have two "best" shots, or favorites of mine, for completely different reasons.

    The first is this one: http://www.redbubble.com/people/serenityone/art/56624-11-sunset-on-the-docks which was very planned. I started off with a vision of what I wanted, and the end result is nearly a perfect match for my original idea. I spent two months scoping out that spot, waiting for the perfect sunset, the perfect waves, and eventually it paid off. I shot it on a Canon350D at 18mm in Manual Mode ISO 400 with f/5.6 and 1/320 shutter speed.

    The second is here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/serenityone/art/56628-11-polar-bear
    This shot was an accident, we happened to be at the zoo that day and the polar bear was swimming, we reached his area just as he was climbing out of the water, I switched on my camera and caught the moment he shook himself off in one shot. I've been to that zoo countless times since then, and haven't come across any other similar opportunity. This one was also taken with my 350D, at 55mm, ISO 100 f/5.6 1/320.

  • Andrew

    July 21, 2008 06:54 am

    My best photo ever is a conceptual style shot I took of a red balloon floating against a blue sky with puffy white clouds. I like it because it's simple but strong and colours and textures are just beautiful. You can see it here:

    http://www.fineartphotoblog.com/object/blood-red-heart

  • Kirk (Arphot)

    July 21, 2008 06:39 am

    This shot came about when I was just learning my Canon Digital Rebel XT. It really was a lucky shot in that the dragonfly stayed for as long as I needed to make the shot.


    Complete EXIF


    Dragon Perch

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3041/2685930183_152bcbb802.jpg

    Here is some preliminary data:

    Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
    Aperture: f/8
    Focal Length: 200 mm
    ISO Speed: 400
    Exposure Bias: 0/2 EV

  • Jacek PopÅ‚awski

    July 21, 2008 06:37 am

    I thought about my macro with DCR-250, but I decided I should show something ordinary.
    This is probably my best "plain" photo on flickr:

    http://flickr.com/photos/jacekpoplawski/2529557968/sizes/l/

    I like it very much, because it's just my everyday trip and as you see colors are very yummy - people think that I edided it, I haven't. I made this photo from bike with my Olympus SP-500.

    And this is same place, few days later, but HDR:
    http://flickr.com/photos/jacekpoplawski/2627816960/sizes/o/

  • John

    July 21, 2008 06:31 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnscottdorsey/2639753827/sizes/l/

  • Vijay

    July 21, 2008 06:23 am

    I'm also a bit torn, mostly because these two are so different:

    1. http://flickr.com/photos/nerveblood/2238741546/
    Out on a photo shoot along the edge of U of Rochester's campus, I was lucky to see this awesome scene on a cold wintry night. I love the dark mood and b&w (esp since I am a little colorblind), foreground of dead trees, ice partially covering the Genesee River, leading lines of the lights into the corner of the frame, reflections, and small aperture to create the starry effect (which I now understand with my grad degree in Optics). I spent maybe 25 minutes setting up the shot, pressed the shutter only twice, and employed some slight post-processing in PS (mostly curves).

    Equipment: Canon 30D, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8, Bogen Tripod with remote shutter release
    Aperture Priority, 19mm, f/22, 30 sec, ISO 100

    2. http://flickr.com/photos/nerveblood/2560601946/
    I bought the two Blockheads (from Gumby) off of eBay a few months ago but never found an awesome shot with them until I decided to play in the sand. I just think this is simple and different. Placement of the Blockhead and the angle of the shadow within the frame took awhile to get right but this wasn't so bad. Others walking by were very curious as to what I was doing (only one or two people actually asked). Or they thought I was just crazy.

    Equipment: Canon 30D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8
    Aperture Priority, 200mm, f/10, 0.01 sec, ISO 100

  • Rosle

    July 21, 2008 06:05 am

    http://flickr.com/photos/hnr/2686571338/

    *Why do you consider it to be your best shot?

    i am new at digital photography. before this i always photographed people. this is my first time photographing a building.

    *Tell us about how the shot came about. What was the situation, did you plan it or did it just ‘happen’?

    hmm.. maybe you can say it is a planned shot but it is not a good plan on the first place (haha!). i walk around the big ben & still figuring out how to snap this big thing. then finally i found a spot. btw, this is my first day out taking pictures of building/landscape. when i looked back at the picture on the LCD my mind wonder "am i doing it right?" went back home i think it is an OK shot for first timer.. haha

    *What kind of camera did you use? What settings did you select or what ‘mode’ were you in?

    Canon 40D
    Aperture Priority

  • the.lee

    July 21, 2008 05:58 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_lee/2618674540/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_lee/2615285580/

    I took these shots with my favorite lens ever, the nifty fifty.

    The first shot which I took the first day it arrived in the mail. brought it to a work and snapped a portrait of my good friend Alicia. This shot was totally an accident. A lot of people would prefer to have the eyes as the sharper area but I think it's just perfect that the hair part is sharp. Well, to each his own.

    Second shot was taken on my way to a Death Cab for Cutie concert in Santa Barbara Bowl. We still had a lot of time to kill so we decided to walk around the boardwalk.

  • RayPG

    July 21, 2008 05:34 am

    This is my best shot

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/raypg/2370293366/

    It was somthing inspired I saw in a magazine I just wanna try to fit in the roof scene :D to bring show how the influence of BMX is in my life :) Hope you enjoy.

  • CD

    July 21, 2008 05:19 am

    A sunrise picture is my best:

    http://s127.photobucket.com/albums/p123/NotDadsW41/?action=view&current=Sandhills_Sunrise.jpg

    I had spent the evening before trying to get a decent sunset photo while visiting family. The next morning I was up early and outside to get the sunrise. I just barely caught this before the sun rose too high.

  • TeachJ

    July 21, 2008 05:18 am

    I really don't know what my best photo ever might be, but this photo got me a lot of praise from my fellow journalism teachers. We had to take a photo during the press conference. I wanted something that showed the action and the reaction.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9521171@N08/2611750045/

  • Brandon

    July 21, 2008 05:08 am

    I can't decide which one is my favorite maybe someone will vote for theirs.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/longhornz32/Austin/photo#5166652952238841794

    http://picasaweb.google.com/longhornz32/Austin/photo#5166652947943874482

  • Andrea

    July 21, 2008 05:00 am

    This is one of my favourite pictures:

    http://grunciter.wordpress.com/2008/04/28/all-i-need/

    I like the way the details and the color of this flower. I like also the prominence that this subject take from the dark green background.

    It's entitled "All I need" because it reminds me a song written by Radiohead.

  • Tiffyy

    July 21, 2008 04:40 am

    This is a shot taken last summer, i have no clue what camera i used, but i believe it was just a crappy little point and shoot.

    http://a243.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/32/l_8bb946b30e5d07b5208c17a1fd60a7e2.jpg

  • kevin

    July 21, 2008 04:32 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/klew97/2157509506
    I like the color patterns, bright green and deep blue, and the sea dragon on the right, towards the rear of the tank, looks kind of ghostly.

  • Gary

    July 21, 2008 04:29 am

    Just happened to catch what I think is a great shot of a Rose in shadow. I knew it had potential when I saw it about 4 in the afternoon.

    I shot it in auto mode. The funny thing is when you lighten up the pic it looks rather ordinary. I guess i learned the value of lighting on this one

  • Eric S.

    July 21, 2008 04:19 am

    I actually like this one

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3263/2615194804_d0f9626283_o.jpg

    Taken with my nikon D80

  • Eric S.

    July 21, 2008 04:18 am

    I actually like this one

    Taken with my nikon D80

  • Eric S.

    July 21, 2008 03:53 am

    I have a few but this one is special to me

    Nikon D80

  • badabumbadabing

    July 21, 2008 03:43 am

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2165/2002396040_0f7aeb4691_o.jpg

    My grandfather that has worked in his car repair shop all his life...

  • Himanish

    July 21, 2008 03:39 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28763144@N03/2685986484/

    Sheer luck..that is what I call it.

    We were on vacation at mammoth lakes.Thought of visiting Glacier Point in Yosemite.
    Took Tioga Pass and reached Glacier point.

    Went over to the Glacier point view point and was surprised it was the usual glacier point with 1 exception..lots of people were standing with there tripods and cameras pointing towards Half -dome

    I was wondering...Whats going to happen man?

    Then suddenly the people are saying "There she is?"

    It came to me in a sec,its the moon-rise over Half-dome !!!
    and how stupid of me to not bring my tripod.

    Anyway not to lose,put my Canon 400D on continuous mode,bumped up the ISO,took a deep breath and started shooting.

    And here it is which i think to be one of my best shot.

  • echel

    July 21, 2008 03:34 am

    I like this one too!

    http://echeldarcen.multiply.com/photos/album/8/canon#53

    weather is fine!

  • echel

    July 21, 2008 03:28 am

    maybe this one?

    http://echeldarcen.multiply.com/photos/album/8/canon#66

    The weather is hot so why not indulge to a super delicious chocolate ice cream,,too bad its running empty!

    Canon A460(would you believe!)

  • Jeff Granger

    July 21, 2008 03:28 am

    http://flickr.com/photos/28288325@N06/2686103060/

    This was taken with a Nikon CoolPix 5000 in Macro mode. At the time of this picture, almost six years ago) my cat Boris had been with us for 11 years. He made it almost four more years after this shot. When I saw the post, I only had to think for a split second which was my best shot ever. I've taken thousands of pictures since then, and on better equipment, but this will always be my favorite.

    I love the detail of the tiny hairs around his nose, and I really like the blurry little twinkle in his right eye.

  • Laur

    July 21, 2008 03:23 am

    It has got to be this one:

    http://shadowscape.deviantart.com/art/The-monk-84170604

    The gentleman in the picture was kind enough to pose for me; there was no studio, no setup, just being at the right place at the right time. Taken with a Canon 350D, through an EF 50mm lens.

  • vs

    July 21, 2008 03:20 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/v1z4rd/2660988558/

  • Styggiti

    July 21, 2008 03:15 am

    This is my current favorite shot, taken in Nafplio, Greece:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/brooks-bilson/2553042339/

    I was using a Canon 40D with Sigma 10-20mm. I was walking by the port and saw the boat and thought that the perspective would be great with my ultra-wide angle lense. It only took one look through the viewfinder from where I was standing and the shot sorta just framed itself.

    Vignetting is completelty from the lens, not Photoshop.

  • nariposa

    July 21, 2008 03:14 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nariposa/2628908758/

    Paik @ Terrastock 7

    This is Anthony of the band Paik tearing across the stage at a recent psych rock festival.

    This image freezes his rock orgy in mid-hairwhip.

    Taking rock music shots really cuts your teeth. There's never enough light, and you have to have a fast enough shutter to freeze the motion.

    The settings I used here are:
    Camera: Nikon D60
    Lens: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
    Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
    Aperture: f/1.8
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    ISO Speed: 100
    Exposure Bias: -4/3 EV
    ISO Speed: 100

  • Reena

    July 21, 2008 02:34 am

    http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i271/reenita/IMG_2505.jpg

    I'm not very good at this but I think this is one of my best shots because I had a really nice evening with a guy I've just met. When I got home I saw this and I went running upstairs to grab my camera.

    I used my Canon EOS400D in the manual mode. I don't remember the settings really.

  • Quo Fan

    July 21, 2008 02:33 am

    I was on a Bike Vermont trip and just bought my 30D. There was a beaver pond near where we were staying, and the innkeeper said there were good shots of the beavers in the mornings. We went for a walk and took the cameras early one morning. The light was good and there were apples floating in the water. The beaver came and ate some apples.

    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1375/1316267860_4dea2f3a12_b.jpg

  • Tim Pokorny

    July 21, 2008 02:20 am

    If you go by Flickr stats, my best photo would be the following of Mt.Cook in New Zealand:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/soppyfrog/519310203/

    I'd probably consider it to be one of my best and I do love it a lot, but the fact that it's HDR makes me feel like I "cheated" a little :P

    It was taken with my old point-n-shoot style Canon S60 while I was on vacation with my girlfriend on the south island of New Zealand. We were on a hike up to the Hooker Glacier (which you can see covered in dirt in the shot) and I was stopping all over the place for photos. A lot of the credit should go to her for being extremely patient and never complaining once about my obsessive need to take the same photo over and over again!

    The image is a HDR shot composed from 3 separate shots taken with the exposure +2/0/-2.

  • J.B. Churchill

    July 21, 2008 02:01 am

    My favorite photo may be colored by the fact that it is a photo of one of my favorite subjects. I like to shoot birds. This photo is of a Common Yellowthroat that sat still with its feathers blown by the wind. I thought the color came out nicely too.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fusionmonger/2517780080/

  • Katie

    July 21, 2008 02:01 am

    I just love this shot. When else, can boys be cuddly, but when they are on the verge of turning 2. They were just so playful. We were at the Seattle Mariner's baseball park at a game and the boys were sitting in front of us playing around and being silly. I also love that my son's eyelashes show so well!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tweetykl/2577242562/

    Kodak easyshare.

  • Nick

    July 21, 2008 02:01 am

    Hmm...A "best shot." That's pretty difficult. There's so many shots that I really like, yet none of them are really similar enough to be compared and have one chosen as the "best." However, I would have to say this is one of my favorites.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nick_natz/2092242976/

    It's not really my favorite because it's the technically best shot, but rather because of the situation. I know, it's a cliche pet/animal shot that many photographers despise, and let me assure that's not all I shoot, but it's one of my favorite shots of our pup Samsun. It was his first time ever in the snow and he just had a ball.

    It was shot with my Dad's Nikon D200 (which I would steal and use sometimes because my camera was not capable of manual settings...I have since gotten a camera which does). I will always love this shot, that's for sure.

  • Isaac

    July 21, 2008 01:55 am

    This is one of my favorite pictures, and the one that made me like photography so much. It was around 5pm and the sun was setting and I was at the amazing house having a cup of turkish coffee. The camera I used was a 4 MP Panasonic camera. Well the moment was there and I had to take it. I was told before that it's not about how good of camera you have. But do you have a good eye for it. hope you can enjoy this photo as much as I have taking it
    thanks isaac

    http://web.mac.com/isaacben/Site/Existence_Out_Of_Oblivion_photos.html#8

  • Patrick

    July 21, 2008 01:50 am

    My current "best shot" is this one of a wild pony from our most recent vacation to the outer banks NC:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3049/2641766111_624d0c95a0_b.jpg

    Taken with a Nikon D50, aperture priority.

  • nathas

    July 21, 2008 01:40 am

    My Favourite shot is http://www.flickr.com/photos/naathas/2330600552/

    this is taken for a contest on "Reflection". Learned abt lighting for this shot. Nothing special but still love it :)

    The second fav is http://www.flickr.com/photos/naathas/2663443942/

  • Govert

    July 21, 2008 01:17 am

    http://fc04.deviantart.com/fs10/i/2006/096/3/5/bike_by_GooFE.jpg

    every day I cycled along and followed each time the line.. and wait until the light was good ...click

    Camera Nikon D100, Lens Nikon 17-55mm f2.8

    Shutter Speed: 1/3000 second
    F Number: F/2.8
    Focal Length: 17mm
    ISO Speed: 200

  • Kennedy

    July 21, 2008 01:05 am

    Cat eyes is my best shot I think. Timing is everything, well with a lot of luck also. I was playing with my cat my girlfriends cat hoping to get a few good shot of the cat in the air. I was using a Nikon Coolpix.

  • Steven

    July 21, 2008 01:03 am

    One of my favorites has got to be a shot I captured in San Francisco of the Golden Gate Bridge this past April. It was my very first night scene that I photographed. And it was done with a Canon PowerShot A630, my first camera where I can manually select the settings.

    http://lefteyed.aminus3.com/image/2008-04-22.html

  • Jay

    July 21, 2008 01:03 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28566517@N05/2685443826/in/set-72157606271682376/

    This is my recent best one.. I took this when my train was delayed 12 hours.. As i did not carry tripod. I kept my camera on top of one Auto..

    Here are the details

    Camera: Canon EOS 40D
    Exposure: sec (1/8)
    Aperture: f/5.6
    Focal Length: 17 mm
    ISO Speed: 400
    Exposure Bias: 0 EV
    Flash: Flash did not fire
    Exposure Program: Aperture priority
    Shutter Speed: 1/8
    Metering Mode: Partial
    White Balance: Manual

  • Jill

    July 21, 2008 12:59 am

    I am a mom and a scrapbooker, so most of my pictures are of my daughter. The second photo in this post is my recent favorite of her:

    http://www.amatterofmemories.com/2008/06/photo-shoot-dancing-dream.html

    Shot with a Canon S3IS in auto. Post processing done in Picasa. The location was planned, but not the pose. She just started dancing and love how this one turned out with her face partially obscured by her hair and the movement in her dress. I felt it was the perfect photo for a sepia treatment.

    As for non-daughter photos, this first photo in this post has to be my current favorite:

    http://www.amatterofmemories.com/2008/05/8-tips-to-better-photo-composition.html

    Same camera...

  • Mike Y

    July 21, 2008 12:56 am

    It's hard to deem one shot my 'best shot' ever. However, I think my favorite is this shot I took on the Dominican Haitian border while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2005. I took the shot using a Sony Cybershot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeyocum/865037423

  • Erika

    July 21, 2008 12:51 am

    One of my favourites is probably the one I took at the track. This is harness racing and I was fortunate enough to sit in the start car. What a stroke of luck.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tin_can/2395643415/
    I took it with Canon Rebel 300D and Sigma 70-300 lens.

  • Olivia Bell

    July 21, 2008 12:49 am

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3263/2655660216_ef59cbf90b.jpg?v=0

    It rains a lot in England, even in the summer (more so in the summer!!) I had just gotten interested in Photography and when it started to rain I was upset because I thought I couldn't take any more pictures until it stopped. My sisters (one of them is the model in this photograph), suggested (madly) that we take photographs in the rain. We ended up outside (me sitting on the doorstep so I didn't get my camera wet) and both of them posing and playing with the red umbrella.

    I'm really pleased with this photograph because I learned how to catch the rain falling as well as focus in on Sasha (my sister). The best result (other than my lovely sister being a superb model) was that I had no need for post processing - I was sure I would because I've never taken photographs in the rain and thought I would completely mess up the exposure to get the rain fall.

    I use a Canon EOS 5D and here I used the 135mm lens

    Shutter Speed: 1/197 second
    F Number: F/2.0
    ISO Speed: 125

  • Nicole

    July 21, 2008 12:47 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/trulyphoto/2087423622/in/set-72157603377758723/

    It's hard to pick a favorite, but right now this is mine. I usually shoot digital, but this night I was shooting my seagull, and I got this shot. The birds in Austin are crazy.

  • John Dorsey

    July 21, 2008 12:32 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnscottdorsey/2639753827/

    Schwabacher Road in Grand Tetons NP.

    Canon 350D, lens was 17-40L, 1/50th f/11.

  • Cara

    July 21, 2008 12:23 am

    This was harder than I thought it would be. To narrow down my favorite shots to just one!?!
    I could not decide between these two:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cjgarvie/1790837899/
    This one was taken at a friend's cabin in WI. A bunch of my friends were shooting (with BB-guns) cans in the backyard. I went to go set up more cans and laid my camera on the ground (I know, bad photographer!) I practice shooting without looking a lot (I work with kids and they don't like to have their pictures taken, so I'm sneaky!)and I noticed the way my camera was pointed at the cans. I tilted the camera a fired off a few shots before letting my friends decimate the cans.
    The other photo:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cjgarvie/1046158866/
    Taken in New York on my honeymoon. No big story, just a good picture.
    Thanks!

  • Gayle

    July 21, 2008 12:20 am

    This is my second best/favorite shot as it was completely by accident. Still with a point-n-shoot, no tripod, at 4:30am, no flash. I used the "dusk/sunrise" mode while my husband was prepping in a transition area for a triathlon and I was trying to capture the commotion. I love how the focus was kept on the immoveable (sign, trees, sky, guy standing) as others created a "buzz" around them.

  • Sarosa

    July 21, 2008 12:17 am

    For the time being is this one: http://www.rosafrei.com/swf/gallery_ev_sacrees.html
    It's a picture of the face of a musician from Mali on a concert in Morocco. He was standing under a big tree and the sun let only very few rays come trough the branches just enough to lighten up his face.

  • Richard X. Thripp

    July 21, 2008 12:16 am

    Raindrops is currently my best shot ever. It's a shot of falling drops off the roof of my back porch. Took 70 shots to get one I liked where the drops were nicely formed and interesting.

    I was only working with a tiny Fujifilm FinePix A360 at the time, which I couldn't even set the shutter speed, aperture, or ISO speed on. I got lucky and the sunlight came out while it was still raining, so the camera could use a fast shutter speed.

  • Gayle

    July 21, 2008 12:14 am

    I'm a teacher and we took our kids to a community center water park. I do not have skills YET but learning a lot as I go (my hubby signed me up for DPS). I carry a Coolpix point-n-shoot everywhere. For this shot, I wrapped a towel around the camera and went under the umbrella of water of this 10' pole, unwrapped enough to take about 15 shots before the water started to close in, re-wrapped and got out. I love the angle and the simplicity of colors. I used the "sports mode" to get the shots as quickly as possible. Fortunately (for this shot), I know very little about post-processing.

  • his4ever

    July 20, 2008 11:58 pm

    http://www.stonecafecreations.com/Pictures/SaElsmall/IMG_2599_2_sm.JPG

    I took two young ladies out to practice taking pictures of them and also start building my portfolio. This shot I think is my best shot ever because I was able to capture the reflecting light of the high noon sun, pose her just right, and successfully use my bouce flash (from behind her). When I saw this picture, I was so overjoyed. Finally, something I thought about worked! The bouce flash from behind was an accident, so I made a mental note to do it again next time on purpose! :D

    I used my Canon 30D on AV mode.

  • OneArmedScissor125

    July 20, 2008 11:53 pm

    This is one of my favorites from the past year:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/14517070@N02/2299138000/

    I love the sharpness but wish I had been able to get similar catch lights in both eyes. This was a shot where it became obvious that I could take really good photos. I took this for a school assignment, so it was planned. I used a Canon EOS Rebel and I used manual settings.

  • Bob

    July 20, 2008 11:46 pm

    I have a few I am fond of, but this one gets the most thumbs up from others....

    http://cruising.smugmug.com/gallery/3764227_hyJAk/1/#281853600_fhiVh-A-LB

  • Earldean Reyes

    July 20, 2008 11:41 pm

    This would be it....

    Different
    http://flickr.com/photos/twitching-eye/2384777512/

    Our photography club in the Philippines had a small photoshoot in one of the night spot area near the bay. A club member informed me that he wanted to shot the boats stationed there.
    I tagged along and photographed the boat also. When I was doing PP, this photo really stunned me. I had this photo turned in BnW and it really triggered how I really liked Black and White.

    The contrasts between the boats defined how different we all are. As a photographer, I like Black and White while others prefer Color. This photo conveyed more meaning in all other photos I took before this. Sometimes, I look at this photo to tell me that I'm different and I don't need to follow the flow. So when I point my camera and compose my shot, I tell myself to be different.

    Photo taken using Canon 350D, Sigma 17-70mm with tripod.

  • canadajan

    July 20, 2008 11:35 pm

    This was a candid photo taken with my Nikon D200. It was in auto mode at the time, and I didn't have time to change it to manual - I didn't want to miss the shot! http://bp0.blogger.com/_DRwyjJEEehU/R8rYDs-eMQI/AAAAAAAAAQ4/Ll4bJqqKNeU/s1600-h/muscle-beach-cropped.jpg

  • Richard

    July 20, 2008 11:34 pm

    Maybe this one

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/88603711@N00/1066415000/

  • Rik

    July 20, 2008 11:33 pm

    What I like: Diesel's expression, the water in the background, the soft slanting light on the salmon, and how the design on the plate matches the tablecloth. You can also see the sun setting on the edge of the plate.
    Most of all, totally spontaneous.

    What I like like the Least: .- I wish the photo had better resolution. Much of the detail of the water at the top of the photo is lost.

    Camera: - Sony Ericcson K750i

    You can find this on Flickr
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/elavats/631993074/

  • Billy L

    July 20, 2008 11:31 pm

    http://s129.photobucket.com/albums/p210/BillyRanger/Utah/?action=view&current=Pics865_edited-1.jpg
    I took this while on a sunset tour in Zion NP Utah on my birthday.
    Taken With: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-510
    Flash Used: No (auto)
    Focal Length: 171.0mm
    Exposure Time: (1/320)
    Aperture: f/8.0
    ISO Equiv.: 100
    Exposure Bias: -0.70
    Whitebalance: Manual

  • Chris Chandler

    July 20, 2008 11:30 pm

    I was set up on the side of the road trying to get a night shot of Big Ben. I didn't have my remote yet, so I was doing a 2 second delayed shutter release. The bus came flying by right as the shutter released. It was an accidental shot but I think it is one my best efforts (not sure what that says about the rest of my photos though.... :-) )

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcchandler/2374107092/

  • Leigh

    July 20, 2008 11:15 pm

    Having shot about a million photos (it's gotta be close to that by now...) I can't narrow it down to just one.

    I got my Canon XSi about a month ago, and I'm in the mode where I shoot everything and anything that I think might make a decent shot.

    A just happened to be there shots at my family's farm on July 4:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ticker1999/2638260744/in/set-72157605985591021/

    The louver on my Mustang at the end of my cousin and my daylong photo road trip:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ticker1999/2626179362/in/set-72157605877410430/

    A coil of rusted roofing nails, taken earlier in the day of the same road trip:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ticker1999/2620420431/in/set-72157605875967632/

    All shots were taken with my Canon XSi.

  • Elton Gjata

    July 20, 2008 11:11 pm

    This is definitely my favorite shot.

    http://www.eltongjata.com/index.php?showimage=6

    I did a small ammount of small post processing to add a green filter but that was about it.

    The picture is of one of my best friends, a fiery little redhead, and i think the picture captures her personality to the letter.

    Although it's not perfect in a technical aspect, I think it still works because it's one of my few shots that actually have meaning behind it.

  • Sybren

    July 20, 2008 11:07 pm

    Here are some of my favourites:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sybrenstuvel/1270327282/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sybrenstuvel/2333478006/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sybrenstuvel/932260424/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sybrenstuvel/2103821334/

  • IrishNYC

    July 20, 2008 11:05 pm

    I have a lot of favorites, so it was hard to choose!

    This is one of my favorites I've ever taken with my first digital camera - a Canon Powershot S200. That was a damn good little camera.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/irishnyc/169284557/

    This is one of my first shots with my DSLR. I had no idea what I was doing, so that I captured it so nicely is a miracle that I probably couldn't have duplicated at the time. The only post-processing on it was to turn it black and white.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/irishnyc/213679089/

  • jojo

    July 20, 2008 11:03 pm

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/2679767778_29c4f2d47f.jpg

    I got my first DSLR a month and a half ago. I took shot this picture of the sand at a beach in Cape May. I was just walking down the beach, trying my camera out for the first time, when I came across this patch of dark stripes along the sand. I thought the pattern that they made looked very interesting.

    The photo looked pretty good until I did some simple post-processing on it (levels + curves) and the final result popped out. I wouldn't say it's a perfect shot, but I definitely think it's pretty appealing, visually, with the horizontal and vertical lines and also the contrast between white and dark in it.

    I used a Canon EOS Digital Rebel, f/4.5.

  • Lorna

    July 20, 2008 10:21 pm

    i think i would pick this picture as my best shot so far
    http://the-amazing-lorna.deviantart.com/art/Lost-world-01-80809223
    it was completely spontaneous and i love the gothic effect created by shooting into the light

  • insk

    July 20, 2008 10:08 pm

    i think this is ONE of my best shots. i can't decide...

    BLUE EYES
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/insk/2413483034/

    Canon EOS 400D
    Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
    you can get the meta information here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/insk/2413483034/meta/

  • Lou Ann

    July 20, 2008 10:03 pm

    Some cool shots represented here!

    I find that what other people like best from my work and what I personally like best from my work are often not at all similar.

    Here are the two photos in my portfolio that have both gotten the most attention (and I almost didn't even upload the first!):
    http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=2062683&size=lg
    http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=1965633&size=lg

    Here is my favorite image that I've ever taken:
    http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=4358461&size=lg
    (I always prefer the poofy clouds in a gorgeous blue sky and something interesting in the foreground)...

  • mike

    July 20, 2008 09:37 pm

    http://images-2.redbubble.net/img/art/size:large/view:main/270309-12-soweto-kinch.jpg

    I realised 2 things with this shot. 1. Stop complaining about the deficiencies of your kit (this was the worst lens in my kit) and take the photo in front of you with whatever you have in your hand. 2. To take a great photo, there has to be nothing but me and the photo. A bit Zen, I know...

  • Zaphod

    July 20, 2008 08:48 pm

    I guess I would pick this one:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mamboman/1230439974/

    While this is not the most interesting/viewed/commented/favorited shot of my pictures on flickr, there is something about this picture, I like a lot.

    I like the intense color of the flower, the dynamic composition, the cool bokeh and the spider hiding in plain sight.

    It isn't perfect though. Sharpness and detail of the spider could be improved.

    The shot was taken in my garden while trying out my new macro lens.

    Camera: Canon 400D with EF-S 60mm macro lens in AV mode.

  • Chris Farrugia

    July 20, 2008 08:48 pm

    I think my best shots was during the first few weeks i got my Canon 40D in February. Here's a link to the shot.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cfarrugia/2188962889/in/set-72157603587391590/

    Photo that photo for a photo competition. The theme was "New". The photo was titleD "A new drop is born".

    The photo was taken in the kitchen sink. The only lighting available was a small neon tube which i placed to the left of the shot. The dark background was achieved using a black plastic folder. Almost no port processing was done. The background was blurred just a little bit, the rest is straight out of the camera.

  • Alex

    July 20, 2008 08:19 pm

    Hi all!

    A lot of interresting photo in your previous (and future?) comments.

    I don't know which of my picture is my best shot, but my most favorite picture is :

    Red mooned sky

    It's a view from my window in Paris (France) which is commonly very not-interresting but for this shot I've taken it when the moon was very low in the sky (so I've wait for the best night of the month) and when the moon was in the perfect place for the picture (so I've also wait for the best time / hour).

    What I love in this picture is the red sky thanks to the moon. I also like the building lights which are in the same color tone of the sky and the lights' reflection on the biggest building (on the left). I thing it looks like a scene from a movie.

    You can take a look at the exif information.

  • Steve Briant

    July 20, 2008 07:35 pm

    One of my favourites:

    http://www.dphotographer.co.uk/show_image.php?imageID=1718&page=2

    It's a panorama taken with a point & shoot. Three images stitched together.

  • Alex

    July 20, 2008 07:29 pm

    Im torn. Either

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/marty-alex/2490019568/

    or

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/marty-alex/2680277531/

    Both were taken with D40x. First one with 55-200mm VR, the second one with 18-200mm VR. The first photograph is form London, where I was standing on a small bridge over a pond and taking pictures of birds. It was a beautiful sunny day and I was more enjoying the actual surrounding rather than focusing on setting the camera and thinking about composition, happily snapping everything around me. This picture with very ISO worked out pretty well.

    The second picture is from the Czech Republic (just couple days old - maybe not the best, but definitely best of my recent work) - this one was all planned and I went specifically for B/W knowing what I wanna do. There was an old farm with rusty farm machines and I found this engine just lying around in the fields. I took my camera and went there for a hunt. :)

    Thank you for the post :) I have some other nice pics, some *I* might consider better, but as far as flickr goes, these two received most comments. :)

    Since Ive never commented here before, let me just tell you how wonderful this blog has been and how inspiring it is to me. Keep up to good work!

  • Javi PM

    July 20, 2008 07:12 pm

    This is one of my favorites (taken in Cantabria, Spain):

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3234/2661871170_3df9ce5b6f_b.jpg

    The reason is I could imagine how the picture would be before the shot was taken, then I shot and converted it to black and white consequently to that very first thought.

  • bluerpk

    July 20, 2008 07:09 pm

    Hi
    I think this is my favorite picture yet.
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2304/2005140705_73a44e5a6e_b.jpg

    I was experimenting with a 50 mm AF-D lens on my D40. The lens does not autofocus on the D40 and hence I was getting familiarized with the manual focusing process and this bug enters my house and starts flying around. Instead of trying to drive it out, I start taking pictures and I got this picture.

    I like the picture for its very shallow depth of field as also for the background which seems to be divided perfectly by the thread. This was entirely accidental and I noticed it only after I saw the image on the computer.

    I guess it just proves, the more pictures you take the better.

  • Photochick

    July 20, 2008 06:43 pm

    After MUCH deliberation, my best photo is: Looking Over Lake of the Woods
    I did lighten the image just slightly in photoshop, but other than that, it's completely untouched.

    Wow! - this was definitely the hardest 'easy' challenge I've ever taken on. I've actually never shared any of my pictures on DPS - though I read it religiously. I thought, "Oh, this would be a really easy thing to start out with!"

    I was wrong!

    It's very easy for us to choose our favorite photos - perhaps they are of something or someone special; maybe they invoke a special memory.

    But finding the best photo one has ever taken... Well, that requires more objectivity. You must look at the quality of your picture, if it is pleasing to the eye, even what type of photo is is.

    When I was going through all my favorite photos, I realized that very few - if any - were of my best photographs.

    Many of the pictures that first came to my mind were some of my little girl. I realized that it is impossible to look at these photos without a bit of prejudice. "Of course they're great pictures - they have my daughter in them!" So no matter how good those pictures were, I knew that I couldn't count any as my BEST.

    There were several other hurdles to cross when going through all my digital photographs. Though I loved many other photos that included my family & friends, I had to stop & ask myself "Is it the photo or who's in it that I consider awesome?

    Other photos I had in my archive were of film photographs. (Which wasn't necessarily specified either way whether they were to be included, but I assumed not.)

    All these elements combined may be why I landed upon the snapshot that I did. It's scenic & beautiful, it's aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and I can say these things with complete objectivity.

    This post has inspired me to share my thoughts & photos on the subject of "My Best Photo" my blogs as well - in fact, I'm even going to ask people if they think I made the right choice on choosing my best picture.

    Thank you so much for allowing me to participate in this forum. Perhaps this post was the kick in the pants I needed to get more involved with DPS. You've even inspired me to get onto Flickr & upload a few shots. (Just a few as of right now... I'm sure I'll be using it more & more though.)

    Thanks so much for this thought-provoking post, and I really appreciate you letting me participate. I hope that I did everything correctly, but please let me know if I did not - I definitely want to stick to the rules!

    Much love and God Bless,
    Amanda

    Picture Information...
    Dimensions: 3008 x 2000
    Device Make: NIKON CORPORATION
    Device Model: NIKON D50
    Color Space: TGB
    Profile Name: sRGB IEC61966-2.1
    Focal Length: 55mm
    Exposure Time: 0.00125

  • Martina

    July 20, 2008 06:35 pm

    http://blackandwhiteandcolours.blogspot.com/2008/06/i-used-to-sing-in-choir.html

    One of my uncountable tries with macro shots. So it's the best macro shot I took so far.

    It was not planned, more like sitting in the garden reading the paper, seeing the fly, running to get the camera, being totally nervous - but I was lucky: the fly did not move, no wind and enough light.

    Was taken with a Pentax Optio 750Z, f/5, 1/320 sec, iso 80, 32mm

  • nedyalko

    July 20, 2008 06:25 pm

    http://flickr.com/photos/nedyalko/2676658896/

  • Mirko Herzner

    July 20, 2008 06:16 pm

    http://shun.aminus3.com/image/2008-07-08.html

    It's the lines of the roofs that lead the eye to the middle where they reach a tiny place of pure relaxation. The picture tells a message how not to forget to think about yourself and relax from time to time.

    The shot was taken from a church tower in Prague. It was a nice coincidence that I decided to go up there and had the chance to discover this opportunity.

    Settings: Canon EOS 350D, 1/60s, f/22, ISO 800, 55mm

  • Brett Dickson

    July 20, 2008 06:10 pm

    Currently my best shot is this:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/brettdickson/2261939451/

    Pentax K10D and two flashes triggered wirelessly (full lighting details on Flickr)

  • nedyalko

    July 20, 2008 06:04 pm

    http://flickr.com/photos/nedyalko/2676658896/

    THIS IS MY BEST PHOTO SO FARE AND MY FAVORITE ONE

    P.S. GREAT WEBSITE!!!

  • Franzi

    July 20, 2008 06:00 pm

    This is one of my favorite shots....
    http://flickr.com/photos/kill-for-creativity/2502177827

    The building was very far away, between me and the building were two bridges ...they brought this awesome lines in the picture. I'm so in love with the composition.
    The sun going down brought this great color.

    What I also love is, that this picture looks like it was taken in india or something like that, but it is taken in the nice german town called Dresden ;)

    1/2000s
    f/5,6
    200mm

    And it was taken with a Nikon D40.

    :)

  • simon

    July 20, 2008 05:59 pm

    Hi,

    just started taking pictures with a dslr half a year ago and so far this is my current favorite.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sivo/2664689810/

    taken with a nikon d80, f4.5, 18mm, 8sec

  • tolga sipahi

    July 20, 2008 05:55 pm

    http://tolgasipahi.deviantart.com/art/bug-80226886

    frozen lady bug,

    Make: FUJIFILM
    Model: FinePix S5700 S700
    Shutter Speed: 1/4 second
    F Number: F/13.6
    Focal Length: 13 mm
    ISO Speed: 100
    Date Picture Taken: Dec 31, 2007, 1:08:56 PM

  • Sharanya

    July 20, 2008 05:51 pm

    i use a canon 400D and this was 70-200 F4 L lens

  • Sharanya

    July 20, 2008 05:50 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/enamor/2678470441/

    This was taken at hognekal falls, Tamilnadu - India. This old man is a boat rider and was waiting for his customers to come. I have never got a face so sharp ever. I think the light the angle everything worked just right for this shot.

  • Ramón

    July 20, 2008 05:44 pm

    Sorry! I forgot to post the Flickr link!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ramon_burgos_ruiz/439485353/in/set-72157600199030057/

  • Ramón

    July 20, 2008 05:43 pm

    I took this in July, 2006 at the San Francisco Zoo.
    In my opinion the intimacy shown by Bwang and Nneka conveys a universal message of love.

    I used a Canon 20D and Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens
    ISO 200 @ 1⁄160
    400mm f/5.6

  • tad2106

    July 20, 2008 05:32 pm

    This one seems to attract most comments and favs on flickr:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/60224961@N00/1350693239

    My parents live not far from The Imperial War Museum at Duxford and for many many years the Red Arrows have flown at one of their airshows. So it was planned in the sense that I knew they would be there and had got in a position alongside the busy A505 which runs parallel to the airstrip. I had my Nikon D50 with Sigma 55-200 lens but I was disappointed that the sky wasn't nice a blue but a bit grey. There was an incident somewhere and one plane dropped off the display (all was ok though!) so this shot of all nine was special already. Back home though I was annoyed that the sky was so boring but fiddled around with the contrast and suddenly the colours of the smoke trails became visable with the planes as silhouettes.

  • kRiZ cPEc

    July 20, 2008 05:16 pm

    Attach the link again: http://api.ning.com/files/H45VDM5SThWJzOBaglshvHMKTeVn6XIhFt87cVXZaajyg4OgfmsPOPVRsfrH8e4zp8mKs6wdH4Eos2wkQYYL1niAiKZGiJOm/_IGP6845.JPG?width=425&height=318

  • kRiZ cPEc

    July 20, 2008 05:15 pm

    attach the link to it again:
    http://api.ning.com/files/H45VDM5SThWJzOBaglshvHMKTeVn6XIhFt87cVXZaajyg4OgfmsPOPVRsfrH8e4zp8mKs6wdH4Eos2wkQYYL1niAiKZGiJOm/_IGP6845.JPG?width=425&height=318

  • kRiZ cPEc

    July 20, 2008 05:14 pm

    Here's one of my best shots so far:

    Didn't really plan about it - the shot just happened.

  • Aditya Rao

    July 20, 2008 05:14 pm

    I'm undecided between two ..
    1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/adityadigaddi/2281086859/
    Taken in bright sunlight, silhouettes were my only option. And my friends were ready to pose :)

    2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/adityadigaddi/2180719314/
    Taken @ Chamunda Devi temple, India
    I wanted to take something which defines the ancientness of the Himalayas and its many shrines.

  • Jollence

    July 20, 2008 04:50 pm

    This is my best shot ever.
    The Agamid Lizard was found near the river lodge where I was
    staying (Borneo Trip). This is one of the closes shot I get of this lizard using 60mm macro lens. Hope you guys love it. check it out link below
    http://flickr.com/photos/jollence/2083869590/

  • Evan

    July 20, 2008 04:33 pm

    This post got me to go through my entire flickr collection and some that I hadn't posted yet to find my best shot.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fruitandcheese/2440301176/in/photostream/

    I went through a lot of photo that I really liked because I had some connection with the subject, or the subject was something that evoked a memory. However with this photo I am always drawn to the firefighter because he is so captivating to me. I also love this photo because I took this with my Nikon FM-10 and my 50mm 1.8, and then spent hours in the darkroom getting the print just right! The digital copy doesn't quite do it justice!

  • Ronnie

    July 20, 2008 04:09 pm

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2296/2527746262_5c20628872.jpg?v=0

    I was in Big Sur when I took this shot. I *think* it is a chipmunk and it stayed long enough for me to take a shot.

    Definitely not planned and took with with a point-and-shoot digital camera.

  • SixPixels

    July 20, 2008 03:59 pm

    http://flickr.com/photos/45746231@N00/2668877657/sizes/l/

    This was shot on rehoboth beach, de. This is a prime example of a tip I might have picked up from this blog - "Turn around". I was taking pictures of the beach/ocean and this is what I saw when I turned around.

    I took this using my point and shoot - Canon Powershot SD450. I must confess that after several tries I was unable to get the proper silhouette that I was looking for and had to resort to some post-processing - but this is how I saw it even before clicking the shutter. I guess it's time for an upgrade. :)

  • kuoirad

    July 20, 2008 03:48 pm

    Like others, I'm torn between two. Both from the same trip I took last summer, though different "events". Both with my at-the-time relatively new (to me) Pentax *istD. Wasn't confident enough to step out of full auto mode at the time.

    http://lnk.nu/gallery.landazuri.net/hq6.html

    Uncropped, but needed some color adjustment. Further adjustments in saturation made after comments at a critique session at a RMSP weekend class here in Austin. Was bumming around downtown Milwaukee waiting for my cousin's husband to call and let me know he was home so I could visit. Was seeing the new Art Museum for the first time at sunset.

    http://lnk.nu/gallery.landazuri.net/hq5.html

    Cropped, otherwise untouched. Just completely lucked out.

  • Sven

    July 20, 2008 03:42 pm

    Hi,

    following your blog a long time already, and thought this is time to comment.

    I think this is my current favorite. At least it's hanging on my wall now.

    http://from10to300mm.pixyblog.com/entry/the-arrow

    I like it, because I'm very satisfied with the composition, the colours and the fact that I had luck with the sky. Additionally I managed to get in right in camera, so there was only little post-processing.
    Additionally it was kind of lucky, because I already wanted to leave from that area back home, when I spotted this place in the distance and went there. When I saw this, I immediately knew how I wanted the image to be, and it worked out.

    Taken with a 5d, f16, 2sec and 0.6 gradual ND filter (soft).

  • Morris

    July 20, 2008 03:35 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/snortle/2567488690/in/set-72157604013880605/

    This is my favorite shot not because of the techniques or the composition, but the moment it captured. I was strolling in Yoyogi park in Tokyo and I caught this family -- father on the bike, and two kids sitting very still on the mat staring into the distance. I feel that it speaks of a sense of serenity and family togetherness. At the same time, one cannot help but wonder what they were looking at. I checked, and they were really just staring at an empty field!

  • Junior

    July 20, 2008 03:23 pm

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2266/2230735325_1e6713f3e2_b.jpg

    I was just walking back to my dorm from one of my classes and I saw this tree's shadow.

    Taken with my Canon Powershot A540 and then turned monochrome in Photoshop.

  • Manu M

    July 20, 2008 03:12 pm

    My best ever is yet to come.

    Of the pictures taken so far I love this one

    http://www.sxc.hu/photo/767682

    It is cropped a bit.

    The shot was not planned, it was a quick snap taken with my Canon Powershot A75.

    Thanks Darren for the post :)

  • Amy-Rose

    July 20, 2008 03:05 pm

    This is probably my favorite at this moment... it was EXACTLY what I was wanting to happen even though we had to wait a few minutes for the wind! Seriously though, it is really hard to narrow them all down! I love the vibrant wall in contrast to her pure white dress.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/amyroseking/2649748542/sizes/o/

  • sangesh

    July 20, 2008 02:39 pm

    http://sangesh.com.np/photos/main.php?g2_itemId=51
    the above shot was taken while i was hiking through Nagarkot, Kathamndu, Nepal. I love to take picture when people are unaware. One of my friend was giving this guy a pose to take a snap , mean while i was just focusing and took this snap before my fren finished givinf pose took a shot for himself. I hate to take picture letting people know. This guy was unaware taht i took this snap.

    http://sangesh.com.np/photos/main.php?g2_itemId=106 THis is a b/w picture, it is a croped pic. I took a full face of this bride ( on my friend wedding ). and i was just playing with the picture with inbuilt cropping and zoom. just had a good luck to crop at this postion, all my friends appriciated this snap so thought it must be good to share here.

  • Beth

    July 20, 2008 02:37 pm

    Ohhh... it would probably be a lot easier to narrow it down to a top five than to pick ONE favorite.

    Okay, I cheated. I DID narrow it down to a top five, then made my husband pick one. :-)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/edgeofcenter/2404170852/in/set-72157603723665088/

    Canon Digital Rebel xti, run through a sepia filter layer in postproduction.

    This is a view of the railroad heading east out of my hometown in southern Colorado. The town is nestled right in the foothills of the Front Range, and when I shoot landscapes or mixed architectural/landscapes, I often find myself turning west, toward the mountains - but some of the most interesting shots I've ever done have been taken east of town.

    This was part of a shoot on a stormy Sunday afternoon this past April, just kicking around town. Nothing special in the way of a story, just lovely light and interesting architecture. Pretty simple composition but coded with many layers of meaning, some of which are pretty intimate or local (Sporleder Feeds, if it's not the oldest continuously operating single private business in the community, is on the short list) and others have much broader context (the metaphorical relationship between the railroad/highway juxtaposition and poverty and prosperity, land use and abuse, and economic succession in Middle America). My feelings about this photo are very complicated - it actually sort of sums up in a single image the subject of my undergraduate senior thesis - which I finished writing about three weeks later.

  • Scott

    July 20, 2008 02:29 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/holycow958/

    My personal favorite. Did for a photo class series, chose the song Strawberry Fields Forever. One of the few shots I have taken planned and staged. Usually I just take pictures outside without controlling much more than my camera. I am very happy with how it came out. I think it is the most unique shot I have taken.

    Used Canon Rebel XTi on Priority (I believe)with editing done in PS.

  • Chris Brightwell

    July 20, 2008 02:21 pm

    Here's a link to what I consider to be my best shot ever:

    http://flickr.com/photos/dimwell/2408679468/sizes/l/in/set-72157604501601502/

    I'm not sure why I consider my best shot, really, but it's the only one that I look at and, every time I see it, I simply can't believe that I captured it. It's been my desktop wallpaper for more than three months.

    As for catching it, it was basically just dumb luck. I had my 50/1.4 on my Rebel XT (in full manual) and was shooting from the soundboard area at a moe. show. I had framed up a shot, but then this guy (or girl?) lifted their camera directly into my field of view. I quickly re-framed and re-focused, snapped the photo, and went on with what I was doing.

    I really love the idea of taking a picture of someone while they're taking a picture ... especially if you can catch their subject in the frame (or on the LCD, if possible). It's always made for interesting photos, IMO, and this one turned out perfectly.

  • Paulo Sacramento

    July 20, 2008 02:16 pm

    I personally believe that this one is best photo EVER: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulosacramento/194029070/

  • Tim

    July 20, 2008 02:15 pm

    My favourite was one I took not long after becomming interested in photography.

    http://flickr.com/photos/22233541@N07/2629936119/

    I like the wooden textures and the way the pawn is really personified, and to this day haven't been able to create any capture as emotive as this of an inanimate object, and I remain proud of it.

  • Marcene

    July 20, 2008 02:11 pm

    Well going with the most popular bit on flickr mine is http://www.flickr.com/photos/21008348@N03/2634866141/

    Canon EOS 30D, manual, ISO 200, Exposure 0.001 sec (1/2000), Aperture f/3.5, Canon 50mm 1.4 lens.

    Just one of those days when I didn't know what to shoot (for project365) so I just took a walk down to the mailbox and started taking pictures (of all the weeds in my yard!) I processed it all in Lightroom!

  • Raymond Chan

    July 20, 2008 02:07 pm

    Hi all,

    My favourite shot would be this one: http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n15/rcws88/?action=view&current=IMGP0546editedLarge1.jpg

    It's taken in Northbridge, Perth WA, last year, when I was completing a night photography assignment. It was a rainy night and I had to find shelter. I don't remember if I used the tripod for this shot or not, but I definitely was standing next to a traffic light when the rain subsided for a moment and took the shot quickly before bailing back under the shed.

    I kinda did plan for the shot and didn't, but was half hoping that the lady would cross the road as the rain subsided, so I guess it was more of luck in play.

    I'm pretty sure I was in manual mode at the time. Other EXIF can be found in the link with the image.

    Did I say it was freezing cold? lol.

    Cheers.

  • Brian

    July 20, 2008 02:07 pm

    Great question, but a tough one to answer. I have a lot of favorite portraits - I'm not sure I can pick one. This is my favorite landscape shot, though. It is of the Mesa Arch in Moab, Utah.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/professionalsnapshots/2684484124/

  • Ashish Bogawat

    July 20, 2008 02:05 pm

    Like with most, it's a tough decision to zero in on one shot, but I would say I like how this one came about:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/abogawat/543359129/

    A big reason I like this shot is because it was very unexpected. It was a lazy Sunday afternoon, and with nothing else to do, I decided to capture the rain clouds from our terrace. The sunrays streaming through the clouds were not as stark when we started out, but by the time I had taken the shot, it was a sight to behold.

    The photo was shot with my Nikon D40 in P mode, which gave me a 0.001 sec shutter speed and the aperture at f/3.5.

  • Mholsonproject

    July 20, 2008 01:57 pm

    My favorite picture ... in recent memory is one that I took just the other day:

    Better make it a Decaf

    I have been obsessed about taking pictures of "Tim Horton's" coffee cups for the past couple of weeks. I then found myself a little chipmunk friend and decided to put the two together. The colors are not fantastic, but I was able to get super close ... too bad the lighting was not better.
    Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25), Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Speed: 200 ... I shot this using the Macro setting on my camera ... oppsie ... without a tripod ... it just was not handy at the time.

  • D. Huber

    July 20, 2008 01:50 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dezeneandjoyel/1156897639/in/set-72157601506756845/

    * Why do you consider it to be your best shot?

    Because the three girls are looking spontaneously happy. I think that you can see their personalities in their captured manner. And, there is a sense of innocent joy all in wonderful soft light.

    * Tell us about how the shot came about. What was the situation, did you plan it or did it just ‘happen’?

    I was asked to be the secondary photographer at my brother-in-law and his wonderful bride's wedding. So, I was able to move about during the day snapping candid shots and details. This was during the main picture taking. The three flower girls were just happily waiting on a bench in the park adjoining the church. I was able to take several pictures of them; this was my favorite.

    * What kind of camera did you use? What settings did you select or what ‘mode’ were you in?

    Sony DSC-H2 in "P" mode. Vivid color. Cloudy white balance. Very little (if any) zoom.

  • Barry Cunningham

    July 20, 2008 01:40 pm

    My favorite of all time varies from moment to moment. But, since that answer is a cop out, I'll pick one of my earlier photos.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningba/1440799428/in/set-72157604905406863/

    I took this in 1967 when I was living with 4 roommates in an apartment in the Eastgate apartment building pictured. One of my roommates discovered a hole in the fence around a near by water tower. So late at night, we crawl through the fence and took the stairs to the top, about 150' up. I took several long time exposures, from about 30 seconds to 2 minutes, sitting on a little 3' x 3' platform at the top with my Yashica A TLR sitting on the platform and wedged up against an upright for the handrail. This was the clearest of them. I've cropped it down from the original 2 1/4" square format to take out a lot of sky.
    I certainly have a lot of more recent digital shots that are better composed and technically better, but this one brings back memories, has inspired me in the past, and will inspire me again.
    For what it's worth, it also has the most views of all my pix on flickr, with more than twice as many views as any other, and has the highest interestingness. Go figger, eh?

  • Neil

    July 20, 2008 01:40 pm

    As commented by others, this is a very difficult question to answer when you actually sit back and take the time to review the work you have done. Sure there are favorites, but choosing the best is quite difficult. Especially as I am somewhat self critical of my work, when comparing to what I see from many of the high quality photographs I have seen on DPS and other sites. Here is one of my favorites in the planned category is from a Santa Monica Pier Shoot. Taken with my tripod mounted Canon 20D f/10 at 10 secs, using a remote cable.

    http://njphoto.smugmug.com/gallery/4583990_VhStD#270258365_Gws88

    From a just happened point of view then this shot

    http://njphoto.smugmug.com/gallery/5076735_rEoe9#305743591_gwinG

  • Tombo

    July 20, 2008 01:36 pm

    According to flickr, my DOWNED PLANE image is the most viewed image. That has to count for something right?

    Was driving into work one morning and saw this (so definitely not planned. By the time I drove by later that day it was already gone. Early morning skies made for nice gradation, so I just had to pic an angle. The only key thing I wanted out of it was to show off the broken landing gear in the front.

    Camera was Canon Powershot G9 on manual mode, ISO80, Exposure:0.004 sec (1/250), Aperture:f/5.6

  • Paul Q

    July 20, 2008 01:34 pm

    I don't have a title for this one:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/26389697@N05/2683575419/

    I consider this my best shot mainly because the result was exactly what I wanted but didn't expect. I'm really interested in sports photography, and I thought that I captured that moment as best as I could.

    This was at a pool party, and my friend in the photograph jumped off of the diving board to play catch. It was pretty much spur-of-the-moment. I noticed other people before her doing it, so I grabbed my camera and got to the side of the pool before they stopped.

    The camera I used in this shot is a Minolta X-700 35mm SLR with an MD 50mm lens. I don't remember the f-stop; it was around f/5.6 I believe with a shutter speed of 1/1000s.

  • Sarah

    July 20, 2008 01:31 pm

    This is hard to choose just for personal reasons. Not so much because any of my photos are the "best" I've done.

    I've always like this picture of my brother's cat Leroy for some reason:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3201/2465668595_a48f6c91b6_o.jpg

    I'm not sure why it is that always seems to be my favorite. I think it's just the angle of the shot, and how sharp the picture was (amazing for the crappy camera I had at the time) and I didn't have to do any editing to it at all, besides adding a border, which is also very rare.

    Out of the more recent photos I've taken, one of my little cousin Luke over the 4th is becoming one of my favorites:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3081/2652747007_c21c462119_o.jpg

  • the_wolf_brigade

    July 20, 2008 01:28 pm

    I think it would have to be A tree. At night.. 7 minutes is a long time to invest in a shot that you're going to process in the "wrong chemicals" anyway. I was a little anxious about how it would turn out, but I think I nailed it. :D

  • Robin

    July 20, 2008 01:26 pm

    I always like to take my camera to the very extreme...n this photo is one example,i love the timing the angle that i got an these are some of the first photos i have taken with my camera .i love taking action shots. This photo was taken in Kerala (god own country) INDIA.On Sundays its time to jog an i always see these young guys jumping around n showing some amazing skills,so one day i thought of going to beach with my camera,as i had plan to jog i dnt want to feel so heavy with a bulky camera i took my point n shoot,i asked the guys will they be here after one hour ,after i finish my jogging they were kind of very happy,so after i hour i was back guys were waiting for me. n then CLICK .........CLICK...CLI...CK.....kept in the burst mode took lots of angles.took around 300 shots.IM HAPPY GOT SOME REALLY GOOD ONES I FEEL THIS IS THE BEST ONE I GOT.

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2320/2306654534_c176d9a3dd_o.jpg

    Camera: Sony DSC-W80
    Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
    Aperture: f/8
    Focal Length: 5.8 mm
    ISO Speed: 125
    Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
    Flash: Flash did not fire

  • D. T. North

    July 20, 2008 01:15 pm

    My best photo has got to be 'Flesh Eaters': Flesh Eaters

    It was a hard decision, but I think that this is the winner because of the shadows. At the time, I was experimenting with low-light photography, and I was without the benefit of a tripod. I really think it took all that I had to get this photo, and I'm glad that I was able to pull it off. At first, I was somewhat frustrated by the grain, but I feel that it really adds a lot to the feel of the photo, especially with the title, 'Flesh Eaters'.

    I learned a ton from this shot. I think of this photo as a pinnacle of my education about low-light photography. I still have a lot to learn, but it was this photo in which things started to connect.

    Side note - all of these plants are carnivorous plants.

  • Paul Chouy

    July 20, 2008 01:10 pm

    This is one of my favorite shots.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulwm/16151980/

    It was taken at South Padre Island using a crappy point & shoot. I was at the beach with some friends getting ready to grill some lunch and saw these seagulls. Good memories.

  • Philip

    July 20, 2008 01:01 pm

    My best shot has to be Lightning at Dusk.

    The lightning dancing throughout the sky, and the sunset make this a beautiful shot.

    I took it with my canon A650 IS running CHDK. I used a motion detection script to trigger the camera. The camera was in manual mode, 4sec shutter, manual focus to infinity.

  • Luis Murillo

    July 20, 2008 01:00 pm

    It's actually quite difficult to answer this question at the stage I'm on when it comes to photography and also the fact that I have a couple of favorites...
    I guess that right now a photo that really attracts me and I would consider to post here is the one of the moon:

    http://www.codebeta.net/20080617/photos-from-the-roof

    This one was partly planned and also just happened...although it's quite not possible for it to be both...I planned on getting the shot of the moon but it was after I saw outside of my second floor that I noticed the reflection of the moon that the roofs of my neighbor's houses had so I got on my roof and took this long exposure shot.
    The image was slightly retouched since it was too warm due to the street lights nearby and also exposure was touched on Photoshop Lightroom.
    I took it using my Nikon D60 with the 18-55mm Nikkor lens at f/3.5 and 3 seconds on manual mode.

  • Jamie

    July 20, 2008 12:55 pm

    I don't know about best, but this is probably my personal favorite:
    http://www.pbase.com/jdepould/image/66685174

    I was at the zoo, and this guy was on the sidewalk. It was total serendipity, I just set the aperture to f/5.6, put the camera to the ground and started shooting. This was the best frame of the set.

    I like the sense of scale, and just the aesthetics. The green and orange really contrast well, and it's a great example of the bug. I like how the people are present in the background, but anonymous.

    It was a D50 w/ Nikkor 24-85 in aperture priority mode.

  • Sue Thompson

    July 20, 2008 12:50 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sue90ca/2303508366/in/set-72157604140515593/

    I shot this with a Sony point and shoot, setting on auto. It was in the middle of the day and we were passing a cemetary. I told my husband to stop and I jumped out of the car and took several shots. Because the day was dull I was not happy with my shots so I began to play with the gamma and back lighting. Only after a few attemps I was very happy with my results.
    Sue Thompson (aka. Sue90)

  • Bugsy

    July 20, 2008 12:44 pm

    My best shot ever, have a look...
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hometowninvasion/2683483547/

    This photo was taken in Prague, Czech Republic with a Nikon DSLR. I forget which model, it was taken in 2004, and it was a camera that was on loan.

    The photo was taken through some bushes which gave the frame of the photo.

    I believe what makes the whole photo work is that just one of his eyes are covered.

    I was out for a sunrise walk around Prague taking some photos and just came across this. It's been in my archives for a long time and is my favorite photo ever. Though not many people have seen it. This post inspired me to upload it to flickr so I can share it with others.

    Hope you ejoyed it. All the best.

  • Brian Auer

    July 20, 2008 12:44 pm

    My best shot ever... I still think I'd have to go with my photo titled:

    Black and White

    I think it remains to be my favorite photo because of the human aspect captured. This is one of my earliest street photos, and I've come to appreciate it more and more over time. There are a lot of interesting references to the phrase "black and white" -- the photo processing, the clothing worn by the two men, the chess pieces, and the age of the two men can all be seen as "black and white". Aside from the strong black/white reference, the photo depicts a great human scene.

    The photo was taken with my old dSLR - the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D equipped with a 105mm macro lens at f/2.8 and 1/750 seconds (using aperture priority).

  • DAVE ID

    July 20, 2008 12:37 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dave1618/2650918257/

    It's a recent one I took with my new macro lens and I'm really proud of the colors and the look of the stamens that look like little cobras coming out to attack in unison. I took this shot to test my new lens and my new tripod. I was basically a test shot and I'm not usually proud of my work, but I'd easily frame this one.

    I used the following equipment to take this picture;
    Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi
    Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
    Manfrotto 055MF4 055 MAG FIBER TRIPOD 4 SCT

  • Justin

    July 20, 2008 12:33 pm

    I'm torn between two... They were both taken during the same trip though. These are my two favorite shots:

    http://flickr.com/photos/j00zt1n/446419071/

    http://flickr.com/photos/j00zt1n/439942578/

    They were both taken with a simple little point-and-shoot Canon SD550, and both happened to be instances of right place / right time photography. Just goes to show, the more shots you take, the more good shots you'll end up with!

  • Dave Moss

    July 20, 2008 12:30 pm

    http://pyrrhonist.deviantart.com/art/Wild-Hearts-8391214

    I don't normally take pictures like this, I much prefer portraits of people. But I was driving down the highway after a rainstorm (I love the mountains and the rain, so there I was). And I saw this scene.. a small gathering of horses drinking at this pond next to the highway. With the colour of the sky and the mist coming up over the water, I just had to take the shot, it was just a little too perfect (thank god I always have a camera on me).

    So there you have it, a nature shot, odd, but I think it might be one of the best pictures I have submitted yet.

    Camera: Nikon CoolPix 995
    Just on Automatic mode, because the light was fading and I wanted to get the shot

    This was years ago before I moved to a DSLR and manual mode. I wish I could go back in time and take that shot with the camera I have now.

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