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Best of 2007

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aback account [deleted] 4:59pm, 1 January 2008
Okay - this will probably be a tough choice for you to make ... pick a photo of yours from the Staten Island Defind pool that is your personal favorite for the whole year of 2007.

Please add Medium sized photos!
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aback account [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by aback account (admin) 11 years ago
Okay - I'll start! This is "Sentinels in the Sunset".

Sentinels At Sunset

I picked this one because it represents my affinity to the shore line of Staten Island. I grew up along the shore and still live on it. I have experienced it's beauty in good weather as well as it's energy unleashed in storms.
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andy in nyc 11 years ago
That's quite a challenge, James. "Sentinels" is a wonderful image and definitely worthy of 'best of the year' status.

As for mine, I'm weighing up four possible choices, primarily because I'm lacking a single standout. Taking more photos on the Island is, again, one of my photography New Year resolutions...
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aback account [deleted] 11 years ago
Hey Andy - post the 4!
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andy in nyc 11 years ago
Now that would be breaking the rules, and as we Brits like to say, "just not cricket". I'll come to a decision later this evening, I promise... :-)
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andy in nyc Posted 11 years ago. Edited by andy in nyc (admin) 11 years ago
Ok, I've given it some thought, and the photo I'd like to share is this one:

Sylvan Cemetery

This is a shot from Sylvan Grove Cemetery, off Victory Boulevard in Travis. I took the photo on New Years Eve 2006 but didn't process and upload it until a week later, so I think it should qualify for 2007...

Many of my early-2007 contributions to the group are from this neighbourhood (where I live), not a conventionally photogenic part of the Island, and as such, my theme/modus-operandi was to find traces of beauty where it might not normally be noticed. In this particular case there was also the desire to bring back some dignity to a long-neglected and oft-vandalized site.

I'll compromise on James' offer for me to post all four I had in mind, by including thumbnail images of the others.

Dauntless
An abandoned tugboat on the West Shore. Same basic principle as my eventual first choice.

Pond Garden, Snug Harbor
An infrared photo that came out rather well. Credit to my wife and daughter for hanging around while I was waiting for the long exposure to finish. I definitely need to get back to Snug Harbor this year.

Willowbrook Park
Just uploaded the other day. I didn't set out to take a big sweeping landscape shot, rather the opposite in fact. One of my aims for the next year is to improve my creative eye, and so I headed out to Willowbrook Park (as the closest nearby location with a variety of subjects to shoot), looking to capture some images with simple compositional motifs. Once the sun started shining down on the lake, however, I couldn't resist the image that was forming in front of me.

Hopefully in this upcoming year I can shoot a whole lot more often on SI, and have a definite favourite to share at the end of 2008!
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_Robert C_ 11 years ago
It's tough to pick one, but I will use this one due to the lighting and scope of the photo:
Battery Weed in the shadows of the Verrazano Bridge
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aback account [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by aback account (admin) 11 years ago
Andy - I remember when you first posted the Sylvan Groove photo - I was amazed then and even more so now by the dynamics of this image - the strong 3D feel, the sense of the 'supernatural' atmosphere, as well as the gravitational pull of the composition that places the viewer right in the center of that frame!
Both yourself and Bob had produced some incredible HD shots in 2007. I have many times been at the spot where Bob took this picture - the details of this image are so sharp and defined that I feel as if I am actually there looking out over the Narrows. Bob, in my opinion, what you captured in this image is remarkable - visually capturing the "history" of this location in this one stunningly balanced panoramic view. It reminds me of historical murals!
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_Robert C_ 11 years ago
James, Thanks for your most kind words. The work of Andy and yourself has inspired me to be a better photographer. I owe a lot to the both of you.
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