Old 12-22-2009, 01:20 AM   #1
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I thought this might be an interesting addition to the "End of the Year" thread. The object of this thread is to post a shot that was added to RP during 2009 that you feel is the absolute best overall shot from the entire year. The criteria you use to determine "best" is entirely up to you, but note that this isn't your PERSONAL best shot, unless you feel that you took the best shot overall, in which case post away! A short explanation of why you feel the shot you picked is the best would make this thread much more interesting. If you have trouble picking a shot out, looking through the "Award" shots or your Favorited shots is a good place to look.

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My choice came down to 3 shots that stood far out from the other shots, but ultimately I went with this one by Blair Kooistra. There's a lot I like about it, but what stood out the most is the story conveyed of the trestle long past it's prime and the "progress" of the new fill at the edge of the frame. I really like the texture of the photo as well as the moody feel. The train is almost an afterthought, but does a great job of tying everything together and driving home to the viewer just what this photo is saying. Although the lighting isn't perfect, it works very well in accentuating this photo, and the composition does a great job of leading my eye through the scene. Add in points for historical interest, and you have what I think is the finest shot submitted to RP this year...and it didn't even win an award!
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:35 AM   #2
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Image © Tom Mugnano
PhotoID: 303529
Photograph © Tom Mugnano


One of the best train shots I've seen. The light, churches, color, atmosphere - all awesome. It kills me, because it's a photo charter, and those generally drive me nuts, but, this was so well executed that I can't complain.

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Old 12-22-2009, 02:34 AM   #3
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I narrowed it down to 3 that included a Steve Carter shot and Travis' most recent, but I think I'm going to go with the great moodiness of this one.
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One of the best train shots I've seen. The light, churches, color, atmosphere - all awesome. It kills me, because it's a photo charter, and those generally drive me nuts, but, this was so well executed that I can't complain.
It was a charter movement, but not a charter shooting location. Tom knows the area very well and figured out where to be at the right time. He did ride the charter on one of the other days.
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:46 AM   #5
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One of the best train shots I've seen. The light, churches, color, atmosphere - all awesome. It kills me, because it's a photo charter, and those generally drive me nuts, but, this was so well executed that I can't complain.
Nick, it may have been a photo charter, but this wasn't a planned shot and no one else on the charter was able to get this shot. This shot is typical of Tom's style, getting up high and finding that little window where the train is visible. It's definitely my top shot of 2009 as well, because it has a great "sleepy morning in Anytown, USA" feel.

Rounding out my top 5:

Image © Nick DAmato (Diamond D)
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Image © Nick Suydam
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Image © Scott Lothes
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Image © Steve Crise
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I was assuming that it wasn't a standard photo charter location since there wasn't a poorly illuminated smoking woman or some other equally cheesy prop cluttering up the foreground.

Yes, I've shot in settings that were more or less equivalent to a photo charter, and yes, I've used my fair share of cheesy props, and yes, that's fun, it just seems, less... legitimate? It certainly is less authentic, especially when there's a lot of modern railroading that could be documented more thoroughly.
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:17 AM   #7
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Wow, this was tough. I might choose differently were I to do it again, but such is life and the human conditions. Three shots:

For artful placement of light, implying movement, highlighting compositional elements, good color. sense of place:

Image © Mike Bjork
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Photograph © Mike Bjork


For complementary color lower right and upper left, cityscape, the peace and quiet of night, slight bias for my knowledge of and affinity for the location:

Image © Travis Dewitz
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Tells the story of "urban" through and through, color, action:

Image © Joseph K.K. Lee
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The stuff I did not put here is unbelievable! Great year for rail photography (which means it was an average year!).

I will add that Tom's shot was in the running, perhaps discounted because it already appeared in the thread.

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Old 12-22-2009, 04:41 AM   #8
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It is hard to remember the shots from the beginning of the year, but as of late, I really like this shot:
Image © Ken Szok
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I like this silhouette shot too:
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Old 12-22-2009, 04:48 AM   #9
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I really like this one. Human interest...


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Old 12-22-2009, 05:22 AM   #11
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Here is the best in my book

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Nice shot Dave
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This was my favorite photo from this year. A very impressive glint!

Image © John Benner
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Second, this neat night image submitted by David Honan..

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Photograph © David Honan


Third favorite of the year was submitted by Franklin Adams..

Image © Franklin Adams
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Photograph © Franklin Adams


A handful of other favorites are below..

Image © Matthew Hicks
PhotoID: 288756
Photograph © Matthew Hicks

Image © Steve Carter
PhotoID: 292232
Photograph © Steve Carter

Image © Adam Pizante
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Photograph © Adam Pizante

Image © David Honan
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Image © Eric Williams
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Photograph © Eric Williams


As usual, a lot of impressive submissions from many contributors including Matthew Hicks, Tom Mugnano, Scott Lothes, David Honan, Mitch Goldman, Travis Dewitz, Walter Scriptunas, & AB just to name a few..

I know I left many contributors out, so don't yell at me too bad.

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Old 12-22-2009, 06:14 AM   #13
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Thanks for the nominations, Mr. Herring and Chase!

My favorite for '09 is Dave Edmondston's Forth Bridge photo:
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This bridge has always been one of my favorite structures (I'm a civil engineer, I'm allowed to say that, even though it was grossly overbuilt in reaction to the Firth of Tay disaster), and not only does Dave's photo capture the essence of the long bridge so well but the colors are absolutely amazing.
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It was tough, but my favorite of 2009 probably was:

Image © Kevin Sheridan
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:09 AM   #15
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My overall favorite:

Image © JL Scott
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This shot wins because of the feeling I get when I look at it... it reminds me of many nights I've spent trackside waiting for something to happen. I don't do much night shooting, I just like to watch, so I can put down the camera and just soak in the experience... I'm a railfan first and foremost, if not for my love of trains I might not have gotten into photography at all. Looking at this photo, I can almost feel the cold biting me and the horn off the distance. Jump back into the car and listen to the scanner... good times.

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Two standouts from 2009.

Image © Justin Tognetti
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Image © Chris Starnes
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I went through my 2009 favorites and was amazed by the number of them that didn't receive any awards.

I'm a big fan of sunset glint type shots and there were many great ones. I really hate picking just 1 or 2.

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It is hard to beat this:
Image © Travis Dewitz
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It only got SC, PCA1, POTW, To24, To48, ToLW, To2W, and Top of the Month (In ten days). The only awards that other pictures have gotten, but not it are: Top of the Year, Top of all time, and Editor's Pick.
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I like this shot... I do have to say Travis' shot is extremely close to my choice, but that shot is more seasonable.

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I only joined for the latter part of 2009 but from what I've seen here are a few of my favorites.

Image © Stephen DiSalvo
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Image © Tom Mugnano
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After having a good look though my favourited pics, the following stand out for me

Image © Ross Fotheringham
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Though taken last year, it was submitted this year - just love the stunning city back drop to this one.

Image © phil cotterill
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Nice busy yard scene and feel that the glint shot makes the shot more interesting than if it was in full sunlight.

Image © Georg Trüb
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An iconic structure well captured in this night shot.

Image © David Honan
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One of those photos that caught my eye and had me clicking on the PCA link straight away.
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Lesson: take your photos between dusk and dawn, not dawn and dusk
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Lesson: take your photos between dusk and dawn, not dawn and dusk
Yes, that sounds like a good idea, bearing in mind the lack of sunshine we have had recently in the UK! Having said that it does appear that more challenging lighting conditions (or lack of daylight) produces more photos with the "wow" factor judging by most of the posts on this thread
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