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Thursday, January 01, 2009

My Best Photographs of 2008- Vote for Your Favorite

My best images of 2008. Please vote for your favorite in the comments section, and if you have time, briefly explain why you chose that photo. Happy 2009.



1. Puddle


2. Cardinal Portrait


3. Butterfly Ghost


4. Spoonbill Portrait


5. Fire on the Olentangy


6. Lying in Wait


7. Mimicry

8. Little Pond Gold

9. Amish Country


10. Sunset Glow

11. Morning Waves

12. White Pines and Red Maples


-Tom-

36 comments:

  1. No fair that we can only pick one... I like several. Well, here are our votes:

    My daughter Emily says Lady Cardinal. I say Amish Country.

    (But I really like Puddle, too.)

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  2. Number six, Lying in Wait! Beautiful spider against such a pretty petal. Butterfly Ghost is my second pick.

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  3. I like several too! I like the little pond sunset and the fire on the olentangy. The colors are great. the little pond sunset reminds me of home. :-) Amish country is beautiful and the spoonbill reminds me of our trip (when you were sick... :-( )

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  4. Puddle had me until I came upon Amish Country. Nothing is more beautiful to me than an Ohio barn scene. Throw in the fall colors! You got my vote.

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  5. Hey Tom, I say too it is not fair. I like several too, lol. However, my favorite is the Butterfly Ghost, I like it because - its unique, its not centered, amazing scheme of light green shades, different, hard to find...I hope I gave you lot of reasons to like that picture, lol, kidding aside, worth framing! Happy New Year, Anna :)

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  6. Happy New Year! I think I like the Amish Country the best. What a serene and beautiful landscape. In fact, it would really be neat to have that same view for each season.

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  7. Tom: I guess I liked #6 best. I like the look of the white spider on the purple flower.
    The spoonbill is a neat shot from your visit to Florida.

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  8. you didn't want this to be easy did you?? :) #6 definitely my 1st pick, but amish country is right behind.

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  9. Not an easy task, but.. I love the puddle shot. Getting the reflection of so much color and area to show up in a water puddle is an amazing picture.

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  10. It's amazing how much variety there is in the responses. I think I like the spoonbill best. Knowing how uncooperative birds can be, the composition of this shot is great (the bird was obviously a very obliging subject) and I think the dramatic lighting and dark background really set it off. Second choice is Amish Country. It's hard to really capture the essence of a pastoral scene like that, but that photo does it well.

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  11. I think I like Amish Country best. It's a great shot with a classic style. Love the coloring & the peacefulness of the subject.
    Sorry for my long, recent absence. Been busy with offline life. My best to you & yours for 2009!

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  12. They are all very good and so varied. I think I like the puddle, the spider, and the spoonbill the most, but I might have to say the spider for the top spot.

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  13. WOW!

    #1 is so unbelievable. If you didn't know it was an actual photo, you'd think it was a computer-generated graphic.

    and...

    #6 Lying in Wait. The colors!

    Tell me, why is it you don't work for National Geographic???

    Wishing you a bright and beautiful new year!

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  14. My choice is, Fire on the Olentangy
    It is eerie looking and beautiful at the same time.
    Thanks for sharing the beauty you see.

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  15. Hi Everyone,

    Time to start tallying. I'll let this post go through Sunday afternoon, so if You haven't voted, be sure to weigh in.

    Please try to pick a favorite, I didn't include the votes where I couldn't discern a clear favorite. Thanks again for taking the time to look at my photos and happy new year.

    Cardinal-1

    Amish Country-4

    Lying in Wait-4

    Butterfly Ghost-1

    Puddle-1

    Spoonbill-1

    Fire on the Olentangy-1

    Tom

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  16. Not easy Tom. Not easy at all. I'll pick Fire on the Olentangy, but Puddle was a close second.

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  17. Wow, Tom--these are amazing! I like Puddle the best, but they are all great.

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  18. #9 Amish Country is my favorite. This is just breath taking. Even though that is my favorite all the others are awesome as well. Smiles B

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  19. Oh.my.goodness. Just one? They are all marvelous!

    O.K. -- Amish Country. Every aspect of this photograph attracts me, but expecially the color!

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  20. Ah...you make it so tough! Can I vote for 4-5??? I like the Spoonbill for its close-up detail, the Mimicry just because it is a lovely shot, the Lying in Wait because of everything about it, the Amish Country for its beauty....Those aren't in any particular order. How do I choose between something so diverse as a lovely crab spider photo and a beautiful autumn scene??? Like comparing apples to oranges! All the sunsets are lovely! I refuse to choose. (how come no turtles :-)

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  21. great pictures --- this shows why we need ecologists.
    Liked amish one but my favorite is the cardinal - you captured his fierce character.

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  22. I just discovered your blog today and love it!

    Without a doubt for me is Amish Country. It took my breath away!

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  23. Hi Tom! I must vote for two of your pictures. the first would be #1 Puddle. I love the reflection of the sky, clouds and trees. My second vote is for #9 Amish Country. It is just breath taking. Lisa

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  24. Thanks for sharing these quality pictures. My vote is for puddle although they each have individual appeal.

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  25. I'm a late comer to this voting poll, so I don't know if my vote counts?! I vote for the Spoonbill...because it's an awesome capture of an interesting, comical looking creature!

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  26. Spooky-

    It counts. Everybody gets one vote, although some are having difficulty, which I think is good I suppose. :)!

    The voting will be open until late afternoon Sunday. I'll then tally the winners.

    Thanks everyone!

    Tom

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  27. too difficult - but considering all the elements #5 sandy

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  28. I hope it's not too late. I like Amish Country. But really they're all good!

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  29. Not too late. I'm going to tally the votes at Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

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  30. Well, here are the final totals. Amish country takes it!

    Thanks for voting!

    Tom

    Cardinal-2

    Amish Country-8

    Lying in Wait-4

    Butterfly Ghost-1

    Puddle-2

    Spoonbill-2

    Fire on the Olentangy-3

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  31. These photos are Amazing!

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  32. Mimicry! Closely followed by Amish country. Why? Because I love the small things especially, and this is a wonderful insect portrait. So crisp and sharp and beautiful, with the added interest of it's spectacularly good camouflage.

    Amish country is just a stunning landscape, the way it is framed is so intimate. Makes the land seem warm and cosy as a quilt.

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  33. Oh, I just saw that voting is already done and dusted and the winner has been chosen. Still - I'm glad I blurted out my choices, I responded pretty strongly as soon as I saw them!

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  34. this is late, but I think my favorite is #9. Amish Country. I love the warmth of the lighting.

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  35. My favorite is the cardinal, because it reminds me of my home in SE Michigan. I live in Oregon now, and we don't have cardinals here.

    All are spectacular, but that one simply gave me a warm reminder of my roots.

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  36. I know it's over, but I love Little Pond Gold and would love to have a print of it. It's absolutely gorgeous and fits perfectly with the decorating theme of one of my rooms. You have so much talent!

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