Share Your Favorite Photo of 2019

Share Your Favorite Photo of 2019

A new decade is only days away, so it's time to celebrate the creativity of the past and get ready for the future by sharing your favorite photo of 2019. 

2020 always seemed like a date from science fiction novels to me, and here we are about to be living in it. No flying cars, unfortunately, but we have had advances in image making and editing that have made the photographic arts more accessible and varied than ever before. As a result, the definition of what makes a photograph, or a photographer, has become increasingly blurry around the edges. Personally, I'm a big fan of the changes, because it's opened up worlds of creativity. What I have to ask myself now is: What will the next ten years look like? What changes can we expect to see, what new obstacles will we have to navigate, what opportunities will arise for us to take advantage of? As we get ready to head into this new decade, this is a great time to look back and the awesome stuff we've created and consider what the next ten years might hold for photography.

To that end, I put out the word on Facebook and asked Fstoppers community members to show me their favorite photograph of 2019, and I want you to do the same. It doesn't have to be your best technical image, or your highest paid image, though it's certainly fine if that's the case! Sometimes it's a favorite because it captured a special moment, or the instant you learned something that will forever change how you work, or the shot you've been trying to pull off for months.

This is a personal favorite of mine from 2019. I love the image itself, but it's also my favorite for another reason. In a way, it's a symbol of where my photography is headed now that I have a dedicated space to work in. It's also the culmination of finally having the time and the focus to get creative after having kiddos in the house for 16 years. I know more about who I am and what I want as an artist, and I've finally arrived at a time when I have both the skill, the equipment, and the time to create it. For me, 2020 will be the start of a new era in my personal work, and I'm incredibly excited to see what it brings.

Model Jason Klein with props by Gryndel Ghoulderson

What about you? What was your favorite creation of 2019, and does the new decade represent a change in direction for you, or maybe just the hope of new beginnings and bigger and better things to come? Share your photo in the comments and let the community, and the world, know what you've got in store for us in the new decade! Let's end 2019 with a photographic bang and inspire one another to new heights for the new year. 

To motivate you, I asked Fstoppers community members to share some of their favorite photos of 2019. Join the fun!

Lead image shared with permission of Kate Woodman

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Greg Milunich's picture

I was chasing this shot for about a year. Finally the weather and life cooperated for me to get it.

Jason Frels's picture

That has to be satisfying; waiting for the opportunity to take a shot you envisioned and finally getting it.

Greg Milunich's picture

It was. I had been shooting this location for a long time but it never lined up with the barn when I was out there. I managed to grab this between sunset and moonrise. Timing worked perfectly.

Deleted Account's picture

Greg, do you know about the Photopills app? (I'm not a paid advertiser) The app has upped my confidence for MW shots. There's even an augmented reality feature that let's you stand in front of the chosen foreground location... and see what the position of the MW will look like.

Here's one from a scouting trip in PA. Sorry about the sideways load. Screenshot from my cell phone. You can set the date and time to any date in future or past.

Greg Milunich's picture

I have use that a couple times. I use stellarium more. My biggest problem with getting the night shots I want is the weather in Upstate NY doesn't like to cooperate with my personal availability.

Deleted Account's picture

Amen to the weather. I've been a NY resident for 3 ys now. I miss the SE Oregon clear, daarrrkkk skies enormously. So I've tried to embrace all the other neat aspects of Upstate. Frozen waterfalls... mind boggling. :)

Do you know about Astrospheric. I think it was a free app that I got from the Google Play Store. I've had great experience with the precision of weather forecasting down to the hour... as well as detailed air density readings. You can save a multitude of locations and check on conditions within... about a 48 hr period.

Of course, yup... then there's getting the "kitchen pass" to go out and play. 🌌

And... agree. Stellarium's a fine educational tool for my understanding of stellar bodies, too.

Greg Milunich's picture

I have been lucky to have a few darker sky areas around me. But the weather is tough. With the change of seasons I have ventured back out to the waterfalls. I once heard a quote that is very fitting for NY " If you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life but still the same amount of snow" Upstate NY has lots of great things, weather is not one of them.

Deleted Account's picture

I admire the quote... and guffaw at your last line. I lived on the Oregon Coast for 13 yrs... weather, weather everywhere.

I found my way to Brown Tract Pond, north of Old Forge my first yr here. But so did a bunch of rude 20-somethings, and one insufferable woman nearer my 50ishness who (I really tried to be kind) marched up to me as I was mounting camera to tripod and said, "I've never done this before. Teach me!" Yikes. Finally had to insist she walk away from me (followed me to each place I moved along the beach)... and pray she wasn't violently unstable.

Since then... I've found a couple awesome locations to solo out on the Moose River Plain... happy to share, in PM. :)

Snow. I own the adult version snow blower... might two stage system, hand warmer handles, and a headlight. Now, damnit... more snow. LOL. The foot from last week melted.

Greg Milunich's picture

I have had good luck out shooting locations here. I purposely find the most out of the way state lands and other such places to avoid the people. Speaking of snow I have 4x4 truck so it make snow that much more fun.

Deleted Account's picture

Hussah! Must have a 4×4 truck. I love my trusty 2014 Tacoma.

I tried out a photo buddy a yr ago. He insisted on driving us out to the location I'd told him about... wouldn't let the little lady use her truck.

What did he drive, you ask? A low slung mommy sedan, Nissan (I think)... sure it had all wheel drive, but about the time we got to the snow berm at the end of the plowed section of the road... I was reeaaalllyyy glad I'd had some fun popping back and forth over that berm the day before in the daylight. Never went out to shoot with that dude again.

Deleted Account's picture

I was naive to give up my ten-ply tires for a smoother ride once we got here. Sigh! Storage space choices... but still... maannnn!

Deleted Account's picture

One more... I'm really impressed with state land availability out here. Oregon has something like 70% public lands between BLM, and Forest Service. I cringe at the people who bitch about federal overlords.

Harney County was 10,000 sq. miles with a tax base of 7,000 humans. No way our county could afford to administer all the land in question.

Enter the Bundy boys and their treasonous take over of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. A debacle of injustices, worst of which was Native American burial ground desecration... the people of our county suffered, and still do, four yrs later. It was an old fashioned 19th C. land grab... with modern assault rifles.

We moved after the wife became upset about all the death threats I'd collected. Former soldier here...if I'm not getting death threats, I'm not doing my job right. (I mostly jest).

Nicole York's picture

When things come together like that, it's the best thing ever! Glad you finally got your shot!

Greg Milunich's picture

It really is. I find its great to set a goal for a shot and then go out and execute it.I didn't do that for a long time but once life started getting busier my time to shoot became more precious and I wanted to use it more effectively.

Daniel Medley's picture

To echo what was already said, it has to be very satisfying.

Grant Watkins's picture

You must be a blast at parties.

Simon Patterson's picture

Check out this guy's other comments under his Fstoppers profile. Party pooper is clearly his thing. It's quite sad, really.

Vladimir Vcelar's picture

And you, sir, are the prime example of narcissism. We are all here to share, learn and encourage ourselves, and whilst I find your photography of excellent work, please understand that vanity and leadership are not quite the same.

Deleted Account's picture

You accuse me of having "narcissism" because I am not here to "encourage" myself.

I don't think that word means what you think it means.

Also, my work is nothing special.

Tyler Schwab's picture

I expected to go to your profile and see images that would blow the ones the op shared away... boy, was I disappointed. (Feel free to reply back with how bad my images are. I’m not claiming to be the “amazing artist” you’re claiming to be.) you really should loosen up a bit. Photography is supposed to be fun. People like you ruin it for everyone. I think the op did a great job picking out photos to showcase in the article. Even if she didn’t, no need for the attack.

Deleted Account's picture

1) I guess you either didn't read my comment in full, or you are too obtuse to comprehend what I said about subjective perception.

2) I have NEVER claimed my own images are in anyway more than ordinary..

3) I don't care about your work.

Tyler Schwab's picture

1) It’s obvious your means of satisfaction are fulfilled by belittling people.

2) I’m fully competent enough to read through your meaningless rant

3) happy holidays 😉

Deleted Account's picture

What remains obvious is that you are still incapable of reading or understanding; had you done so you would have read " comment isn't negative, it's a reflection upon subjective perception...".

Apparently this stuff is complex.

Tyler Schwab's picture

Not complex at all. simply stating “my comment isn’t negative“ doesn’t negate a negative comment. That’s like starting an offensive comment with saying “no offense, but...”. You knew it was negative, hence the addition. Maybe you just need to learn how to socialize better.

Deleted Account's picture

The fact you people take it as offensive does not make it offensive. A big part of the problem is that stupid people are incapable of thinking.

And no, go back to my OP and you will observe it is marked "Edit" because I had already been attacked twice. However, my OP was elliptical, and could therefore be misconstrued, and hence the edit/clarification. Again, I can only reflect upon the fact you ignored the phrase "subjective perception" (it's difficult , I know).

Thank you for confirming your poor comprehension skills.

How about you stop trying to infer my unstated intention when you cannot even grasp my explicitly stated intention.

Jeff Walsh's picture

Hell of a circle you're running here. Criticize the photos as being mediocre, while demonstration in your own photos that mediocrity is all you're capable of, and claim to be. Curious, if you aren't able to produce anything more than ordinary, what qualifies you to regard someone's work as the same? Since you have said your work is nothing more than ordinary, then isn't it reasonable to say that you can't perceive the things that takes work from ordinary to well done, or even excellent?

If, based on your own work, you don't know how to take exceptional photos then it's reasonable that you also don't know what to look for when critiquing others work.

Deleted Account's picture

You people really are just this stupid.

Go back and read my comment and responses until you understand.

Jeff Walsh's picture

As perfect a response as I expected. It's everyone else, no one understands, I'm smarter than all of you. I'll leave you and your disorders alone now.

Deleted Account's picture

Yeah, that's the way, i suppose the phrase "subjective perception" is just too difficult.

Jason Frels's picture

Wow. you sure put the crotch in crotchety

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