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Best photos of 2008

Jim Goldstein ran a little exercise where he invited many of his readers to submit their best photographs of 2008. In addition to his own 10 favorite photographs, he aggregated the results to form a list of the best of from 93 photographers. Jim asked us to reproduce the list to share a little link love, so it follows my own list of my best from 2008.

The Pumalo above was made on the streets of Chengdu, China.


This image was made at 35,000 feet over the California coast just as the sun was rising with the shadow of the Earth below. I liked this image as it reminded me of Rothko‘s art. The original image was from this entry.


This image of a bridge was made on the streets of Chengdu, China on a walk with friends. The quality of light, form and shadow appealed to me and my friends indulged me while making a few exposures.


The trip to China was a rather successful scientific meeting, not to mention more than a few really satisfying photographs were made on that trip. This image was made in a monastery on Mount Emei. The original image in context can be seen here.


Prayer candles on top of Mount Emei from this entry. The scene was quite powerful with people making the pilgrimage to the top of Mount Emei and lighting candles to entreat the assistance of spirits and ancestors with their troubles.


This image was made at Nellis AFB during Red Flag 08-04. The access I had was extraordinary and enabled a number of photographs like this one as pilots prepared to go into intense mock combat. This was dangerous work for pilots and ground crew and unfortunately one pilot, Lt. Col. Thomas Bouley died in this years exercises. Original entry is here.


This broad tailed hummingbird was captured in our backyard feeding. Next year I am going out with more than one flash in an attempt to get those wings in sharp focus. Original entry here.


This image was made on a fishing trip up to Canada. It was one of those moments that reminds you to turn around on occasion as we were headed out to sea at high speed when I turned around and was dumbstruck at how beautiful the sunrise through the fog was. Upon recovering my senses, I yelled for our boat captain to shut it down so I could make the shot without bouncing overboard. Thanks to everyone on the boat who suffered through my photography.


This was another shot of mountains, this time taken from about 30,000 feet on a flight out of Los Angeles. It was a morning shot, so I do not know if this was pollution we are seeing or morning fog….


I had gotten stuck in Paris on a flight and returned early in the morning to get a flight back to the States. The light outside was completely flat and dreary which matched the cold and rain perfectly. However, sitting on the bench and looking up to see this spinal like structure holding the roof up made for an interesting image at least as the lines and form resonated with me.


Walking down the street in Aberdeen, Scotland rewarded me with this wonderful door. Aberdeen is a beautiful, old city with much rockwork and granite forming the buildings and streets. Walking through the old part of town is especially rewarding and I hope to get the chance to return some day.


Christy from the University of Utah Museum of Natural History asked me to come over and photograph some of their insects, which I eagerly accepted. I am hoping to try out some new software and hardware in the macro arena this year.


This shot was made during a visit to Creech AFB where I was able to get a feel for the operations related to unmanned aerial vehicles. The light was not ideal that day, but I was still pretty happy with a number of images from that day.


Late in the afternoon of a visit to the military and law enforcement shoot down at Shot Show 08 rewarded me with this image. By the time everyone got their act together, the light was fading for the actual shoot, so images of that event were not entirely successful.


Below are the list from Jim’s entry of 93 photographers top picks of their best of 2008.

My Top 10 Favorite Photos of 2008 – Jim M. Goldstein
My Favorite shot of the Year – Edie Howe
2008 Favorites – Laurie Ballesteros
My Nephew – Amit Goyal
Another World (+Vorher/Nachher) - Martin Wolf
Boy, Hanoi – Jon Gresham
Best Photos from 2008 – Abraham Neben
Apocalyptic Capitalism – James Hill
Top 10 Photos of 2008, My first year in Wisconsin – Steven Bourelle
My Best Photos: 2008 – D. Travis North
Best Photos From 2008 G Dan Mitchell Photography
Protesting Prop 8 – John Quan
Bir y?l b?yle gecti… – Caglar Tukel
My best shots of 2008 – Bryan WIlliam Jones
Flamingo – Mike Reys
Suspended – Mark Groves
My Favorite 10 Images from 2008 – Ivan Makarov
My Best Photo of 2008 – Matt Ward Photography
Highlights of 2008 – Lori Jackson
Favorites from 2008 – Rebecca Jackrel
Top Ten Photos of 2008 – Chris Moore
A Debut – My Photo Record – Kriz Cpec
Best of 2008 by Ryan Opaz
Looking Forward and Back – Mark Graf
Lloyd’s Favorites of 2008 – L.D. Cross
My Favorite Photos from 2008 – Brian Auer
Derryclare Lough on Focus Pocus – Albert MacSweeny
Best of 2008 – Dave Wilson
Needle on Andel’s photoblog – Andel Früh
Year in Pictures – Marcin Retecki
2008 Top Ten – Lois Elling
My Best Photos of 2008 – Steven L. Mullen
One from 2008 – Aaron Hockley
2008 in Pictures – Hitesh Sawlani
My Top 10 Photos for 2008 – Neil Creek
Best of 2008 – The Quiet Picture – Minna Kinnunen
My 10 favourites from 2008, everything from flower closeups to landscapes and starry nights! – Stig Nygaard
My Top Ten Photos from 2008 – Justin Korn
Blog Project: your Best Photos from 2008 – Jim Wheeler
My Best Photos from 2008 – Trevor Carpenter
Best photos of 2008 – Dave Reichert
2008 Favorites – Beth Madison
01/01/2009 Best of 2008 by Brad Barton
2008: My Favorite Photos – Jeremy Brooks
2008: The year in photographs – Katie
Gotham. Or maybe London – Steve Thomas
My Best Photos of 2008 – Andre Maltais
Best of 2008 Project – Carsten Fischer
La Arcada seating on a rare rainy October morning – gZphotoGraph
Jaguar – Jarrod Erbe
Best of 2008? – Suzy Walker
My best shots of 2008 – Joáo Almeida
Best of 2008 – Rick Goldwasser
My Top 10 Images of 2008 – Jim Stamates
Mannedspace – MT Fanders
Best 10 of 2008 – Duffy Knox
Future Christmas Card – Massimo Belloni
Best Photos of 2008 – Elaine
Best of 2008 – Jenni Brehm
My best of 2008 – Eliya Selhub
My Best Photos From 2008 – Anthea Brown
My top 10 favorite photos of 2008 – Kris Taeleman
My Favorite Photos of 2008 – Scott Coulter
Favorites of 2008 – Stephen Gray
My Top 10 Favorite Images of 2008 – Jon Cornforth
Sitting Backwards on My Horse – Greg Lato
Top ten images of 2008 – Gary Crabbe
Best 10 photos of 2008 – Paul Dymond
Best of 2008 – Heidi Donat
Best Photos of 2008 – Luca Filigheddu
Favourites of 2008 – Chris Brown
Best of 2008 – William Kahn
Pics of the pops 2008 – William Fawcett
My Top 10 Photos of 2008 – Gary Hegenbart
Best of 2008 by Trevin Chow
Best of 2008 – Hotel Yankee Foxtrot – Alex McGeagh
Top 10 Photos of 2008 – Brian Kloc
Burrard-Lucas Top Ten Photographs of 2008 – William Burrard-Lucas
My best 10+3 pictures of 2008 – Antoine Khater
Best of 2008 on Highway 89 – Ann Torrence
Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance – Dave Fitch
My Top 10 Photographys of 2008 – Scott Webb
Best of 2008 – Matt Sallee
My 10 best photos of 2008 – Stephen Trainor
10 in 2008 – Kelley Loftis
My 10 Favorite Images of 2008 – Della Huff
Best Photos of 2008 – Dave Schumaker
Best of 2008 – Jay Goodrich
My best photos from 2008 – Bryan Villarin
Mein Flickr Photostream 2008 – Best of – Stefan Neuweger
My Best Photos from 2008 – Rafa
Best Photos from 2008 – Daria Sukhanovska
My Best of 2008 – Phil Price


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