I am afraid my favorite photo for September 15 is not very exciting, but the story is interesting. I was doing a series of articles about cheaply made, very poor quality Chinese smart phone lenses that were flooding into the United States and being sold for outrageous prices.
Ohio Health is a big medical conglomerate in central Ohio with 10 hospitals and lots of medical clinics. I was documenting their Prism Awards ceremony, Ohio Health’s equivalent of the Academy Awards. Several individuals or health care teams are nominated in advance each of a number of categories. Like the Academy Awards, the winner in each category is announced at the ceremony.
There are are only two images for September 13 in my “favorite photos” folder, and both of them are of the same model. This is a casual, natural light image of Dewi.
This is far and away my favorite image for September 12. I was working with Nicole to create a series of images using back lighting and multiple layers of fabric.
Today’s favorite photo is filled with happy memories tinged with sadness. September 11, just three days ago, I went to the funeral of Barbara Coolman, a long time and dear friend. Back in the 1970s we both taught music in the same small, rural village in eastern Nebraska. She was the school choir director and I was the school band director.
This compilation of news reports captures the essence of that morning better than almost any other video on YouTube.
Photographer Chip East was staring intensely at his laptop screen.
It was two weeks after two jetliners had plowed into the towers of the World Trade Center. His good friend, photojournalist Bill Biggart’s body had been recovered from the rubble. His personal effects, including his cameras had been released by authorities to his widow, Wendy.
Bill Biggart’s final photograph. He was killed when the second World Trade Center tower collapsed on top of him. He was 53 years old.
Photo by James Nachtwey for TIME magazine.
I will never forget staring at the screen. I was stunned. It was just a few moments after I got the phone call to turn on the TV. Then the second plane hit.
On this date, sixteen years ago, we experienced a great national tragedy in the United States. Not only in the lives that were lost in the terrorist attacks, the families torn asunder, and the emergency responders who suffered and continue to suffer terrible health problems as a result of working at the scene – but also in the way we view ourselves and our world. Over the last 12 months since 9/11/2016, 33 more first responders died of health issues related to 9/11.
In remembrance of that day, and to honor the lives that were lost, I am posting some tributes.
I looked in my “favorite photos” folder for September 10 at two photos, an image of flowers and an image of one of my grandsons. It was an easy choice.
I checked my “favorite photos” folder for photos taken on September 8. I found only one photo, but it is a keeper.
This is the same swimming pool as the one for the favorite photo for September 5. Our grandson Ryan has just come down the water slide and hit the water. I took photos as he came down the slide several times. This was the best photo of the bunch. I picked it for the splash he created when he hit the surface of the pool, as well as the expression on his face.
Far and away, my favorite photo for September 6 (or any other date), is our wedding. I didn’t create this image, but I am including it in my favorites anyway.
We were visiting family in Texas and we all decided to head for the local swimming pool. As the sun set the beautiful light in the sky was reflected in the rippling water of the pool. This was an easy pick for my favorite photo taken September 5
Today’s choice for favorite photo was an easy pick. I found Terran, one of my grandsons, up in a tree and holding forth on some topic of conversation that was of interest to him at the time. He is very expressive.
Today was a good day for photography.
My favorite image for September 1 was taken at Fort Irwin, California, home of the National Training Center for the U.S. Army. We were driving across town when I spotted an unusual cemetery. Names like Simba and Cubby aren’t typical for a cemetery.
Here are my favorite photos for August. I began this project August 6, 2018. When I got up that morning I was curious what my favorite photo was that I had created on that date, no matter what year. I did the same thing the next day. From that date on I looked through my favorite photos folder and looked for my favorite photos for each date. There isn’t a photo for August 8 since I didn’t take a single favorite photo on that date over the last 30 plus years.
My favorite image for August 31 comes from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
As I looked at my favorite images for August 30, I quickly narrowed my choices down to three, but then it got really difficult. I ended up with a landscape image, a portrait, and a wildlife image. I wanted to call it a three way tie, and depending on my mood, I pick a different image out of theses three each time I choose a favorite.
My favorite photo for August 29 is a result of a chance meeting in the Las Vegas airport. I was on one side of a divider of hanging chains and several members of the University of Kansas Jayhawk volleyball team were eating on the other side of the chains.
My favorite photo for August 28 is from a once in a lifetime trip to Alaska. My wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with a five day cruise on Prince William Sound followed by five days at Camp Denali in Denali National Park.
My choice for the favorite image for August 27 is a “portrait” of our dog. Sunny and I were walking through the park when I got down really low with my iPhone to capture his paw with a large acorn.
My favorite image for August 26 was easy to pick. This is our daughter. This photo wins hands down! I bet many of your most favorite images are of people in your family.
There are over 3400 images in my “favorite photos” folder, but only one image for August 25, this lovely young woman.