Thursday, January 1, 2009

CDPB THEME DAY - PHOTO OF THE YEAR


Soft Winter's Day

The directives were simple: Choose the photo you think is your best one for the year 2008. Given that I am totally unable to judge my own work, I quickly realized that I would need some help here. I asked around the blog and also some photography friends around town.  I did NOT ask my daughters. They would have voted for their own offspring and that would have caused  a family feud!  When the votes were in.......everyone voted for a different photograph and the ball was lobbed right back in my court.  Here's my final answer.  Since it's a special day, I am going to break the Daily Photo one photo rule (again!!!)  and share the runners up.

I'd like to add a huge THANK YOU to all the faithful visitors that stop by my blog  so regularly but don't leave comments here.  Many of you share your good thoughts with me by email or when you see me around town.  Your visits and support are so appreciated !!!!



Happy New Year everyone. 
May the coming year find our world a more peaceful place! 

"The Duet"

"Gathering Acorns"

"The Gentleman"

"Urban Waterfall"

"Steppin' Out"

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39 comments:

Wayne said...

That's the one I picked.

Hilda said...

Soft Winter's Day is absolutely perfect!

Happy theme day!

Bibi said...

Hi, Virginia, and Happy New Year again. Those trees could be outside my window!

Jilly said...

Great choices but then I love and admire your photography. I couldn't have chosen either, Virginia!

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year.

Judy - So California said...

Oh Virginia - I agree - how can you pick? It's like asking a mother to pick her favorite child. They are each a favorite for some different reason. Your work is getting better all the time - I didn't think that was possible! Hope that 2009 will be an extra special year for you and your family!

Z said...

Love the first choice. Best wishes for 2009!

Laurie said...

Oh V, that is gorgeous. You have too many stunners to pick just one! (I would have probably voted for the men on the steps photo because it just blew me away the first time I saw it! Like so many of yours.)

I am so fortunate to have met you through our blog adventures. Your humor and kindess are part of what make City Daily Photo such a joy to be a part of. I hope your new year is filled with great shots and good friends, with peace and prosperity and love.

alice said...

Don't ask me to choose, I can't! I take all of them, I'm one of your fans, but you already know that.
Je te souhaite une Très Bonne Année 2009, Virginia, and I'm so happy to know you "in real life".

Olivier said...

un superbe best-of que tu nous as choisi, avec une préférence pour le duo.
a superb best-of which you chose us, with a priority for the duo.

D.C. Confidential said...

Beautiful choice, Virginia. It was hard to pick from among the photos you chose, because all of them are works of art and beauty.

Here's to continued success in 2009 painting through pictures!

Janet

Marc said...

Great selection. Each has different qualities which make them special.
Happy New Year Virginia!

babooshka said...

Well yoi know which one I would have. They are all marvellous for different reasons and highlight the inner photographer emerging. Thoroughly enjoy my now other Birmingham

Xenodochail Happy New Year.

babooshka said...

Well yoi know which one I would have. They are all marvellous for different reasons and highlight the inner photographer emerging. Thoroughly enjoy my now other Birmingham

Xenodochail Happy New Year.

Bob Crowe said...

Such a lovely, painterly picture. Your work gets better and better. I want to see how it continues to grow in the new year. Happy 2009!

Chris said...

Beautiful choice, VJ. It gives such a calm feeling!

Cheers for a happy new year! May the world find 2009 a more peaceful, optimistic, blessed and safe year.

Chris

Ming the Merciless said...

Great choices! The first photo is particularly moody.

marley said...

It was a hard choice! I think you made the right one but I do love the Duets photo!

Happy New Year Virginia. I hope 2009 is good to you and yours :)

angela said...

My word, Virginia, you have such a lot of wonderful photos to choose from but I think this one is especially lovely, all soft mistiness. My good wishes for a healthy, happy and preosperous 2009.

Jim said...

I am glad you chose more than one. They are all the 'best'. Happy New Year.

Kitty said...

ah, wonderful!

PJ said...

Oh, just choosing one is like saying you have a favorite child!
The Pelican drop was a blast. Wait 'til you see the photos I got of the "KISS" band that was playing.
Happy New Year, Virginia!

Clueless in boston said...

Beautiful photos. Love the ones of the hands at the piano. Happy theme day and happy new year too! Wishing you peace, joy, and prosperity in 2009.

Buck said...

I can't imagine the time you had going through all the wonderful photos! Your choices for 'best' are excellent!

Snapper said...

Hello Virginia and Happy New Year! If you stop by GDP today, you'll see that I picked "Steppin Out" as a Best of 2008. Great image. All the best to you and yours in the coming year.

slim said...

I'm so glad you shared the best of the best again. You have really grown as a photographer, Virginia, and I have enjoyed visiting your blog. I've also enjoyed some of the music you've shared. I wish you only the best in 2009!

Mo said...

They are all superb photos

Kris said...

Happy New Year!

Merry New Year?

In my opinion, they are all worthy choices.

Virginia said...

Snap,
I am honored that one of my photos was one that you selected. I have learned a lot from you this year.

Thanks everyone for your comments and sharing your expertise with me this year. May we all continue to learn from and teach each other!

USelaine said...

Happy New Year, V! You indeed offer an embarrassment of riches on your blog, but I like your first choice too.

Marie-Noyale said...

Coucou Virginia.
I like it that you gave us a few more...One is not enough, It's a tough decision!!
I am very happy that 2008 gave us the chance to meet.
I wish you a wonderful New Year

• Eliane • said...

Oh rules are made to be broken, aren't they?

That one and the very last one are my favorites. The fog gives a very special atmosphere and the colors are just so pretty! It's almost like a painting.

A very Happy New Year to you Virginia!! Bonne année!! :)

bitingmidge said...

Great Choices all round, and I'm glad I had a committee too!

I hope you have a fantastic 2009!

Sunshine Coast Daily - Australia

Dusty Lens said...

Beautiful! Love that top photo. I hope you made it through new years eve without Jock. Our power went out in the middle of our new year's eve traditional fondue. internet came back online late this afternoon thanks to Mrs. DL's calls to comcast. (I was a little hot under the collar about the whole situation). A pleasure to visit on the blogisphere!

Kim said...

Rules were meant to be broken, and I'm glad you did because I like seeing them all. If you peek at Celine's best of set at Stayton Daily Photo, you will see that you and she could produce a lovely set with your featured soft tree shot.

I have so enjoyed your shots this year, and living your Paris journey vicariously! But most of all I've loved your warm, kind, and funny comments and frequent visits. You help to make so many of our days brighter just by being you. I even enjoy reading the comments you leave on my friends blogs! :-)

I'm hoping 2009 holds the best of everything for you, Virginia. Good health, fun adventures, and happiness with those you love.
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

jill said...

V. I am always dazzled by your photos, how a simple thing can be so moving. It is always a pleasure to visit your blog. I imagine you as the Ambassador of Birmingham! And mostly I love the joy and friendship you spread around the CDP world. Blessings to you for a wonderful, fulfilling new year.

Tash said...

V. So many wonderful photos to choose from indeed...& I would of added the red truck, and the detail of the Orthodox church, and the red hats, and those tiny baby feet...
It's been such a pleasure viewing your blog and reading your funny & supportive & caring comments in CDP & beyond, and seeing how to be a true friend to so many people. Wishing you the very best in the New Year.

agrajag said...

Nice pictures. I love fog!Nice composition, theme, lights and colors.

Kate said...

The caption fits the photo perfectly. May 2009 be a good and happy year for you and your loved ones.

The Life and Times of The Southern Foodie said...

LOve LOve LOve! the picture you bring to us every day.

Keep up the good work in 2009.