Friday, January 09, 2009

In the mood for love

A new group on Flickr (Keeper Dozen '08) posted an interesting challenge:

Every day, millions of pictures are uploaded to Flickr. Every week, thousands of people receive loads of praise. Every month, hundreds of people notch up an Explore #1. And at the end of the year, we look back... and a few of our pictures stand out. A small number are significant to us. Keeper Dozen '08 is for the cream of your 2008 crop of pictures. Not your most viewed or most-faved. But the ones you feel are most meaningful.

I responded to the challenge and selected 12 shots - and this ended up being my number one shot of 2008. It was a beautiful October day in Beijing when during a stroll through the hutongs we came across a bridespair being photographed. Considering that they were shooting outdoors, I considered them fair game, and sneaked in a shot myself. And the end result really grew on me - from being pleased with it to considering it my best shot of the year. The title refers to the movie by Wong Kar-Wai, as well as its title song by Bryan Ferry.

Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1 8 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 38 mm
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0