To celebrate World Photography Day, we've collected together the best image taken by each member of our editorial team, and spoken a little about they like that image, and the story behind it.
Phil Hall, Technique Editor
It’s hard to pick a favourite image, but one of the shots I’m perhaps most pleased with is this rather bleak coastal scene.
Ever since I started taking pictures some 15 years ago, the Suffolk coast has always held a strong fascination for me. I love the way the landscape can change dramatically as you move along the coast, with the mood and atmosphere shifting in the space of a few miles.
I always love returning to this area, as I always seem to feel inspired to take pictures when I’m back. Sometimes shots are spontaneous, other times they are a little more planned, which is the case with this shot.
I’d seen this ice cream cabin on a previous visit, but with blue skies, the conditions weren’t right for the image I had in my mind. Returning on a wet and cold Sunday morning in February though, they were perfect for the shot I wanted.
I used a LEE Filters Big Stopper to push the exposure to almost a minute and a half, and while it breaks the rule about having your subject placed in the middle of the frame, I think it works quite nicely. For me though, what I’m most pleased about is mood it conveys.
Shooting info: Nikon D3X with 20-35mm f/2.8, 47secs at f/16, ISO 50. LEE filters Big Stopper
Callum McInerney-Riley, Technical Writer
Since I was just 6 years old I’ve had a passion for angling.
I love being in the great outdoors and fishing is a very good excuse to be out there.
This picture just captures a moment for me and tells a story about what I love.
For me, being out there, seeing things not many get to see and surrounding yourself with picturesque scenery is just the best thing in the world.
Mike Topham, Deputy Technical Editor
One of my favourite images was taken in the last twelve months while on an assignment testing the Nikon AW1.
The rough seas proved to be the most challenging photography conditions I have ever experienced, struggling to stay on my feet, while document the RNLI crew members at work in the North Sea. Shooting during a practice mission, I increased my chances of capturing the spray and water droplets as I’d envisaged by using a fast shutter speed of 1/3200sec with the camera set to continuous.
What I like most about this particular image is the colour and brutality of the conditions. Look closely and you can even see the image captures droplets running off the RNLI crew member’s helmet.
More about the experience photographing the RNLI and testing the Nikon AW1 can be found here.
Jonathan Devo, Technical Writer
I went past this scene on the bus at night and was struck by it, summed up a few interesting thoughts and sentiments.
How could that be the only bike struck?
Imagine what happened for the driver too lose control and seeing where they hit and the path their vehicle must have taken.
I had to get the shot, and I knew it would be cleared before long so I went back first thing in the morning (around 6am) and set my Canon 40D on a tripod, using a slow shutter speed and a small aperture to try and capture the detail and sense of speed that led to the bike crushing incident.
It was raining and cold and in the moment I captured the picture I had a sense of that crushed bike’s isolation and abandonment.
Andy Westlake, Technical Editor
One of the challenges of photography is taking new images of familiar subjects. I shot this using my infra-red modified Panasonic GF1, with a Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye lens, then processed it in Photoshop to even out the tonality and some split toning.
Send us your best image for World Photography Day for a chance to win a giant canvas print
Send us your best image, with a little bit about why you like it, either on our forum, or on our Twitter and Social media channels. At the end of the day we’ll chose one as our overall favourite, to win a giant HelloCanvas print of your image, 60×80 cm (24×32 inch) in size and two runners up will win a 40×60 cm, so 16×24 inch canvas print also.
To enter, send us a photo by any of the means mentioned below before midnight tonight (19th August). You can either add this to our forum here, post on our Facebook page with the hashtag #WorldPhotoDay, or Tweet to us with the same hashtag.
ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!