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Wednesday, 24 January 2018


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That's an adjective.

I like Rory's picture a lot. Reminds me of this one: https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1976.645.1/

I liked the image so much I bought the Met exhibition poster many years ago and had it framed. I still enjoy looking at it every day.

I really liked John Crowley's picture yesterday as well - thanks for sharing these, Mike!


Wow, wasn't expecting to see my photo on my favourite blog today. Thanks Mike

looks like a scene from "Dunkirk."

Please keep the honorable mention postings coming along during the week or more you need for your final selection and writeup...

Hi Mike,
I think I can speak for all of the contributors that we're happy to help out, and look forward to seeing the "Big 13".

I wonder if it might be possible to create a "TOP Gallery" where the submissions for all the Baker's Dozen projects could be placed for viewing by the TOP community. It'd be nice to see work like Rory's that didn't "make the cut".

I think your next category should be "Sports". Cheers!


That’s a lovely picture by Rory O’Toole. But one could argue that it MUST be color. I think an excellent b/w printer could produce a beautiful, albeit different, photo.

Even if you can only show a width of 800 pixels, a link could be offered so they can be seen larger elsewhere.

Photo by Rory O'Toole, who does weddings out of Cork, Ireland

This didn't make the final 13 (I suspect it would work nicely in B&W too), but isn't it a treat to get to see it?

Robert Capa famously said, ‟if your photos aren't good enough, you're not close enough.” Not bad advice (especially, I suppose, if you’re shooting shootin’ wars), but this is a fine counter-example. I’d like to think I would have thought of this composition, but . . .

Hello Mike, are all the related BD posts categorized as such? I didn't see the Leica or young photographer ones. I would also suggest numbering the resulting posts so your readers know how many there have been to go back to (e.g. BD#1, BD#2).


All right. You've got the second-best job. What's the best?

[Everybody's perfect job is specific to them, of course.... --Mike]

I really like seeing the final posts, and the discussions that ensue. I know it takes a lot of your time, but it sounds like at least it's mostly fairly pleasant work.

Here's a thought; a TOP photo book of a selection of a hundred or so of the 'must be colour' images. Half of the after-costs/tax profits goes to TOP and half to the photographers (unless they elect to give their share to TOP).

If Rory's stunning picture didn't make the cut (for whatever reasons), I'm beginning to lick my chops in anticipation of seeing your final Baker's Dozen selection. BTW, I see an excellent suggestion or two about a gallery linkage, hope you'll manage to do something along those lines.

O, God Thy Sea Is So Great And My Boat Is So Small

Darwin on small vessels ...

My objection to the vessel is its smallness, which cramps one so for room for packing my own body & all my cases &c &c. — As to its safety I hope the Admiralty are the best judges; to a landsmans eye she looks very small.


And so it is with photographs. A small one can take us very far.

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