Okay, I don't want to blog about this to win the book since it's MY book that's being given away (big thanks Red Room!), but just wanted to add something to the fun.
What was he best photo I've ever taken? I've always struggled to answer this - (1) because I have many I'm proud of, for different reasons- some that were tough to get, others where I happened upon great light, and (2) sometimes the photos you feel are your best aren't the family or friends' favorites.
Then I realized a third reason- and this answer has stuck ever since.
There are many I'm proud of, and often they are images I never thought I could capture- and many are in my new book. One is an image of a rock climber jumping across a 6 foot gap to a mushroom-shaped pinnacle in southern Utah. Another is a fall scene of colorful leaves framing Yosemite Valley and the Merced River. One more that comes to mind was the cover of my first book (The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure)- a sunrise scene of a silhouetted woman sitting on a rock in Jenny Lake as the sun struck the Teton range. Many other photographs come to mind, and I feel privileged to have a collection of images I'm proud of. When it comes to photography, one piece of advice I could give would be to enjoy the process of the art- sometimes you nail a shot, and other times you get lucky- and if it were easy, it wouldn't be as fun.
So when I'm asked "what's the best photo you've ever taken?", today my response is usually "hopefully the next one".
Causes Sean Arbabi Supports
Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land