The Top 50 Fan Photos of 2018

#51 – Teddy Kelsh

This is not a typo. Photograph #51 of the Top 50 list was taken by my son, Teddy Kelsh. I really like the photograph and wanted to give him a pat on the back, but I also didn’t want to use up a valuable spot in the list that I could give to someone else. So this is sort of an honorable mention. In the end, of my three sons, Teddy could turn out to be the photographer. Time will tell. Congrats, Theodore! Here are my original words:

Teddy and his family were returning to the East Coast late Sunday from Wisconsin. Teddy, who always seems to get the window seat, turned to his dad, who always seems to end up in the aisle seat, and said, “Dad, quick, give me your phone!” He shot several frames in burst mode as the plane passed over Manhattan. Yes, the perfectly clear day made all the difference, but if you Google “Manhattan from an airplane’ Teddy’s version is right up there with best of them. He said he’s planning to submit this to Fan Photo of the Day, or as his family likes to call it “FAM Photo of the Day”. (In the interest of full disclosure, the image was edited by his father on the iPhone who’s quite good at it actually. It’s easier to edit in the aisle seat.)

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  1. Tammy

    Great job, Teddy! Nice eye at seeing a beautiful shot! Congratulations!!!

  2. Karen Travis

    This photo captures the essence of New York City. It evokes many memories of the years I lived there – this is definitely in my Top 50. I’m so glad you had the window seat Teddy!

  3. Caroline Mohr

    Teddy, this is great! I think it’s even better now that I’ve seen it a second time. Very well-done!

  4. Marilyn Tschorke

    This is a great photo! Congratulations Teddy!

  5. Marcia Richardsin

    Well done Teddy!

  6. Johnnie L. McGarvey

    This is stunning! Way to go Teddy!

  7. Libby Robinette

    Fantastic job, Teddy! Keep up the good work!!!

  8. Susan Baldwin

    Love this shot Teddy! You are up against quite a field of talent and you shine! Way to go!

  9. Sarah Howell

    I think you have definitely got an eye for photography Teddy this is a great capture of New York from the sky


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