Photographers often say that picking favorite photographs is a lot like picking your favorite kid. That's a bunch of crap. We treat kids way better. It's harder to pick favorite photos because unlike kids, we go through hundreds and thousands of images a year. We spend hours mashing them around making them perfect, and then marching them out into public for approval or scorn....come to think of it, I guess that makes them a lot like kids.
This year for me personally was full of ups and downs photographically. Some would argue that when you get out to shoot as often as I'm blessed enough to do, every day should be an "up." That is true. My problem is that I expect a lot out of myself. I constantly feel a tug to be out shooting, and capturing new images. When I was looking through the archives of 2011 I stumbled when it came to finding a folder for March.
The reason I couldn't find a folder for March was because I NEVER TOOK A PERSONAL SHOT IN MARCH. I taught a lot of workshops and that's always fun, but I never went out to shoot for me in March. It helped in a way, It made it 1/12 easier to pick out my favorite photos. photos.
I picked favorites for different reasons I'll list with each photo. With the exception of a few good weeks of shooting, I felt like I spent the majority of the 2011 season NOT shooting, which is great for preserving the life of my only camera body, (an original 5D) but not so great in keeping my portfolio fresh and new.
I"m hoping in 2012 to get out more, and hopefully upgrade my equipment to allow me to do some ideas I've had for a long time with night photography. Until then, here's to a great 2011, and looking forward to a even greater-er-er 2012.
It's worth noting the images are not in any order...kind of like kids...y'know I don't like one more than the other...