This will be the first time I have actually tried to pick my own favorites from a single year. Thanks to Jim Goldstein and his annual “Your Best Photos From 2011” Blog Project to get me motivated to make my own list. It was a fairly quiet and slow year for photography having only exposed about 200 sheets of film. Yeah, I know some digital togs may do that just for one frame if you include multi-row stitching, focus and exposure blends…. 😉 that’s a lot of frames! Just four weekend outings for me this year including three trips to Yosemite and one trip to the Sonora Pass of the Central Sierra Nevada. About sixteen days total.
For me though, it’s not about how much time one spends in the field, it’s what you’re able to do while you’re out there. Of course much of it depends on conditions, but I’m one who will try to squeeze as much out of a trip as possible, no matter what the conditions. There will ALWAYS be a subject and a moment to capture.
Interesting exercise though. How does one go about picking their top 10 from any given period? Do you choose your favorite? Just like you were judging a contest? Or do you choose because an image has more meaning? More effort to obtain? Maybe it was extra tough to process and you’re proud of the results you were able to obtain? What is your criteria to critique your own work? Of course only you can answer than for your own work…. Me, it’s as simple as the results I’m most satisfied with; whether it’s due to the original capture and moment of experience, the effort or the work that went in to creating the final presentation. Most importantly, I’m proud to display these top 10:
Thanks for looking in. Please feel free to leave a comment. For anyone interested in more of my favorites, click here.