We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
I’m excited for 2012, I feel like it’s going to be a year filled with dynamic change. I love the surge of energy I get from a fresh new start. This morning I took a blank canvas and made this fun little painting to celebrate the new year.
Now, I’m sitting at the computer narrowing down my top 10 photos of 2011. I loved all the comments on my top 15 ~ Thank you. My husband rated each photo from 1- 10, he gave my backwards bumble bee bokeh shot a 4. I almost could not sleep because of that low rating! I love that photo, perhaps more because of the experience shooting it than the quality of the shot. I was inside a canopy of blooming peppercorn trees. There were thousands of bees pollinating, the hum of the wings was like a symphony. It was amazing to watch them work. I’ll never forget it. His problem with the photo is the focus and when he explained his confusion on where to look, I could see why he did not like it, so I dropped that one.
On to the next elimination… I let go of the caterpillar, the lighting that day was not ideal. I dropped the scrub jay, when I think about all of my bird photos, I think I like others better…the baby blue jay, the snow on the beak of this finch, or the way this junco was looking back at me. Finally, I decided to drop my landscape shot & my street shot. These styles of photography intrigue me but I’m happiest when taking photos of natures intimate details, and I think sometimes that joy can be felt in the images.
Here are two collages of my top 10 final choices –
To answer a few questions…
Why did I create a top 10?
I love looking at and reading others year-end lists and reviews. I wanted to take the time to look at my photos and judge them individually. I’m amazed at what I have learned in this long process, it was so worth it.
Do I use Photoshop?
No ( not yet ) most of my photos are SOOC ( straight out of camera, except cropping ) sometimes I tweak the exposure or shadows inside iphoto. I look forward to actually learning and using Photoshop someday. Right now, I’m focusing my energy on learning all the ways to use my camera before I learn an editing program.
Did you do any type of year end review of 2011? If not, I highly recommend it. It may take some time, but I guarantee it will be worth it.