This morning I looked back through all my photos from 2014 and picked out my favorites. I did this last year too (click here for post) and I've found the exercise interesting and helpful. For one thing, many of what I thought were my 'favorites' when I took them no longer interest me while I also found some under-appreciated sleepers. The exercise is helpful because it forces me to critically examine my own work. Knowing what works and what does not will make me a better photographer.
This year one theme I tried hard to capture is the Sitka spruce forest understory. And I finally think I captured it in the image above. This was my favorite photograph of the year. I also captured it pretty well in the 9th picture where I used the HDR feature on my point and shoot to catch the light glinting through the trees. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and the camera takes 3 pictures at different exposures and then combines them into one photo. The different exposures means the brights aren't washed out and there are details in the dark areas - the image has a 'higher dynamic range'.
Anyway, in general, I must admit I do not like my pictures from this year as much as my best from last year. My landscapes have suffered a bit - I think I have been trying to make my panoramic images too wide. I think I need to focus them in a bit. For instance, in the bottom photo of the Sturgeon River I think it would have been a better photo if it was less wide because it would focus more attention on the loops of the river. The loops get lost when the pan is so all encompassing.