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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

My favorite photos of 2014


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.

Patrick














1 comment:

Molly Odell said...

Awesome! My favorites are the one of the tree, the hunting silhouette, and the boat.