|My favorite photo of the year - the composition is well balanced|
It's late December and time to pick my favorite pictures of 2015. This year I had a very hard time editing my choices. I realized that I liked some because of their content, or just because I remembered how beautiful it had been in 'real life'. For instance, I really wanted to include one of the panoramics from my fall float hunt through the Refugium just because the colors had been so fantastic. It was without a doubt the prettiest place I was all year. However, all of the photos I took were flawed for one reason or another. Another picture that I still included but do not really like compositionally is the one of Nora on Afognak. It's a great moment but somehow I did not really capture it perfectly.
To narrow down my options I decided to include pictures that 'told the story' or captured the moment. Hence I include a float hunt picture with people in it - you can see that we are looking for animals and there are the canoes on the river. Also Stuey playing hide in seek in the snowy woods with beautiful light - I like the photo because the viewer should know exactly what was going on.
On the flip side I also cut a bunch of really pretty pictures that somehow felt like cliches. A lot of landscapes at dawn while on hunting trips had brilliant colors and showed spectacular views, but it felt like they were somehow all the same - cliches. Same goes for mountains and spruce trees covered in snow - they reminded me of 'Hallmark Christmas cards'.
Anyway these are the ones I came up with along with a critique of each in the captions - enjoy!
|This one tells a story of a family hike through the woods and the exposure on Zoya just seems so perfect that I had to keep it|
|Green, green green and lots of details - I kept it because I seem to have caught everything in focus|
|A balanced and dramatic landscape that just happens to show the archaeological site where I excavated last summer|
|The composition is flawed but it is such a perfect moment that I had to keep it|
|Father and son meeting in the backcountry - good composition and a nice story|
|Whole lot of story to this one and a beautiful moment|
|Is this a cliche? I like it and don't know why|
|This one might be cliche too - but I love the pink with yellow dots thing|
|My best artifact picture - this is a tiny microblade and they are very difficult to show off, and guess who found it?|
|This one captures hanging out by the stove on a hunting trip perfectly|
|Seeking out animals while floating through a spectacular place - one photo tells the whole story|
|Peekaboo - this is my second favorite photo|
|Another snow photo - ughhhh cliche (I dumped a bunch of mountains and snow) - but I kept this one because you can feel the wind and approaching storm - something I rarely capture|