2009 was really my first year becoming involved in photography. I made great leaps, and tried to learn how to get out of taking snapshots, to making pictures. However, that taught me some of the wrong lessons, and I’ve noticed that I’m good at nature, but not nearly as good at taking candids of my family – that’s one thing I’m focusing on fixing in 2010.
As a year in review, here are some of the pictures I took this last year that I think are my best.
Best of My Children
I have three children, so I picked one of each.
Amanda. It may have not been any kind of planned shoot, just a candid shot at the kitchen table while kids ran around crazily, but this picture of Amanda, one of our dear friends, is my favourite portrait of 2009.
Best Post Production
Ivy Dancing with Herself. I like to get things right in camera too, but sometimes you want an effect that you just can’t do with a camera. This was one of my first attempts at selective colour masking, and I love how it turned out, and how much it taught me about the process.
Best Flash Picture
Emille as Death. I dislike flash, but sometimes you need it. You may have had a couple too many drinks to hold the camera still, and you need to stop the action and not end up blurry. This was one of those times. After a little post production work this looked pretty cool. Emille may also have had one of the best costumes at the party, with this stilts and all.
Best Nature (Non Animal)
Best Nature (Animal)
Squirrel. This squirrel picture delights me. I was in my motorcycle gear, including my helmet and taking pictures of the road and a bend. I saw the squirrel and started snapping pictures, but wanted to get closer. I got as close as I could and laid in the gravel and let him come to me. This is what I got.
Quesnel at Blue Hour. I did a bunch of layouts this year, taking various pictures and making triptychs and diptychs and etc. But this one, made of shots about a half hour after sunset is the best of the year.
So that’s the list. Best photos of 2009. We’ll see how this looks in a year when I look back on 2010 with 52 extra photowalks to pick from.