The Best of 2014!

December 29, 2014  •  3 Comments

It’s my favourite time of the year!  Time to go over all my photos from the year and choose “the best” or, my favourites.  It’s fun to look back and see what I did well, and, what could have been done better.

This year was a good year.  I think my best yet.  It was a year of good landscape photos, which is a bit of a surprise, as this isn’t my “specialty” or what I enjoy the most, necessarily (although I may change my mind yet!  It was fun to shoot these landscapes this year, and I was really happy with the results!).  Overall, I’m really happy with my work this year.  As always, there is room to grow and improve, and that’s part of the beauty of doing a review like this.  It shows me how well I did, but it also shows me where I fell short, where I can improve, or even, by which photos jump out at me the most, what I need to do differently from hereon in.  For example, as I went through my photos, I found myself gravitating to photos that included a “story”…some background information that gives more context and information about where it is or what’s going on, and I found myself not gravitating to just straight closely cropped shots of just people’s faces.  So that tells me that, moving forward, perhaps I need to shoot more story-like images…images that tell a story.  And that’s good to know.

I have also loved playing with light this year.  Especially in the second half of the year, I really began to look for dramatic light.  The contrast of light and shadow.  I think you’ll see it in the results below that that was a real focus for me this year, and something I really became passionate about.

So without further ado, I hope you enjoy the best of 2014…And please feel free to share in the comments which ones are YOUR favourites, or perhaps there is one I didn’t include that was your favourite from the year.  I’d love to hear about it!

Best portrait of the year

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I still can’t decide which one of these I like better.  I like them both!  So they both win. :)

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Best portrait of a child

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I just love this shot.  I love the look of sweet innocence and trust on his face and the soft light caressing his face.  Gorgeous.

Best “Moment”

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These guys were just too cute, perched on the edge of the bench, all squished together, having a little chat.  A perfect moment.

Best street photo

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Two very different shots tie in this category.  I love this shot of this little girl.  Her cute yellow shoes that match with the door behind her, her dress that matches the scooter and the repeating blue, the receding light that draws your eye back into the frame, combined with her pose and expression of deep thought make this a really interesting photo.

 

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I love this shot of the scooters backlit against the rising sun and the gorgeous yellowing leaves of fall.

Best Detail Shot

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Love the light, the colour and the selective focus on this one that leads your eye straight to the hanging cluster of grapes.

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Again, a totally different shot.  This one is just so expressive in its’ quirky way. :)  It is very open to interpretation!

Best Doorway

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Okay, it’s not really a doorway, I guess.  But it is a passageway.  So I think it counts!

I have always loved black backdrops in portraits, or black backgrounds.  I think it’s the drama of them.  So this one completely fits the bill!

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More dramatic light makes this photo sing with the drama of warm light and the mystery of deep shadows.

Best “funny” shot

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At first glance, maybe this one doesn’t seem so funny, but as you look back, you see the second barber at work on his customer, and it just makes me giggle every time…

Best portrait from project:women

2014-12-30_0003   This woman has such an expressive face, and combined with an amazing background, it makes for a great shot.

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This lady’s smile and eyes just radiate warmth.

Best relationship photo

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A moment of true warmth and laughter and fun captured in this shot between mother and daughter.

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Another moment of genuine affection between mother and daughter.  I love the expression on the little girl’s face.

Best Abstract

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The blue of the ocean just calls out to be shot as an abstract, just completely focusing on its’ vibrant colour.  Doesn’t it just say “summer” to you??

Best light and shadow

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Going back to that black frame again.  I love the contrast of going from darkness into the  light.  Such symbolism in shots like this.

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Again, a contrast of light and shadow, this time in a completely natural setting.

Best Landscape(s)

Okay, this one was just too hard to choose just one…or even two!  So this category has FOUR winners!  I know, I know, that’s totally against the rules, but who are we kidding?  I make the rules here!! :)

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This one combines a bunch of favourites for me…dramatic light and shadow, culture, with the truck (over)loaded with corn and the receding misty mountains.

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A similar shot, but simpler.  I love the rays of sunlight an the mist covered mountains, with the dramatic black foreground.

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Totally different.  Summer!  Vibrant colour!  A boat in the perfect place.  This one captures the essence of life by the ocean for me.

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From the ocean to the desert.  Here, high up in the mountains, a woman walks towards a picturesque lake with gorgeous sand dunes in the background.  There’s just something about this shot that I love.

My personal favourite

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Well, this one is personal.  It is my daughter in the picture, which adds sentimental value for me.  But I love the grandiosity of the landscape compared to the smallness of my daughter, along with the dramatic light and the sunburst sun…to me, a perfect photo.

 

So that’s it!  To be honest, there were a lot of other “favourites” I could have included, but I didn’t want to make the list TOOOOO long!  I hope you enjoyed the round-up.  Please do let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

And Happy New Year to you all!  May the next year be filled with more great moments and memories for all of us!



Comments

3.Al Heinrichs(non-registered)
You have a wonderful gift of catching the right moment and perspective. I particularly like your comments, where you share your feelings about what you see in the picture. Thanks for sharing.
2.Susan Moore(non-registered)
you are so gifted.
i love the delight you take in what you see.
thank you.
1.kristen meadows(non-registered)
im not sure if you live in a world with more color or if I need to slow down and see more. Beautiful
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