TOP 10 of 2013

When The Light Hits You I had to include a few florals in my best of album.  I think that I tend to ignore my florals a lot of the time when I'm taking a good hard look at my work, and I'm not sure why that is.  Florals are one of the things that I shoot that I get the best response from, but I still tend to forget them.  Maybe it's because I feel that they are too..   "easy".  There is no hunt or luck involved.  They can be exactly as you want them to be,  with a little knowledge and luck. I chose this one because of the light.  It's dark and mysterious and yet it's fresh and beautiful at the same time. I shot the heck out of these tulips last spring, and they have brought me many hours of joy that outlasted the insignificant amount of time that they lived for.
When The Light Hits You
 

I had to include a few florals in my best of album.  I think that I tend to ignore my florals a lot of the time when I’m taking a good hard look at my work, and I’m not sure why that is.  Florals are one of the things that I shoot that I get the best response from, but I still tend to forget them.  Maybe it’s because I feel that they are too..   “easy”.  There is no hunt or luck involved.  They can be exactly as you want them to be,  with a little knowledge and luck.

I chose this one because of the light.  It’s dark and mysterious and yet it’s fresh and beautiful at the same time.

I shot the heck out of these tulips last spring, and they have brought me many hours of joy that outlasted the insignificant amount of time that they lived for

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You Can See Right Through Me

Macro……. 2 years ago I bought a 105mm lens and I have totally and completely fallen in love with it.  I had to include a proper macro in this top 10.

I find with macro that the world is a whole new place.  So many things you can see and find through your macro lens..  things that you never see otherwise.

When I am shooting macro, the big world around me seems to just evaporate, and all I focus on is the tiny world I can see through my lens.  It’s an instant get away for me, even in the winter months, when I can’t escape to the outdoors very easily.

If you have never given macro a try..  you really should.  There is a whole world waiting for you to discover it

Top 10 of 2013 id I had to include at least one selfy in my best of 2013.  I know that you've probably seen this photo a hundred times already, and are probably tired of it,  so it was a tough decision to make on which one I wanted to use. Many of us here participate in Selfy Sunday and the Self Portrait community.  I imagine that those who don't do them must think we're all a little weird or egotistical or something ;) The truth, at least for me, is that.. no..  I'm not.  I shudder at the thought of being in front of the camera.  I see nothing but my own flaws when I see photos of myself, and I don't like anyone taking my photo......  but me. Now, I know we all probably feel the same way about this.  If you do, then you really should start shooting selfies.  Through doing them, you will learn a lot about how to pose yourself to get the best results.  How to hold your face and how to light a person.  It will make you stretch your creativity beyond your own borders.   But most of all, you will get to know yourself. You will somehow get used to that crooked smile of yours, and you will become very familiar with the character lines on your face.  You know how you look at your best friend or the person you love and you don't see or think about their double  chin, or their hair loss, or the scar they have on their chin?  That's because you've seen it a hundred thousand times and you look past those things to the person that you care about.  Well, that kinda happens with selfies..  you learn to accept those things about yourself and you can look deeper. I have a customer who prints for me.  I had a batch of prints done, and for the first time, I included a selfy for printing. This one. I was a little concerned at what he might think, and when he dropped them off to me he said that this was the one he liked the best.  He said it took him a while to even realize it was me.  How he always sees me smiling and laughing, etc and seeing this was almost a shock to him.  It was a part of me he'd never seen, or even suspected was there. He said "It's like I'm looking at this and seeing a part of your soul" That is what made me decide to include it in my top 10 of 2013.
 
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I had to include at least one selfy in my best of 2013.  I know that you’ve probably seen this photo a hundred times already, and are probably tired of it,  so it was a tough decision to make on which one I wanted to use.

Many of us here participate in Selfy Sunday and the Self Portrait community.  I imagine that those who don’t do them must think we’re all a little weird or egotistical or something 😉

The truth, at least for me, is that.. no..  I’m not.  I shudder at the thought of being in front of the camera.  I see nothing but my own flaws when I see photos of myself, and I don’t like anyone taking my photo……  but me.

Now, I know we all probably feel the same way about this.  If you do, then you really should start shooting selfies.  Through doing them, you will learn a lot about how to pose yourself to get the best results.  How to hold your face and how to light a person.  It will make you stretch your creativity beyond your own borders.   But most of all, you will get to know yourself.

You will somehow get used to that crooked smile of yours, and you will become very familiar with the character lines on your face.  You know how you look at your best friend or the person you love and you don’t see or think about their double  chin, or their hair loss, or the scar they have on their chin?  That’s because you’ve seen it a hundred thousand times and you look past those things to the person that you care about.  Well, that kinda happens with selfies..  you learn to accept those things about yourself and you can look deeper.

I have a customer who prints for me.  I had a batch of prints done, and for the first time, I included a selfy for printing.

This one.

I was a little concerned at what he might think, and when he dropped them off to me he said that this was the one he liked the best.  He said it took him a while to even realize it was me.  How he always sees me smiling and laughing, etc and seeing this was almost a shock to him.  It was a part of me he’d never seen, or even suspected was there.

He said “It’s like I’m looking at this and seeing a part of your soul”

That is what made me decide to include it in my top 10 of 2013.

 

The Healing When I first started here on G+, I was kind of known for my "big skies" and so even though I didn't have very many of them in 2013, I had to include at least one Big Sky. I chose this one because of the amazing God's Rays that I was able to catch.  There are moments when I am out shooting the sky, and I see something that just stops me in my tracks and takes my breath away.  God's Rays always do just that.  In fact, it was a photo with the most spectacular rays that I took, that got me started on my photographic journey. I will often stop and just stare at the sky, and wonder what all the people are doing who are missing it.  Probably sitting inside their houses doing some menial chore, thinking heavily about something, or feeling bored..  when really, all they need to do is step outside their door and look at the sky to feel enlightened and destressed.
The Healing
 

When I first started here on G+, I was kind of known for my “big skies” and so even though I didn’t have very many of them in 2013, I had to include at least one Big Sky.

I chose this one because of the amazing God’s Rays that I was able to catch.  There are moments when I am out shooting the sky, and I see something that just stops me in my tracks and takes my breath away.  God’s Rays always do just that.  In fact, it was a photo with the most spectacular rays that I took, that got me started on my photographic journey.

I will often stop and just stare at the sky, and wonder what all the people are doing who are missing it.  Probably sitting inside their houses doing some menial chore, thinking heavily about something, or feeling bored..  when really, all they need to do is step outside their door and look at the sky to feel enlightened and destressed.

 

This might seem like a very simple, and maybe even unusual shot to pick for my top 10, but I included this one without any doubt. I love the crispness of the bird on the wire, and  The textures giving it a dark and gloomy feel, but The thing is, this photo was posted during a bit of a sad time for me, as I lost a friend.  You know..  one of those amazing friendships that you think is going to go on forever, but suddenly one day you realize that it's not.  When you sit and wonder over and over again if you did something wrong and what it could be and the sadness hits you as you realize that maybe it's not you at all...  maybe it's just them.  Maybe they've gotten what they really needed and it's just time for them to move on. So, I posted this photo in response to how how I was feeling.  It was my way of letting go, and just saying goodbye, even if it was only in my own mind.  Sometimes that's all you can do.  Let go and accept it. For that reason, this photo holds great sentimental value to me. Silly, I know, that a black bird sitting on a wire could be important to me.  That's just sap in me leaking out, I suppose. So, 2013, I will  Say Goodbye To You Today....  I wish you well on your way, and welcome the new year into my life.
I Said Goodbye To You Today 

The 3rd last in my top ten picks for this year.

This might seem like a very simple, and maybe even unusual shot to pick for my top 10, but I included this one without any doubt.

I love the crispness of the bird on the wire, and  The textures giving it a dark and gloomy feel, but The thing is, this photo was posted during a bit of a sad time for me, as I lost a friend.  You know..  one of those amazing friendships that you think is going to go on forever, but suddenly one day you realize that it’s not.  When you sit and wonder over and over again if you did something wrong and what it could be and the sadness hits you as you realize that maybe it’s not you at all…  maybe it’s just them.  Maybe they’ve gotten what they really needed and it’s just time for them to move on.

So, I posted this photo in response to how how I was feeling.  It was my way of letting go, and just saying goodbye, even if it was only in my own mind.  Sometimes that’s all you can do.  Let go and accept it.

For that reason, this photo holds great sentimental value to me.

Silly, I know, that a black bird sitting on a wire could be important to me.  That’s just sap in me leaking out, I suppose.

So, 2013, I will  Say Goodbye To You Today….  I wish you well on your way, and welcome the new year into my life.

 

Top 10 of 2013 Waking Up To The Silence There was no doubt in my mind that this one had to be in my top 10 for this year.  Another foray into the Minimalist and monochrome world. I think it's the cleanest, and purist shot I took this year. I have a love affair with trees going on .  I think they have so much to tell us.  If only they could tell us their stories. They weather every storm that the earth throws at them, and they fight to survive.  Every imperfection they have is there for the world to see, and they still stand up as tall and straight as they possibly can.  They are the silent watchers in our world. When I first posted this photo I was so thrilled with the attention it received.  So many amazing comments and shares...  but then someone who didn't like it tore it to shreds one day. I read the words with my mouth hanging open and I was very upset, as it was the first time anyone had really taken issue with my work, and let me know about it. I had to sit and stew over it for a little while, and I even contacted a few other photographers that I know and respect here, to ask them their opinions on how I should respond. In the end, what I really wanted to do was tell the guy to go and do nasty things to his hat, but instead I tried to understand where he was coming from.  It really caused me to think about not only this photo, but photos in general, and what it is that draws people to them. How it can be that anyone would care about yet, one more lone tree photo?  It took some thinking, but I eventually figured it out.  My reasons.  Not yours.  Not anyone else's. That's something we all have to figure   out for ourselves.
 
Waking Up To The Silence 

There was no doubt in my mind that this one had to be in my top 10 for this year.  Another foray into the Minimalist and monochrome world.

I think it’s the cleanest, and purist shot I took this year.

I have a love affair with trees going on .  I think they have so much to tell us.  If only they could tell us their stories.

They weather every storm that the earth throws at them, and they fight to survive.  Every imperfection they have is there for the world to see, and they still stand up as tall and straight as they possibly can.  They are the silent watchers in our world.

When I first posted this photo I was so thrilled with the attention it received.  So many amazing comments and shares…  but then someone who didn’t like it tore it to shreds one day.

I read the words with my mouth hanging open and I was very upset, as it was the first time anyone had really taken issue with my work, and let me know about it.

I had to sit and stew over it for a little while, and I even contacted a few other photographers that I know and respect here, to ask them their opinions on how I should respond.

In the end, what I really wanted to do was tell the guy to go and do nasty things to his hat, but instead I tried to understand where he was coming from.  It really caused me to think about not only this photo, but photos in general, and what it is that draws people to them.

How it can be that anyone would care about yet, one more lone tree photo?  It took some thinking, but I eventually figured it out.  My reasons.  Not yours.  Not anyone else’s.

That’s something we all have to figure   out for ourselves.

 

Inner Layers  This is a macro and a floral.  I love the intense colour, and the warm or seductive feeling, of this photo! I believe that flowers are very sensual, and sometimes, if you shoot them just right.....   that sensuality can really come through in an abstract way, if the viewer's mind is open enough to see it.
Inner Layers 

My number 4 pick for my top 10.  I did have another shot picked, but I changed my mind at the last minute.

This is a macro and a floral.  I love the intense colour, and the warm or seductive feeling, of this photo!

I believe that flowers are very sensual, and sometimes, if you shoot them just right…..   that sensuality can really come through in an abstract way, if the viewer’s mind is open enough to see it.

 

I shot this on  our trip to Yellowstone Park this summer.  We were there in the worst part of forest fire season, and the smoke was so thick that it obliterated the view of Yellowstone Lake. It was perfect ;l) This year I took on a goal to work on minimalism and black and white/ monochrome photos.  This photo shows both of those. Every photo we take has a memory attached to it that makes it appealing to us, and so it's hard to know what others will think of it. But when I look at this...   I just think sigh...  I hope you can feel the sigh too...
Sigh

I shot this on  our trip to Yellowstone Park this summer.  We were there in the worst part of forest fire season, and the smoke was so thick that it obliterated the view of Yellowstone Lake.

It was perfect ;l)

This year I took on a goal to work on minimalism and black and white/ monochrome photos.  This photo shows both of those.

Every photo we take has a memory attached to it that makes it appealing to us, and so it’s hard to know what others will think of it.

But when I look at this…   I just think sigh…

I hope you can feel the sigh too…

 

The Light Will Always Find You My last pick for my top ten list. Last spring, the storms were rolling in and I stood in my kitchen arguing with myself about whether I should go out shooting or not.  It was one of those decisions....  I could go out and find gold, or I could go out and end up in a storm with nothing but gray, wet skies... I wasn't feeling much like going out, to be honest, but I got dressed and away I went.  The wind was extremely strong that night, and I couldn't even set up my tripod.  My phone rang and it was a message from +Kris Schofield  telling me to watch out for the weather - as we were expecting a big storm.  I stood there on the side of the road with the wind almost blowing me off my feet, looking at these angry clouds and telling him how amazing it was out there! I found the gold that night.  It was uncomfortable.  I was wet.  I was cold.  I was wind burnt, but damn..  it was a glorious shoot! THe moral of the story... Go. Just..........  Go. The light will always find you..
The Light Will Always Find You
 
 

Last spring, the storms were rolling in and I stood in my kitchen arguing with myself about whether I should go out shooting or not.  It was one of those decisions….  I could go out and find gold, or I could go out and end up in a storm with nothing but gray, wet skies…

I wasn’t feeling much like going out, to be honest, but I got dressed and away I went.  The wind was extremely strong that night, and I couldn’t even set up my tripod.  My phone rang and it was a message from +Kris Schofield  telling me to watch out for the weather – as we were expecting a big storm.  I stood there on the side of the road with the wind almost blowing me off my feet, looking at these angry clouds and telling him how amazing it was out there!

I found the gold that night.  It was uncomfortable.  I was wet.  I was cold.  I was wind burnt, but damn..  it was a glorious shoot!

THe moral of the story…

Go.

Just……….  Go.

The light will always find you..

 

Just You And I
Just You And I
 

I shot this photo this fall down by the river in the early morning fog.

I don’t drag my butt out of bed in the morning, and I really have no idea why, because some of the best photos, and best photo experiences I’ve ever had  have been in those early morning hours.

I was by the river bank and shooting this fog and wishing I had a subject to make it all better.  Suddenly I heard voices in the fog, and along came 4 men, carrying fishing poles and gear.  I said  good morning to them and lingered around just waiting for them to get set up, and finally I was able to take this shot.

This is a quiet piece.  Once again, another monochrome and minimalist shot.

I don’t get out in the fog very often, but when I do, the stillness and the quiet seems to permeate your bones and secludes you from all and any events that may be going on around you.

For me this photo shows the contentment of being “alone with someone”, which is a very powerful feeling.

 

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