The best photos so far
At the beginning of this year, I read a post on Improve photography about finding your 10 best photos of the year. I posted what I thought were my 10 best for 2014 in this post. The idea is to see if your photos for the coming year are improving as you learn more about photography.
The other day on Improve Photography, they revisited this idea and suggested you review what you have so far this year and start narrowing things down. I have a folder in Lightroom that had last years top 10. So I went through my photos for the past 3 months and added to this folder what I thought were contenders for my top 10 in 2015.
The photos that make into my Lightroom are only a fraction of what I actually take. They are just the “keepers”, and what I want to edit for printing, or the blog. But it was still a ton of photos.
Going through the photos also made me think how subjective this process is. I love these images because they remind of special places and times. But, what do other people see? Does the viewer look at a photo and think, “Yes that’s ok”, or ” I don’t get why she thinks that is so great.”
Photography is just another art form, and good art is defined by so many things. Is the composition right? Does the viewer feel an emotion while looking at the piece? Does it connect with people? Is there a story being told?
Some of these images may indeed remain in my top 10 for 2015. Some obviously won’t. I have 9 more months of photography ahead of me. We will be going to Wyoming for the summer, and the photo opportunities there are endless.
It was fun going through all the photos though, and all I can say is, it’s a good that film is cheap.
I think I’ll do this again in a few months. Hopefully we can get somewhere soon were I can start taking photos again. I sure miss it.
Maybe you guys can do an exercise like this for something you are doing. I know some of you write, some do photography, or other creative things. It’s a process that I think can be useful for so many ventures.
Will you try it? And if so, on what?