I’ve been wanting to put together a video of my year in photos. I started on it, kinda sorta, and then put it on hold, and now here we are in February. Oops. Until I finish that, I thought I would post my 10 favorite photos from 2010, in no particular order (an idea I stole from somewhere else on the internets).
I took a ridiculous amount of photos in 2010, mostly after Tim bought me my Rebel in August and I went a little nutburgers. It was really hard to pick 10 favorites. I chose these ones because they helped me learn something, or they make me happy, or I just find myself going back and looking at them over and over for whatever reason.
1. Tiger at Dickerson Park Zoo
This was the first one to jump out at me when I decided to do this list. I almost peed myself when I took this photo, I was so excited. The zoo has always been one of my favorite places to photograph, but I was always frustrated by things like fences that I didn’t know how to work around. This was the first time I was able to focus on the animal through the fence, and the tiger just so happened to be staring right at me. Right place, right time. [Canon Rebel T2i, Sigma 70-300mm f/4.0 lens]
2. Lily at Churaumi Aquarium
This photo was taken on Day 2 of my 365 project. I went with a different flower photo for the day, but I think I like this one better. It reminds me of when I first decided to start my project, and how I thought I’d be using my little G10 for another year. I still love using the macro setting on that camera. [Canon G10, macro setting]
3. Okinawa sunset
One of the best things about our place in Okinawa is that we are always just steps away from breathtaking ocean sunsets. I go out all the time and take a gajillion photos of this same view, and it’s always different. This was one of my favorites. [Canon Rebel T2i, Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens]
This photo originally made me want to punch a baby. The humidity in Okinawa is absolutely ridiculous, and that’s something you have to keep in mind when you take a camera from the perpetually arctic conditions of the BOQ to the sweltering sauna outside. This particular day I was so over having to wait, and I was snapping away and getting so frustrated that the lens wasn’t clearing. I came back inside fuming (ok, maybe some of that was hormones or something). It ended up looking like I was shooting these flowers on a foggy day, and they actually looked really pretty. Win. [Canon Rebel T2i, Sigma 70-300mm f/4.0 lens]
5. Sequim Bay, Washington state
Not to get all puppies and rainbows, but this is officially one of my favorite places in the world during one of the happiest times of my life. The last night of our honeymoon we had dinner at a restaurant overlooking Sequim Bay. After dinner we just walked around and drank it all in. Absolutely beautiful. Forget retiring here, I would move here next week. [Canon G10]
6. Rock Bridge State Park
I took my new camera on a trip to Rock Bridge State Park soon after I got home from Okinawa in September. This was before I got any fancy new lenses. I’ve just always liked this photo. [Canon Rebel T2i, 18-55mm f/3.5 lens]
7. Dragonfly at Shelter Gardens
I spent a lot of time at Shelter Gardens in the latter part of 2010. Eventually it became part of my routine to stop by there on my way home from the gym (earning me the office of mayor on FourSquare, which I have yet to relinquish). This was one of my favorite photos I took there. I was just starting to become obsessed with shallow depth of field, and I love the imperfection on his wing. [Canon Rebel T2i, Sigma 70-300mm f/4.0 lens]
8. Squirrel at Shelter Gardens
This is another one of my very favorites from Shelter. It’s just so bizarre. They have this collection of skulls in one area, and I guess this squirrel was ready to fight me for the nuts inside it. He just stayed on top of the skull, staring at me, until I got the shot. It was awesome. [Canon Rebel T2i, Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens]
This was one of the first puppy portraits I took with my 50mm lens and I was going a little crazy with the f/1.8 aperture. The look on Pippin’s face just slays me every time. It’s so him. [Canon Rebel T2i, Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens]
Taking Tim to England was definitely one of my favorite parts of 2010 (so was marrying the guy, but I didn’t take any photos that day :)). I took this when the two of us took a walk through the park in Orpington. This shot didn’t really stand out to me until recently – I don’t know what it is, I just love this photo of him. [Canon Rebel T2i, Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens]
The major thing I notice looking at these 10 is that most of them are of landscapes, animals, or flowers. So, my goal in 2011 is to get better at photographing people. It’s definitely my weakness right now. I’d love for my top 10 of 2011 to include several great (human) portraits. Another goal is to become more consistent. Most of my really good shots are lucky. I want to have more control and be able to get great shots on purpose, consistently.
So there’s my 2010 in 10 photos. Happy 2011 (a month late)!