A second year of a picture every day! Time to take a look back at my favorites. Before I get into some narrative I’ll start us right off with my all around favorite picture of the year (shown above.) Not only does it have happy memories of a day at Ocean Grove, but the whole framing and motion and joy of the scene is an all around pleasure to me.
Last year’s look back post was pretty massive as I analzyed my photos and also reflected on my year. I’m afraid this year’s is going to be quite a bit shorter, even though I certainly took as my photos.[Update: I’m halfway through and I’m thinking that sentence might not be true-I intended not to include lots of links to pics, but I am!] This year I got a bit lax about getting the picture posted on the actual day and often posted the next morning. I’m not sure I challenged myself often enough, though during a slump I created a challenge for myself (Household Object Challenge!).
I did not complete SMERSH, the photo scavenger hunt of 101 items that my friends started. I hoped to go back and pick photos to match the categories, but I didn’t. But who says SMERSH can’t keep going into 2012? I vow to complete it! In the meantime, this is what I had.
This year I also started using Flickr. It made choosing which picture to post easier because I knew that my other runner up photos would be seen and commented on in Flickr. Librarian me loves the tagging/sets/collections way of organizing and accessing your photos (I initially didn’t like the photostream, but the other organizing aspects won me over.) Other photos news-things I did with my photos. Both Paul and my mom received mugs that I made at snapfish. I did a collage and because you could import from your Flickr account it was super easy to grab a set. Some of my sets are color themes and I love looking at the photos organized like that-Paul’s mug has all orange photos, mom’s is all pink. I also made various calendars for people-a wall calendar with family pictures for Paul to keep at work, and chic vertical calendars for mom and a friend that featured botanical closeups. I was so thrilled with them-I thought they looked like something you might buy in a shop! I definitely would like to have more stationary products made this year with favorite prints. The other awesome thing I bought with my pictures was stickers made at Moo. They are a beautiful quality and completely reasonably priced-I got a book of 90 stickers (with up to 90 different images-I grabbed 40 from a Flickr set) for something like $6. I’d include a photo of it, but I seem to have misplaced it.
Now, on to the photos!
Favorite Miscellaneous Category: This was a favorite photo of the year and it’s part Tabby-part action-part family-part black & white. Whatever it is, I love it!
Favorite Motion: With kids it seems like an awful lot of our pictures are action shots, running, leaping, splashing, and so on. I liked this picture an awful lot only in part for the motion-mostly for the composition, bright kite, and sunshine.
, but somehow it was not chosen as the picture of the day(from the same activity, I picked this one. I wonder why?)! Clark had many great faces and actions photographed this year, as well as ones showing significant milestones, like Cub Scouts and bike riding. Choosing from just Fairview pictures, I would choose this one, which I called “Carnivorous Clark.” We were having a nice hot summer day barbecue, which I think is captured nicely here-you can see the sauce on his face, his summer haircut, and his scrunched up face as he gnaws on a bone.
Favorite of Tabby: I confess it is harder to choose Tabby’s best picture of the year. There were so many great ones and she indulged me in many photo shoots while Clark was at school. She looked precious in her Christmas program outfit, intense in this action shot, sweet as a kitty, and nifty in the air. I’ll go with this as the favorite:
Favorite Flower and Garden: You can see all my garden shots in a handy dandy garden set on Flickr (I just love looking at the sets en masse) When I compared this set to my project 365 pics, I was surprised to see that some of my favorites hadn’t made it to the picture of the day (specifically, this.) I usually take pictures of just a single bloom, but I really loved this one this year-the filling of the frame with the buds, the clear focus in front, and the dots of bright yellow:
Favorite Garden: We didn’t have any success with our corn this year, so I guess it’s ok that this naughty scamp was in there gobbling up what he could.
Favorite Weather/Natural Phenomenon: I saw my first beautiful full rainbow this year, but was stuck taking pictures with my phone. Plenty of snow, ice, rain, and floods provided opportunities for many pictures of Mother Nature. Early in the year I took this shot of frozen droplets on the clothesline and it remained a favorite all year:
Little Droplets of precipitation are definitely a favorite thing to capture-I just love their delicate, and often fleeting, beauty.
Favorite Food: This was probably my favorite food picture, but it did not make it into Project 365. Of the photos that did, I love the seasonal appeal of this one
Favorite Object: The Household Objects challenge helped me find some very interesting shots inside the house, including this broken lightbulb. For novelty’s sake, though, I just loved this picture of tiny things:
I also loved these flapping flags in the Asia section of Disneyworld’s Animal Kingdom:
Finally, a favorite picture of myself.
And with today I begin year 3 of Project 365! Fellow photographers, a happy snapping New Year to you! And to everyone who follows The Fairview, thank you so much for checking out my photos and all of your comments. It means so much to me to share these photos with you.