Normally for this post I’d be looking at all the pictures I had chosen for my picture of the day over at The Fair View and choosing the best motion, flower, object, etc. But this year I’ll be doing things a bit differently because my Project 365 went a bit differently. This was year 4, begun with gusto and ambition. But….(like many things this year) it fizzled. And one day in the fall I decided to just. stop. and you know what? I felt better for it. I’m sorry to leave The FairView, but the fact is very few people looked at it, more people looked at Flickr, and I decided to just make a new set noting my favorites of the year. Now when it was 11pm and I hadn’t taken a picture I didn’t feel the burden of needing to find a picture. Nor did I have to feel guilty when I didn’t post to the blog in a timely manner. Did I still take thousands of pictures this year? Yes, I did. And like before, a combination of just capturing our family’s life, as well as seeking out more unusual or artistic photo challenges for myself. Speaking of photo challenges, this year I also participated in a Flickr photo scavenger hunt–113 in 2013. Again, started with great enthusiasm, but…. it didn’t go so well. The final two days of the year I was madly trying to find pictures that fit the categories, or take the remaining pictures. Not really the spirit of the challenge, and not super fun. I’ve figured out for myself that a long list of things to photograph is just too hard to get my head around. I can never remember (even if I carry a paper with me) what the things are, so it’s hard for me to keep an eye out for them, and I also get too caught up in finding the “perfect” or “clever” shot, instead of just something that fits the bill. So I don’t think I’ll be doing 114 in 2014. I noticed this year many more pictures of Tabby than Clark. A combination of she’s a show-off who loves to have her picture taken, and she’s home for half the day with me and becomes my automatic subject while he’s at school. But don’t worry Clark, I still think you’re adorable and funny and worthy of pictures! So, this is awfully wordy for a “best pictures of the year” post, let’s get to the photos!:
Best guinea pig picture: At the beginning of the year there were many baby guinea pig pics. This was a one at six days old. I love the angle I used, capturing the preposterous whiskers.
As for grown-up pigs, this is a librarian favorite, of classified Nibbles (and one that was very popular amongst my librarian friends on Facebook and it seemed like I should have been able to make money off of it as a poster or something!)
And of course there were many outdoor photo sessions with the pigs, combinations of pets, and dressed up for the holidays.
candid: this picture cracks me up because I look at it and immediately know how hard he’s laughing. He was spinning on a playground thing that made him so dizzy he collapsed in a hysterical heap on the ground.
and this one which makes me laugh because he looks like a kid who just scored a goal, but that’s actually not what he was so happy about! But, I still think it’s a wonderful picture of him:
Best Tabby,posed: So staged, with props, and I just love it.
Then there was this one, taken on a misty December morning. I was really pleased with the use of black and white for this one.
as for candid, let’s be honest. There are few pictures of Tabby where she doesn’t know you’re taking her picture! Although you can’t see her face here, I thought this was a great picture for her posture, the dog’s posture, and the crisp color.
Best Flower: As usual, I took many pictures of flowers. So many it may be hard to choose. Of course there were peonies and tulips, and roses too. Buds, blossoms, flowers with insects on them, and so on. You can check out entire sets of the year’s garden, as well as all flowers, over at flickr. Here’s the best peony:
And an iris I was especially taken with for the angle:
And a delicate cosmo:
Best Chicken: with so many baby chicks born at our house this year, there were many baby chick photos. They were so cute I couldn’t stop taking pictures! Though the background of this photo is not great, I just loved the capture of the little one copying his mom:
and I liked this close-up:
Best Motion I usually choose something here capturing a freeze frame of a leap or jump, but this year I love this long exposure that makes Clark look like his legs are running in circles like a cartoon character, and like he is rocket propelled:
Best Food: Looking at the food set can make me downright hungry, which I guess means the pictures are good (the food too!)
Best Beach-this is always hard to choose, because I love beach pictures-the light! the waves! The cheer! And this year we had an actual vacation at the beach so every day was pictures of people in the water, playing in the sand, and dolphins. These were my favorites:
I like this next picture for the pop of color against the drab muddy spring. I think the happiness in swinging and the bright color are a good contrast.
Best Nature: I have a lot to choose from here between the garden, insects, the return of the locusts, our bullfrog, outings to Duke Farms and so on. So here are the top few:
This year I’m going to give recognition to Clark for vastly improving his own photography skills, and for reliably being called upon many times to take pictures of me and Paul, and for doing a great job. Thanks, Clark!