My 2015 Top Ten Photographs

Inspired by an episode by Martin Bailey's podcast, last year I selected my top ten photographs for 2014. As 2015 ended I thought about that top ten list and decided to do another. While I was going through my photos I decided that I needed to include at least one photo from several categories:

  • Andi and I went on a several trips this year including one to Scotland (with the National Geographic Society and photographer Catherine Karnow) and another to New Mexico (on a workshop with Rick and Susan Sammon), and I knew I wanted both of these represented (I highly recommend both of these).
  • Our dog Emma passed away this year, so she should be represented.
  • I acquired a couple of film cameras (Leica M2 and Nikon FM3A) and decided at least one photo should be from an analog original.
  • I wanted to include photos from multiple genres, including at least street and landscape photography.
  • I should include at least one color (colour) photo.

Per Martin's podcast I made an initial list of photos based on ratings I had entered into Lightroom. I then filtered this list, making several passes, to arrive at my top ten. Whittling the list down this year didn't seem too difficult, due, at least in part, to having decided on some categories before starting. I think, too, that my work with The Arcanum throughout 2015 may have helped in that I had had a lot of practice at winnowing photos for submission.

By the way, Martin just released his Top Ten Photos for 2015. You really should take a look and also listen to this "blogcast," as he now calls it. Highly recommended.

So here are my top ten photography from 2015!


Another Top Ten for 2014

There are many ways to pick one's top ten photos. In my first 2014 top ten post, I chose ten of my favorite photos. In this post I'm going to show my top ten photos based on the number of views they've received on Flickr as of today, January 7th, 2015. Why Flickr? Because that's the web site where my photos seem to get noticed the most, probably because I've been posting photos there longer than other sites.

It really amazes me how many times some of these photo have been viewed. Some of them really make me wonder because I don't think they're very good. I guess other people have different opinions, but in my opinion this is especially the case for the #1 photo, which is #1 by a very wide margin. I just don't get it.

So here they are in order from #10 to #1.

10. Delaware Arts Festival (11,105 views)

9. A House Divided 6 (11,433 views)

8. Joe, Who is Not a Spider (11,449 views)

7. Harley Hound (13,595 views)

6. A House Divided 26 (13,735 views)

5. A House Divided 20 (14,384 views)

4. A House Divided 1 (15,166 views)

3. A House Divided 21 (15,622 views)

2. A House Divided 27 (22,678 views)

1. Cone Flowers and Bokeh (37,125 views)

My 2014 Top Ten Photographs

My friend and fellow Arcanum apprentice Nick Nieto pointed out Martin Bailey's weblog post about how and why to choose one's top ten photographs of the year. I'm sure I would have eventually found Martin's post anyway, as I really enjoy Martin's weblog and podcast, but I'm grateful to Nick for helping me find it sooner.

At first I didn't think too much about it, but then I looked at Nick's images and listened to Martin's podcast, and I was inspired. So this evening I followed (for the most part) Martin's prescription and came up with my top ten. I'm not sure these are my absolute favorites for the year, but each has a reason for being included.

So without further ado, here are my top ten photographs for 2014...

"Chestnut Ridge Metro Park" (Carroll, Ohio)

"Chestnut Ridge Metro Park" (Carroll, Ohio)

"Olentangy Abstract" (Columbus, Ohio)

"Olentangy Abstract" (Columbus, Ohio)

"On the Trail to the Tiger's Nest" (  Paro, Bhutan)

"On the Trail to the Tiger's Nest" (Paro, Bhutan)

"At the Weaving Center" (Thimphu, Bhutan)

"At the Weaving Center" (Thimphu, Bhutan)

"Civil War Re-enactors" (Columbus, Ohio)

"Civil War Re-enactors" (Columbus, Ohio)

"Homage to Elliott Erwitt" (Columbus, Ohio)

"Homage to Elliott Erwitt" (Columbus, Ohio)

"Prairie Oaks Metro Park" (West Jefferson, Ohio)

"Prairie Oaks Metro Park" (West Jefferson, Ohio)

"Dancers at Whetstone Park" (Columbus, Ohio)

"Dancers at Whetstone Park" (Columbus, Ohio)

"Andi at Voodoo Donuts" (Eugene, Oregon)

"Andi at Voodoo Donuts" (Eugene, Oregon)

"David Wong in Concert" (Columbus, Ohio)

"David Wong in Concert" (Columbus, Ohio)