It’s 2019 and it is off to interesting start. More on this in a future blog.
At the beginning of a new year, it is a common practice to reflect on accomplishments of the year past. Today, I decided to reflect on my photographic accomplishments by selecting my best photos of 2018.
I took a lot of photos in 2018, some of them are even good. Just because they are good doesn’t mean they are a personal favorite. So, how did I cull 11,527 photos I took in 2018 to a mere few? Being a computer scientist, I did what computer scientists do, I came up with an algorithm. My algorithm is simple look at each photo and make sure I could say “yes” for each of the following rules:
The photo must be captured in 2018.
The photo must be MY personal favorite. I cannot look at social media to see which ones were your favorites. I cannot ask Kathryn if she liked them. And, my mother’s inputs were summarily rejected.
When I look at the photo, I react to it with a strong emotion.
That’s it. Only three rules. Was the task of selecting my favorites of 2018 easy? Far from it. It’s amazing how many photos of mine I love. Anyway, after much deliberation, here it goes. Here are my favorites from 2018. Drum roll please!
Well, that’s it. My favorite five photos of 2018. It wasn’t easy as I had to leave out a few very nice photos, photos that are better constructed than some of the ones above.
As a bonus, here are three of the photos left on the cutting room floor. If the goal was to pick the five “best” photos I took in 2018, these three might have made the cut.
Finally, this photo makes me laugh every time I look at it. I remember standing among many buffalo. They had surrounded us, giving us only one thing to do – photograph them. I kept turning around, slowing panning my surroundings, firing away. Then, I came across this buffalo, and it made me laugh. A week or so later we arrived in Michigan to visit with Kathryn’s family. Knowing we just came from a photo adventure, we were asked to show what we took. This photo quickly became a favorite of Kathryn’s Aunt Trudy. Every hour or so she would come up to me and say, “show me that photo of that buffalo!” Even with that great feedback, it wasn’t enough to make the final cut. Or, even the just-missed set.
What do you think about my favorites for 2018? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Yes, Jeff, I still love that buffalo! I was surprised you left it off the 2019 calendar. All the photos you chose were winners but I particularly liked the pronghorn deer with the Teton’s in the background. Thanks.
Any photo that gets included in the calendar requires Kathryn’s approval.
Always love your photos. However, I lived in South Dakota and have a healthy respect for buffalo. How in the world you ended up among them blows my mind. You are lucky to be alive!! They are incredibly unpredictable.
You are right. We were quite lucky. I guess we got there just after breakfast! 🙂
Jeff only 11.5K photos last year!!! What, are you slowing down??????? Just kidding, you have a wonderful group of images in this Favorites group. Happy New Year and may you shoot many more this year.
Thanks, PJ. Yeah, it was a light year in terms if quantity. I’ve been working quality instead! haha.
Best to you in the new year.