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|Thursday, December 22, 2011|
Best of 2011
Each year, I try to pick my best 12 shots. Each year, it seems like a struggle but I think a few came out okay:
This was a two shot composite for dynamic range and exposure. I also included the helitour light beam from one of the shots, since it seemed cool.
This was taken on my smaller point and shoot. It's a longer exposure, but with a small aperture and low ISO. After holding the camera still, the handheld shots sort of came out okay.
We had these last year, but they weren't the easiest to take a photo of. This was a camera phone shot. It always surprises me when I end up with a personal top shot taken on the least likely camera.
This was at a bird count during the winter. On my way back to the truck, this mocking bird was popping around the rocks. It let me get close for a while before flying off. Luckily I got a few shots in.
My only portrait shot in this year's collection. I had a few other shots, were the main focus was half out of the frame, while something else was taking primary focus. Not sure why but that seemed to pop up a few times this year.
Several Hawaii pictures were included this year. Mainly because that was the only point this year that I had time to dedicate to photography. This is a three shot exposure bracket taken just after dawn. Ghosting between images was removed, and I tried to not go overboard on the tone-mapping and color contrast. Symmetry was also something I was going for.
There were no shortage of birds in Hawaii. Pigeons came in the normal blue/purple variety as well as versions of white. It came down to one of each, but I like the expression on this one.
Honestly my main goal in Hawaii was sky photos, which I managed to fail at despite lugging a tripod around. But I've learned that the photos you come home with are far from the ones you set out to get. Of the star photos I attempted, this was resting on the car roof. Just as the exposure was completing, a car drove up and shot some light into the frame. I think it actually ended up adding to the picture, so I rolled with it.
Planthopper Nymph Mold
I really didn't do much macro this year. Was going to specialize in video, but it didn't happen. I did find this nymph overtaken by some mold. Gave me the chance to perform some focus staking on it rather cleanly.
I've been wanting to see a whipscorpion for a while, and only got to see one in a pet store. Still too the opportunity to photograph it. I experimented with different compositions at each zoom level. I think this one came out the best.
Again, another pet store photos, but I like how the background compliments the focus of the photo.
Technically not the best photo, but I liked the pose.
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