Firstly, thank you for reading and viewing this blog and recap of the year 2016! I appreciate your support and interest! If you follow my Facebook page regularly, you’ll recognize some of the images, but there’s plenty of new, never-before-seen content. Each image was chosen with a reason and with hopes that individually and collectively they’ll convey something about Humanity, Diversity, Beauty, and Struggle…
Please comment, engage, share your opinion, pick you favorite(s).
In a hurry? – leave it for now and come back with a coffee and a more relaxed time to look over. I’d prefer not to have you rush over the selection; it took me a whole year to make all these photos, can you give me 10 minutes to enjoy at a relaxed pace?
It’s the second year that I compile the “100 photos from a year” collection. Expect about a third to be dance, about another third politics & demonstrations, and one third travel, nature, and people. There’s something for everyone, and I hope that this body of work as a whole can give you something to take away.
In this profession (is it still a profession? — I hope so) it’s truly about quality and not quantity. Still, I took roughly 78,000 shots this year, which averages about 214 per day, every day. In reality, it can be a thousand or two in a day and editing until the next shooting event. In a great, busy, five week period—November 1-December 10 only—I shot 24,000 frames. Back in the 90s that was half the shutter expectancy of a film based SLR. For my non-photographer friends and readers, those images also need to be looked at and evaluated. I’m sure some shoot even more, these are just my numbers. But that’s where the ‘distillation,’ selection process begins. Actually it starts with the shot itself. Decent photographers do not ‘spray and pray;’ every click is a decision and timing. The next tier is to select a dozen or two out of a thousand or two. Out of that selection, one or two might land on my fb page or be published otherwise. See the process of elimination? My first run at this year’s already selected photos for this blog resulted in 257 images. That’s way too much for me to ask you to look at, so another 157 was let go of and here it is, the top 100 with some thoughts (in chronological order):
(I’m afraid the numbering is a bit messed up by the program, I apologize for that)