This past year was wonderful and full of many great memories. I got to see a few new places and take a lot of photographs. I'm very sad to see it go but time must march on and 2014 is already looking like a great year ahead. To get ready for 2014 I have spent the last week keywording, organizing, and archiving the images from 2013. I also have been compiling a list of my favorite images. At the beginning of 2013 I started the tradition of creating the favorites list after getting the idea from listening to Martin Bailey on his Podcast. The goal of the list is to make an exercise out by looking through your images and trying to understand what went well, what could have been better, and how to proceed forward into 2014 with a focused trajectory for taking better photographs. It's a great exercise and I highly recommend anyone who wants to improve their photography try it. Check out the images below to see what made my favorites of 2013 list. If you have any insights or feedback I would love to hear from you.
If you need help getting started with your list here's how I built mine. I first created a smart album in Aperture to show me all 5 star images that were taken 2013. Then I quick viewing of each of the images and flagged any that could possibly make the cut. After that I filtered out everything that wasn't flagged. That left me with about a 100 images. I then worked through the list and removed flags on any images that stood out as not good enough. It's a lot easier removing images that aren't good enough then trying to pick the best out of the list (I picked that up watching one of Scott Kelby's training videos). I kept doing that until I was down to my top images and couldn't find any more images to remove. It's a simple way to work through and cull images to find the good ones in a large group. Just the process of removing images taught me what didn't work compared to images that did work.
Here's my list - (Click on images to enlarge):
Castle Hill Lighthouse. Newport, Rhode Island.
Giant's Causeway. Northern Ireland.
Fairy Falls - Colombia River Gorge - Oregon
Vineyard, Napa Valley, California.
Path in the Portland Japanese Garden.
A horse in the field at the BC Ranch - Ashland, Oregon.
Sheep grazing in a field in Northern Ireland.
Along the river in Paris
A view of Nice, France from the hills above the City
Street performer in Paris
This year I had the great opportunity to photograph the Timbers vs LA Galaxy Game. The whole experience was a total blast and would like to say a special thanks to my buddy Craig for getting me a pass for the game. I have a few other images from the game but this is one of the most dynamic of the evening. I really loved how the goalies face was framed by the netting as he dove for the ball. I believe he ended up blocking this goal, prior to a Timbers winning game.
Blocked goal at the Timbers and LA Galaxy game.
This last image is a special one for me. It's a portrait of my Casey, my wife, I took during our travels this year. Without her I would not have been able to go to all the amazing places we went to. She works so hard to plan and coordinate our travels so they go as smooth as possible.
In case you haven't had enough images here is my list from last year - 2012 Favorites