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January 3, 2005

Reflecting on 2004












As the new year dawns, I'm following luminouslens' example and have looked back at all my posts to pick out a handful of personal favorites. I'd love to have your opinion on which of these is my best photo, and which one I should enter in PhotoFriday's "Best of 2004" challenge. (I can't enter "Golden" and "Shirts" because I've already entered these in past challenges.) If there are any other photos on the blog you think are better than the ones I've picked here, I'd appreciate knowing this as well.

Also, I'm following ViSuaLLyMiNDeD's example of seeking more general comments on my photography with the aim of taking better pictures in 2005. Are there aspects of my photography that you think are underdeveloped? (No pun intended.) I'd be interested in knowing what aspects of my approach you think work well and what aspects I should strive to improve.

And finally, I'd like to thank all the visitors who have taken the time to give me feedback on my photos. I've appreciated every comment.

All images copyrighted, and unauthorized use prohibited. Please contact me for permission. Posted by claire-obscure at January 3, 2005 7:49 PM


Of the six you posted, I think "Window" is my favourite. It may not be the best photo but there is just something about the simplicity and mystery of the shot that clicks with me. It immediately makes me wonder about the story behind the scene. I can almost imagine the frame panning back like in a movie to reveal more about what is happening, who it is looking out the window, where they are, etc. You captured a lot with such a simple composition.

Posted by: Simon at January 3, 2005 11:07 PM

You know I'm pretty sure it's okay to re-enter pictures from previous Challenges for the Best of 2004 challenge. "Golden" would be my pick if this were true!

Posted by: Mc at January 3, 2005 11:34 PM

It's so interesting to see what people pick out as their own best photos. I would have thought you'd put Water Music, Jolly Abstract, or even Galvanize on here. Though I guess your problem was probably in narrowing it down to six photos from among all your amazing ones, whereas my challenge was just finding six that I liked period. :)

Anyway, my favorite is Scarlet. I think. Yeah, that one stands out as the most unique (both in terms of your own photos and of other people's). But I also love Watery and Window. In fact, I love all three of these, and I particularly like them in the square frame. I might even like Scarlet better in the square frame than I do in the long vertical in which you originally posted it.

I don't love the bottom three nearly as much as the other three I listed at the beginning of this comment (Water Music, Jolly Abstract, and Galvanize), though I can't put my finger on why. They're just somehow less interesting to me.

As for what I think works well for you... I think you excel at "unique vision". You seem to have a gift for knowing ahead of time what will make an interesting photograph and then working to create that. You do a nice job of finding a unique view of things out in the world, but you're especially good at creating unique abstract scenes that are visually beautiful. You make excellent use of color and light (yes, I think you do, in spite of your own concerns about it), and you don't need sweeping mountainous landscapes to convey beauty and grandeur.

As for what I think you should improve on... I'm going to bail on this question a bit, just like I did for ViSuaLLyMiNDeD. I don't think I can identify anything you need to improve on per se. I just think that you have a gift for creating amazing visuals, and it would be worth continuing to work on that as you learn more about light.

Posted by: luminouslens at January 3, 2005 11:57 PM

Happy new year - we all look forward to great things from your site in the coming year if your reflections on 2004 are anything to go by.
All the best

Posted by: Charles Bryant at January 4, 2005 5:00 AM

"Window" is my favorite one. It has a movie feel that Simon described well. Great shot!

Posted by: Andreas at January 4, 2005 5:38 AM

~I/eye like all six, not too sure if I can single just one out...i am kinda new here, but I look forward to seeing more in the future, happy new year~

Posted by: btezra at January 4, 2005 9:47 AM

I still remember being struck by your shot 'Window' so out of the six that gets my vote. However, I strongly believe that you should enter YOUR favourite photo, not ours.

Posted by: Stuart at January 4, 2005 6:52 PM

I like watery, I think it's gorgeous! For all the times I've visited your blog I've always found a photograph that's taken my breath away. I think 2005 will see you being a continued inspiration to quite a few of us, myself included.

Have a great year!

Posted by: leigh at January 4, 2005 8:45 PM

I like Diagonals the best, I also loved Jolly Rancher. Let us know which one you pick. I look forward to many more...Happy New Year!

Posted by: lostgal at January 4, 2005 8:46 PM

Hmm, Of the six, I would pick diagonals, but Jolly abstract was very very good too.

Posted by: Anand Sankaran at January 5, 2005 3:04 PM

All the above are great images. But my personal favourite is Window because I like the perspective and it speaks to me more than others. Im a city person so I like the cityscape in the bacground, but what makes it so interesting is the softness of the water droplets in the background. great work. but like Stuart says, enter what's your favourite, not ours.

i think you have a keen eye and great talent on seeing pictures out of everyday items. like your recent o'hare shot, you saw that there was a picture there and you took the time to compose the shot and it came out brilliantly. a lot of times i'd be walking along and i'd see a shot, but would be too lazy to take the time out to shoot it, only to kick myself later, so keep taking those shots! hmm, cant think of anything else at the moment, just that keep doing what youre doing and i know that we all can expect to see some great stuff from you in 2005!

Posted by: frisky? at January 5, 2005 6:39 PM

My personal favorite of these six is "watery"> I simply like too much the pastel colors of the photo, and the composition (btw: the composition in the square format is even better than in the original full frame). Second is scarlet, with its mysterious reflections and diffractions.

Posted by: Massimo at January 5, 2005 7:30 PM

I like window a lot. it captures the moment so well...the dark, cloudy, rainy day. =)

Posted by: Benny at January 6, 2005 4:55 PM

Then again, there's always the levitating apple. To throw another option onto the list. I'm not exactly helping you narrow it down, am I?

Posted by: luminouslens at January 6, 2005 8:03 PM

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