For those of you who aren't also my friend on fb, I thought I'd fill you guys in :)
Counting down to the new year I picked my 11 favourite photo's that I'd taken over the past year. So here they are!
I like this one because of the contrasting colours on the ice; the bright gold from the setting sun against the dark blue shadows of the water through the thin layer of ice is really awesome! The way the ice created the "wave" to begin with is pretty cool too!
I took this one at Lockport, New York. I love the autumn colours just starting to appear and how the blue boat really 'pops' against the background!
#9. I love macro photography because it allows you to peer into a whole new world - the world of the tiny. My favourite is when you take a photo of something, and then afterwards notice something really cool that you couldn't even see before!
That is what happened with this photo. It is a macro of a closed Dandelion bud that I took while demoing at Hillcrest Mall for the Richmond Hill Studio Tour & Art Sale. I hadn't noticed the tiny little bits protruding with my naked eye, so when I saw them all lit up it was a neat surprise. Even better though is that if you look closely at this photo you can see several of the protrusions are exploding! Pretty amazing huh??
#8. Animal photography (or any photography really I suppose) really requires two separate things - good technique and a moment. You can have the best lighting, focus, composition etc. ever but unless the animal does something special, it is hard to get that emotional connection. This is what I really strive for in my photos; I want to capture the soul of the creature - is it mischievous? Sleepy? Powerful?
This is why I love this photo so much. While it certainly isn't technically one of my best photos, I love the story told through it. This squirrel repeatedly steals the apples from our apple tree and hurries with them across the garden and off to wherever he lives. Often times the apples are bigger than his head as you can see below, and he'll trip over them as he runs. He never gives up though, and is always soon back for more!
#7. This one was taken at The Toronto Zoo on a school field trip at the end of the last school year. The droplets were from a misting machine, and I love how they distort the scales seen through them. The colour of the snake is pretty cool too - if you look closely you can see more than just green that the camera picked up!
#6. Another one taken at The Toronto Zoo. I love this guy's expression - it makes me laugh every time. It's amazing how you can really connect with an individual of a completely different species just through their facial and body language!
#5. This photo was taken at the Lake Wilcox Park Opening during the summer. It was actually quite a stormy day (by lunch time it was pouring rain on us!) but I managed to grab this just as the clouds peeled away for a few moments - it was literally the only sunshine we had the whole day and it only lasted about 5 minutes! So that's one reason I like this photo - because I managed to actually be in the right place in the right time (which for those of you who know me, know is quite a rarity! )
Also I love the composition I got with this photo - the head and arm all fall across the diagonal which I find adds some motion to the photo. Sometimes I imagine that this frog statue is about to come alive and leap right out of the photo! I always love looking for unusual or different ways of composing my photos - it's amazing how you can find so many different interesting things about one subject just by looking at it from a different angle or focusing in on a different part!
#4. I like this one because it really shows the Fibonacci sequence in the center pod of the flower. I also love how the bright pinks stand out against the green background. Normally when your taking nature photography your photos are filled with muted greens and browns. Flowers (and to some extent insects as well) are always fun since they come in the most brilliant colours and patterns. (plus flowers have this great habit of not running away!
#3. You probably already know that I'm always complaining about having the wrong lens. It seems to be some kind of law - if you take a macro lens out all the mammals and birds will come out and taunt you from far away, but when you bring the telephoto lens out every insect and flower just decides to look extra awesome. (Clearly someone rich just needs to buy me another camera - duh... )
Anyways, back to my point. I love this photo because that's exactly what happened. This was actually taken with my 100-300mm zoom lens - I know, pretty much the worst lens for the job! And yet I was so determined to get a good photo because I'd never actually seen a dragonfly eating anything before. So there I was backing further and further away on my stomach with this ginormous lens, trying to get the whole thing in the shot and focus, feeling kinda like an idiot, but hey - it worked!! Perhaps not the best focused shot I've ever taken, but considering the lens, pretty darn good. xD
#2. So here's my second favorite for the year!!!! It's definitely been a really awesome year, what with the Richmond Hill Studio Tour & Art Sale and now my show at Citro Italian Restaurant! I took this photo at Lake Wilcox during the summer, sold one copy at the Studio Tour and currently have another copy on display at Citro! I love how the white feathers practically glow under the warm summer sun, and the amazng curves the duck creates with his neck as he cleans!
#1. So here it is - my favourite photo from this passed year.Its a macro of this polished stone I have, but I always think the tiny bubbles along the edge and ripples of red running through the middle make it look like a ginormous lava wave!!
I also like how I had a plan for this photo and after a few tries I got exactly what I wanted. Often times when taking pictures I have to pretty much take whatever is thrown my way (since you cant exactly plan what an animal is going to do - grin), so it was satisfying to be able to have a solid plan in my head and actually recreate it in the photo!