As photographers, we are always anxious to get out and capture more images of the beauty that surrounds us.  Whether that beauty come in the form of architecture, portraiture, landscapes, wildlife, or any other genre, each has a commonality in that it lures us to keep capturing, and eventually sharing our images with others, whether they be clients, family and friends, or whomever we choose to share our vision with, in whatever form we choose.

One thing that can often elude us though, is the review of our own work.  It is this review that kept me from posting on Friday.  I was trying to find a few choice images to print out for some photo frames as gifts when I realized I had gone almost two years without a serious evaluation of my work.  This means a serious quantity of images had built up that was in need of review.  While I have winnowed things down significantly, (and thus freed up a fair amount of hard drive space), a few stand out head and shoulders above the rest.  So, for this last full week of 2008, I thought I’d share some of what I feel are the best shots I took of the year.  I would encourage others to perform the same ritual.  Not only will it help winnow your hard drive space, but it can also give you an honest assessment at how your skills have developed, and help define where you want to go from here.  I will give fair warning in that you may have seen some of these before, and that the slideshow does have a music score.  I went for something subtle, but many do not like music forcibly pushed on them, so if that’s the case, please mute your headphones or speakers now.  So, without further ado, here’s some of my best from 2008:

In closing, a few things to consider:

  1. What do you think?
  2. Should I be happy with this?
  3. Could I be doing better?
  4. What about the reviewing?  Good idea/bad idea?
  5. Have you seen other photos I’ve shared that should be included?
  6. What about your own reviews?  Anyone have any photo reviews to share?

Feel free to share your thoughts/comments/feedback here.  As always, happy shooting and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!

3 thoughts on “Year in review

  1. You had a good year! Thanks.

    As a beginner I have found my skill improving and tastes changing. The question is “How do you do a review”?

    I frequently find other people look at an image I had a moderate or low rating and they love it. With a little more photoshop it could be improved.

    I find going back again and again gives a different feel for the images. I frequently pick up an image months after it is shot to work the image to a better state.

    How does one evaluate ones own images? I always find another persons image very far superior to my own. Yet I do like some of my work.

    What do I mean “like”? What is it to “Like” or “Value” an image?


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