Every year Jim Goldstein runs a project on his blog, JMG Galleries, where he encourages photographers to post their best pictures of the year. It’s a great project and I’ve participated every year. When I started participating about 4 years ago I thought, “what a great way to have pictures seen by a whole new audience.”
That was me when I first started blogging but now there are so many other reasons that I participate. Yes I still like that fact that I may reach a new audience but more than that I find this to be a difficult and yet rewarding exercise. It’s tough to cull through your work and pick what you think may be the best of the year. It really gives me a chance to go though my images (some that I haven’t looked at for almost a year) and decide whether they’re good enough to make the cut of the top 10 or 15. I try to review my images from a technical perspective and from a creative one. Certainly I’m drawn to certain images due to the circumstances of where and when they were taken. The picks may not always be perfect and certainly wouldn’t win any awards but art is subjective and what one person views as a masterpiece another make look at and dismiss entirely.
It’s been a busy and rewarding year both on the photographic front and from a family and work stand point. I’ve taken on a new role at work which was unexpected at the beginning of 2015 but I am loving it. The only downside has been that its been so busy that my photography had to take a bit of a back seat.
From a photography perspective I’ve continued to sell prints and license new work which is always very exciting and rewarding. I won’t make any specific commitments for the new year because I know that my day job will still be taking up a lot of my time but learning new photographic techniques and honing my craft is something that I know will always be important and I will find and make the time to do it.
If you have a chance jump on over to Jim Goldstein’s site here in or about the second week of January and he should have a list of year in review post listed for your viewing pleasure. There’s always a great list of photographers on there, you won’t regret it.
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Don’t get fooled by the title, I’m not really a cigar aficionado but my husband is a bit of one. He loves to smoke an occasional cigar and made it his mission, while we were in Cuba, to purchase some fine Cuban cigars. For my part I was happy to tag along realizing that this was a photo opportunity that wouldn’t come along very often.
The gentleman in these images was more than happy to let me photograph him my only problem was the lack of light. I had to increase my ISO to 3200 to get any decent images and I still had to use a relatively slow shutter speed. While the Canon 7D is pretty good at high ISOs at 3200 there was still too much noise for my liking. My favourite noise reduction software is Topaz DeNoise and once again it came through in spades. You can download a trial version of Topaz DeNoise and you can use the discount code ELPHOTO to get 15% off any Topaz product.
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