Sometimes we have posted our favorites from the prior year in a blog post. Last year we changed the whole website and devoted it to our trip to Alaska in 2017 (See the Land of Salmon pages). This year I (Boyd) was digging through the archives and had a thought: (Reader inserts wisecrack here) I should share some of the images that were my favorites of all-times. These would be images I had made, and I would not constrain the selection by subject or date of origin. Shortly after I had this not so novel idea, I read a blog post that said everyone should have their “10 best” as an opening gallery. Although I thought that was too restrictive on every photographer’s web design, I thought it might be a fun exercise to try and pick out 10 photos.
I was wrong.
(I purposely left that sentence as a single paragraph as some people may say I have never concatenated those three words together. They would be wrong.)
It turns out selecting only 10 photos was very hard. Getting the top 150 wasn’t too bad. Cutting that in half to 75 was a lot tougher. After that it started to become an exercise in rejecting images that I liked for a lot of reasons. Eventually I got to about 35 photos and got stuck. Do I have too many flower pictures? Where is the air tanker photo? Should I use the puffin photo or the Lincoln’s sparrow? Which bear photo - cute? fierce? What about the hyenas? Probably too graphic. What about the seashore? Water abstracts? Leave out composited images? Put in composited images? How many in any one category? Some color? Some black and white? You get the idea. In the end I settled on 15. Kathy gave some input when I was stuck but ultimately the choices, as are the images, are all mine. So I picked 15, slept on the project, rearranged and picked a slightly different 15, and eventually settled. I doubt you would think these are my 15 best, but they are my 15 favorites. At least as of today. Tomorrow? Well the weather forecast is interesting, maybe there will be a new image to add to the mix soon.
Note: These are not in any particular order as to my number 1 favorite, or age of image, I just thought this order flowed well. And if you click on the photos you should get a larger version.)
So those are my currently favorite 15. I hope you stuck through this long post and enjoyed them all.