On most of the sites where I participate actively, the end of the year always brings a flurry of “favourite shot of the year”. I find it incredibly difficult to choose just one, so love the Instagram idea of the “Best Nine” (#2017bestnine) – you can see mine on my Instagram feed (to the right of this post).
Then I saw Paula’s ‘Thursday Special’ post asking our own best photo of 2017. I decided to bite the bullet and try to come up with one (or two) *grin* but with a twist.
In my top nine for Instagram, you’ll see that five of the nine are of flowers, trees and plants. That’s because they are my go-to subjects, I’ve been taking photos of them for decades and I think I’m good at them. My next go-to is anything with a strong shape, texture or pattern – buildings, animal close-ups, shadows…
I don’t consider myself to be a landscape photographer, nor do I think I am any good at landscapes, but I always try when I get an opportunity. I don’t have the patience for setting up the tripod and all that stuff, even though I have a tripod! I nearly always opt for handheld shots.
But when my son and I took an overseas family member to the Mountain Zebra National Park (in South Africa) last year in winter, the skies and vistas from the top of the mountains were spectacular and I couldn’t resist taking some photos – handheld of course!
I was very pleased with how they turned out. I was lucky. The light and the amazing landscape did most of the work for me.
These are the shots I am going to mark as my best shots for 2017. They show that whilst I will not call myself a landscape photographer, I can take a decent landscape when I put my mind to it. They mark a kind of milestone for me as a photographer – they show growth. They show that I must continue to push myself out of my comfort zone and try different things.
Do you have a go-to subject for photography or a speciality? I’d love to hear what it is.
May the light be with you always