StreetObservations.com - Ah, the Top 10 Photographs I've taken in the year 2010, what were they? I continue my annual exercise of using the extra days off at the end of the year (and then some) to go through all the pictures I've taken from January to December and select my top 10. Only 10, no more, no less. This leads to some tough decisions, as I've come to know and admire many of the shots over the course of the year (as well as some of the people in the photos... known or unknown). But, because I am a disciplined person, somewhat obsessively detailed and stubborn, and because now it's a ritual, I must continue the tradition.
There are two developments this year in the equipment category. First off, I have a new wide angle lens (F2.8 17-55mm... for those who care) that has added a broader dimension to some of the photos (particularly #5 and #6 below). I purchased this in preparation for a trip I took in Venice and Greece. Secondly, there are two shots that were taken with an iPhone. These are photos I never would have been able to take, because I wouldn't have had a camera with me.
Here they are presented in sequence as taken over the course of the year. (Click to picture to see it larger). Some of the pictures have been previously discussed in my StreetObservations.com blog. Clicking (More...) will take you back to those entries.
1. Free Colonial Concert - This is one of the iPhone shots. I was walking up Wall Street and noticed the "orchestra" at the foot of the George Washington statue. I rattled off about six shots, but this one captured a sense of irony as the red coats below nonchalantly pass by. This shot was "short listed" for the EYE'EM awards presented for mobile device photography. (More...)
2. Crossroads - This was taken from the steps of the TKTS office in Times Square looking south. I patiently waited as the news zipper moved along. I was looking for key words to freeze upon. I think the word "NEWS" was appropriate. This picture was included in a slideshow about the "World's Worst Traffic Jams" on the TravelandLeisure.com website. It was selected to represent New York City. (More...)
3. Thirty Years Later - A bus passes and a young woman transitions to her future self (her umbrella does become more stylish as she ages). A slow shutter speed made the bus blur. The thought is that this is a comparison of two women at different times in their life.
4. Crossing with Twins - Another iPhone shot. My wife noticed them as they prepared to cross Sixth Avenue. It was Fleet Week in New York.
5. Brooklyn Bound - From the walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge. Someone thought this was an HDR photograph, which is a technical technique that merges multiple photos to even out the light. But, it was a cloudy day which made everything balanced (not HDR). I did do some work to bring out the detail in the clouds though.
6. Determined - I was attracted to the corner of the building and the lighting. I took about 20 pictures of different combinations of people. The conviction of this guy's walk and the bright color of his shirt made this one memorable. It was one of my most popular pictures on Flickr this year.
8. Venice Alley - Something about the way laundry is hung within alleys brings out the old world feeling in this remote part of Venice.
9. Returning Home - On the Greek island of Mykonos, there is a mix of tourists and locals. Those who are residents live above in the alleys that wind up the hill. They are generally protected from those who are in for the day. But, they do come down for shopping. This woman attracted my eye, and I was pleased with the framing on this.
10. Beckoning Cafe - Also in Mykonos, I was focused on the tables but got an extra dimension when the two people came into view up the road.