Well, this post is a little late in coming. I typically do a “Best of” blog post at the end of the year or right at the beginning of the new, highlighting my top photos from the previous year. A busy December followed by a trip to Maui put me a little behind. Then, I wanted to come up with some objective criteria for what images to select for this post. Would I do my personal favorites? I heard a photo editor say recently that when you identify your “personal favorites,” that calls into question whether any of your other stuff is any good. I strongly disagree. Even the best artists have works that they considered their favorites, or their least favorites. Tchaikovski apparently despised “The Nutcracker Suite,” and Ansel Adams did not like the work he produced in Hawaii as much. Actually, he just did not care for shooting in Hawaii – too monochromatic for him, I suppose.
For this year, I chose three different factors to identify what were my “best” images for 2010: (1) whether the images won any awards, or were finalists in competition; (2) how well-received they were by my stock agency; and (3) the number of “likes” the image received on my Facebook fan site. In the end, I came up with sixteen images, spanning travel from the Arctic to the Oregon coast. The featured image was selected as the winner of the “Environmental Issues” category for the Windland Smith Rice International Awards. In May, I will travel to Washington, D.C. to see it hanging in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
For each of the images below, I have provided their location information in the thumbnail caption. As you can see, I did most of my shooting in Alaska in 2010. But, 2011 will be a different story, with trips to Arizona, Washington, D.C., and Chicago in the works, plus at least four trips back to Gates of the Arctic on my project there.