Basically, I'm sad that I've had to send my camera for cleaning - sad, and apprehensive. I mean, posting my camera to the other island seems extreme, but apparently nobody amongst the several million on the North Island knows how to clean it.
Anyway, it seems like a good time to review my favourite photos taken last year. You may have seen some of them before. I got my DSLR for Christmas 2010 - so hopefully my photos have improved over time. They're in chronological order, in case you're interested. To the photos!
June - Sunset at Piha
I love this one. It's one of my few that include people, and I took it shortly after I got my wide-angle lens (but before I worked out that taking photos in raw was a good idea). I just like the contrasting amber/blue tones.
June - Rose Hips at the Auckland Botanic Gardens
Again, the wide-angle lens. I'd worked out how to use its distortion to some advantage with close-ups. It's a bit of a weird photo, but there's something I really like about it.
July - Tractor on the Kaipara Coast
My composition is not fabulous - there's probably too much sky. In hindsight, I should have got low and close beside the tractor. None-the-less, I do like the combination of blue tractor-blue sky.
July - Weeds
This was when I decided to spend an afternoon wandering around my neighbourhood, looking for unexpected subjects. I still think these weeds are cool. And this was one of my first (clumsy) attempts at cross-processing. Hence the golden weeds and turquoise sky.
October - Cherry Blossom at the Auckland Botanic Gardens
I think my composition is improving. I love the softness of the colours and shapes - though I wish there wasn't the random blue spot near the top left. For me, there is something very calm and soothing about this picture.
November - Northland
There's something very... HAPPY about this photo! The people who have seen it have commented that they like the unexpected daisies in the foreground. I think by this stage my composition has improved quite a bit. I'm also getting better at seeking the less usual (like the daisies).
Basically, I'm learning that less (photos) is more. The more 'happy snaps' I take, the less I end up keeping because I haven't put any thought into them.
Do you have any (hopefully kind) critiques about the photos? Any reflections on progress with your own hobbies?