Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Fave photos of 2011 (part 1)

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?


  1. I think my favourites are the first and the last. Although I really love the light behind the cherry blossoms!

    I have no idea if my photography is getting any better. I've gotten better at getting different angles on things, but I certainly won't be winning any prizes or selling any photos any time soon! (Shame, really) ;)

    1. Thanks, Kirsti! Yeah, there really is something nice about the cherry blossoms. Maybe I should go back to the Botanic Gardens to see what else I can find!

      Do you think you will review your photos more? Or go back and give them star ratings? I think I should review mine more often to see what I can do better.

      (I don't think I'll be winning prizes with mine either, but at least I can stare at the photos and enjoy them)

  2. Hi Kat. Ran across your photos on picasa which led me here. You're inspiring. Love the photos - your clothes are fantastic and food looks amazing.
    Nathan - Seattle, WA, USA

    1. Wow, thank you Nathan! It's such a great compliment for a stranger to appreciate my work :-)

      I look forward to any thoughts you have on my photos (or clothes-making and cooking for that matter!)...

      Thanks for reading!

  3. I love these photos Kat. July is my favorite! I've noticed that many of your photos (the ones here) don't use the rule of leading lines, which is interesting because I think you still have amazing shots. I must say I do like the leading lines in some shots. You've done so well Kat in such a short period of time!

    I have less photos as well, and I delete straight away, I don't keep the ones I don't like. I'm quite decisive that way. And I totally agree with you on that point :)

    1. Thanks Vanisha! I really appreciate your feedback.

      I will add leading lines to my list of things to work on in 2012 :-) I like getting feedback and inspiration from other people, hopefully it will help to improve my work.

  4. I love the cherry blossoms - that's a really happy pic.

    1. Thanks Suzy - yes, I find it's one that I keep going back to for a second look. I'm glad you like it too!


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