It’s become a habit of mine to look back through all my photos at the end of a year and pick one favourite from each month. These aren’t necessarily my best photos, technically, but they’re photos I personally like, that say something to me.
Here are my 2014 favourites. Click through to see them on Flickr.
I took this photo on my birthday, in Leigh Woods. It was nice to have lunch under a tree that was many times my age :)
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I will never stop loving Bristol’s harbourside.
I started learning a bit more about Lightroom this year. This was one of my early experiments in working my processing further than I would have in the past, and I count it as a success.
In March and April this year, most of my leisure time was taken up by watching Breaking Bad.
Don’t get me wrong, Crete is a beautiful place. But there was something about the light and shadow and urban decay of this little alleyway in Xania that I particularly liked.
I enjoyed making the usual look unusual in this shot of a fern from my back garden. I had to drape black fabric across my yard and stand on a small set of steps to get this picture.
Saint Nicholas Market is another of my favourite Bristol places. The juice bar attracts a varied crowd. Just to the right of centre here is my friend Matt.
Another of my favourite places — the extreme tip of Spike Island — and one of my favourite Bristol events. This was the start of this year’s Balloon Fiesta.
September saw the start of my recent adventures in old-school film photography. This shot, though, was taken on a Canon 6D.
The British Historical Diving Society were displaying at Bristol’s Docks Heritage Weekend. I’m particularly pleased with this one, as I knew exactly the shot I wanted to get, and I got it, though it meant coming back on the Sunday with a different lens…
One of my first film shots I’ve been really happy with. Shot on my Leidolf Lordomat with Kodak Ektar 100.
I was watching a YouTube video of someone using a Hasselbad XPan. It’s a medium-format camera that uses 35mm film — basically, it exposes the width of two standard 35mm frames side by side, in one shot, giving a very panoramic result. I can’t afford one of those, but I did keep the format in mind the next day when I went for a walk, and this crop from a 6D snap was what I came up with.
And that’s my favourites of 2014. If you’ve not had a retrospective look at your photos of the year, why not give it a try? It’s good fun, and choosing just a single photo from each month is an interesting challenge!