Another year, another end of year review of my favorite images from the year for submission in Jim M. Goldstein’s blog project. This year has not been much of a photo year for me, I was unable to take a long vacation and generally was so involved in work that I did not find the time to take many photos. But still I have some I would like to share as my favorites from the year. As always, I have had a very hard time deciding on the best ones, so categories it is.
If you are interested in the last few years of results, here are 2012, 2011, 2010 , 2009 and 2008
First of two images, while not technically perfect I just love for the story they tell:
That sleeping Fossa was just too funny to pass up and the tiger pub was too cute for words and it was most likely the first day it was out in the enclosure with mommy – so she was hiding it very well and making sure it was comfortable.
These first two images already allude to it, I spent some time at the zoo this year so of course I once again have a lot of animal pictures that I took and that I really like. All of them were taken in the Zoo in Frankfurt, I did not have the opportunity to visit another zoo this year.
I spent less time on HDR this year and more on Architecture in general. A lot of the images are HDRs but many of them are not. I also did not take many film photos last year. I just did not have the drive behind it that I did the years before.
The images you see below are from a range of places: my hometown, Frankfurt, Würzburg, Bordeaux and Kassel.
Of course I also spent some time in nature with my beloved Macro lenses to get some shots. I went to the botanical garden twice and also experimented with the Fuji X20, which is surprisingly good at macros, even though I would never take it along to the botanical garden while I have my DSLR and a macro lens at my disposal.
Like I said, I didn’t have much time for photography this year, so my iPhone became my constant source for creative outlet and I have a number of images to show from it. I will add a blog post soon about the apps I currently use but most of them were treated with VSCO Cam and taken with the standard iOS Camera app.
As always I have some images that don’t fit any category. We visited an old car rally during the summer which featured some stunning old cars and I took one street photo while out with the Fuji X20 that I really enjoy.
Last but not least, my favorite images from the year. I spent a very relaxed day in the cemetery in Frankfurt (really) and spent some quality time with the statues there. All images have some form of treatment but I think this best brings out the individual statues. It always sounds funny to say you went to the cemetery to take photos but I like the quiet and the contemplative mood it puts me in. There is also something very beautiful about the old graves and the beautiful statues placed there by the loved ones of the dead. I think they are a great display of the different faces of mourning.