Top Ten Photos for the Year (Part 1)

January 29, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Have you taken more photos than ever last year?  Or only a few. Have you ever looked back over a period of time and picked your favorites?  Either way, this is an exercise you should consider doing, but it isn't easy.  This was my first year picking my top ten and to be honest it wasn't my idea at all.  I listen to many Podcasts and watch many Youtube videos on how to improve my photography.  On one podcast, the host stressed to only pick 10.  If you take a lot of photos as I do, you will find it difficult to only pick 10.   I found I chose some due to emotion - and that's okay even if it is not necessarily the best in terms of technique but they were important to me.

So, if you want to hear a little about each photo, keep reading.  Or if you just want to see my top ten you can see them in this gallery.  I am breaking this into two blog posts with the first five described here and the next five in next week's post.  But you can get a peek at the second five with the gallery link above.

So here are the first five of my top ten photos from last year.


My first photo in my top 10 is of the Cincinnati Skyline.  This took a while to find this spot, but once I found it I realized it was a likely location for many others before me.  I was standing on a sidewalk next to George Roger's Park in Northern Kentucky.  This photo is three photos stitched using Lightroom.  I also used Photoshop to create a better reflection in the water.  It was a long exposure so that is why the river is so smooth.  IF you click the link you will see a similar photo but in black and white.

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My next photo is taken from the balcony of Hidden Valley Lake's Administration office.  This photo was printed and framed and gifted to the community manager that was retiring.  The sky was added to because the sky that morning was cloudless and rather boring.  Like the skyline photo above this one is all a stiched panorama shot

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The third photo is from Whiskey City Bike Races in downtown Lawrenceburg, IN.  It took me a while to discover this photo and then with some photoshop (actually only used Lightroom) to turn the background to black and white.  What I really liked about this photo is how the front wheels are perfectly lined up in succession.  This motion blur photo technique is known as panning.  I have a relatively slow shutter speed while I pan the camera as the bikers go by.  That is why they are fairly in focus while the background is rather blurry.  In addition to enjoying the day taking photos, watching the competition is exciting.  I also took photos of the same race in 2019 and found the winner of one of the races to be a graduate from IU.  He was back for this race as well but did come in second.  I am hoping to see him racing again next year.

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The fourth photo is of penguins out for a walk at the Cincinnati Zoo.  I got this photo right before the COVID outbreak.  To see these penguins check out the Cincinnati Zoo for times when they walk them.   I believe it is only once a week and in the early morning.  They walk right down the middle of the street/path inside the zoo and you are very close to them.

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The Fifth photo and last for this post is of my niece's fiance.  They are now married and this photo was over Memorial Day weekend.  His name is Jordan and is driving his future father-in-law's boat.  We were out to pull some of the cousins on tubes behind the boat.  His sweater was a light pink, but the contrast was strong with his dark hair and beard against the sky and his clothing.  I reduced the saturation to a point the pink is hardly visible.  He was not aware that I was taking the photo and I like how this one turned out.

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