And we’ve reached that moment. The time when I go through my archives and pull out the photos that made me smile this year. The ones that received accolades and awards and blog love.
There were a few photos that captured the attention of my blog readers, and even some that won silk this year in competition – or are set for Competition Season 2022.
WE SERVE WAYWARD STRANGERS
This was my infrared shot of the overgrowth at the former Toll Gate Ice Cream in Slingerlands. This is what can happen with four years of creeping ivy. Funny thing … word has it that three days after I took this photo, someone showed up with a weed whacker and cleared off all this overgrowth.
STRASBURG NUMBER 90
Two blue ribbons – at the Big E and at Durham – provided the love for my first successful steam locomotive photograph. And I’ll take that any day of the week.
AT THE EDGE OF QUECHEE
There’s nothing wrong with nearly killing yourself to climb down a ravine to get an amazing photo … as long as you get the amazing photo and can climb back out of the ravine. We’ll see how this image does in 2022, if I use it for Competition Season.
THE SNOWFLAKE RIDE
This was probably the strongest photo I captured at the New York State Fair this year, and is designated for the “Taken at the NYS Fair” photography category in 2022. At least I think it should be.
FISHING AT SILK BRIDGE
I’m still liking this photo, one of my early “covered bridge” images, and it may see some action next year in competition. Or I could go get some more covered bridge photos, you never know.
EMPIRE STATE PLAZA FIREWORKS 2021
Your eyes do not deceive you. I had this image printed as a lenticular view. So there’s a possibility it could end up at BUILT next year, or maybe Altamont, I haven’t decided yet.
SNOWFLAKE ON RED
Wait … I got this photo from my new camera phone? On the first try? Memo to self … keep this image as a dark horse for future competitions.
NIGHT OF NO STARS
Probably the most salvageable photo from my failed eclipse attempt earlier this year. This is where you try to make chickensalad out of chickenshit. It’s still an evocative photo, don’t get me wrong. It’s just not the evocative photo I wanted.
PRIDE OF THE PALACE
My experiment with mixing films and tinting black and white constructs was the only photo of mine to pick up an award at Altamont this year. Which, at least, justifies my attempts to stand at the corner of North Pearl and Clinton and shoot the old movie theater with several different camera films.
GREEN ISLAND GAZEBO
This one may look simple, but I’m actually pleased with it due to the photo being created by my new-to-me Nikon F2S camera. I plan on giving this shooter lots of love next year.
And there you have it. Ten photos that were shot in 2021, and they definitely stand out.
Here’s hoping for great images in 2022.