At the end of a year I like going back and review the photos I made during the year. My goal is to pick my ten personal favorites; which
can be is a hard thing to do - at least for me. I started this back in 2009 and with now three annual favorite sets it becomes an intriguing tool for documenting how my photography has changed. When I compare this year’s selection to my ten favorites of 2010 or to my ten favorites of 2009 it is obvious that my interest and therefore photography has changed rather significantly. 2011 was mostly dominated by monochrome architecture or landscape photography with only a few color photos in between. A fair amount of long exposure shots made it on the list too. I started to appreciate monochrome photography as it allows me to better focus on composition, light, patterns and structures without the (often) distracting colors.
Anyway, here are my ten personal favorites of 2011. You can also view them in a very nice lightbox gallery on my Google+ account.
1. Tree in Winter Fog, January 14, 2011
I made this photo during one of the many hikes in Almaden Quicksilver County Park.
2. Welcome to Mare Island, April 16, 2011
Night shot on Mare Island in Vallejo, CA which is a fantastic place to explore.
3. Hintere Gerbergasse 5, April 26, 2011
A shot from my hometown Nördlingen in Bavaria.
4. A Sense of Integrity, September 1, 2011
Inside Heart Memorial Mining building at UC Berkeley, CA.
5. I Know my Way, September 10, 2011
I made this during a fantastic camping trip to Memorial County Park, CA.
6. Emma, September 10, 2011
No favorite set with at least one photo of my wonderful daughter.
7. Bold, October 1, 2011
A long exposure shot from HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
8. Endless Time, November 6, 2011
Another long exposure shot from Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz, CA.
9. Good Times, November 19, 2011
This shot of the Daylight Pass road towards Beatty, NV will always remember me of the fantastic Google+ photo trip to Death Valley National Park.
10. A New Morning, November 20, 2011
A new day starts at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park.