Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Photo of the Year
There are photography bloggers all over the world who participate in a "Daily Photo" group. They take and post pictures from their daily comings and goings and post once a day. (Seems pretty obvious, right?) Some of the photos are really extraordinary, while most are just common, every day, typical stuff you'd see around town. I'm not sure what the rules are; that is, if you can only take one picture and then you have to post only that picture or if multiple pictures can be taken and then you choose one. Regardless, they're out there. (In my links on the left, I feature Silver Spring Daily Photo, because I live just across the border in D.C. from Silver Spring.)
On the first of every month, these DPs have a theme they shoot and post on the first day of the month. I don't know who picks the theme or if they vote on it. (Can you tell I'm woefully ignorant about the whole DP thing?) For January, their theme is "Photo of the Year 2007." They each chose the photo they took last year that they liked best. All of this is a long winded way of saying, here's my photo of the year.
I've really enjoyed all of my picture-taking adventures since acquiring my little point-and-shoot for my birthday in May. It may not be the fanciest camera nor the most technologically sophisticated, but I've been amazed at some of the images I've captured and the tricks I've learned (mostly by utter dumb luck and error.) My goal, by the end of this year, is to take a photography class and upgrade to an SLR.
As for my photo of the year: I took this at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in southeast D.C. I'm especially proud of this picture because it wasn't easy to take. This lotus blossom stood a good six inches higher than me and was about two feet away. I literally teetered on the edge of the lotus pond and leaned over as far as was reasonably safe to snap this little beauty. The added bonus was the bumblebee over the blossom. Nature couldn't have been more cooperative if I'd been God Herself!
Happy New Year, friends and fellow photographers! And thank for sharing with me your world as seen through your eyes. And thank you, especially, to those who have ventured over this way and left comments. You're my inspiration to continue generating eye-worthy images. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Here's to 2008 and many more marvelous images!