12 months ago I decided I would attempt to do a different photo project each month and was successful up until 10 months in, where I was unable to take any images in October. You can see all images from the 9 projects I did manage to complete by clicking here. This post is a showcase for my best 10 images from 2014 so click “read more” to view all 10, I’ve also written a small paragraph to explain why I have selected each image.
This image is from among the first taken in my project 2014 challenge. I took multiple exposures to create a HDR image for this one as I felt I could bring out the details better than with just a single exposure image. While you can tell it is a HDR image, it is one that I am proud of for being as close to real life as possible. Previously I have exaggerated when processing HDR images but this is something that would not have worked for this scene.
This image is back from the multiple exposure project in February and consists of three different images. Out of all the images I did like this, this was my favourite because of the way the images fit into each other.
This image was taken during my trip to Amsterdam back in September. The whole city has beautiful canals and architecture but this lone boat just stood out in the warm late afternoon sun. I used a wide-angle lens to capture the tops of the buildings along the water.
Sunset images aren’t something I’ve done too many of so in April I went up the hill at Newbold Comyn where I captured the image above. While there isn’t any great point of interest I really like flare from the sun and the silhouettes of the trees and buildings, especially the spire of the church.
This one is from the street photography project and was taken in London. This man caught my attention because of his facial expression – he looks fed up with life. Something that takes away from this image is the white trainers of the person in the doorway. Unfortunately I could not remove or tone down brightness of the trainers without completely ruining the image.
I took this image in the new library in Birmingham city centre because my eye was drawn to the lines of the escalator and the internal beams. An improvement that could have been made was to use a super wide-angle lens to further exaggerate the curves of the building.
This image is of one of the peacocks at Warwick Castle where I was lucky enough to catch it with it’s wings fully spread. It’s made my top 10 images because of its beautiful, rich colours.
Selective colour is often frowned upon within the photographic community but I feel it really works here. I think what made this image even better is the fact it had been raining adding some reflection in the paving stones.
A second image from London, part of the street photography project. This street performer caught my attention because of the concentration on his face as well as the location. The plain background of the wall allows for complete focus on the subject but at the same time, adds fantastic colour.
Perhaps there is some bias in the selection of my number one image. I won a competition to take photos of Linkin Park at the last date of their UK and European leg of The Hunting Party Tour. This was a dream come true in many ways as they are one of my favourite bands and obviously photography is a passion of mine. This image was shot during the song “Given Up” at the point where lead singer Chester Bennington performs a 17 second scream. It was the first time I had ever done concert photography and I had to adapt the way I usually shoot and relearn how to use a camera within 10 minutes (three songs). Like many of the other images in my top 10 there are improvements to be made, I was unfortunately stood the wrong side for the images as the spotlight was on his right side (you can see the white light on his arms). I feel this image captures the moment well however, you can see the veins in his neck and I purposefully filled the image with a tight frame.
In 2015 the plan is to further improve my photography by trying new techniques and taking a different approach to how I take images.