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Selecting the Top 25 of 2011.

In 2010 I took at least one photo every day for the entire year. I was very pleased with the result, but completely burnt out at the end of it. That resulted in me taking significantly fewer photos in 2011; according to Adobe Lightroom’s handy metadata I took 20,799 photos in 2010, but only 4,517 in 2011.

I am now sufficiently removed in time from the memory of the stress of taking a photo every damn day . . . so I’m doing it again :).

In 2011 I had originally intended to do a weekly photo instead, along the lines of Michael’s 2010 and 2011 Deck. It didn’t work out though, I had a hard time transitioning from the discipline of one photo a day, to remembering at least one a week. Particularly as I don’t like blogging about individual photos, as Mike does.

Given the relative dearth of photos in 2011, I thought I would have had a much more difficult time finding as many as 25 photos. I had assumed that, as a result of the significantly fewer photos I took, that my selection would have almost been made for me through lack of choice. It was, however, harder than I thought it was going to be.

I took fewer, but also had a higher rate of keepers. So again, it was difficult narrowing it down to 25.

The photos I ended up choosing aren’t necessarily the most popular photos I’ve shown, but the ones that interest me most.

As always, they are an eclectic mix of the scenes, objects and people who interested me over the year.

I find it curious that so many of them are colour. I had no preconceived notions before selecting the set, but given my proclivities, I would have expected more to be monochrome.

This past year has been light on street photography, unlike 2010. I will definitely have to change that trend, considering how much I enjoy street photography and enjoy interacting with people on the street.

As it is, I am still tentative with the choices I’ve made and have several other photos waiting in the wings so that I am tempted to turn this into a Top 30 or Top 35.

I do believe in editing as brutally as I can though, and in a pinch I think I can reduce this to a Top 15. I don’t have that many viewers, but I don’t believe I should subject people who take the time to look at my photos, to anything but my best.

Anyway, the full gallery of my Top 25 for 2011 can be found here. Click the link to see ’em all.

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  1. Michael Lam says: January 4, 2012

    A nice selection of images (even the few on the blog itself), I think that your 365 in 2010 was inspirational and I missed it in 2011, but I know how burnt out you got near the end 🙂  
    I love this top 25 and I look forward to your top 50 from 2012 🙂

  2. Sasi Suruliraj says: January 9, 2012

    Lovely selection Nikhil. Love the colors and vibrancy on your picks – I bet it would have been a tough choice to pick those ones you like. 

    I am glad you’re doing a 365 (again). I only wish I could do one this year 😉


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