Generally, if I end up with one or two “good” photos in a year I am happy. I try not to be one of those people who show every photo they take. I really do try to self edit as much as possible. Sometimes one gets through that I later think, “meh, shouldn’t have shown that one”. Other times my overly critical editing passes on some decent photos that I rediscover at a later date. Either way, a photo needs to please me first, in some manner, before I show it to others, with the exception of my wife. She is my biggest fan and my biggest critic, next to myself, of course.
With that said, my favorite photo from 2021is “The Little Curiosity Sheep”:
I took this photo at the local fairgrounds last summer the day after the county fair was over. I like to walk the grounds after the fairs to look for interesting things to photograph. After shooting some rides in disassembly, I spotted some local farmers loading up their show animals to take back home. This little guy (gal?) was waiting his turn to get on the trailer and looked curious towards what I was doing. A perfect setup for a perfect portrait. The simplicity of the composition lent itself easily to a black and white image.
Though I do a lot of nature photography on this site, it’s these kind of situations and photos that I really like finding. Hopefully 2022 will find me shooting in more diverse locations.
Cheers, and Happy New Year!