Annual Wrap Up

By Mark

It is hard to believe that 2013 is pretty much gone.  With all the racing around for the holidays, Roger and I switched days this week.  He has a family gathering tonight.  I’ve been going over my years’ worth of work.  The Library Filter tools really allow a data geek to go crazy.  I know that I shot 5046 images this year that I kept.  Almost half of them that I shot were in the month of June, while we were on our great Southwestern vacation.  

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Not surprisingly, I shot 82% of them with my favorite 70-200 mm f2.8 lens.   

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If you have been good about filling in your location information in your metadata, you can even tell which states or cities you shot in.   I can tell from this that I need to clean up my naming conventions.  Is it DC or District of Columbia?   

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Using the same progressive filtering, you can even tell what type of subjects you shot most by examining your keywords.  Here, I feel like Buffalo Bill because I managed to shoot quite a few of them on the plains.  

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As important to me as what I shot, is the question of the quality of the pictures I took.  Of the 5046 pictures I “selected” 507 of them as above average photos.  That is certainly within my target range of 10%.  From that initial breakout, I had 59 pictures that I rated as 3 star or greater.  I only rated 10 images as meeting my own criteria for 4 stars.  Here are my Top Ten images from this year. 

DC Sunrise 

DC Sunrise 

Kale, kale the gang's all here

Kale, kale the gang's all here

Boston Holocaust Memorial

Boston Holocaust Memorial

Warrenton Heritage Day

Warrenton Heritage Day

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

Sedona Courtyard

Sedona Courtyard

Taos Pueblo 

Taos Pueblo 

Rancho Taos

Rancho Taos

Moonrise, Monument Valley

Moonrise, Monument Valley

Cadillac Ranch, Texas

Cadillac Ranch, Texas

I would really like to know which one is your favorite.  Next week, actually the first blog in January as we are taking the week off for Christmas, I will tell you which one was my favorite.