Once again it was dificult to choose my top images for 2011. It was quite a busy year, the highlights being trips to Hawaii, Italy and Japan.
Looking back over my top picks this year I have noticed several trends. Increasingly my eye has been drawn to abstract compostions. I think I find abstracts more interesting.
The second trend is technical. A large percentage of the top images this year were processed as HDR’s. I don’t like grungy HDR’s so I process them to look as natural as possible. But I do like the flexibility of HDR’s which allows me to shoot in lighting situations that it would be next to impossible to shoot a great image with only one exposure.
I continue to be drawn to cultural subject matter. This year I visited Italy twice which accounts for the large number of Italian images in my top picks.
Finally, my eye continues to be drawn to bright, vivid colors. This is not a new trend and most likely will not change in the future.
Tulip Garden Abstract
St. Mark’s Square at Dawn
The Grand Canal at Dawn
St. Patrick’s Well
Piazza Duomo at Dusk