This is my contribution to Scott’s Assignment 16: Best Photos of 2011. For this assignment Scott is asking us to submit our best photos taken in the last twelve (12) months or from November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2011. The deadline is November 16, 2011 and I hope you will join in the fun.
This was taken 2 days before the cutoff date, October 30, 2010. This is my favorite animal photo. What I like best about this image is the autumn colors in the background, and the soft evening lighting brings out the soft fluffy feathers of the Americana peep.
My favorite portrait photo was taken on November 27, 2010 of my niece dressed in a Hmong outfit.
My favorite moon shot was taken on December 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm (20:27). I’ve never seen a blue sky this late at night in December and there was a lunar eclipse later that night.
The next two are my favorite photos from our Disney trip. The one below is a street performance taken on December 24, 2010 at Disney’s Epcot. This is a very busy image but I think the background image was clear enough to see that the audience’s attention was on the subject.
The night parade at Disney’s Magic Kingdom was taken on Christmas Day, December 25, 2010. I didn’t have my tripod with me and the image came out a lot better than I had hoped for, so the 2 hours of waiting on the curb was well worth it.
My favorite nature photo was taken on April 23, 2011, I love the colors and detail in this picture.
My favorite sporting event photo was taken on September 25, 2011 at the Hickory Motor Speedway, I think this image captured victory.
My favorite image of Lee was taken on October 15, 2011. I like the composition of this image, even with the young man on the left hand side showing only half of his face. I think this didn’t take away from the image but leading your eyes to Lee as the focal point.
The last image for my favorite photos was taken on October 23, 2011 at our local temple, Wat Greensboro. I think what makes this picture special to me is to see the joy in people’s faces when I give them the print copy of their pictures. I started doing this several years back. It started out with one little girl at the temple, and now my list has expanded to several and yet I don’t know their name, just their faces. I think photography to me is not just being able to capture images, but also being able to give back to the community.