Year in pictures II: Editing


Clouds rise over a hillside near Valley Springs (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 110mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/16. ISO: 200).

One of the hardest things for photographers to do is to edit their own work. There may be pictures that the photographer has an emotional attachment to but may not be among best. There could be an interesting story on how the photo was shot, or a connection with the people in the picture. But when editing for, say, a contest or portfolio, photographers have to view their images dispassionately to pick out the very best.


Flutist Rafael Luna plays with the San Joaquin Delta College Jazz Ensemble during the group’s performance at the Jazz on the Mile event on Tuxedo Court and Pacific Avenue on the Miracle Mile in Stockton(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/4. ISO: 200).

OK, this year I fudged things a bit. I did edit more than 900 assignments I shot in 2009 down to my top 12 photos for a year-end retrospective. It was a very difficult thing to do, to be sure, but Recordnet.com runs a gallery of each staff photographers’ work from the year which allowed me to add a more pictures to my list. This year online content producer Kirk Barron, in charge of creating the galleries, limited us to no more than 25 photos each. That gave more than double the pictures to work with than my top 12. Still, there were many favorites left on the cutting room floor, so to speak.


A monarch butterfly and a bumblebee look for nectar on a flower in the yard of Alicia Baylor’s home near Ione. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/8. ISO: 200)

I made a slide show of 52 of my favorite photos from the year. A mulitmedia package like a slide show tends to require a lot of photos, so I was able to ease some of the editing restrictions. I still looked for the very best, but I wanted to show more of a flow of my work over the year. I picked out 52 of my favorites, one per week (with vacations and such, I didn’t work every week, so the number is more of an average). So here’s a last look at 2009. Enjoy!

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