Picks of the litter

This is a natural time for many people do yearend lists and for the past several years I’ve produced an end of the year slideshow of 52 of my favorite photos from the preceding year.

Why 52 you may ask? A top 10 seemed to be too few and 100 seemed too many. Some arbitrary number had to be picked. I settled at 52 because that’s the number of weeks in a year.

Now, that doesn’t mean each picture in the show represents a specific week from the year. Due to vacations, sick leave and other days off, I haven’t actually work all 52 weeks. But it’s the number I’ve picked and I’m sticking to it.

I shot about 900 assignments over the course of 2016 and during the year I set aside photos that I liked for one reason or another. This year they came to nearly 850 pictures, which became the starting point for editing my yearend list.

The first cut culls them down to around 300 or so. A second editing brings the number down to about 100. It’s then the tough part begins.

Editing one’s own images is like choosing a favorite child. Each one has its own merits and interesting story behind it. As the number gets smaller and smaller, the harder it becomes to winnow down the selection.

When it gets down to the last 5 or 10 to eliminate, the choices become agonizing. There are dozens of images that I wished that I could include, but 52 was my self imposed limit.

So, here are my top pictures from 2016. I hope you enjoy them and here’s to a prosperous and productive 2017.

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