This time of year it seems that every photographer is obligated to review and select her or his best photo of the year. It is also nice to do to see if you spent your year well or wasted a bunch of time going out and taking lousy photos. My main gage of which photos are best is based on what I think and what my Flickr results were. My opinion is not only based on how much I like the photo but also on how much I enjoyed taking the photo. Flickr is the main social media place that I share photos and the results I get there tend to be based on whether or not my photo was added to Flickr Explore, a daily highlighting of photographs that may or may not have been curated in some way (I don’t really know).
Anyway, first what I think. I think that a photo that I took at sunrise in Shenandoah National Park is my best of this year. I really like the photo and intend to have it printed and I really enjoyed being there and getting excited as the new day’s light poured across the landscape. Much to my disappointment, this image was not added to Flickr Explore, but I have gotten 76 likes for it (which is a large number for me).
My runners up photos. More photos that I really like AND I really enjoyed taking. After looking through all of photos and selecting these, I thought that perhaps I didn’t have such a terrible year taking photos after all. And I had a lot of fun going to the places where these photos were taken.
What does Flickr say was my best photo of the year?
You can find me on Flickr as Jason Frels, or click on the flickr picture below.
First, I’ll start by saying that I only have about 253 followers on Flickr and I generally only add a few of my photos to Flickr that are landscape (but not always), and I generally put each photo into 20 – 30 groups in which they appear in the feed of group members.
Second, when a photo is added to Flickr Explore it gets many times more views and likes, and the number of views and likes it gets partly depends upon how high up in the Explore page it is placed. So, this may not be the best measure of how good an image is but it is what I have to go on. I also have no idea how pictures are selected for Explore, there seems to be good photos there from a wide sampling of genres, so I assume it is human curated, but I also see some oddball stuff get in so who knows.
Thirdly, I had six images added to Flickr Explore this year, which is a good number for me. The six images are in the gallery below.
So, after being added to Flickr Explore and being viewed 8485 times and receiving 323 faves, this photo of a Shenandoah waterfall was my best performing photo on Flickr this year:
I think it is a fine photo, but I never considered it to be one of my best. But it was added to Explore and did better than the others. My best performing photo that was NOT added to Flickr Explore was the Sunrise Above the Clouds at Shenandoah that I have at the top of the blog.
So with all of this, I consider the Sunrise Above the Clouds at Shenandoah to be my best photo of the year. It was nice to do this because I don’t feel like I have taken many good photos in the last month or so, aside from perhaps the Burnet County Courthouse, and this cheered me up a bit.
What do you think?