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My favourite photos from 2012

Those of you who follow me in the social media scene will have been aware that I’ve been doing Project366, snapping at least a photo a day for the whole year. I’m proud to say that I didn’t fail a single day. It had been fun, but, at times, somewhat stressful.

So, to commemorate the completion of the project, I decided to choose my own favourites out of the 1000+ images from the year’s output – not an easy task. I originally thought of 3, but, in the end, opted for 6. That was yesterday. Today, I woke up, started working on this blog and decided against the devil’s number 😉 and added 1 more to the list. This is, after all, my 7th blog, so it seems fitting to have 7 as the magic number. I was just going to post my selection to Facebook; then, I thought to myself what better time to start a photo blog than now? It had been on my mind for a while.

I started the project with a point-and-shoot, a cheap, but excellent, Panasonic DMC-FS62, but I grew increasingly frustrated by the lack of control I had over it. In October, I splashed out and bought myself a birthday present, a Panasonic DMC-G3 with the 14-42mm kit lens. Unfortunately, a couple of weeks later, I knocked over the lightweight tripod I had the camera on, and broke the flimsy plastic mount. 😦

I had little choice but to buy another lens as though I had money to throw! Still, what use is a body without a lens? I opted for a prime lens: Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f1.4 ASPH. I’ll have to admit that I’m a little biased in my final selection of favourites – they were all taken in the period October to November, with this new mirrorless camera.

I would love to know which your favourites are. You can see them here. Look at the sets of Project366 plus the sets Seville and IH CLIC; you can also include the Las Palmas and the Aula10 sets.

So, here is the list…

7th place

It’s a simple shot, but it captures my melancholic mood well. You can almost feel the autumn sun, and the lone green optimism tries to tower itself over the multitude of oranges and browns.

Autumn in Seville

Autumn leaves. Copyright 2012 Chiew Pang

6th place

I stumbled upon a wedding in Seville, and I thought this lady looked so classy. The original photo had the face very much in shadows, so it underwent a fair bit of post-processing. I love the style and the colours.

Woman in Red

Woman in red, well, pink, if you insist. Copyright 2012 Chiew Pang

5th place

Another lady. This was a student of mine. I like this photo a lot and I thought she looked beautiful; however, she herself didn’t. She thought her hair was horrible, she looked tired, etc. At the risk of enduring her fury, this is here to tell her to stop putting herself down all the time.

Sevillana in a bar

María Ángeles. Copyright 2012 Chiew Pang

4th place

This was taken in darkness, but with the lights flashing in through the window from the bypass beyond. In spite of the fast 1.4 aperture, I still find it difficult to get enough bokeh; the one here is one of the rare moments I got almost what I was looking for.

Lamp in the night

Lamp in the night. Copyright 2012 Chiew Pang

 

3rd place

It gets tougher. This one has been steadily growing on me. I like the symmetry, the bokeh, and the colours capture the essence of the cold precision of high technology.

Model wind turbine

Model wind turbine. Copyright 2012 Chiew Pang

 

2nd place

I have to admit I have a very soft spot for this one. It just about failed to make the top spot, losing out on technical merit. Hatty herself gave the impression that she didn’t like it, but diplomatically remained silent until I asked her outright, to which she brushed it aside, mumbling ‘sad’ or words to that effect. But, that’s precisely the beauty of this image. What I love about it is the melancholia it exudes – reminds me of the sadness Marilyn Monroe gave out. I love the contrasting light, the shadows blending with her dress, and the sunlight highlighting her blond curls. I remember how strong the sunshine was that early October day, and she was squinting against it. Perhaps it was just the light; perhaps it was something deeper inside her which made me fell in love with this creation.

Hatty on the rooftop terrace

Hatty. Copyright 2012 Chiew Pang

 

1st place

This is the one I finally chose over the rest, rightly or wrongly. This was taken on 14th October when my heart was in several different places all at once. I remember walking along this bridge, Puente de Isabel II, with my son, and looking at these locks, looking for the right ones to photograph. I remember the light was gorgeous, and I said to myself ‘Here is the perfect chance for me to take a damn good shot. Yes, I can. And I will’. I’d been struggling – and still am – with the focus even though people generally rave about it on the G3. I’d taken to focussing it manually now, but this was, if I remember correctly, snapped on auto focus, and it came out spot-on.

Even though I was using the LUMIX G VARIO 14-42/F3.5-5.6 then, the bokeh of the Guadalquivir River and both the east and west banks came out beautifully, in my humble opinion. The red lock adds a striking contrast to the blue river. Even my caption felt right, “locks” being an intended pun.

Beautiful day, beautiful son, beautiful Seville… what was missing?

Love locks in Seville

Love locks in Seville. Copyright 2012 Chiew Pang

 

What do you think? Do you like my choices? I would love to hear from you!

 

 

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5 responses

  1. Hi Chiew

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    What wonderful photos you have chosen! I like all of them as they are all unique in their own special way. I particularly like the Lady in Red! She definitely looks very classy indeed.

    Thank you for being a part of Project 366. You have inspired me so much throughout the year.

    Here’s hoping your photography goes from strength to strength, and wishing you an incredible and fulfilling 2013.

    Warm wishes from Abruzzo

    Janet :-))

    January 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    • Hi Jan, and a happy new year to you, and thanks for being part of the project, too!
      She does, doesn’t she? Reminds me of Jacqueline O!

      January 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm

  2. Stunning pictures, Chiew! Waw! You have an eye to spot beauty and you seem to be at he right time at the right place. But isn’t that the definition of a talented photographer ? 🙂
    I also love the way you describe your pictures and the way they are presented here on this site.
    Your no 1 is really beautiful. I guess, judging by the names on the red lock, that those two people were Dutch or Flemish 🙂
    Please keep sharing all your creative work with us: pictures, texts and poems. And some ELT stuff, of course 🙂
    Congrats on Project 366!

    Mieke

    January 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    • Thanks so much, Mieke for this motivating comment! I’m glad you like the pictures and the layout. It’s interesting about the names because I was thinking they were not common Spanish names! 😉

      January 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

  3. Pingback: Best of 2014 | My Photo Blog

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