Category Archives: Photography

Favorite Photos of 2013

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It’s taken me a while to put together my favorite shots on Flickr that I posted in 2013. This is an annual tradition that I’ve had going for a decade now, which I guess makes Flickr one of the longer-running services that I still use.

I’m not sure what I can learn last year’s photos. I only took 4,788 shots, which compared to 2012’s high of 7,472 doesn’t seem that impressive. But 2012 was the year of the Olympics. 2013 did feel a little more sporadic, though, in terms of my photo taking, and in terms of my photo posting. I lost track a little of what I’d posted throughout the year. I’m not sure why. I’ve already taken 1,982 shots this year, so maybe I’m rectifying that, although many of those are of the after-effects of flooding. Those are still about preserving memory, but perhaps not in the same uplifting way that last year’s shots of our family reunion are.

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2014.01.23 Nail

Today we lost the beautiful European oak floorboards from downstairs. Each was torn up, then the panels and styrene were taken out to leave just the sub floor. All the nails holding the floorboards down seemed to have reacted to the water from the Thames, producing a black residue.



2014.01.23 Nail by rbanks.

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One Letter in Politics

I started a group on Flickr in 2005 called One Letter which is a place where people can post their photos of single lessons. These are shots from signs, the sides of buildings and so on. It feels like a long time since I set it up, and I haven’t posted anything to it in an age, but it’s run by a great photographer, Leo Reynolds, who keeps it ticking over. Now it has 2,500 members and 27,000 photos posted. There are some great letters, like these 1,700 “S”s:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/27034531@N00/pool/tags/s/

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The cool things about the group is that you can make sentences with the letters. Leo noticed that this had been picked up on by a certain national leader for a political effort of his:

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I THINK this is cool. As long as they use the letters with the right Creative Commons rights…

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Favorites of 2010

A new year, so time to go through the 4,400 shots I’ve taken this year to pick out my favorites. I was surprised to see that this is the 7th year I’ve done this. 44 images this year, which is pretty much in line with last year’s 42 images + 1 video. It’s a totally random process. I’ve felt a little flat about how focused I’ve been on this activity, despite the new camera I mentioned (and still love) last year. So I’m happy to find that I like the results. Lots more people than normal, and a few shots that are a little more “snappy” than I’d like, but I’m quite pleased.

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Here’s the slideshow…

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Monaco

Here are my shots from our recent, very excellent, trip to Monaco. Highlights included jogging around the F1 loop, watching fireworks through the open ceiling at the Monaco Sporting Club, touring the roads towards Italy in a red Fiat C500 and hiking up to Roquebrune. Amazing. All thanks to Shannon’s bit of award winning.

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