My 3 best pictures of 2016

If someone asks me about my hobbies, I have an instant list of activities with which I fill my free time. There are a few of them and the list might change from time to time, but one constant is photography. I have been doing photography, to some extent, all my adult life, but it has been a particularly strong interest over the last 20 years or so. During this time I have belonged to camera clubs, won awards, sold pictures, had pictures published, done talks, done competition judging and, of course, taken lots of pictures. Until now …

For some reason, I have just not been taking many pictures lately. I do not know why – I feel as if I have the photography equivalent of Writer’s Block. Trying to get my inspiration back, I endeavored to take some pictures on my recent vacation – just to prove that I can still do it. I took my “real” camera with me. I use my iPhone for taking quick snaps [and the results can be excellent], but for more serious photography I have a Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless DSLR, which can produce outstanding results [if someone presses the shutter release at the right time].

As we just reached the half-way point of the year, I thought that I would review the [few] pictures that I have taken so far in 2016 and pick out my 3 favorites. It turns out that they were all from my vacation. So maybe my attempt to stimulate inspiration worked a bit, at least. Here are those images:

The first one is very simple and almost monochromatic. I like the simple shapes and the recession of the mountains on the distant island.

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I always like nautical stuff – it goes back to my involvement with boats in my childhood. This image is all about shapes and textures.

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Lastly, the postcard shot. The sea really was that color!

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At the end of the year, I will do another similar review. I hope that I get my “mojo” back …

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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/embedded-software/2016/07/14/my-3-best-pictures-of-2016/