My Top 5 Photos of 2019

With 2019 coming to an end, it is time to review my top 5 images of the year. Below you will see in no particular order the images I picked including a brief description of them.

Fuji Instax

Fuji Instax

This image is one I took most recently out of the top 5. I had watched a tutorial on product photography that I wanted to give a try and this was my first subject.

I was really happy with how this image turned out and plan to use this method more.

Light Trails

Light Trails

I shot this image earlier in the year for a tutorial I did on The Photography Enthusiast. I have always loved light trails and have barely done them in the past few years.

I remember years ago seeing a photo of Thailand that appeared to have an insane amount of light trails. Back then I wasn’t aware of using the lighten blend mode in Photoshop and I hope my tutorial can help someone learn this method faster than I did.

Butterflies

Butterflies

Although I’m not very good at it, I really like origami. I also really enjoy doing still life photography. Any chance I get to combine the two, I take it.

For this image, I had the idea for some time but had no clue how to execute it. I ended up taking around 4 images just to be able to clone out the skewers holding the butterflies up. Overall I am really happy with how it turned out and hope to do more like this in 2020.

Foggy Streets of Sydney

Sydney Fog

We don’t get many foggy days here in Sydney and even less that I have my camera with me. I took this shot on the way to work and I’m glad I did. It ended up making Explore on Flickr despite not being my favorite out of the set.

This was also taken with my Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 lens which is gives the same look as a 52mm on Full Frame. I’m usually more comfortable with the 35mm focal length but it worked well for this image.

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Einstein / Stranger Portrait

Einstein

Last but not least is possibly my favorite. I was on holiday in San Francisco and this guy approached me asking if I knew who he looked like. I thought he had a familiar look but wasn’t too sure and didn’t want to guess wrong.

He eventually said Einstein and then I seen the resemblance. As I was out shooting, he asked me to take his portrait for an exhibition he was going to be in so I eagerly agreed. Eye AF worked beautifully and the Tamron really rendered everything well for a zoom. If any other famous lookalikes want their portrait taken, be sure to let me know.

So that concludes this post and my top 5 photos of 2019. I managed to shoot a lot more this year which made the selection a bit more difficult. It was one of my goals to shoot more this year so it’s good to achieve that.

Also as a small update, I plan do a small trial in the first few months of 2020 by posting every 2 weeks regardless of how much I shoot. This works well for my good friend Joey of Last Lights so hopefully it can work for me too.

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Joeyreply
December 30, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Great list (with variety, too), Daniel! The portrait is very strong! Besides, I love light trails. This location seems very suitable. Not sure if posting consistently is helping my readers come back more often (anyway, too small numbers to observe any tendencies), but it’s more of my nature to keep posting consistently regardless of people reading or not, haha!

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Daniel Leereply
December 30, 2019 at 2:41 pm

Thanks Joey! I don’t do portraits often so to have a strange portrait turn out that well is very rewarding!
Next time you visit we can do light trails from there too. I’m also looking for other locations but this one seems easiest so far. I think regular content does help as I’ve noticed people often unfollow social media if the person is not posting enough haha

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