Year in Review: My Best Of 2016 By The Month
2016 is coming to an end, and as a photographer, my year can always be summed up better in pictures, and that's why I decided to do a month by month photo review. While it can be a frustrating exercise at times as I am my worst critic, it could still be helpful and healthy to look back and re-evaluate my work and find ways to improve. So here goes!
A typical January scene in Toronto. I took this picture on my way to the subway station in the early morning, it was just one of those spur of the moment captures. This is why I always carry a camera in my work bag. I like how the falling snow is illuminated by the street lamps and the cars' headlights in this image.
I had just received a loaner unit for my X-Pro2 review, so I was walking around town looking for interesting scenes. I was planning on doing some long exposures here, but it was just so damn cold and windy, so I quickly snapped a few pictures and called it a night. This one turned out to be decent. I like the silhouette with the lit-up Toronto sign.
After a long winter, the day was starting to last longer in March. I came home from work one day and the sun was still out, casting a shadow on my cat. Once I saw the bat signal, I just had to pull out my camera. Once again, even though I was already home, I would've missed this shot if I didn't have the camera in my bag. If I had to put everything down and go grab the camera from the drawer, my cat would've followed me and moved out of the light.
The weather was finally good enough for street photography, and I had just received the 56mm along with my X-Pro2, so I was taking some candid street portraits with this combo, I wrote about that experience here. I caught this lady reading in the cafe and when I was just about to press the shutter, she looked up and made eye contact. The look on her face was quite interesting, it was like a mixture of annoyance and amusement.
Here's another image captured using the 56mm, it is such a fun lens to shoot with, it has a lot of subject isolation power. This is a candid shot of my fiancé, I saw her trying on hats and I just liked all the elements and the contrasty look in this frame, so I quickly snapped this photo.
I didn't do much landscape photography in 2016, but when you are in Bruce Peninsula, you simply can't resist, especially when you have this view all to yourself, which is getting rarer and rarer these days. I wrote about carrying lightweight and compact Fuji gear really makes hiking in Bruce Peninsula more enjoyable here.
This candid photo was captured in a restaurant, it almost seemed like she was posing. Another interesting element is the photographer in the background, he was presumably taking pictures of people at his table, but it almost looked like he was also taking pictures of this lady, and that in turns made this look like a staged photoshoot.
On my way home I heard there was a service suspension on my subway line, so I was feeling frustrated, but I decided to turn this negative into a positive. I left the station and started walking around the block with the Ricoh GR in my hand. The sun was hanging low, so it was perfect for capturing long shadows.
This was taken in Muskoka, Ontario, in the heart of the cottage country. I like this picture because it represents friendship and exploration to me, it looks as though the duo in this picture is about to take this path and go on a journey together.
The 35mm f2 has become my favourite and go-to lens. By being weather resistant, it is the ideal lens for the unpredictable fall weather. In this picture you have maple leaves, a lake, boats, and a man reflecting on life on the dock and to me that's the perfect autumn scene.
This is the only way I take selfies, and I included this image because it was my poorly executed homage to Vivan Maier. Once again, this was taken with the versatile XF35mm f2.
This was captured during this winter's first snowfall, the streaking wet snow added some texture to an otherwise tranquil winter scene. With the weather sealed X-Pro2 and 35mm f2 at my disposal, I can embrace these wintry conditions without worrying about my gear. Let it snow!
Thanks for stopping by! I'd like to wish everyone great light in 2017!