Another year is coming to end and as usual, it is time to reflect back and pick my top 10 favorite photographs of the year. And also, as usual, this is just my opinion. You might find some of the other photographs better, but thats ok. There is a lot of emotion involved in the selection process, so clearly, it is not based solely on photographic quality. Anyway, let's talk about 2016. It was somewhat uneventful year for me, not just photography-wise. Moving away from Asia last year was unexpected (volatile job market). Quite frankly, I loved being in Asia and I wanted to stay. However, one has to pay the bills and I had to find job elsewhere. I landed "Downunder" in Sydney and jumped into a new work contract straight away. This relocation obviously affected my travel plans, holidays, long weekend getaways etc. What was so easy and convenient in Singapore, became near impossible in Sydney. I remember years when I jumped over to Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia several times a year. all it took was a 2 hour flight at most. In 2016 I made only one single overseas trip to Cambodia and that just before the travel facility on my visa expired. Due to work, I didn't get away from Sydney either, except long weekend over Easter holiday and one more regular weekend in August. I planned to make up for it with the break between the Christmas and New Year. Well, that was the plan. Unfortunately, at the end of November, I badly herniated my disk (yet again) and I was completely immobile for few days. Now, a month later I am very far from being recovered and I had to put any holiday plans, even short one-day hiking trips on hold. So, unfortunately, I didn't take a single photograph in December. Instead, I am writing this top 10 article and hoping for better and healthier 2017. Not just for me, but for everyone. I take the opportunity to wish every one of you a nice, peaceful, successful, healthy and prosperous year 2017. And for you photographers, I wish you always have a good light and tons of inspiration and opportunities for photography.
With that out of the way, let's get to the photographs now. It is always hard to pick t even though this year's selection was fairly limited. Anyway, here they are in no particular order. I hope you like at least some of them.
I hope you enjoyed the photographs and descriptions. It may give you an insight about what led to taking the particular picture, what decisions I made or what was my thought process. I hope to see you here same time next year reading about top 10 of 2017 list. That said, please visit also in the time in between to see what I am up to. I am certainly hoping to be on road more often in the next year if my "broken back" allows me.
Gear I used to take these photographs.
Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
Fujifilm New Vertical Power Booster, Black (VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster)
Fujinon XF14mmF2.8 R
Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR - Black
Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R
Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR
Tiffen 72mm Variable ND Filter
SIRUI N-2204X 4 Section Pro Carbon Fiber Tripod with Travel Bag (Max Load 33lb)
Sirui K-30X Ball Head
Joby GorillaPod SLR Zoom Tripod with Ball Head Bundle for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras