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Podcast 318 : Martin’s Top Ten Images from 2011

Having skipped selecting my 2010 Top Ten images at the start of 2011, because I was simply too busy, I really missed going through the exercise, so this year, I was sure to make time to reflect on 2011, and select my favorite images. The act of looking through a...

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  • C. Daniel Chase
    Posted at 01:48h, 17 January Reply

    Martin, another great year! Really enjoyed your review.

    Just wanted to particularly thank you for the description of your selection process at the beginning. I think that might be a good subject for a more in-depth look at “selection workflow.” Maybe your general workflow of digital ingestion once your photos are taken.

    I’ve got a sticky note (digital of course!) on my Mac to remind me of mine, and I’m still tweaking it. I don’t have the “selection” process refined, just a very general removal of bad exposures–usually before download from camera, but a few that might get missed afterwards. I use Aperture, so your Lightroom keystrokes were less meaningful to me–I could generally intuit your intent though.

    A question I’ve been meaning to ask for some time… What comes first, the Blog or the Podcast? ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve always been impressed with how close they are in content, and thought it a great way to post a podcast! Very few podcasters post a true transcript.

    Thanks again, and I look forward to 2012!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 13:39h, 17 January Reply

      Thanks for the kind comment Daniel! I really appreciate the pat on the back. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I did run through my workflow a couple of times in the past, but the last update was way back in episodes 90 and 91. I’ve made a note to update these episodes, probably with a video instead of enhanced podcast, before too long.

      On the what comes first question, I write the Podcast manuscript first. I used to write in Word, but now pretty much write right here in WordPress, then add the images etc. I read from the draft as I record, then release both at the same time. That’s not the case for videos or interviews though, which is why there’s no transcript for them. ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Carson
    Posted at 01:59h, 17 January Reply

    Martin, I don’t speak up frequently, and I’m sure I speak for many who are also more quiet, but thank you for sharing your journey with us. Your work is absolutely beautiful, and your presentation of the material is sublime to listen to and to read. I add my gratitude to yours that your health has improved as it has. You’re a treasure, and I’m grateful we have a bit longer together. Happy New Year.


    p.s. Gentoo Point is my favorite shot of yours, yet.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 13:44h, 17 January Reply

      Wow! Thanks so much for your heartfelt message Carson. I really appreciate it.

      Happy New Year to you too!


  • Neil
    Posted at 04:31h, 17 January Reply

    Martin, you mentioned years ago that if much of your best work isn’t in the past year, you aren’t progressing. I must say that your work continues to get better and this year’s images are no exception. Stunning work.

    I also appreciate your thought that the collections can become something better than the individual prints. The two Antarctica images you selected bring this point home to me. Neither is something I particularly like, but together they are majestic.

    Keep up the amazing work!


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 13:46h, 17 January Reply

      Thanks Neil!

      I am always happy when I look back on a year and get the feeling that things are going in the right direction, but it’s great to hear that from someone else too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I am really enjoying the sets of images and prints right now, and hope that this trend continues.

      Thanks again for your kind comments!

  • Thomas
    Posted at 22:10h, 19 January Reply

    Hello Martin,

    Thanks for sharing with us your selection process. And congrats on a beautiful 2011. Here’s to 2012, maybe it be even better.

    I was wondering if you had seen Younes Bounhar’s call for “top 11 of 2011” albums on Google+ and subsequent selection of his favs?


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 00:12h, 20 January Reply

      Hi Thomas,

      You’re welcome! And thanks for the kind words!

      I hadn’t seen Younes’ call or the winning images, but I just checked them out. Very nice! Thanks for sharing!


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