Martin's 2014 Top Ten Photographs

2014 Top Ten Photographs Selection Process (Podcast 454)

With 2014 almost over, and no more shoots planned for this year, I went through my yearly exercise of selecting my top ten photographs, and today I share my selection process with you, as I believe this exercise is something that many of us can benefit from. I'll be...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Steven James Martin
    Posted at 00:04h, 30 December Reply

    Hi Martin, thanks for another year of fantastic podcasting! I did this process with my images about a week ago, however I chickened out and chose my ‘top 16’ of the year! Should I have narrowed this down to ten? Probably.

    Anyway, feel free to check out my selection – I’d love to hear any thoughts you have.

    Happy New Year!


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 00:11h, 31 December Reply

      Hi Steve, you’re very welcome, for the podcasts. Thanks for continuing to listen!

      Thanks for sharing your set too. Beautiful work! All very colorful, and some great expressions too. Number 8 is classic and the sadhu shots are all amazing. The entire set is very high quality. Congrats!

      A Happy New Year to you too!

  • Thomas Mauer
    Posted at 06:14h, 30 December Reply

    Hi Martin, this year I followed up with all (most) of your previous podcasts. I am into photography since 2009 with an DSLR. I am not sure why I did not have pointed out to your podcast since the my DSLR beginning – but someone should have told me 🙂

    I am still an amateur looking at stuff around me, like nature, holday, etc.. I have a project which is to make pictures of a local carneval dancing group – and this is a lot of fun.

    Here are my top 10 in no peticular order:

    Happy New Year,

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 00:04h, 31 December Reply

      Wow! That’s a lot to listen to Thomas. Thank you!

      Thanks for sharing your set. The puppy is amazing! What a beautiful doggy, and captured beautifully.

      A Happy New Year to you too!

  • millicanphotography
    Posted at 12:31h, 30 December Reply

    Hi, Martin –
    Have enjoyed your podcasts for probably the past 4 years, and look forward to each. Enjoyed your process, but must say you have more fortitude than I – my list includes 12 photos, including some similar subject matter… but, these are my favorites:

    and – Happy New Year!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 00:00h, 31 December Reply

      Thanks Larry! I’m pleased you are enjoying the Podcast.

      Thanks for sharing your set. I think the colorful umbrella is my favorite. Great composition and colors.

  • Tom Cooper
    Posted at 13:18h, 30 December Reply

    Hi Martin: Thanks for a year a podcasts and most recently for sharing your process of winnowing down photos. I have a gallery of “Best of 2014” for the year. Each photo represents a whole project, so I want to keep all of them. I look forward to seeing what others listeners have selected for their best of photos also.
    Tom Cooper

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 23:57h, 30 December Reply

      You’re very welcome Tom. Thanks for listening!

      Thanks for sharing your selection too. Number 15, the gerbera is probably my favorite. Very nice!

  • Janice Sullivan
    Posted at 23:43h, 30 December Reply

    Hi Martin, just love this podcast and had to comment. This is a great idea and I really enjoyed listening to you. Happy new year!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 23:52h, 30 December Reply

      That’s great. Thanks for dropping by Janice! Do let us know if you do your own Top Ten.

      A very Happy New Year to you too!

  • Gina
    Posted at 05:07h, 31 December Reply

    Such beautiful photos Martin. Thank you for sharing with us. My favorite is the middle left. Iceland must be beautiful and this picture inspires me to write, as well as travel. Happy New Year!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:37h, 31 December Reply

      Thanks Gina! That is definitely one of my favorites from the year too. I’m pleased you like it.
      I hope all is well. A Happy New Year to you too!

  • Eric Girouard
    Posted at 07:23h, 31 December Reply

    Loved this post and your culling technique! There’s a few tips & tricks in there that I will be trying for myself. 🙂

    I just posted my own year-end review. Please feel free to drop by and let me know what you think.

    Cheers, and Happy New Year from Canada!


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:41h, 31 December Reply

      Thanks Eric, and thanks for sharing your set. Beautiful work. Your Öxarárfoss shot is epic!

      A Happy New Year to you!

      • Eric Girouard
        Posted at 05:39h, 01 January Reply

        Thanks Martin!
        Keep up the good work my friend!

  • Fred Kotler
    Posted at 12:04h, 31 December Reply

    I’m a long time listener and very much enjoy learning from you. I decided to give your top ten challenge a try. You are correct: The first pass is easy. Eliminating photos once you get below 15 is very difficult. The only way I was able to do it was to make very quick decisions. But I did it. My 2014 top ten are at I decided to go back and try the exercise for 2013. Those results can be found at

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 22:54h, 31 December Reply

      Thanks for listening Fred, and for sharing your two sets of top tens. Lovely images. I can’t get over the look in the eye of that Tawny Frogmouth in your 2014 set, and the two elephants shot from 2013 is classic. Very nice! A Happy New Year to you!

  • Don McGuire
    Posted at 12:13h, 31 December Reply

    Martin, I’m always inspired by your selections each year and look forward to seeing this years crop next week. I’ve shared mine directly in the MBP Google + Community. I enjoyed the exercise — a great way to put a bow on the year.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 22:58h, 31 December Reply

      You’re very kind Don. Thank you!
      Thanks for sharing your set too. Wonderful images! The deer shot is incredible. The fall color and the misty morning shots are very special too. They all are.
      I know what you mean. It does feel like a great way to bring a year to closure, and create a foundation for the coming year.
      A Happy New Year to you Don!

      • Don McGuire
        Posted at 04:28h, 01 January Reply

        Thank you Martin. While it is on my bucket list to join your winter Wonderland tour, that particular deer image was taken from my toasty living room. Wishing you continued success and good health in the coming year!

        • Martin Bailey
          Posted at 10:19h, 01 January Reply

          Incredible! Now I’m even more envious. 😀

  • Lois Webb
    Posted at 01:42h, 02 January Reply

    Hello. You inspired me to choose my own top ten. Thoroughly enjoyed reviewing the year in this way. I will be interested how the images change in future years. If you have time for a quick look they can be found here:

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 11:32h, 02 January Reply

      Lovely set Lois! The kitten is so cute! The Gentle Man shot and the Gossip Girls are also favorites. Very nice work all round. Thanks for sharing!

  • efbacon
    Posted at 07:20h, 02 January Reply

    Thank you for sharing your 2014 picks and your culling process. One additional thing I did this year was to synch the collection of candidates with Mobile Lightroom. This way over my morning coffee, I could torture myself with which ones to leave behind. Seriously the most fruitful thing for me was an incubation period. I put them to the back of my mind and then returned after more than a day to make most of the decisions. Here is a link, I appreciate any feedback,


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 11:22h, 02 January Reply

      You’re welcome Ed. Thanks for sharing your photos too! For sure, that incubation period can really help, and Lightroom Mobile is a great way to continue the process.

      I love the colors in your Burano images! The Norway work is wonderful too. The approaching storm shot would be incredible in a strong/contrasty black and white.

  • Lloyd Kasper
    Posted at 19:11h, 02 January Reply

    Hi Martin… Happy New Year… Great PodCast, after listening to episode 454, I have included my ‘Top 10’ for 2014… Thanks for the suggestion and the great personal challenge.

    Can’t wait to try this again in 12 months…


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 19:51h, 02 January Reply

      Great set Lloyd! I love the colors in the Brisbane shot. The blue buildings add so much to that too.
      A Happy New Year to you too, and thanks for listening!

  • Paul
    Posted at 00:44h, 03 January Reply

    Thanks for continuing your podcasts – I always love your winter shots, and I’m hoping we’ll get some snow in Toronto soon!
    For my “favourite photos” post this year I picked a few topics and a shot for each, so in the end I only posted five images @

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:04h, 03 January Reply

      Thanks for listening and for the kind words Paul.
      Love the car shot. Great colors and panning technique for that speedy look.

      • Paul
        Posted at 06:33h, 05 January Reply

        Thanks; I’m hoping to shoot more motorsport events this year.

  • Eric Vogt
    Posted at 02:43h, 04 January Reply

    Martin, this annual podcast topic is always one of my favorites each year. I really enjoy seeing the top 10 photos of yours each new year, and from many of my photography friends. Here’s my favorite 10:

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 12:30h, 04 January Reply

      Thanks Eric. I’m pleased you continue to enjoy these.
      Your top ten is fantastic. That humming bird shot is incredible! It’s been amazing watching your photography improve over the years. I’d say this year’s are your best set to date. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing!

      • Eric Vogt
        Posted at 13:56h, 16 January Reply

        Thanks so much for the kind words Martin! I was quite encouraged to see the improvement I was still able to make in 2014 in spite of the little time I had to commit to photography. The simple task of putting an annual top 10 set together each new year is always exciting, as it’s exciting to see yours and other’s top 10 lists as well. Your work continues to inspire me, and I’m crossing my fingers that some day I’ll be able to join one of your tours!

  • Marita
    Posted at 17:06h, 04 January Reply

    Hello Martin! This was such a great idea!!! If you want to se mine, you are welcome here:

    Happy new year!


  • Nick Nieto
    Posted at 11:37h, 05 January Reply

    Hi Martin, congratulations on another year of wonderful images. I always enjoy listening to your workflow and effort to cull down the set to the very best. Your ten this year are fantastic, I’ll save my commentary on those for your next post. Thanks again for your podcast and inspiration!

    Feel free to see my favorite images of 2014 /

  • Steve Wolfe
    Posted at 09:48h, 06 January Reply

    Thank you for the inspiration, Martin. Best wishes for the new year! Here’s a link to a post about my top ten for 2014:

  • Shane Baker
    Posted at 09:05h, 18 January Reply

    As always, a thoughtful yet practical podcast/blog Martin. Many thanks.

  • Cams
    Posted at 03:00h, 25 January Reply

    2014 was my best year for photography. I’m happy to share my top 12 (I did one for each month). This is the first year I have done this.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:29h, 25 January Reply

      Brilliant! I love the photo of Hamish after receiving his new stunt scooter. The helmet gives us a hint of what’s happening but the sheer joy on his face is golden. Excellent year Cams! Thanks for sharing!

  • Douglas A. Shoemaker
    Posted at 16:22h, 12 February Reply

    Better late than never, I always say. I traveled a bit in 2014, and just got around to going through the photos and finding the good ones. Your recommended exercise was a good one, and this year I will attempt “Bailey Style” discipline and process photos shortly after shooting them.

    Thanks for all your good vibes,


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:33h, 12 February Reply

      Absolutely better late than never Doug. Great set! The clams on the rock are wild! I love the grouping and colours. Thanks for sharing!

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