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My 2014 Top Ten Photographs (Podcast 455)

Following on from last week, when I walked you through my selection process, this week I'm going to tell you a bit about the 10 photographs that I selected as my 2014 Top Ten. Before we jump in and start to walk through my top ten, I'd like to thank...

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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.
  • Bry
    Posted at 10:44h, 05 January Reply

    When I saw this podcast come up in the feed, I thought it was accidental – that it was just a repeat of last week’s. I’m glad I decided to listen! Thanks for encouraging us all to engage in this activity. It was fun, and harder than I expected. I took a different tack, by picking a favorite picture from each month:

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 12:22h, 18 January Reply

      I’m pleased you listened too Bry. What a beautiful set of images! I like the idea of a monthly favorite too. Unfortunately for me there are some month’s when I don’t even get to shoot, so I think I’ll stick with my yearly top ten. 😀

      Your shots are all great, but I think January and August are my favorites. Absolutely stunning! Thanks very much for sharing.

  • Nick Nieto
    Posted at 03:23h, 06 January Reply

    Great set of images Martin. All are great, congratulations on a fantastic 2014. Search for Prey is fantastic the stormy conditions and focused look on the eagle is great. The delicate tones in Angel Wings is fantastic! Choushi Ohtaki Waterfall is a place I would love to be. Wonderful work, I wish you the very best in the coming year!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 12:19h, 18 January Reply

      Thanks so much for the kind words Nick! I’m pleased you enjoyed this set.

      All the best to you too for the coming year!

  • GregC
    Posted at 09:04h, 09 January Reply

    Martin –

    Thanks for the great podcast. I only just started to listen based on hearing you on TWIP and reading your ebook on Craft & Vision. Looking forward to the 350 or so episodes I have to to binge listen on.

    It was a great exercise to back through the year to find my 10 best, a good challenge so I can see what I did right and what I could do better.

    Here’s the Flickr group of the 10 photos that show my year –

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 12:17h, 18 January Reply

      Hi Greg, thanks for stopping by and for checking out my podcasts. Thanks for posting your own 2014 top ten too. It’s a wonderful set! I love the mood in the train line shot, the super moon with sandhill cranes is another favorite. I think the misty Summer Fog and the Milky Way shots really stand out too. All beautiful though. Congratulations on a great year!

  • darren white
    Posted at 08:16h, 10 January Reply

    once again a stunning year. thank you for this and the selection podcast

  • Glenn Smith
    Posted at 21:08h, 10 January Reply

    After reviewing the comment sections on the last two pod casts I was surprised an how few people had added their top ten for the year, then I thought but hang about neither had I, Opps, So thought I better rectify that one. Well done Martin on another great year there, thanks for all you do for the photography community there we appreciate it from our side. Hope you have a great year there and many more great shots to make you job of selection your shots even harder nest year 🙂—year-in-review

    • GregC
      Posted at 13:15h, 11 January Reply

      Glenn – Just astounding shots. You have a great “feel” for nature and how to use lighting to make the images really grab the viewer’s attention. Now I need to add lighting to my hiking kit for the shots in the woods 😉

      Thanks for sharing.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 12:07h, 18 January Reply

      Thanks for the kind words and for posting your selection Glenn! What a wonderful set. They’re all great, but I think the starting kingfisher shot is absolutely amazing! Well done indeed, and I look forward to seeing your 2015 selection.

  • Helen Hooker
    Posted at 05:31h, 31 January Reply

    Thanks for another wonderful year of inspirational photography and podcasts Martin. I’ve chosen my top ten from my own photos for the first time this year. I thought I had a very clear idea of my best shots until I went back through a whole year of daily photoblog posting and discovered I still had some tough choices to make! I’ve written my own blog post about them here:

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 16:51h, 08 February Reply

      Beautiful work Helen! I absolutely love the expression on your foxes face. They’re all wonderful images. Thanks for sharing, and all the best for 2015!

  • Andy Holliman
    Posted at 01:59h, 05 February Reply

    Its been a useful and productive enterprise, for many of the reasons you’ve described. Don’t want to wish my life away but I’m looking forward to doing it again already! If I’ve learned one thing its that I don’t like sunshine and blue sky. Thanks for the great podcast!

  • Neil Skipper (@nskipper)
    Posted at 23:53h, 01 March Reply

    Hi Martin been listening to your podcasts for over 6 yrs and have learnt so much, thankyou! I’ve been meaning to do my top ten and have finally finished it!
    Cheers Neil

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 18:55h, 28 May Reply

      Hi Neil, so sorry for the delayed reply here. Your comments slipped through my net until now. Thanks for listening to the podcast, and for posting your top ten. Great set! I think the row of terraced houses is my favorite. A lovely look in that shot.

  • H Matthew Howarth
    Posted at 16:51h, 28 May Reply

    Hey Martin – firstly, thank you for the amazing content! I discovered your fantastic podcast from TWIP, and as I catch up with the back catalogue am hugely enjoying your insight and understatedly inspiring precision of thought. A wonderful resource I am loudly recommending to all friends who shoot!

    Though a little late to the game (…) I wanted to go through the top ten image process myself, leading to the following final cut; – a mix chiefly of my street portraits and long exposure/in camera light painting.

    Your images are wonderful – especially the swan; you touched on the other swans in the podcast, and they’re in fact one of my favourite elements, all packed close, milling about in the cold haze. There’s an otherworldly, “naturally robotic” serenity to them.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 19:00h, 28 May Reply

      Hi Matthew,

      Thanks for discovering the podcast and for the kind words! I hope you continue to enjoy what I am doing here. Thanks for recommending it to your friends too! It’s very much appreciated.

      What a great set of photos for your top ten as well. I can’t believe that you light painted so precisely with the animal and two girls looking around the tree! Well, I can, but you know what I mean. 🙂

      The portraits are great well. I think my favorite is the guy with the white hair and piercing eyes. Huge amount of character captured there.

      Thanks for sharing!

      • H Matthew Howarth
        Posted at 08:23h, 29 May Reply

        Thanks Martin – hugely appreciate your taking the time to check my top ten and share your thoughts! Regarding the light painting – not something I could do on film, but pixels are cheap and the night is long! If you measure the movements of the figures against your body, it all gets into muscle memory soon enough! Have an amazing summer and thanks again!

        • Martin Bailey
          Posted at 09:52h, 29 May Reply

          It’s very impressive all the same. You’ve obviously practiced your craft a lot.

          An amazing summer to you too!

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