Down to Twelve!

Yearly Top Ten Selection Process 2018 (Podcast 645)

Having just finished preparing to start a new year and selected my top ten favorite images for 2018, in this post, I share some workflow tips and my thoughts of the process.

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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.
  • Christian Meermann
    Posted at 17:48h, 06 January Reply

    Hey Martin, a nice read as usual.
    Here’s a link to my top ten this year:

    Keep up the good work and good luck with your workshops. 🖖🏻

  • David Sherman
    Posted at 00:42h, 07 January Reply

    great shots.

  • Steve Gribbin
    Posted at 19:33h, 07 January Reply

    They look absolutely fabulous Martin, but nothing more than we’ve come to expect from you. I love the initial few steps to get rid of most but wow, those last couple of steps must be incredibly hard.
    Any thought of coming back to Australia in the next few years?

  • Glenn Smtih
    Posted at 20:16h, 08 January Reply

    Thanks again Martin for a wonderful year of Photography and taking us along with you on your various journeys thought out the year. A great year for you looking at your amazing images. Always good to hear about your top ten images each year and how you arrived at the various images that you have. I’ve done the same processes now for the last five years,
    Here’s the link to my top ten with the reasons and stories behind the images
    I find this process extremely helpful and would recommend it to anyone looking to improve their photography. As you describe each year that final step of cutting it down from the last 20 to the final ten is always the hardest but it’s that last step that you learn the most from your photography, just what image makes the final cut and why the images that don’t are removed. This that last part that you remember as you take the next image, will it suffer the fate of past images that didn’t make the final cut. Thinking why they were rejected always in the back of your mind make the newer images stronger and helps with the self-improvement process. I’ve found each year a definite improvement in my work and hope to see a similar improvement this year, we’ll see, I’ve already got one possible candidate for this years crop of images already so we’ll see how the year goes. Wishing you a great year there Martin, looking forward to seeing what you come up with this year.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 22:21h, 08 January Reply

    Hi All,

    Just a quick note to thank you for posting your top tens and the kind words. I’m now on my 2019 Hokkaido Landscape tour and have too little time to catch up on your posts at this point, but I look forward to taking a look either as time allows or after I get home in about another 10 days. I’ll reply to each of you individually as soon as I can.


  • Fred Kotler
    Posted at 05:03h, 09 January Reply

    Great selection as usual and a very difficult but rewarding process. My favorites from this year’s top ten are the portraits, numbers 7, 9 and 10. The color combinations are outstanding especially 9 with three shades of blue all serving to highlight a distinctive face and salt & pepper beard. Number 10 has the same beautiful maroon robe from last year’s selection. I fully understand why you had to include it. The totally black background and water reflection make number 7. I’m looking forward to more great photos and tips from you in 2019. My top ten for 2018 are at Narrowing down to ten photos was particularly difficult this year. Which, I guess, is a good thing. The first two photos are from the Boott Cotton Mill in Lowell, MA; the next two from Ireland; and the last six from New Zealand. All were taken with a Nikon D7100 and post processed in CapureOne Pro 10. The focal length is 35 mm equivalent after adjusting for the D7100’s 1.5 crop factor.

  • Mauricio Duque Arrubla
    Posted at 20:29h, 09 January Reply

    Great job, as usual, Martin. And it looks like you made very difficult decisions
    This was not a very productive year for me in photography but, anyway, I made my list of favorites. Enjoy them
    I am also publishinng them one by one in my Instagram account if somebody wants to know a little bit more about some photos
    All the best

  • reto
    Posted at 13:41h, 15 January Reply

    tks Martin for the inspiration (and the nudge to keep doing it…). Your pictures are great and following your podcasted thoughts iro the selection process is very insightful.

    Here are my thoughts (and the outcome) for my 2018 selection process:

    best regards

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