Martin's Top Ten Photographs for 2018

Martin’s Top Ten Photos for 2018 (Podcast 646)

In this episode I share my personal top ten favorite images for 2018, with the backstory for each photograph.

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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.
  • kreuzn
    Posted at 09:39h, 15 January Reply

    Love the photos Martin. You have inspired me to go through my photos of 2017 & pick some highlights of the year.
    Regarding the Figure In The Distant Alley photo, is there a person sitting in the ‘window’ on the right hand side of the frame? Or is it fabric? I’m curious 🙂

  • Lloyd Kasper
    Posted at 19:30h, 15 January Reply

    Hi Martin, Great images… I love The Turban and the Cloud Image.

    I realise you have already seen my Top 10 for 2018 from Facebook, but I thought I would also post here with some background info around them. This year was very little for me for travelling, but the process of cutting down to the top 10 was still just as difficult.

    Most of my images where captured with my trusty Canon 6D and Canon EF 100-400mm Lens, but I also had the opportunity to shot with a Canon 5D Mark IV and the Canon EOS R with the RF24-105mm Lens.

    The baby crocodile eye was shot with the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 Lens and the process of capturing the images without focus was done completely hand held, as his eye was only about 15 millimeters across and it took me a number of times to slow move back and forward to capture the number of shoots to get as much as needed in focus.

    The reflection image was capture as an opportunity street walk with my local camera store, trying out the new EOS R and 24-104 RF Lens.

    The distant capture of ‘The Dish’, was a photo I thought about doing for a long time, over the last few years while passing this location I took the opportunity to stop and capture it with the right light and the Dish was in the perfect position.

    Thanks for the Inspiration for this great yearly activity.

  • drecht
    Posted at 10:12h, 22 January Reply

    Hi Martin!

    I always enjoy walking with you through your process and your Top Ten of the Year Photos. The one of the Torii gate is spectacular. It is getting me even more excited for our Snow Monkey and Hokkaido tour in a few weeks. Can’t wait.

    Since you asked, I am posting a link to my 2018 Favorites. I like to call my list “Favorites” instead of Top 10 since, for me, I have photos that I like a lot but may not be my “top” photos technically or maybe even compositionally. For me, the draw and feeling of a photo should be the priority. I also chose 12 instead of 10 because it gets hard at the end and 12 keeps two more of my photos “alive” for me.

    Also, the review process for me really makes me rethink how fortunate I am to have been to all the places I photograph each year. We should never overlook that.

    Here is the link to my 2018 Favorites:

    See you soon.


  • Michael Assmann
    Posted at 07:56h, 27 January Reply

    Hi Martin,

    Thanks for helping me out with getting the NextGEN galleries properly working. Your input came in time for the post of my 2018 top ten which can be found at

    I’ve found the systematic review process to come up with the selection quite helpful for a number of reasons. For one, 8 of the finalist were shot with the Fuji X100F which confirms the versatility of this camera and how well it fits my needs. Secondly, 5 of the 10 images (mostly black and white) came almost straight out of camera, but also the others did not require significant post-processing – it seems I start to get things right in-camera, which is what I like to achieve. And finally, comparing this year’s top ten to the ones of the previous years I start to see patterns emerging, helping me to understand my development and to be more confident about where I am today as a photographer.

    So a big thank you to you as you have made me start this annual review process.

    All the best for 2019,

  • Rufus Levvy
    Posted at 05:30h, 28 September Reply

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