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Martin’s Personal Top Ten Photos For 2019 (Podcast 692)

In this post, I share my favorite top ten images for 2019 with a brief comment about each image. I look forward to seeing your top tens as well.

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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 18:43h, 05 January Reply

    Terrific images. I like Shirahige Falls and the Sea, Rocks, and Cormorant best.

    Here’s my selection for 2019. Enjoy!

    And good luck on your tours!

    • David Recht
      Posted at 09:42h, 08 January Reply

      My Top 3 of Your Top 10 are: Bad Attitude, Frisian Morning, Seagrass. The last two are especially good IMO. Nice job!

  • Steven Martin
    Posted at 00:35h, 06 January Reply

    Fantastic images as always. Here are my two reviews – one for the year, the other for the debate.

    • Christian Meermann
      Posted at 00:28h, 24 January Reply

      Great images, very different from what I usually do. This is why I find them so interesting.
      My favorites are Reflection of the General Staff Building and Church of the Grand Palace in the Snow.

  • Glenn Smith
    Posted at 18:55h, 06 January Reply

    One of the highlights of my year to see your top ten Martin. Always great to see someone else’s take on the world around us, Your winter shots always amaze me, something we don’t really get round my way, and at present our country is on fire in all directions, Seeing all that water locked up there in snow and ice gives mixed feelings at present with all the drought and fires we’ve had here, but great work and any work that stirs emotions has power to it. My favourite is the cormorant there and knowing that it was taken as a long exposure and little movement it the bird is a great effort. One day I’ll get over there for one of your winter land tours. They always sound so good and the feedback from all the participants is always glowing. Great work and a great for the year there as always.
    This is my sixth year of doing my top ten images and as always I can see the improvement from each year, this year it seems my photography is moving in a different direction from the images I‘ve selected so totally unintentional but by doing the top ten each year I can see how my style and image quality has changed thought out a short time. Well worth doing thou as you say hard to cut down to the final ten but that last few is where I find I learn the most about my work so the pain is worth it.

    It’s always great to see everyone else’s top ten images as well, Everyone has such different styles and takes on photography which is what makes it all so interesting. Christian Meermann with all Black and White images, something I can never get my head around, I just don’t seem to be able to visualise images into Black and white but when I see someone else’s its always like wow, I’ve done a few in black and white at times particularly old historic buildings and machinery, but I can never seem to get anything else quite right black and white, but I’m OK with that, but certainly appreciate it when others can get it right like Christian’s work here. Steven Martin has the most amazing colourful interiors well worth seeing makes you want to go and see the buildings in person so again that emotional pull of photography. That’s all part of the magic of photography no matter what genre it is or you work towards yourself it’s always good to look at others work and study their work and see what works and what doesn’t.
    Have a great year there. Thanks for all the work you put in to get these podcasts out.

    • Christian Meermann
      Posted at 00:32h, 24 January Reply

      So many great shots in your collection. My favorites are the first and the third one. Mesmerizingly beautiful photographs.

      Thank you for your kind words on my own work. I feel the same way about color photos as you feel about monochrome ones. 😂 🖖🏻

  • Lloyd Kasper
    Posted at 19:55h, 06 January Reply

    Hi Martin,

    I love the Flamingoes in the Mist image.

    Not my biggest year for photography, but still got the opportunity to spend some weekends and evenings.

    Most of my images where captured from a road trip back in May of 2019.

    The kite, curlew and the guy walking his dogs where all opportunity captures, which was my biggest lesson for 2019… Always look back and always have the camera ready.


    • Drake Dyck
      Posted at 12:14h, 11 January Reply

      Nice set, Lloyd. I particularly liked the Mangroves on Coopers Creek.

      • Lloyd Kasper
        Posted at 19:57h, 12 January Reply

        Thanks Drake…


    • Christian Meermann
      Posted at 00:34h, 24 January Reply

      Great work on the Rainbow Lorikeet. Love it!

      • Lloyd Kasper
        Posted at 14:40h, 24 January Reply

        Thanks Christian…

  • Iam Taylor
    Posted at 08:48h, 07 January Reply

    Regarding your renewed film interest, are you using a commercial company to scan or are you doing your own scans. If so what type of scanner are you using.

  • David Recht
    Posted at 16:02h, 10 January Reply

    Konichiwa Martin!

    I always enjoy seeing your year end photos. Thanks for posting them. My favorites of your post are: Flamingos and Heads Up! The cranes in the mist reminds me how cold it was on that bridge during our tour. Your photo manages to make me forget how many people where there so that’s a good thing.

    If I may, here is a link to my 2019 Favorites. A number of them are from the tour I did with you so Thank You very much!

    • Drake Dyck
      Posted at 12:19h, 11 January Reply

      Beautiful work, David, every one of them! My favourite of the bunch, though, is Peeking Up.

    • Christian Meermann
      Posted at 00:37h, 24 January Reply

      I love the fox from your selection. The orange fur is so beautiful. 👍🏻

  • Drake Dyck
    Posted at 11:53h, 11 January Reply

    Martin, I usually watch / listen to your podcasts on my phone, but I had to check these out on my 27″ iMac screen and I’m glad I did, because they are fantastic! I would like to tell you which of them is my favourite, but that’s impossible because I really like each one for different reasons., although I can certainly understand why you had the lion on your desktop for a long time, as it gives me a feeling of peaceful happiness.

    My top ten photos (plus a ‘bonus’ image) are included here for you and any of your followers that may be interested to peruse.

    I hope you have a great 2010!


    • Christian Meermann
      Posted at 00:38h, 24 January Reply

      Wow! Flames of Sand… I can’t stop looking at it. True master work!

  • David Recht
    Posted at 12:48h, 11 January Reply

    Very interesting images. They inspire me to be more creative. Thanks!

  • Fred Kotler
    Posted at 06:26h, 21 January Reply

    Martin, another great year of photography. I particularly like the dancing cranes and the flamingoes in the mist. It is amazing how well you consistently capture subtle gradations of white. My top ten for 2019 are posted at

    • Christian Meermann
      Posted at 00:41h, 24 January Reply

      Your images remind me of why I enjoyed the D7100 so much when I used it. My favorite from your selection is the dragonfly. It’s practically perfect in every way!

      • Fred Kotler
        Posted at 23:50h, 24 January Reply

        Thank you. I particularly like your photos of the rower and the gorilla. The tonal quality of each is amazing. And the water droplets off the rower’s oar is perfect

  • Andraz
    Posted at 21:23h, 26 April Reply

    Great pictures. Can’t imagine how lucky and persistent you need to be for those animal shots!

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