10 of my favorite photos from 2010

02 Jan 2011
Posted by Kiran

2010 has not been a great year for photography. Though I did get many shots, and many good ones at that, I must say that this was the year in which Photography took a backseat. I can blame it on my move back to India; an unpredictable work schedule, difficulty getting around and slow broadband connection did not help.

However, I did get my camera out of its bag time and again and got some shots. Here are the ones I consider my favorites from among the photographs I clicked in 2010. You can click on the image to go to the original gallery where the image was hosted. Feel free to provide a rating for the image in its gallery and leave a comment.

Christmas tree
Christmas Tree in Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London
Christmas Tree in Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London

In early January 2010, we visited the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London. Beautiful decorations and festive cheer surrounded us. However, it was also extremely cold, which made fumbling the camera with freezing hands very difficult.

This shot was taken with the camera on the tripod and the shutter set to a very slow speed. The slow speed helped capture the colorful lights on the tree as well as the ambient light.

In all a very beautiful photo wouldn't you think?

A spinning carousel
A spinning carousel
A spinning carousel

This is another shot I got in the Winter Wonderland in January 2010. There was a brightly lit carousel which was turning out to be very popular with the kids.

I set my camera on the tripod again and got this shot when the carousel was spinning. What I really like about this shot is that I have been able to capture not only the spinning carousel but also the people on the ground next to the carousel trying to get their own pictures of their children on the carousel. I think it is a technically difficult shot and also captures the human emotion very well.

Snow in Lloyd's Park
Snow in Lloyd's Park
Snow in Lloyd's Park

As has become customary nowadays, January 2010 saw a lot of snow being dumped on us in London. With snow we also saw heavy disruption. I decided to grab my camera and do a quick round around the house — Lloyd's Park was very close by and an ideal place to get some shots of the snow.

I got this shot of the open field covered in snow with the trees lining the back. I thought it made for a fantastic shot.

White Buds
White Buds
White Buds

This is another shot I got during the heavy snow we saw in January 2010. With snow continuously pounding down on us, white was the color of the day and snow had started accumulating everywhere. I noticed that not even the buds on these plants had been spared.

Snow stuck to these twigs in the form of small white balls, very reminiscent of cotton buds!

Wild Flowers at Needle Point
Wild Flowers at Needle Point
Wild Flowers at Needle Point

In early April 2010, we undertook a very enjoyable trip to the Isle of Wight in UK. That trip was to be our last during the current stint in UK, soon after which, we returned to India.

On my way down to Needle Point, one of the main attractions in the Isle of Wight, I saw this clump of wild vegetation with prickly thorns and some beautiful yellow flowers. I crouched down on the ground much to the amusement of other passers-by, framed the flowers against the Needle Point backdrop, and took this shot.

I think the effort was worth it.

Cold and Rainy Day at Isle of Wight
Cold and Rainy Day
A cold and rainy day

The first day of our visit to Isle of Wight was a very cold one with overcast conditions and slight rain. The fact that we were still out there sightseeing is testament enough for the group's enthusiasm.

This shot was taken at the fag end of the day when energies were low and enthusiasm was finally wearing thin. It was the time when the cold and rain were finally getting to us and I think this shot captures that emotion very beautifully.

What do you think?

Meadows and Sheep
Meadows and Sheep
Meadows and Sheep

After the initial rainy start to our trip to Isle of Wight the weather improved quite a bit. The following day we were driving along the roads in Isle of Wight when I spotted this meadow to the left. I shouted at my friend to stop the car — I had to get this shot.

When we finally came to a halt, all of us got off and took in the sights. I went ahead and took this shot of the meadow with nothing but sheep on it. This shot somehow reminds me of the iconic Windows wallpaper that we are all so familiar with. And that is why I like it very much.

Your thoughts?

Rural Laundry
Rural Laundry
Rural Laundry

We moved back to India in April 2010 and as I mentioned earlier, photography quickly took a backseat. I finally did manage to get my camera out of its bag when we made a quick trip to the near by Balmuri, a tourist spot close to home.

It was a nice, pleasant evening and the place was calm without the usual tourist crowds. I noticed a group of women doing their washing and decided to take this shot to capture the moment. For most, Balmuri is a tourist spot where they visit and then return to their lives; for these ladies this visit to Balmuri must be part of a day-to-day chore!

Selling fruits at the Charminar
Selling fruits at the Charminar
Selling fruits at the Charminar

In November 2010, we paid a long-overdue visit to my sister in Hyderabad, India. One of the first places we visited was the Charminar. Charminar is surrounded by the bustle of Hyderabadis going about their daily lives. There I found many fruit vendors doing brisk business.

Here was a contrast — tourists trying to snap photos of the monument and locals trying to go about their lives.

I framed this shot with the fruit vendor as the subject and a part of the Charminar serving as the backdrop. Tell me what you think of it.

Bangles on sale
Bangles on sale
Bangles on sale

Another famous feature very close to the Charminar is the adjoining Chudi Bazaar. This is a place the ladies love to visit. As the name suggests, it is a place where bangles of all kinds are available on sale.

Visiting with my wife and daughter, I had no choice but to tag along. However, the visit was not all waste for me as I managed to get this shot of the colorful bangles on display.


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Great pics! Love the desolation of the landscape in the Isle of Wight pic. The Meadow pic looks like a picture postcard. And the pics from Charminar and Balmury look like what you can see in "Incredible India" posters. Very colourful, very beautiful. You should have submitted some of these to the "Day in the life of India" competition run by Times of India.

The Spinning Carousel is brilliant as well...you are getting better and better. Perhaps you should start submitting your pics for some competitions now. Never know what opportunities will turn up :-)

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In any case, there is always next time. I have submitted some of these to the Canon photography forums and got some feedback. There is a lot of room of improvement. The good thing is that I am becoming more and more conscious of the things I am doing wrong while composing my photographs — the learning continues.

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