Sunday, January 10, 2021

And the winners are

Adobe at Ranchos Plaza

Here in order are your selections as the best images of 2020. Thanks for your invaluable input. Unlike 2019 when the top votes getters were evenly split between images taken with professional cameras and those from my ever-present iphone, the top five of 2020 were all made with a DSLR. Which isn’t to say there weren’t worthy smart phone images, but I don’t think they stood up to the images from my Canon 5D Mark lll.

Blanket of Snow, Ranchos Plaza

Cruz Blanca #2, La Morada de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

The Last Monsoon, Elizabethtown Cemetery

Moonrise, Arroyo Hondo

Thanks to those of you that gave me your top five photographs. There was more continuity this year as Adobe at Ranchos Plaza and Blanket of Snow were first and second in most of your lists. Notably, Adobe featured the technique called Spot Color that reserves the color in part of an image while rendering the balance in toned black and white. It’s a practice I’ve thought of as contrived in the past but felt appropriate this time. I had a hunch it would be well received. So much so that when I delivered a 16”x20” framed print to my gallery, Wilder Nightingale, I told owner Rob Nightingale that “I think this one will sell.” And, when he posted it to Facebook that day, two sold immediately. It was also my Christmas Card.

Eaves in Shadow, Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

Ventana, Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

I’ve observed that successful images often come in clusters. That was true in 2020 when the top two vote getters were made the same winter morning in Ranchos de Taos and two others among the eleven on my shortlist were taken on the same day in the tiny village of Placita, NM. Those shown above were studies of the shadows cast by a corrugated roof on La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. They did not make the top five but I'm drawn to completely black shadows and the shapes they create.


Blacks Crossing said...

It is so interesting that the winners in your survey were all made with your trusty Canon 5D Mark 111 rather than an iPhone. I am not entirely sure what that means but there you have it. The grouping was quite dynamic, and the use of Spot Color was perfect in the Adobe at Ranchos Plaza. It is indeed exciting to hear that when Rob Nightingale posted them on Facebook that you sold two prints immediately. That is the ultimate test and you passed with flying colors. The tones on Blanket of Snow Ranchos Plaza are sheer delight and lusciousness. A great way to begin 2021 rather than the happenings of the past week. Thank you for posting beauty.

Steve Immel said...

Thanks. I think the reason these images were chosen has more to do with the images itself (design, conditions and subject). There may have been iphone images that I should have included. Who knows?

As to the horrific January 6, it was quite predictable and more seems likely. On the plus side did you see that McConnell is receptive to impeachment. I'm glad I was sitting down when I read that nugget.