Another sunny, warm Sunday meant that it was another day for a snow bike ride. I still have my friend’s fancy-pants camera and I thought I’d try taking it with me to see if there is any chance I would ever carry a DSLR on a bike ride. Worked well today but I think I’d worry too much about breaking it to carry it regularly.
Sierra brought her camera too – not quite a DSLR but a compact camera that allows you to change lenses and generally takes high quality images without feeling like you are carrying a child around in your backpack.
When all was said and done we enjoyed a fast lap around Quickie and took around 100 images between the two of us. I downloaded Sierra’s photos and she grabbed mine and then came her idea for a blog post: we each choose our favourite five images from the day and our reasons why.
I easily whittled mine down to a top 13. But 13 isn’t five, even in my math world. So then came the hard part – what is it that makes me love a particular photograph more than another? Why do I like some of these and not others? Aside from basic things like an image (usually) being in focus, what makes one photo ‘better’ than another? Let me show you what I picked.
Taken by me: I like that both Julie and Kris appear in this one. I also like the colour of the trees around and behind them.
Taken by Sierra: Again, Julie and Kris. There were a few similar to this to choose from but this was my favourite. I like it for the landscape orientation, the fact that you can see Guinness (Paula’s dog), and the clear view of the trail.
Taken by me: This is a bit of a weird choice but I like it because it makes me smile. I take a lot of self-portraits and this is an example of how sometimes they can be bad but sorta good. I didn’t crop my face out, I just didn’t get it in the frame in the first place. I chose it because it is still bike-themed but looks different from the others. And by the way, I rode off with my sunglasses still on my helmet after this. Nearly lost ’em.
Taken by Sierra: This and the next photo are my top two favourites. I love the trees in this and the light (sooooo pretty!) and I like where I am positioned in the shot. (Can you see where Sierra propped her bike up?)
Taken by me: I’ve been a bit obsessed with lens flares since spending time in Arizona. I like that the dogs are visible and so to is Julie’s face but mostly, it’s the sun in this one that does it for me.
I take photographs not only because I like pretty pictures but also because I like to document things. A little voice inside my head often tells me that less is more and that I don’t need to post 10 photographs of one particular bike ride. In fact, if there are no especially stellar images from that ride, I probably don’t need to post the photographs at all. But I can’t help it. I want to capture the feel of the day, all participants who were there, the landscape as well as the more detailed shot. I’m not saying I succeed today (neither Sierra not Paula appear in any of the above shots, which bothers me) but that sentiment does guide how I choose what to keep and what to delete. The technically “better” photo is not always my favourite.
Wanna see what the bike-wife chose? Me too. I’m curious to see if we picked any of the same images. Head on over to Mrs North 60 and let her know what you think.