I set an impossible task for myself. While assembling a collage poster for our home, I thought it would be worthwhile to put together a list of my Top 10 favorite photos from our trip. That I took over 22,000 photos during our travels wasn’t of concern, as I had deleted a large percentage of them. I figured I’d pick out my favorite fifty or so for the poster, knowing already which ones were likely to make the cut, and then narrow those 50 or so down to a Top 10 for the purposes of this blog post. What better bicycle touring inspiration than that?
So I went through my collection of meticulously-organized photos and Alt-C’d the best of the bunch to a new folder in preparation for designing the collage. Wouldn’t you know it, but 261 made that initial cut.
Photos from our travels stand out on many levels. Some for the technical quality of the image, others for the people in them, and yet others for the day or moment they remind us of. We wanted the collage to contain the best photos, but also the lighter moments and the group photos and the emotional reminders of the roller coaster journey we were on. But even on a 24×36-inch poster, 261 was far too many if I wanted to be able to enjoy the images sans magnifying glass. I managed to cull the herd to 109 photos.
With the collage poster off to the printer, it was time to narrow those 109 images down to the 10 finalists. Kristin suggested we do multiple categories and, instead of a Top 10 list, do multiple Top 5 lists. It’s a great idea. One we may do in the future, but not today. Today is about picking those 10 best shots.
109 became 37 which became 17 which soon became 13 which eventually got whittled down to the the 10 photos I’m including here. Dedicated readers will no doubt recognize these photos as I’m pretty sure all of them had been featured in blog posts and on Flickr, if not also on Facebook. I arrived at these Top 10 by focusing on the technical quality of the photo and the sheer impact value of the image. For every one of the thousands of photos I returned home with, I asked myself one simple question: Is this one of the most visually stunning photos we took?
And yes, I do mean we. Kristin took two of the photos in the top 10, one a relatively lucky snapshot with her camera and another in which she was serving as my human tripod for a tricky self-photo. On to the photos!
I’ve got another blog post coming soon, filled with photos you haven’t seen yet! We’ve been getting a fair bit of early-season hiking in and even got out on our snowshoes this past weekend. And the views have been great! We look forward to sharing some of these outings with you soon. Thanks for reading, as always.