The Top 18 of 2018

No Top 10, but a Top 18. This will give me a little more latitude in selecting images from 2018 that I consider the best, the most beautiful, or the most telling. Not that choosing 18 images will be much easier than choosing 10 images..

Last year we’ve travelled to Thailand, to Germany, to Belgium, to Schotland, to Sweden, to Italy, to Texel (twice) and to the Wadden Sea (twice). All of these travels were great occasions for taking photographs that can be added to this list, and then there are the images I take every week in The Netherlands. Making a selection among those will be a daunting task.

The final selection will probably not be based on one criterion. Some will be in the list because they are technically good. Some will be aesthetically pleasing. Others are just nice in some unexplainable way. Giving myself the freedom in this way will make the choices easier, I hope. Or more difficult..

The images in this Top 18 are made with several different cameras, as well as different lenses. Most will be taken with my trusty old Fujifilm X-T2, some will be taken with my Fujifilm X100 (the original), and I’ve seen a few images that might make it into this list that were taken with the waterproof Olympus TG-4. No iPhone photos as of yet, but I’m not excluding them beforehand.

Nr. 1: A ‘selfie’ at the north Swedisch town of Granö with the aurora in the background. This image is a composite of several. I chose this image because of its beauty, and because of the way I succeeded in blending the images together, creating a great selfie. Unfortunately, the image is quite grainy because of the difficult circumstances of photographing in almost complete darkness at minus 30 degrees Celsius.
Nr. 2: During our time in north Sweden, we took a tour dogsledding. At a temperature of minus 27 degrees Celsius, it was quite nippy, and batteries died quickly! Taken at a very small aperture (f/22) to create the sunstar. This image was chose because of its beauty, but also because of the experience of dogsledding at these temperatures and the difficulty of photographing in these circumstances.