Here are each of the Image of the Month as selected on my other blog. You can click on the link in each title to see the runners up, or get more info about the selection.
A macro shot of a bee hard a work, showing off it's six pack. Plus the flower detail
One of the little waterfalls on the way to the main Ribbon Creek fall.
A special photo of my friend Michelle for Melanoma Awareness month.
This expresses what I'm missing most about the COVID closures, and yet the whole world is out there, yet we can't quite reach it.
The galaxy over Invercargill, with a faint Aurora Australis for a bonus. I really should know better than to edit on a laptop and publish. This version has been cleaned up a bit.
Linda so happy on vacation she's walking on a cloud.
A placid reflection during an otherwise quiet month for personal photography.
2019 Image of the Year.
Only one of the images here made image of the month. For complicated reasons.
The important mammals of the house, hard at it.
From a walk in Fish Creek near bridge 2 after a snowfall.
From a walk downtown with my buddy Sean.
Engineer Creek in Yukon, along the Dempster Highway.
A pretty dragonfly posing so nicely for me.
Locomotive 2816, awaiting the next run.
From Red Rock Coulee.
I actually don't know what this looks like with my eyes, since the camera is resting on the garden bed, pointed almost straight up.
Seen along the drive from Napier to Lake Taupo. No runners up this month.
Another view of the Milky Way from the Southern Hemisphere, over a hilltop north of Sherenden, pointed towards Napier. There's a lot more light than I thought there would be given the light pollution map.
The milky way from the Southern Hemisphere, over Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables.
The 2018 Image of the Year
You can follow the link and read about the process and see the selection pool, the finalists, and the eventual winner. To cut to the chase, there is an honourable mention (for the first time) that is not shown below, but the three finalists are September, May, and January.
A city skyline on a cold night, out with buddies. Look for the stars and two airplane trails, and all those reflections!
An overall view of the new Central Library, during an early morning photo tour without any other patrons around.
Beaver dam flats early one morning.
Best water reflection to date!
Big Hill Springs park.
During a dawn photo ramble down towards Chain Lakes.
One of several white peony shots making it tough to decide which was the one.
This shot has zero editing in Lightroom or any other photo editing software. There were some musings if this is a good or bad thing on this blog post, even though I hadn't taken this photo yet.
This was a bit of a disappointing month for photography. I was so sick of winter, and white. Not so much for me to choose from.
If you scroll down and look at the November 2016 image, you'll note some common ground.
Shot near the Sheep Creek. A pity there wasn't something down at the apex of the leading lines besides the mountains, but I wasn't about to trespass to put something there. My eyes could see some creamy colour in the clauses on the left, but the camera didn't really see it. The sky was really blue, and it's maybe a hair darker than it should be.
A lonely tree in east Fish Creek.
The 2017 Image of the Year
You can see the photos and read about what went into the selection of image of the year by following the link. If you just want to cut to the chase, the second runner up is Mr Travis Bee from August, the first runner up is the white peony from July, and the winner turns out to be the kettle image from February, scroll down.
Easy choice this month, mainly for lack of competition.
Fish Creek Bridge 2.
This was a tough choice. I liked all the images, but no one in particular stood out.
One of the many Yukon landscapes I fell in love with. This is Tombstone Park, at a viewpoint looking west or so, just north of the interpretive centre.
As soon as I saw this on my computer screen there was no doubt in my mind it would be image of the month. About 3x magnification, hand-held. This was a runner up for Image of the Year for 2017.
When I saw the image on the camera, I was ho-hum, and kept taking more photos. Then I saw it on the computer and got excited. Some slight Lightroom tweaks and I was over the moon. This is a runner up for 2017 Image of the Year.
Linda had retired a few days before this was taken, and I think it perfectly captures our mood for the day.
This is a reminder to me you have to be on your toes. The sunset went from drab to fab to drab in moments. If I hadn't been there camera in hand I would have missed the shot.
Curtis. Our vet describes him as "dashingly handsome", and he is extremely photogenic as well. There is something about the shadow here that takes it beyond being just a picture of a cat, and makes it a portrait.
My first abstract, done in a series of other shots that really didn't do anything for me at all. Then I had the happy thought of pushing the colours and textures. The two runner up photos are also some of the best work I've done, with one print up on my wall, and I sold the other one.
This shot started as a whim, wondering if the camera would capture the delicate blue flame curling around the kettle. It's probably the most interesting, and dare I say, reflective photograph, especially considering it was pre-coffee. I have a print of this. This is actually Image of the Year for 2017.
Lower falls in Johnston Canyon, on a day trip with my buddy Sean.
Out for a winter walk in Fish Creek, thinking about lines leading into the picture.
This was the first of my photographs that I actually fell in love with. I've got a print of this up on my wall where anyone coming in the house will see it. I've sold a variant of the print, where that bright house reflection in the middle was replaced with some trees.
Please note, all the images on this page, and in the rest of my photo blog are copyright to Keith Cartmell. I'm happy to discuss selling you a print, but no other use whatsoever is permitted without advance written permission.