Dec. 30th - Favorite HNTLike most of you, you probably had more than one picture that you considered a "favorite" this year. What struck me was the number of pictures that really didn't impress me in the least! In my mind, there were maybe six that stood out over the others. As Emmy told me in a chat, "We are our own worst critics." I suppose that's right. Of the six, I was able to narrow it down to three, so here they are...
This is your chance to show off which HNT that you posted this year is your favorite! Not someone else's HNT, but your own. And tell us why it's your favorite! Newbies are encouraged to do this as well, even if you've only posted a handful. It can be your favorite for many reasons--because of the circumstances, or because you had "help" taking it, or because you're smiling--whatever... But most important, it's got to be one of YOUR HNTs.
This is one from January. In one of those "I don't know what to do" moments. God bless photo manipulation at those times! In fact, this same picture was used the next week, but in a variety of psychedelic colors, alá Warhol. I'm particularly impressed with this one though, as there seem to be more wrinkles and lines than what we realize exist in a regular picture. The details just jump out at me. And the eyes are sort of eerie too. All in all, pretty cool!
Another black & white picture (as opposed to grayscale) from September. Another of the "I don't know what to do" pictures. I didn't write any sort of missive as I usually do. Instead, I posted a variety of quotes using the word "future". Which, in turn, elicited all sorts of questions and concern about what I was thinking about.
As I said, it was just a way to get through the week. Little did I know that it actually WAS somewhat prophetic. Since mid-November, there's been a lot of looking towards the future. Not so much in front of that window, but some looking ahead, nonetheless.
For someone who usually doesn't use Photoshop or some other program, I find it interesting that two of my favorites were, in fact, manipulated!
This one is definitely my favorite, for a number of reasons. First and foremost, because it was sort of a tribute last year's St. Patrick's Day Mystery Guest. Trust me, her Guinness/St. Patrick's Day picture was much better than mine! You can go looking for it in the archives, if you're so inclined.
I like the apparently freshly shaved head. I like the colors. I remember liking the beer afterwards (and lord knows I do miss my beer...). But I think the thing I like the best is that this is raw, right out of the camera! No manipulation of any kind. The bottle and my thumb almost seem to be badly added to the picture. No adjustment to the lighting. And I believe this was the first use of a black bed sheet for a background (I HIGHLY recommend the purchase of a black bed sheet--for photographic purposes only, of course!).
So there you have it. My favorites of 2010. If you want to check out the rest of mine to see if you agree, you can check them out over here. I'm looking forward to see what each of you chose as your favorites!
"She'll come, she'll go.
She'll lay belief on you
Skin sweet with musky oil
The lady from another grinning soul
Cologne she'll wear. Silver and Americard
She'll drive a beetle car
And beat you down at cool Canasta
And when the clothes are strewn
don't be afraid of the room
Touch the fullness of her breast.
Feel the love of her caress
She will be your living end"
Excerpt lyric by David Bowie
Check back Thursday afternoon to find out who this week's Mystery Guest is!
It wasn't too hard to figure out who our MG was this week. It's Lady Grinning Soul! Stop by and see what her favorite HNTs of the year were, and say hi!
A noticeably larger group of fellow HNTers joining in on the last OHNT of the decade! Be sure to stop by and leave some comments! As usual...NSFW.
I've got no plans for NYE this year. No parties to go to. And the weather won't be cooperating--bitter cold and snow. Sounds like a recipe for staying home if I've ever heard one. For any of you planning to go out, be safe, don't drink & drive, and behave! I hope all of you have a great new year!