Big ‘Ole “Best of…” Coming…


I finally sat down and tried to go through my photos tonight to pick my favorite 10 of the year…

I realized that I simply didn’t have a hope.

For starters, there were way too many.

Secondly, I realized that I needed categories in order to even make it a fair fight.

Quite simply, “digital” got its patootie handed to it by film.  (It was really like bringing a knife to a gun fight…)

Next, I realized that I probably needed a second category for Medium Format, and one additional for B&W…

In any case, I finally decided to go with my favorite ten digital images, and my favorite ten film images.

Judging is still in process.

Here is some wisdom I picked up along the way:

  1. I really should have done this sooner–it helped me to identify my strengths, and where my time was best spent.
  2. I still LOVE B&W photography.
  3. I shot a LOT more film than digital.
  4. I took more creative risks with digital–and they seemed to pay off.
  5. I need to shoot a lot more even–Those darn kids are growing up WAY too fast.
  6. I will be shooting a lot more Superia…Gosh I love the stuff.
  7. My favorite shots (and focal lengths) are tight and close…Maybe I don’t actually need to change that.
  8. MF is a HUGE pile of effort…but when it pays off, man oh man
  9. When a shot grabbed my attention, I actually didn’t look to see what it was shot with.
  10. The best shots come when you least expect them.

Happy shooting,



9 thoughts on “Big ‘Ole “Best of…” Coming…

  1. Karim D. Ghantous (@kdghantous) says:

    You are right about Superia!

    Some years ago, I bought a Hasselblad 500C with the 80mm. It was a touch bigger than I assumed but so what. Then I fired the shutter a few times, got acquainted with the sticky shutter which is easily fixed. The loud shutter was the thing that made me think, “I don’t want this thing.” I sold it and bought a Nikon D50 (which in hindsight was not that great a move).

    These days I don’t think much of these cameras but there is an allure, much like the Leica, and it is now on my short list of cameras I need to use at least once. The reason is actually very simple: it was the tool of choice for old-school fashion photography in the ’60s and ’70s. Just think of ‘Blow Up’ and you’ll know what I mean.

    I’m looking up the 500 series right now. In one way I prefer 6×4.5 but I definitely have no interest in 6×7.

    Those were in some ways better times to be a photographer. If I ever do fashion work, I do not want to be surrounded by a bunch of tech people backing up memory cards and checking files on a computer. Give me a break! So maybe by using a Hasselblad I’ll get that hep 1960s vibe, man.

    It might seem a bit of a shame to take so many photos and yet not have a place to show them to a wider audience. I never worried about that much. Yes, photos are undoubtedly supposed to be seen, but let’s say I take 500,000 photos in the next few years. Who’s going to see them, even if I make them public? It doesn’t matter – we have to take that many photos so that, perhaps, one will stand out in the public’s collective mind.

    Think of Dorothea Lange and one image might spring to mind. Well, maybe that’s the only one of Lange’s photos that most people will see. But she had to get there somehow, and that ‘somehow’ was probably tens of thousands of frames.

  2. jkjod says:

    Its on my agenda to do the very same – go through this years images and pick 10-15 favorites. I know the second half of the 2014 I shot more film then I did the entire year before. Looking forward to your favorites, have a happy and healthy start to the new year!

    • mewanchuk says:

      Thanks Jordan…to you and your family too!!

      The whole process has been very enlightening…I am going to have to make an effort to do it more often!


  3. andygemmell says:


    “When a shot grabbed my attention, I actually didn’t look to see what it was shot with.”

    Looking forward to the results Mark. Unfortunately I barely have anything to review this year. But 2015 will be better.

    Three things I have realised; 1. since shooting colour on film this year is that I miss Black & White and 2. I’d love to get back to 35mm again purely for the portability and being inconspicuous and 3. I miss street photography (since not doing it this year).

    • mewanchuk says:


      Yeah–you’ve made some good points. I can see a Mono in your future (hopefully mine too!) again one day.

      Looking forward to you feeling better and generating some phenomenal photos in the new year.


  4. iamamro says:

    The only problem I have is that I hate scanning film. All the “big” but good manufacturers have given up on that market – leaving it to flatbed scanners – which don’t produce good results without a lot of effort. I have been looking out for a Nikon scanner – but the prices are astronomical and SCSI isn’t used any more.

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