Only Exhibit Your Best Work

by Derrick Bostrom in


A month into 2008, I've finally settled on my so-called "new years resolution" -- to take better pictures. Time to set aside the automatic modes of my point-and-shoot. Instead of composing quirky sentences to delight the Bostworld visitor, I find myself trying to memorize the various formulas of f-stop, focal length, ISO and depth of field. I'll need to brush up on my math as well. (What's the reciprocal of x times 1.6?) The whole thing reminds me of balancing the chemicals in my swimming pool. If the black algae spots in my plaster are any indication, 2008 should be a banner year.

Anyway, I've finally finished my yearly task of archiving last year's photos, and already my nascent education is affecting what I consider worth keeping. Suddenly, a whole new catalog of errors jumps out at me: blown out skies, camera shake, clueless use of flash, noise, chromatic aberration, and of course, mediocre composition.

But they say that a healthy part of any education is putting your work out there for better or worse, so here's the short list from 2007. It's no surprise that my favorites of the bunch are actually the ones taken by my wife. But this year, I hope to surpass her in at least the math department, which she hates.

Kitt Peak, Arizona

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Arizona

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Arizona

Scottsdale, AZ - General Dynamics building

Scottsdale, AZ - General Dynamics building

Tucson, AZ - Mt. Lemmon

Amelia Island, Florida

Amelia Island, Florida

Amelia Island, Florida

Amelia Island, Florida

Mesa, AZ - Mesa Historic Museum

Mesa, AZ - Mesa Historic Museum

Phoenix, AZ - Downtown

Phoenix, AZ - Downtown

Mayer, AZ

Humboldt, AZ

Mayer, AZ - Antique Store

Miami, Floria

Miami Beach, Floria

Big Pine Key, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Key West, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida