50,000 Photos

February 22, 2015

Just for fun, I decided to check some statistics of my photography throughout the past two years.

 

Wow, I've taken 50,000 photos!

 

As you can see from my gallery pages, my main focuses are macro photography and landscape photography.  Of the two, I'd estimate that macro photos have taken up the vast majority of my 50,000.  When I go out for a few hours to take pictures of, say, dragonflies, I typically return with 300-500 images.  A typical landscape outing leaves me with 100-200.


Yosemite Tunnel View sunrise"Dawn in Yosemite"When I saw this scene, I was looking over Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View. I was awe-struck by the way the morning sun sculpted the valley, igniting it with color.


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- Finalist image in Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition.

 

Of my 50,000 photos, I have exactly twenty in my "best" folder.  I have three in my "best ever" folder. So, out of 50,000 photos, 0.04% are my favorites, and 0.006% are the best of my favorites.

 

That's not very many.

 

About 1/2500 photos becomes one of my "best," and about 1/16000 becomes one of my best-of-the-best.  

 

Now, of course, I have several more than twenty photos that I like.  On this site, there are upwards of seventy gallery photos, and many more in my blog posts.  Still, even that is around 1/400 of the total images I take, which is insanely small.

 

"Rain Falls 2""Rain Falls 2"My tripod was absurdly far into the river for this photo, and I strained to see the composition on the back of my camera. Next time, I will bring trash bags to tie around my feet so that I can stand in the river without dunking my hiking boots!


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The most productive photography trip I have taken is when I went to Paris in the fall of 2013.  I took 2500 photos, seven of which are in my "best" folder (and one in my "best ever" folder).  Still a small percentage (less than 0.3%) but better than typical.  I guess that Paris just clicked with me.

 

So, here's hoping to another 50,000 fun ones!  They say that the first ten thousand photos you take are the worst; I don't completely agree with that, but I do think that the proportion of good photos goes up over time.  Perhaps I'll be able to add a few more to my "best ever" category.

 

"Cathedral at Amiens""Cathedral at Amiens"I walked through Amiens Cathedral in France, stunned by the brilliant light streaming through these massive windows. I stood in awe of this scene for several minutes before clicking the shutter.


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- Finalist image in Travel Photographer of the Year and the Year of Light competitions.

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