A short while back I received an email from Canadian Geographic advising of a special wildlife issue coming out. This issue would use photos from selected photographers who had entered their photo contests and were short listed. The problem was the email (actually there were two) were sufficiently vague that it was difficult to tell whether it was genuine, or a pretty darn good phishing attempt.
A couple of emails later, through the CG site, and a direct one from the issue's editor, and it turns out that this is genuine. The next problem, I had no idea what photos I had submitted, and as it was done online as opposed to by email, I didn't have a record of them. Again an email to the issue's editor cleared that out. It was the photographer that they selected, not the specific images.
I was to select up to two images to submit for consideration. But which two? Not that they're all wildlife or bird photos, but I've taken almost 10,000 photos in the years since I got the Canon DSLR. And without a specific species or theme how do you choose amongst them?
Well, I asked (on facebook and to friends) but I knew that ultimately I'd have to go with something that I felt would fit the bill. One thing to narrow it down was that I knew it would be a bird photo, as with one or two exceptions most of my mammal or insect shots are pretty poor.
So again to limit the process I thought I'd limit it to images I had on Aperture. For the most part that would be photos from the last couple of years, plus I've been a little more diligent in tossing images since I've started using that program. I created a file for the shortlist and then started through some of the other files, duplicating and transferring ones that caught my eye.
From there I went through that file, tossing photos for various reasons, such as lack of sharpness, or not enough resolution to meet the criteria. There were photos that were pretty nice photos of individual birds (I've taken a lot of Pacific Loon photos lately) but that lacked a certain visual impact or decent composure. Such as this one: nice photo, but its just not enough.
That brought me down to twenty-two images. And a further cull took me down to ten. Those ten, are below the fold, along with which, two I eventually submitted.