Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures


How appropriate that the final challenge for this year should be look back at our photographs taken during the year and show the best ones here. Coincidentally I have also been taking part in a Weekly Photo Challenge on Flickr which means I have 52 good photographs to choose from.

I’ve mentioned it before but I’ve never been a fan of the gallery in WordPress. I just don’t think it shows my photographs the way they should be seen. In full size and not jumbled up into a small messy mixed up rectangle. Now I know you are not going to look at 52 photographs so instead as suggested I will include one for each month.

January

52/2012 Week 4

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44 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

  1. fgassette December 30, 2012 / 14:34

    Beautiful selection and presentation of your photos. I agree, they should be shown in full scale. Looking forward to seeing more of your great photos in 2013. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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    • Mike Hardisty December 30, 2012 / 18:31

      Some people like the gallery, I don’t, Thank you for your comment

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  2. Frank J. Casella December 30, 2012 / 16:56

    Great work, Mike! I agree on the gallery thing. Thanks for the tip on the Flickr group, I think I’ll do that this year instead of the WordPress one. Happy New Year to you too, my friend!

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    • Mike Hardisty December 30, 2012 / 18:32

      To be honest Frank I do both. Keeps me active.

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      • Frank J. Casella January 1, 2013 / 17:09

        Yeah, Mike, I thought about doing both. But the WordPress challenge has a weekly theme, and I’m working instead on a daily post on that platform to see where my camera takes me. From those images I will post on the Flickr challenge, which is my favorite platform for my pics anyways. Happy New Year my friend!

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  3. nuvofelt December 30, 2012 / 17:01

    Your pictures are beautiful. Thanks for the recap and for the pingback. No resolutions for me either

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    • Mike Hardisty December 30, 2012 / 18:33

      If I really had a resolution it would be to not have resolutions. i never keep them, anyway.

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  4. Barbara December 30, 2012 / 17:05

    Lol, I should have done what you did & given up on the painful gallery formats! I also can’t stand them! 12 photos with captions would have been a lot quicker to sort… I think my post has over 40 revisions & I’m still not happy with it… Currently the photos are in the wrong order & have my 2 additional ones in it twice!

    Thanks for the pingback 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty December 30, 2012 / 18:39

      As I use live writer it was so much easier to get my photographs how I wanted them. I really do not like the gallery.

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  5. Barbara December 30, 2012 / 17:07

    PS Love your photos!!

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    • Barbara December 30, 2012 / 17:29

      PPS I’ve come to the same conclusion as you re the watermark. It’s sad to have photos stolen without credit, but watermarks ruin the photos, and enough people ‘like’ my photos to make me happy 🙂 So many of these are amazing, I need to experiment with fast shutter speeds tomorrow with the parakeets in our garden 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty December 30, 2012 / 18:40

      Thank you for your comment about my photographs.

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  6. stephenransome December 30, 2012 / 17:07

    Twelve of your very best Mike. A great idea too. Hard to pick a fave out of this superb bunch, but, you know me, Blue-Tit…….Brilliant. Happy New Year Mike. See ya soon.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 30, 2012 / 18:41

      Probably be FOI, unless I manage to make it to The Spinnies or Conwy

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  7. jaajaabor December 30, 2012 / 23:21

    what lovely captures! My favourite is the december picture although I like the october one too! happy new year

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    • Mike Hardisty December 31, 2012 / 15:29

      October is one of my favourites…thank you for your comment

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  8. petspeopleandlife December 30, 2012 / 23:28

    The collection that you picked for your viewers is excellent. There are some photos that I have never seen. Somehow I missed that you also post in Flickr. I have 3 favorites here. The mallard drake showing both wings extended in flight (I know how difficult it is to focus and get the split second timing), the barren tree among the yellow flowers, and the metal structure with the setting sun- the colors are truly beautiful. However, I had to look really hard to decide on those three pics. One question -did you matte and frame in Photoshop? I will look you up in Flickr for I am anxious to see all of your wonderful photos.

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    • petspeopleandlife December 30, 2012 / 23:31

      PS: I forgot to wish you a happy New Year and lots of photo opportunities and great scenes to capture.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 31, 2012 / 15:34

      Yes Yvonne. I created the frame in Photoshop. It wasn’t too hard to do

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  9. blastedgoat December 30, 2012 / 23:56

    January and November are my favorites but they are all lovely!

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  10. Barbara December 31, 2012 / 01:35

    PPPS

    I’ve created a Flickr account and joined the 52 week challenge! Now I have to work out how to use Flickr! I’m going to have to get a house keeper so I can keep up with all of these!

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    • Mike Hardisty December 31, 2012 / 15:37

      Flickr is relatively easy to use and gets easier with practice. I’ll see you next year for the 52 challenge.

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  11. Barbara December 31, 2012 / 01:36

    PPPPS. This is getting silly

    My favourite photo is December. Is this a HDR photo?

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    • Mike Hardisty December 31, 2012 / 15:38

      Not HDR but it did have a touch of NIK Color Efex Tonal Contrast

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      • Barbara December 31, 2012 / 15:40

        It is really stunning, I’d love to have it blown up to A0 size on the wall 🙂

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  12. Strawberryindigo December 31, 2012 / 04:08

    Very impressive…very glad I stopped by! 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty December 31, 2012 / 15:38

      Nice to hear from you, I’m glad you liked them.

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  13. Jo Bryant December 31, 2012 / 09:20

    Wow Mike…just WOW. Well actually I love the August shot…it is amazing…the clarity. people stole your photos ?? I mean I know it happens…but want to know a secret ? I think if it ever happens to me i will secretly be pleased that someone thinks a shot is that good they would steal it.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 31, 2012 / 15:53

      It was getting ridiculous Jo, especially when they were being used for commercial purposes. I did reach agreement with a few sites to license photographs, otheres I issued DMCA Take Down and in one case had a Facebook Page closed for a really bad breach of my copyright.

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      • Jo Bryant December 31, 2012 / 19:08

        I have a photographer friend in town who went after someone who was using his image for commercial purposes. It is terrible that they do that i do agree. How do you track your images down to find this out Mike ? The Facebook page…can I ask what they did and how you got them shut down. I think it is awesome that you did that BTW.

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        • Mike Hardisty January 1, 2013 / 09:18

          Google is your friend when it comes to finding if your images have been used elsewhere. Their bots eventually get round to indexing nearly eevry site on the web, including the images so I use Google Image Search. There is a plugin for Chrome and Firefox which lets you right click an image and do a Google search. I usually monitor activity on Flickr and my blog and use that as the starting point.

          With Facebook I found images being used on an FB Page. I sent the owner a standard request (I have a legal sort of template) asking them to remove my images and pay me compensation. Basically I got back a reply saying “Get stuffed”. I used that reply and proof that I owned the images to get FB to do DMCA take-down. I expected FB to remove the images, they took down the whole page which had over 3000 followers. The owner of the page then came back and asked me why I had done it….

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  14. sonsothunder January 5, 2013 / 16:18

    breath taking photos…Mike…for real
    ~Happy New Year~

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  15. Island Traveler January 6, 2013 / 04:51

    What a spectacular year of many adventures. The lighthouse , with the serene beach, priceless!

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