31 December 2009

Year's Favorite HNT '09

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It's that time of year again when all good HNT-ers follow the rules guidelines and post their favorite HNT of the year. Not their favorite HNT that someone else posted, but their favorite that they posted.

Y'all know about my love-hate relationship with HNT. There is so much good about it, yet there is a side of it that I struggle with and that began outweighing the good. I'm not saying that HNT is bad, just that it became bad for me, yet I thoroughly enjoyed looking back through my 2009 shots. Each one has a story and sometimes the story is far better than the picture.

I wasn't able to narrow it down a single favorite, so instead I am re-posting three of my favorites that are favorites for very different reasons. Just remember that clicking may piss of your IT folks if you are at work or damage your children for a lifetime if you are at home and they are peeking over your shoulder!

I've pulled most of my HNT's back into draft, and this post will likely see the same fate, but for now ...


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I had fun with the "retro" HNT's this year - attempting to go back to what I interpreted as the original intent of HNT. This was by far my favorite of that genre.



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I used a LOT of Gimp and Paint.net with this photo and in doing so managed to capture exactly how I was feeling - minimized, isolated and alone. It took feeling like this, and being able to capture that feeling in a photo, for me to get the courage to move forward.



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One of the things that really challenged me was finding an HNT opportunity that others might miss. If I had to pick an overall favorite, this one might just edge out the other two based only on composition.



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It was a good HNT year - one that allowed me to fall in love with photography and afforded me personal growth through that medium.

Who knows, there might be an HNT or two in my 2010 future, but for now I'll just appreciate all that it was!


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22 comments:

Another Suburban Mom said...

I always loved your HNT photography. Its always so creative and fun.

HHNT and Happy New Year to you and Cam. I hope the new year brings you peace and happiness.

Doc said...

I have to agree... the bathtub pic is AWESOME!

An Artist Exposed said...

Every good wish to you both for 2010.

Joker_SATX said...

I love all your photography...I think you could make a mint in this area.

Hubman said...

Outstanding choices all around!

Happy New Year Dana, to you and to Cam

Kim said...

Great choices Dana, you have a real eye for photography.

Kim

Osbasso said...

I think that second one was quite outstanding!

Hope the new year brings all the hopes and answers you're looking for!

Anonymous said...

These images are all so strong and speak so loudly.

I agree there is no way you could choose just one!

Jay said...

Excellent choices Dana. I think I like "Altered" best.

lecram said...

All 3 are stellar... each one with it's own voice. Cheers, Happy HNT & New Year!

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Whether you do HNT in the new year or not, I do hope you will continue to publish your amazing photos. Happy New Year! :-)

Emmy said...

It was fun to see which ones you chose based on the HNT Favorite Title. I will have to say, you picked the ones I thought of for at least two of them. And the third, I went "oh, yeah - that one was fabulous too!" :)
Happy New Year, Dana!
~Emmy

Matt-Man said...

I always thought that faucet was so sexy. Good hardware is hard to find. Cheers and Happy New Year, Dana!!

Alisha and Brett said...

Very sexy and creative pics!

HHNT and Happy New Year!

Vixen said...

All great pics. You have fabulous pics. All very creative, well edited and composed. The last is def one of my favs. :)

Happy New Year!!!

Margaret said...

I have said it before and I will say it again - I love your photographs. Beautiful photos, all of them.

May this new year bring you much to celebrate. :)

peace...

Curvaceous Dee said...

All three are gorgeous, but the last one blew me away! Happy New Year, and made it bring only good things.

xx Dee

Aurore said...

All of them are such interesting shots but the bathtub shot is awesome. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

The tub pic is my pick of these three but the one working on the car was best ever in my opinion!

Hope ur 2010 is best ever!

boo said...

DANA!!! Lord, how I've missed you. You are strong, brave, and beautiful. I'm proud of you, babe. Damn proud. May the New Year bring you all the peace, love, and light you deserve.

autumn said...

dana, your creativity amazes me. i love the one of your hands. so freaking cool. i do recall when you posted that one in the tub as well. wonderful choices, wonderful pitures.

i wish you all the happiness your heart can contain for 2010. you deserve it!

rage said...

You certainly do have a lot of creativity like autumn said.

I love each and every one of your pictures! I would have to say the nail polish picture if my fav....