While preparing for the Top 20 Photos of 2013 blog hop, I've been having some trouble whittling down my group of 84 images. I've now got it down to 54 and I've realised an important element in doing that.
Take for example this photo:
It's a nice-looking photo with good composition, great colour and sharp and clear. But there is no story behind it. It's just a cluster of flowers I spotted while walking. There is nothing particularly unique about it, and while it would grace my nature blog, it has unfortunately been cut from the Top 20 Photos of 2013.
Here's another example:
I actually really like this photo, it was the very first butterfly I snapped at the Butterfly Park. However, I have other similar photos to this and I prefer another one. So in an effort to keep a good variety in my Top 20 Photos of 2013, this one has been given the chop.
One more example:
This is a monochrome shot of the KTM Headquarters in KL. The architecture is nice and all, but again, I don't really have any story to tell about it. And if there is no story to tell, no personal meaning or significance to the photo, then it's probably just a random shot which is not going to enhance my collection of the Top 20 Photos of 2013.
I'm still going through my shortlisted photos, all 54 of them, and asking myself the same question about each one: Is there a story behind it?