With 2012 already behind us and 2013 rushing ahead, I’d like to take a moment to look back at 2012 and everything that was accomplished along with what 2013 may hold.
2012 was my second year collecting figures, it was also my first year blogging, and the beginning of my final year of high school.
My collecting resolution was to not buy so many useless things(stick to figmas!), and I think I did that decently. I managed to clear out a good deal of unwanted figures and bought fewer character goods. Of course the addition of Pureneemo Caster and all that Sword Art Online merchandise set me back a bit, but at least I feel that those were worthwhile purchases. For 2013, I plan to be very picky in regards to my preorders. A big reason for this is that when I graduate in May, I won’t be able to keep the job I have now, and will have to find a new source of income. To prepare for this, I’ll have to be cut my preorders down to must have figures only and save a lot. It will be a fierce test of self control!
But enough about my finances, I could rant some more about school and saving money, but nobody wants to hear about that, do they? Let’s get to the fun part: photo progress!
One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is round up all of my photos from the year, and see which ones are best! I did this last year, and arranged them into a chart, but that was before the blog, so I wasn’t able to say much about the pictures. This time I have a chart along with some my favorite pictures from each month.
So behold, Yami Usagi’s 2012 Photo Summary!
I love making these! Seeing all of the photos together makes me feel really happy and accomplished. I think it also documents the weather quite nicely!
As you can see, I love outdoor photography and using natural light, so my photography is very seasonal. One thing that was quite apparent in last year’s chart was the advent of cold weather. This year, the line is blurred much more, and I took outdoor photos far into November. In fact, Autumn didn’t really become apparent until late October. Thankfully this extended warm weather helped me to avoid the winter blues which I often become subject to when the days are shorter and colder which thoroughly deprives me of inspiration. The bad thing about this unseasonable warmth is that we haven’t had a flake of snow… But with the coldest part of winter ahead, that just might change.
Another thing I noticed was a lack of progress in general. With the exception of the warmer months, I found myself just not taking that many pictures. This is partly because of my busy school schedule, but it feels like I wasn’t as active, and there isn’t noticeable improvement like last year.
Regardless, there are still photos I’m proud of from 2012, so let’s break down the chart a bit and look my best photos of 2012!
Best of January
This month’s winner: “Brain Eaters”
January was a month of experimentation. I bought some
cheap photography lights in an attempt to expand my skills. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to figure out the lights, and this one picture which named “Brain Eaters” was the only one truly salvageable.
Best of February
This month’s winner: “Tiny Cat on a Parfait”
February was a month of transition. “Say Cheese” shows that I was still experimenting with my
cheap lights, but “Grumpy” was taken on an especially nice day when the plants were beginning to grow again. I remember I was even listening to “Perfect Day” by Supercell when I took that picture! I chose “Tiny Cat on a Parfait” as the winner because I like the texture in the rice cereal, and that parfait was really good >_>.
Best of March
“Caught in a Tree”
“Take My Hand”
This month’s winner: “Spring”
As March began, the first hints of spring began to appear. I had tons of fun running around outside with my figures and hunting for colorful buds and flowers wherever I could find them. I like “Caught in a Tree” because of how the buds compliment Kuroneko’s eyes. “Black Magic” was included as it is a rare night photo for me(my camera isn’t equipped for proper night shots), and although “Spring” was the winnder, “Graceful Wind” was a close second.
Best of April
“Tea with Mami”
“Kamineko and Roses”
This month’s winner: “Ladies Like Muscles”
Warm days continued in April. “Sunset Apples” is my favorite picture of my favorite pony and I love how the clear plastic in “Kamineko with Roses” looks with the illuminated rose in the background. “Ladies Like Muscles” was my winner because Shiro and Saber are my favorite figma couple!
Best of May
“Kyoko and Sayaka”
“Wild Kyubey Appeared”
May seems to be a bright or dramatic month. I chose “Distant Hope”, “Impending Doom”, and “Strength Sitting” because I light the lighting, but “Blue Power” and the winner “Wild Kyubey Appeared” because of their vibrant colors.
Best of June
“Feel the Wind”
“Long Haired King”
“Bird of Light”
This month’s winner: “Jungle”
An extremely productive month. Many days were gorgeous, so I did a lot of outdoor photo shoots, and had a tough time narrowing down this month’s photos. I chose “Jungle” as the winner for June because I adore the colors, I’m very happy that shot
Best of July
“Homura’s New Look”
This month’s winner: “Miku Fishing”
Not as big a month as June, but I think July had some good quality pictures. It’s always fun taking pictures like “Homura’s New Look” and “Miku Fishing”, but I’m also pleased with the composition of “City Roof” and “Tree Time”.
Best of August
This month’s winner: “Action Strength”
August was not a large month at all. Still, I like the colors and sense of motion in “Action Strength”
Best of September
“Isn’t it Nice Out?”
This month’s winner: “Scrambled Eggs”
Another slow month, but “Scrambled Eggs” is one of my favorite pictures, so I’m not upset.
Best of October
This month’s winner: “Good Brothers”
I chose “Good Brothers” as the best because I love the composition. And aren’t penguins cute?
Best of November
“Hachikuji in the Rain”
This month’s winner: “Wheat Warrior”
This year’s late Autumn! The colorful leaves allowed me to take some more exciting pictures, but the unfortunately were gone by the time I got Inori… I chose “Wheat Warrior” as the winner because of the dramatic pose, but “Webs” was a close second. Oddly, some of my favorite pictures from this month are from reviews I have yet to finish ^^’.
Best of December
This month’s winner: “Hollywood”
December is clearly dominated by Saber Alter although Yuki did manage to sneak in. I’ve also become more interested in black and white photography, so I’d like to experiment with that a little more.
Well, that’s 2012! This post turned out much longer than I expected, but I hope it was enjoyable to read. What was your favorite picture from this group? Do you have a favorite 2012 picture of your own? Please comment if you do! Now, on to 2013! May it be a productive and happy year for you all!
by the way, here’s last year’s chart