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Retired all-time top photos

The goal of this website is to improve my photography. As I improve,, my gallery will change and evolve. I wanted a place to honor the photos which were inevitably bumped . In this collect, we’ll review photos bumped off of my all-time top five list.

If you have seen my current all-time top-five photos, click here to check them out!

Final touches to Bun Thit Nuong

O-MD E-M5 Mk. II, Olympus 12-40mm | Taken on December 15, 2017

This is probably one of the first intentional photographs I’ve taken. In the past, most of the photographs I candidly took were to capture memories, rather than to cultivate my photography skills. Below is the original text

This is a photo that combines my wife’s love of cooking with my love of photography. Bún Thịt Nướng is a traditional Vietnamese dish. It is a rice-noodle dish, topped with grilled pork and accented with fragrant herbs such as basil and mint. These ingredients make it a colorful dish and helped my understand how to compose food stills. I’ve never really shot other food in the same way since this photography – but I’m really interested in recreating that interesting look.

This was shot using my E-M5 II & the Olympus 12-40mm. A Godox flash was used and the light was bounced off the ceiling.

View Final touches to Bun Thit Nuong on Flickr.

My all-time top five photos – removed June 7, 2019

Cheers to the Start of Summer

This photo was first featured as a top photo in May 2019.
I think seeing the two photos side by side reveals a really important aspect of black-and-white photography: it removes some of the most distracting elements from a colored photo to put more emphasis on the subject. In this photo, I noticed the lighting can be distracting due to the purple tinting (thought it was how I perceived that evening).
Composition wise, I really like how the people in the background add to the business of the downtown nightlife which really helps to emphasize my friend as the subject.
You can also view these photos on Flickr: color and black & white.

My all-time top five photos – removed October, 2019