3467285263_2757942e52_oNikon D200, Nikon 24-70 lens, 1/250th sec at f/8, ISO 400
Photographed on April 23, 2009

The year is almost over, and so I decided to pick out some of my very best images as my favorite images I created in 2009. It wasn’t easy … I couldn’t decide on just one so I created eight categories: Photoshop, Point & Shoot, iPhone, Portrait, Action, Stock, Lensbaby and then one last overall favorite from the year to top them off.

The image above is my favorite “Photoshopped” image from this year. I, of course, do editing to all of my photos, but this was a composite image that required a lot more work, and it was pre-visualized and well-thought-out before I photographed each element (my face and also a cracked egg to use as the head crack). It’s also representative of a difficult time that I was going through earlier in the year, which is now very much in my past but I can look at this photo and know that I am where I am (both geographically and emotionally) because of it. Photography is and always will be a very personal thing for me and this is a perfect example of my own “visual poetry”.

Over the next four days I will be posting the other seven images from the year, so be sure to check back!

View more of Nicole’s “Photos of the Year”:

– Photo of the Year (overall)
– Point & Shoot Category
– iPhone Category
– Portrait Category
– Action Category
– Stock Category
– Lensbaby Category