Photos of the year

Fans of France kiss before their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine at Donbass Arena in Donetsk June 15, 2012. - Michael Buholzer, Reuters

Reuters has announced their 2012 photos of the year (be warned, some images are graphic, and possibly not safe for work).  Totaling 95 images, this set really shows what photojournalists do best: create a story within a photograph.  It's no surprise then, that an analysis posted by PetaPixel reveals that over half of these images were created with a 16-35mm lens.  In fact, looking at the prime lens section, short lenses were used very frequently to create the best of 2012.

There are some biases here: Reuters provides their photographers with Canon gear, and since this information is pulled from one source, it's a pretty limited sample.  There are plenty of photographers out there using Nikon gear and capturing stunning images.

I still find that the most interesting statistic lies in the focal length of the photos. Since the majority of these shots are created with either a 16-35mm lens or a 70-200mm lens, it leads me to wonder: How do you decide between including everything in your photograph, or including very little?  Clearly for sports photography it would be expected that a long lens such as the 70-200mm zoom, 300mm or 400mm prime lenses would be ideal.  But for capturing lifestyle or intense moments it would seem that using short lenses and getting in close is the best option.

This leads me to question some of my own photos, especially when I experience a "Wow" moment.  Certainly composition and framing have much to do with this, so what focal length trend could I expect from my "Wow" photographs?

I also wonder which of my photographs might be considered my "Best of 2012".  If I had to choose one photo, I'm not sure which it would be.  Before the month is out I'll do a 2012 wrap-up, and post my favorite 5 images that I made, and my favorite 5 images that I've seen from other photographers.