Think about the number of times in your life you have pressed the shutter button on your camera. From all those clicks how many would you consider as real keepers or the ones you're most proud of? Photography is more than just snapshots of family and friends during day to day life. It is a form of art and one that is purely subjective. One person might see it as a great capture where another could view it as just OK. It's personal taste.
Composition or expression in a picture can be more important than overall image quality. Not all of the following photos were shot with a high end camera. There are iPhone, point & shoots as well as DSLR captures in here so it's not all about the camera. Also, I shouldn't forget to mention that a little bit of luck doesn't hurt. A few images in this list came out much better than I had expected and that is always a welcome surprise.
So having said all that, the following are a sample of some photos I have taken over the years that are my favourites (so far). I doubt there are any award winners here but I guess you could call these my personal 5 star efforts.
Hope you like them too. Cheers.
Scarlet Macaw who was determined to snag my camera with that claw.
Taken at Blue Mountain in Collingwood this swan shows nice contrast of white on such a dark background.