2015 was a pretty interesting year. I got to travel to some amazing places. One of my favorite adventures was to Spain the birthplace of my great Grandfather. I got to go back to Iceland, one of my favorite places in the whole world. I finally got to photograph some local spots like Proxy Falls and the Bandon Coastline. Casey and I hit our 5th continent, Australia. We also visited New Zealand and the amazing Bali... (Images from that trip to come soon to this blog) I branched out more with my photography. I spent some time trying to improve my skills with food photography and architectural photography. I also experimented with macro photography for the first time. Casey and I ended the year by saying goodbye to our old condo and buying a new one. We are still in Portland and didn't go far. Just about a mile North crossing Burnside Rd moving from a SW address to our new NW address. We spent almost a decade of our lives in our old condo. We now get to begin this year by moving into our new townhouse, and making it a home (a roomier home with a dedicated office space!). Challenges of 2015: I probably spent only half as much time photographing in 2015 as I did in the previous year. However, the time I was behind the camera felt much more thoughtful and deliberate... I didn't get out as much but I came away with more keepers. One of the big challenges in my photography was moving from Aperture to Lightroom for all of my post processing and digital organization. For some this doesn't sound like much. But for me it was quite a challenge. It took a number of months before I really felt comfortable with my post production. I've come away with this thought about the 2 programs. Aperture to me was a solid steady program from feature to feature. There were no outstanding tools.. but as a whole it was solid and fast. On the other hand Lightroom has incredible highs and incredible lows... some of the tools are outstanding... and others are terrible. I'm enjoying the highs... and trying to avoid the lows as I work on my images. Best of 2015: As I do every year I go back through and look at my images and pick my favorites from the year. It is an exercise I learned from Martin Bailey. It is fun seeing what images made my final list. This year I had a more non-landscape images which was pretty interesting. I would like to continue photographing food and working on my lighting. I find the colors and tones in the images interesting. For the most part they are much bolder and earthier then in years past. The following 10 images are listed in the order I took them with: Casey and I look forward to another wonderful year ahead. As we settle into our new home, we are starting things off slow with a few trips closer to home. I'm excited I get to photograph Antelope Canyon (a beautiful slot canyon in Arizona). After things settle we are going back to Italy and eventually hitting our 6th continent South America. This year has a lot of great things planned. I wish you a wonderful 2016 ahead!
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