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Favorite Images of 2016

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Overall I think 2016 was a good year for me. I got to go to some amazing places including three of Wonders of the World: The Coliseum, Machu Picchu, and The Great Wall. It was a busy year and travel in many ways felt like my only escape. Work was incredibly busy. We also moved at the beginning of the year into a townhouse in NW Portland. I’m still extremely excited about our new place but it took a lot of energy moving in and getting situated. Between the move and work, I didn’t get time to do much personal photography other than what happened during travel which was a little bit of a bummer. In 2017 I am going to try and find time to improve my personal photos.  I recently purchased a drone and I’m excited to do some aerial photography with it. READ MORE

Favorite Photos from China

Imperial Garden

In November I spent a week traveling in China and Japan. I took a small camera and a couple of lenses to travel light on our trip. It was our first time exploring in both countries. Our trip started out Beijing at the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square then we took a road trip to see the great wall up in the mountains. While at the Great Wall it snowed and the wall turned to a sheet of ice. It was a little treacherous navigating. I saw at least half a dozen people slip and fall on the ice. One Frenchman almost took my wife out at the edge of the stairs. That could have ended badly! The Great Wall really is a wonder of the world and even though the weather made it difficult to photograph the experience was amazing.

 

Here are some of my favorite images from China:

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Casey and I on top of the Great wall.
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Fall Color in Vermont

20161022_nn__n5d1389-edit-recoveredMy favorite season of the year by far is Autumn. For a while now I’ve been wanting to see and photograph the color in New England during Autumn. This year to help celebrate my wife’s 30th birthday we decided to take a weekend getaway to see the color in Vermont. We flew up to Boston, then drove to Vermont and stayed in Manchester. It was a great trip, the color was incredible and the photos were beyond my expectations. I look forward to another trip in a future fall to this amazing area. Here is a few selection of my favorite images from our trip:

 

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Godafoss: Waterfall of the Gods

Godafoss Waterfall, Northern Central Iceland.

One of the spots I was most excited to photograph during our trip to Iceland was this wonderfully beautiful waterfall known as Godafoss. To my understanding the name Godafoss translates to “Waterfall of the Gods”. The falls were named this because in Icelandic history one of their religious leaders (approx 1000AD) made the decision that the Icelandic people should convert to Christianity. As a symbol of his commitment he took his statues of Norse Gods and threw them into the waterfall. A pretty interesting story.

This stop was definitely a highlight during our time in Iceland. We drove from Akureyri and arrived at the falls about 4 AM. The light at that time was pretty nice but a tad bit harsher than I expected and made shooting the falls a little bit of a challenge. Because the light never really faded I think it would of been better to shoot closer to midnight and take advantage of the long twilight period. To overcome this I shot a number of images trying to maximize the data in my cameras histogram. By maximizing the data it allowed me recover a lot of the sky and show the moodiness we felt that day. I hope to someday get back to this spot and shoot again when the water is a hair lower and I can use the rocks as a strong foreground element.

This is probably the last of my Icelandic posts. We got some great images during the trip and I will hopefully return soon to this wonderfully mysterious country. As our

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