At the beginning of each year I like to take a moment and go back through and reflect on my favorite images from the previous year. If your a photographer and haven’t done this I highly recommend it. It’s a great way to see where you started the year and where you are now. Having this basis point of your previous year acts a good starting point to plan out how you want to improve over the next 12 months. I started doing this a few years ago after listening to Martin Bailey describe his process for this exercise.
After spending a couple of days going through my images I’m pretty happy with the selection I’ve come up with. For me I like to pick 12 images, which as I see it average out to 1 per month. When I compare them to my 2013 and 2012 favorites I can see a very nice improvement with image quality. My post processing skills have greatly improved and it shows in these images having a cleaner crisper look to them, which I’m thrilled with.
In no particular order / click to enlarge:
This photograph was from our first big trip of the year to India, Cambodia and Thailand. We got to the Taj Mahal at around 6:30am and tried to be there before the crowds swarmed the complex… even at 6:30 the crowds were pretty dense! We lucked out with overcast conditions that helped soften the light. Our time in India was absolutely fantastic and I hope to go back again.
This photo was from my second trip to Panther Creek Falls. On our first visit I wasn’t prepared for the climb down and therefore only shot the lookout above the falls. Ever since that first trip I had an itch to try again. When an opportunity to go back to the falls and photograph them from below came up I couldn’t jump on it quicker. Panther Creek Falls is on the Colombia river gorge on the Washington side. I highly recommend taking a trip out to see it. Standing below what I consider one of the most beautiful spot in the gorge is quite a great memory.
This year I spent some time working on my food photography. Both my wife and I love to cook. Casey is far better cook, but when she goes out of town I always like to spend a bit of time experimenting in the kitchen. This dish of farfalle with sun-dried tomatoes, arugula and mushrooms in a wine sauce came out really nicely. I’m really happy with the progression of my food photography and look forward to shooting more in the coming year.
This is newest image on the list. I shot this while down in Southern Oregon over the Thanksgiving holiday. This is a freshly restored 1969 Porsche 911. I ended up having to shoot this in a garage. We lit the car by bouncing light off of the ceiling. I’m pretty proud of the images from this shoot and ended up turning the photos into a poster to commemorate the restoration. If you want to learn more about this project click here.
Another image from my time in India. This was taken in Udaipur, a wonderfully beautiful spot in India. The city is partially famous for being the site of the classic James Bond film Octopussy. One morning I woke up quite early and decided to go out and photograph the water near our hotel. This boat was anchored in a little cove and made a great subject as the sun rose through the Indian Haze.
From our trip to Europe in August. Shooting the Pont Neuf Bridge. The Pont Neuf Bridge is the oldest bridge in Paris. I really like this bridge because it has a lot of character to it. It was a really nice sunset and a great memory from 2014.
This image is from our time in Cambodia. We were fortunate enough to spend one late afternoon at Bayon Temple. Most of the crowds had gone over to Ankgor Wat for the sunset. Honestly, I enjoyed being here far more then my previous days visit to Ankgor Wat. The warm afternoon light really cast some incredibly beautiful shadows over the stone faces carved into the temple walls. Walking through this temple as the late afternoon light filtered through the leaves of the surrounding trees is a memory I will cherish.
Fall is my favorite time to shoot. I love the cooler weather and all the colorful leaves. When I came across this scene I loved the contrast from the golden leaves and the pink leaves. It just evokes fall to me and that is a good memory.
This is another photo from our time at Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom City, near Siem Reap Cambodia. I remember sitting here just admiring the surroundings. I felt like Indiana Jones roaming through the temple looking for it’s mysteries. The light was filtering beautifully though the trees and cast long shadows through the temple ruins.
As I mentioned earlier I spent a lot of time trying to improve my food photography during 2014. I really liked this image of lamb lollipops getting prepped to be served. I love the different shapes and textures throughout the image. They were as much fun to photograph as they were to eat.
This past August I had the great honor to photograph my sister Staci’s wedding. This was my favorite image from the day. Taken just before the ceremony started.
This was another image from our trip to Europe. I love how this archway opened up to the bright courtyard housing the pyramids of the Louvre. These people walking out in the light on their way to see some of the most beautiful artistic masterpieces of the world. I spent some time this year working on my black and white processing and this trip was kind of the spark that got thinking in black and white.
None of the travels and photos could have happened without the tremendous amount of time and energy put in by wonderful wife Casey. She spends countless hours planning, organizing and coordinating all of the details for our trip. Without her my photography would be far from where it is now. She inspires me everyday and therefor I threw in this bonus image 13 to say thank you to her. This was taken as we rode around the canals of Amsterdam. We were really lucky to have the boat all to ourselves for the majority of our ride through the city.
This past year as a whole has been a great year of building. I’ve worked hard improving my post processing skills. I’ve spent a lot of time doing more product related shoots involving cars, and food. I’ve joined the Arcanum as an apprentice and have had so much fun communicating, sharing, and learning from other photographers. A special Thank you to my Arcanum Master Mason Marsh.
Casey and I have a lot of plans for 2015 and hope to make it a great year for travel, photos, and adventures. I would like to thank everyone who reads this post. Thank you for your support. Whenever I get a call, comment, email or tweet of encouragement it means the world to me. I wish you the absolute best in the upcoming 2015 year.