I guess I’m cutting it really close with this year in review post. It definitely has been a busy few weeks and this morning is my first chance to sit down and put some thoughts together about my photography. What a great year! There, done.
Well I suppose a few more words are in order. It has been a fantastic year with my camera. I have had so much fun exploring, learning, experimenting, and just getting out of the house that trying to summarize the whole year in a few words will be difficult. I thought I would return to the style I used for last year’s round-up, one image for each month. I knew this would be difficult but evaluating your images is a big part of learning so here it goes. (Please click on each individual image to view it full size.)
January – I started the first of the year with a bang. We had a fairly interesting start to winter and I was able to venture out with the camera more than usual. There was even a trip down state to Pace University for my daughter which allowed me to explore the Rockefeller Preserve and the town of Sleepy Hollow. But this image is my favorite for a different reason, it was the start of me thinking more about my images. I noticed this scene earlier in the day when driving through town and went back at night to get this one.
February – This image won just because I felt I was channeling my inner Ansel Adams. I had just finished a few books of his photographs and when I went to my go to spot at Delta Lake, this is what I saw walking to the beach. I should have just went home after capturing this one because the rest of the day’s images didn’t compare.
March – Delta Lake seems to be a favorite location. I guess being 10 minutes from the house gives it an advantage. This image is a favorite because of the amount of thought I put into the creation. I kept moving until I had the curve of the water’s edge just right, backing up until the reflection was what I wanted and waiting until the sun and clouds reached the best position. I finally learned to slow down while capturing images.
April – This image represents a start of me creating an image for a vision in my head versus taking a picture. I went for a walk along the barge canal and stopped at a small dam to capture the flow. The sun was low and the evening blue hour was beginning but I pushed the white balance on this image to accentuate the color. It is also an image where I focused more on smaller details rather than take a bigger, landscape style image.
May – This image was the result of me reading a book. I thoroughly enjoyed Andrew Gibson’s ebook ‘Slow’. One of the concepts he talked about in the book was intentional camera movement. Exploring another of my favorite spots along the Oriskany Creek one morning the light was absolutely incredible. I decided to play with this ICM technique and this is what I created.
June – You can’t beat great light! This image was taken at my Dad’s house just before the storm rolled through. I love the way the copper wind chime straddles the color split, the strong green grass and the dark blue sky.
July – This was a tough month! It was the start of my summer exploration. I made it a point this year to explore the plethora of state parks in New York. Rather than focus on all the great landscape images I collected I really like this image of my clothesline hooks. This was another result of my reading an Andrew Gibson ebook, ‘Square’.
August – Another month of state park exploration but this image is from one of my firsts and favorites, Chittenango Falls. This image is a favorite because I stopped at the park on my way home from Syracuse and the camera store. I had just purchased a variable ND filter and wanted to play it. Rather than go for the water fall I went up stream and found this area of the river.
September – Yes, another state park month and this image is from Watkins Glen. I captured all of the classic views within the park but this detail image of a small section of the creek is definitely my favorite. From the composition to the monochrome processing.
October – Autumn! I was determined to capture the autumn colors this year. I didn’t succeed as well as I had hoped. My trip up Bald Mountain was a bust due to fog but this opportunity image at a rest stop along Route 81 is my favorite. I always carry my camera with me and as I was traveling to Binghamton to visit my daughter at college I was able to find the autumn image I wanted.
November – During my trip to Disney in October I met some wonderful fellow Disney photographers. With one couple in particular, we just seemed to click. Our time exploring Disney was not as long as we would have liked but we have kept close via the internet and are working on a 52 week photography theme project together. This image is a result of one of the weekly themes, graffiti.
December – Another image I had to work for. Looking for churches, a friend at work suggested this rural church north of Utica. The adventure of finding the church and then getting the image I wanted in spite of construction makes this a favorite.
I couldn’t end the year without an image from my favorite destination, Walt Disney World. This image is one of my all time favorites (so far) mostly because of the thought I put into it and the execution of the processing. I think it shows off how much I have improved in 2013.
2014 should be another year of growth and learning. As much as I love photography and enjoy capturing images, a large part of the fun is learning and pushing myself. I wish all my online friends a happy new year!