I feel like I just did a blog post retrospective on my favorites of the year! When you are kid you can't wait to grow up faster looking for that stick shift to switch life into high gear. Then as you start to get older you are looking for the brakes to slow it down. I can't find the brakes on the ride of my life but that is just fine by me. Yes another year has past yet it was a great one and that is what matters. This was the first year where outside of short photo escapes nearby all major getaways were family trips. For some that I know that would be a problem. Fortunately, for me my family is supportive and knows the camera toting and shooting is simply a part of me no matter what the trip. I truly enjoy the trips with my wife and girls, with most of them involving some form of camping. The most noteworthy being a 8 day campervan trip in the Desert Southwest covering close to 1,000 miles which we loved enough that we already have another one planned for 2019 with a different route.
As time in the day is limited and I have to always decide what gets done, along with what doesn't, the processing of my images takes a back seat since I already spend enough time in front of a screen each day. I had hoped to process a few more in the last couple weeks of the year yet my main photo computer had to go to the shop for a system issue and hard drive failure in late December leaving me to work from my laptop which is less than ideal for multiple reasons. All photos are backed up, it's simply the inconvenience of getting it fixed. The good part is I always go back and find great keepers when I find time for processing and sharing. Below are photos processed this year. A few are from trips this year while others might be from the digital vault, placed in their a number of years back. For work I captured this year I continue to notice a progression towards simplicity while ensuring the work is still compelling and engaging. Abstracts and close-up scenes reigned king this year for me.
I continue to be thankful for the customers, both new and returning. I would still do it for my own personal fulfillment yet having places requesting to showcase my work and customers buying it, is always appreciated. I am definitely thankful for the great relationships over the years with other photographers like my Photo Cascadia team mates. Landscape photography doesn't need to be isolated solo activity all the time, and in fact it's better when you experience both the solitude and the social aspects. Without further rambling here are some of the highlights from this year. Once again including the smartphone section since sometimes that would be the only camera I had on me.
"Adrenaline Sunrise" - Standing on the edge of a cliff enjoying a sunrise view above Lake O'hara in Canada during fall. This was after a long middle of the night hike through bear country a couple years back. One of the more breathtaking views and experiences I have enjoyed the last few years.
"Rising Sinopah" - Along Two Medicine in Glacier National Park of Montana on a early summer morning.
"Spire Light" - Walls of spires at Bryce Canyon National Park light up during the morning sun as two hikers make their way on the trail below.
"Spring Rush" - On a late spring outing in Southern Washington with a friend of mine checking out some places new to us, this little waterfall being one of them.
"Start of Fall" - A classic scene of Moulton Bridge with long exposure to use the debris in the river to my advantage.
"Rainbow Canyon" - Running and out of breath I was able to setup and capture this scene seconds before the rainbow began to fade. North Rim Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
"Beauty From The Ashes" - With all the unfortunate destruction we saw again this year from wildfires it's hard to think of them as beautiful when you think of all the lives they negatively impact. Yet I do feel there is an artistic beautiful side that comes up afterwards as areas grow into whatever they will look like next. Here it was only a few months after this wildfire ripped through the landscape and plant life was showing us just how resilient they are as this triangle shaped one sprouts from the charred ground.
"Nature Strong" - The rebirth of a forest destroyed from wildfire in Glacier National Park, Montana along with some afternoon filtered light.
"Falling Into Winter" - The Poplar Trees at Boardman Tree Farm have lost their leaves as fall turns into winter. In Boardman, Oregon as this tree fades into the sunset for good to become a dairy farm.
"Your Illusion" - The yellow leaves of fall and the evergreen of every season reflect in a slow moving creek in the Pacific Northwest.
"Confetti" - Fallen needles and tiny pine cones along the river shore in Washington.
"Searching" - A wall showing it's history in a colorful way through nature starting the decay process. A true blend of man and nature at work to create this piece.
"Oil Ocean" - Oil sheen, rust and decaying paint on a fish vessel in Astoria, Oregon.
Here are some more of my favorites, all taken this year from my smartphone since almost all these cases it was the only phone on me or the quickest I could get to to capture the moment.
"Foggy Portland" - Biking into the city I had to stop for this scene as the bridge seems to disappear into nothing deep into the foggy morning.
"Snowy Light" - While up at the mountain skiing and snowboarding with the family I could not resist snapping this scene as the sunlight tries to illuminate the foreground with another band of snowy sky coming from the back.
"Hotsprings Sunset" - Not much better way to enjoy a sunset than this. I stopped to capture this scene before jump into the 100 degree pool of water. Taken on a fantastic short getaway with just my wife and I.
"Lake Powell Sunrise" - Waking up to this is a way I could surely spend most mornings. My daughter I enjoyed the view of Lake Powell as we played a game of backgammon enjoying this view.
"12,000 Foot View" - Shortly after take off and just after sunrise I had a perfect view of Mount Hood. Certainly I have passed this mountain in an airplane many times. It's not often the view is this good, at this time of day and with a window offering a clear view.
"Untouched" - A beautiful wall of sandstone on the Oregon Coast at Cape Kiwanda. If you missed my blog on the vandalism happening here you can check it out at this link. Let's all work to try and not destroy our treasured places.
"Wind Driven" - Intriguing lines created by the force of wind and water. Along the Oregon Coast.
"Docked" - One of the top mornings all summer. Heading out just after sunrise with almost no one else on the lake and calm as can be for the paddle board. Had this little island all to myself soaking up the morning sunshine.
"Neurons" - The water was crystal clear and the light was mesmerizing. I kept on staring at it, lost in it's snake charmer trance.
"Blending" - This high rise building in Portland seemed to blend into the sky with this free flowing clouds and dappled blue sky.
"Frosty" - On a cold fall morning with ice crystals still glued to my drivers side window I had to capture the filtered view of sky and land from the inside.
"In The Distance" - This post would not be complete with a photo of each of my two daughters. Here one stands off in the distance on the large sand dune at Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon Coast during a cool foggy morning.
"Jungle Gym" - She would, and will, climb just about anything. If I would have let her should would have went near the top on this one.
Last, yet definitely not least, is a fun little timelapse project I did. This was my first ever timelapse so there are certainly things I can see I will do a little different next time although I can't say I am going to likely do many more any time soon. They are fun but a fair bit of work. In this case all of these scenes are from the office I work at and in some cases basically from my desk. Although it's not some majestic wilderness I am starring out at the view is pretty damn good for a city where we see everything from downtown skyscrapers, dense evergreen forests, mountain peaks and bridges. I don't take it for granted and in fact find it inspiring. The wide open view allows for atmospheric scenes to really show there splendor when they come rolling through. One of the hardest pieces was photographing through widows of a high rise where you had no control how clean they are. Often I was picking the least dirty option and hoping it was clear enough with few or no dust spots.