I'd like to express my gratitude to the men and women that serve in our armed forces. Thank you for all you do. If I could have nine lives, I'd definitely spend one of them in the Navy. I shot this from my back porch recently when the John C. Stennis steamed by.
First day of 2013! 2012 was a great year for me photographically. Three big trips: Cuba, Scotland/Ireland, and NYC. I got to do a lot of street photography on these trips, which was a growing experience for me.
I defiitely realized that I'm no longer "into" regular landscape photography. For many years here on the blog I have mentioned that I don't do "stands of trees" fall color shots, for example. With landscape, I find that I want to find interesting details, and present them in a unique way, one that hasn't been seen before.
I selected this image because it's kind of straddling this philosophical fence. Ho hum, another sunrise, right? But for me, this back lit fog-cloud, raises this image up from a standard landscape shot. I also selected it because it was from one of my great trips, this being Ireland (thanks John and Dan).
Within a few minutes of this shot, I got another unique one, that ended up being published in a book about Ireland light. I'll share that one one of these days.
I met some great new people this past year, which is important to me. I had my share of struggles as well. Life. You know How It Is.
I saw an article the other day that said "forget new year's resolutions, pick one word." I like that thought. The word I selected is "health." I mentioned in my Thanksgiving post some of the health things I have been going through. Without getting into details, I'll just say I'm really on an upswing. So health applies to both my physical and mental side, and I believe that is going well, thankfully! I'm grateful to several people that have helped me in this department.
And I believe growing as a photographic artist is important to my health as well. Thankfully I have a great day job (financial health), that will keep me busy this year. I only have one big photography trip planned right now, but I'm sure I'll work some smaller trips in. And hopefully grow my photographic eye and my skills.
All the best to my friends and blog readers this coming year. Cheers to your health as well.
The blog and I support our armed forces. One of the benefits of living where I do is seeing these great Americans regularly. On board submarines, carriers, Coast Guard craft of all kinds, even the Air Force.
The biggest thrill are the carriers, in this case the USN Carl Vinson. You should see how many favorable replies I get when I post pictures like this on the ship's Facebook page. Parents and loved ones of our enlisted are very passionate. As they should be.
New Years day 2012. 2011 was a blockbuster year for me, and I have shared many high moments here and on Facebook. Our move to Washington State, our kids doing well in college, some great photo trips, old friends and new ones too, acquisition of a dream camera system. Life is good. Great in fact.
However, something really despicable happened within my extended family. Without going into details, it seems this issue is having a bigger effect than is healthy for me. So my goal for 2012 is to move past this.
So I chose this image for today very specifically. Today I will print this image and put it on my wall in my office where I spend the daytime hours. It represents a sign that all is well and I'm capable of resuming my normally happy existence.
Photographically, my resolution this year is (once again) to slow down while shooting, and focus on getting the highest possible quality images I am capable of. As my friend Dan Sniffin told me (and I'm still trying to learn): "Don't get every shot Bob, get the shot."
For a major holiday I usually want to post a representative type image. Looking for today's image, I kept coming back to this one. Sure it has the holiday theme going. I think I'm also kind of amazed we have a tree in fall color, with all its leaves, at the end of December?
But I think too I like the fact that it is a city image. The only time I lived right in a city was back in the 80's in Sydney, Australia. I enjoyed the city very much, walking miles nearly every day. Despite the fact that I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco never really was my kind of place.
But Seattle is, and I'm so pleased to have the opportunity to live close and to be able to enjoy it. Kinda photogenic, too!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all my friends everywhere!