These twenty images reflect many of my top images from 2012 for me. We spent our 40th wedding anniversary in Pt. Reyes and 10 days in Hawaii, however, I did two trips to Bowling Ball Beach and fell in love with the place. A number of these won in my company’s photo contest. I’ve printed a number of these too. In the spring, I attended an intermediate photography class at Solano Community College, again working in black and white film, I greatly improved my skills and although only a few are presented here, developed a nice amount of stock imagery. Creatively, I was challenged in 2012 and that’s a very good thing.
So have a look. Comments, as always, are welcome.
Continuing with my retrospective look back over the past five years of my photography, 2010 was quite a growth year for me. I had one photo class under my belt in Fall of 2009, I now had three DSLRs and really began to get serious about my photography. I also did a fall landscape photography workshop with a local pro that further added to my tool box of good places to shoot, critical insight on what was a good image versus a great image, and I also got back into black and white film.
These twenty images reflect a good segment of 2010 for me. We spent our vacation in Redding and Yosemite. Those were wonderful subjects to work with. So have a look. Comments are welcome.
I began 2011with some personal goal, one being to go back to SRJC and relearn black and white film photography and checked into Art 36 in the spring. I was re-exposed to the darkroom, film development, wet printing, and a good foundation of art and some of the masters.We got into things like the rule of thirds, how to use it and how to break it and what I noticed then was that I began to actually previsualize some shots. Why, well between applying a few rules of photographic composition and using older slower cameras, I started to give things more thought and far less of the DSLR spray and pray technique. One of the highlights of 2011 was a fall trip to southern Utah including Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. This time I had more cameras with me and I shot a lot in 12 days, we even visited Death Valley on the way home.The other thing about 2011 was my work on a 365 project – that’s where you shot every day of the year. On PentaxForums.com I began with a world wide group to do a ‘single in’ challenge where each month we picked one lens from our collections, shot every day of the month with it, and posted one image on the forum every day. I did it for 12 months and did not miss a day! If you want to see the results from that, visit this link. I learned so much, not only about my gear, but about my surroundings, and how to produce something every day with photography. It wasn’t always my best. I continued this in the summer and fall of 2012 and am now on a hiatus.
Here are some of my best images from 2011.