Month: December 2015

2015 in Review: My Favorite Images

As 2015 winds down it’s traditional to take a look back and evaluate the year. For me, 2015 was a really strange year photographically, given that for about six months I literally did not take the cameras out of the bag — and yet when I did, I seemed to generate a good number of quality images, so even though I took no pictures between the start of February and July except for work, I still ended up with a number of images added to the collection only about 10% below my yearly normals, and of those, a fairly high percentage of good quality results. So while I can complain about not being able to get out and shoot, but the end result is a pretty good year of images. I’ve been fighting my landscapes this year, not really feeling comfortable trying to take them and not particularly happy with the results, which seem blah and generic. I’ve been trying to break past that by exploring a bit into long exposure, or by stepping back and working more on documentary shooting around the refuges as a way to reboot my eye for the landscape, but so far, that lack of a comfort zone or any particular vision of what I want to shoot continues. On the other hand, I decided to refocus on the bird photography more and I’ve...

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Christmas in Yosemite

Laurie and I are back from spending a few days in Yosemite. This was our first Christmas not in Southern California with family in 15 years, and only my second christmas not down there since the 1980’s. The reason, of course, is that mom passed away in June, and my sister and I both agreed it was time for us to build our own holiday plans. Laurie and I had been thinking about Christmas in Yosemite on and off for a while, and I was able to get a room in the Lodge. I am very much a snow wimp, being born and raised in LA — I was hauled off to try skiing once when I was about 12-13 and was miserable the entire time, so I’ve never been motivated to try it again, and so I’ve really never spent any time up in the snow, nor felt like I was missing much doing that. I’ve been to Yosemite before in the winter, but generally never ran into snow on the ground, much less a full-on winter storm, but the evening we got there, we had one move in and drop about 6″ of snow over the next day. I must admit we had a great time. We ate at the Mountain Room every night, which I really like as a restaurant ignoring it’s location. Christmas dinner was...

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