This year I traveled a bit more often than I have in the past several years. I took advantage of these trips by adding on some time for photography. For example, on a trip coming home from Hong Kong, I was “stuck” in San Francisco because a blizzard was pounding the East Coast. So it took me 48 hours to get home but I had 12 hours to photograph San Francisco…
On another date, I added an additional day to a business trip to drive down the Pacific Coast highway from San Jose to Long Beach. I photographed as much as I could along the way. On another date I extended a trip to Minnesota to photograph northern Minnesota and North Dakota. I took a vacation down to Virginia Beach and while driving home detoured the family through Philadelphia to photograph the Eastern State Penitentiary. (I have to say that the girls did not appreciate this detour…).
Drove up to Maine with my friend and Master Photographer Tony Mistretta, and made a few evening outings during a business trip in Nuremberg Germany. I would have never done this in the past but am glad I did this year.
I also tried different techniques this year. Still life, abstracts, pets and street photography. No military / airshow photography because of the budgetary cutbacks which was a disappointment. HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography continues to be my style of choice.
I tried to bring by list down to my top 10 but with no luck. I have 27 grouped down to 12 sets. It is the best I could do. It is always so hard to reduce down images you have a personal connection to.
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Set 1: These are my favorites of the year. I would call them my grunge set. Heavy HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography of architectural artifacts.
Mondry Grain Elevator
Eastern State Penitentiary 1: Barber Chair
Eastern State Penitentiary 2: Cell Block 7
Quabbin Reservoir Lookout Tower Roof, Ware, MA
Set 2: “Natural HDR” Structures
Quabbin Reservoir Outlook Tower
Golden Gate Bridge.
Set 3: Sun Rise and Sun Sets
A rare sunrise (for me). I love the couple watching the sunrise (although I think one might be texting).
As the snow thaws the sun sets.
In no where North Dakota the sun sets.
Set 4: Places of Worship
St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, a large Polish community is located in this town in North Dakota
Door at St. Lorenz, Nuremberg Germany
St. Laurenz Rose Window
Okay this is not really a place of worship, but we do worship the Red Sox baseball team in a way.
And I simply love the sign on this door: Open Sundays after Church.
Set 5: Proving Pythagoras was right.
There are two sets of fireworks here. The foreground are at Onset Beach, MA, the background are at Jamestown Beach, RI some 40 miles away. The Jamestown fireworks appear shorter because of the curvature of the earth. If the earth was flat, they would be the same height. Doing the math one would calculate that 40 miles is just on the edge of the visible horizon. Scientific proof and photographic evidence that Pythagoras was right!
Set 6: Buttonwood Farm 2013.
Set 7: To the beach
Slowing down time at Huntington Beach Pier in California
First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach
Set 8: Still Life
Hot Shot. I think the shadow that looks like a pepper really makes this one.
Set 9: Light Houses: West and East 3000 miles apart
West: Pigeon Point Lighthouse
East: Portland Light
Set 10: Abstract
Set 11: Street Life
Set 12: Family
Studio Shoot of a visiting canine: Lobo
My Family. Sharing my favorite photographic location with my family. People I love, location I love, Hobby I love.