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- AboutMy interest in photography started with influence from my dad. Wherever we went, he took pictures of my family and the scenery around us. As I grew up, more and more times, he let me be the camera man. Maybe the habit just stuck. I took up photography in the summer of 2006. I really am not sure what spurred the idea, but since then I have made a hobby of taking photos of what I find to be beautiful. What do I find to be beautiful? Mostly, nature. I find beauty in the subtleties of the Earth. When I take the time to think through the complexity of the Earth and the life within it, I conclude that there must be a reason to existence. However, Earth is only one small piece of the larger puzzle; much more beauty exists in places and shapes we have never imagined. What is that larger puzzle? What other beauty lies out in the Universe? What is the driving force behind life? These are questions that run through my mind when I witness nature. What makes the Earth beautiful to me? I can’t really say. I feel a quiet passion as a crisp…
I conducted another Intro to Nature and Landscape Photography course this past Sunday at Great Falls National Park, on the Maryland side.The weather was looking promising, with high clouds in the forecast and a window to the horizon. I was hoping for a colorful burst at sunset, given the recent more muted sunsets I’ve seen at the park.
Unfortunately, the clouds dissipated and a blue, cloudless sky remained. Not the most colorful.
But, lately I have found myself drawn to closeup abstracts of violently rushing water. A great place to find this is Great Falls, with it’s dramatic rapids always proving to have interesting action. And given the uninteresting sky, it was the only way to go for me.
The rapids of Great Falls weave water in and out, and into interesting shapes.
Oh and if you’re interested, Another class is scheduled for this Sunday, still with some open slots:
Till next time!
Wow, it’s been nearly two full months since my last post. My apologies to any who frequent my blog looking for updates.
Unfortunately, my other career has taken most of my time – business trips, training classes, and just a lot to do. It certainly is hard to keep up two “professional” lives and often I have found success in one comes with sacrifice of the other. At some point, I might meet a fork in the road where I will have to decide more definitively where my end path will lead.
Regardless of what my “job” is, I have never felt more fulfilled and vivacious as I have felt through this gift of photography. It’s funny how something ubiquitous as a camera can allow one to explore channels within the self that were otherwise unknown. If nothing else, simply the self-searching has been worth all the effort I’ve put into the craft.
Onto today’s post. A frequent subject around this (and many) areas is the weather. Of course, we experience it every day so it’s natural to be a major discussion topic. One discussion that often intrigues me is the argument against the cold, winter weather we see here in the mid-Atlantic.
So many people hate the cold so much! The idea of wearing a coat and hat, a blustery wind, ice/sleet/snow you name it, and they are up in arms. They swear they can move to Southern California today and not have a care in the world.
While I can appreciate the sentiment, and the apparent luxury of not dealing with uncomfortable temperatures, I personally love the winter. Actually, I take that back. I love the SEASONS. What is the point of monotony in anything in life, especially something so impactful as the weather? As a sentient and sentimental person, I like seeing the change that slowly and constantly engulfs our environment as seasons change. Green turns orange, orange turns bare and back again. Weather patterns change – wind and cloud formations. The whole mood of the scene is drastically different from one season to another. I find that lately, a reliable group of people who share my views are meteorologists. No surprise there though: their whole profession is based on the environmental conditions.
What’s not to like about winter? OK, I don’t like being cold either. But I know no better peace than what I feel when I walk outside at night after a fresh snowfall — the silence is nearly sacred. But even other winter weather — icicles, sleet, frozen lakes/ponds/rivers… I could go on.
To the joy of most and the dismay of me, our winters of late have been pretty warm and dull. Granted, I haven’t had the chance to venture much out West during these times – into the areas of NW Maryland and West Virginia. Fortunately, this year I headed up that way, AND we had a few good days of cold to get some photographic opportunities closer to the city. Maybe this compilation will get your juices flowing about the winter? No? Ok, I tried.
The first image is from here at the familiar stomping grounds of Great Falls, Maryland. A few weeks ago, we got some pretty cold weather that stuck around for about 5 days. After about 4 days, I figured the waters were cold enough to start at least some parts of Great Falls to ice over. Given the lack of rainfall at the time, some of the formations on the Maryland side revealed themselves and allowed me to take a closer look.
The clouds fizzled out just about immediately after I arrived at the scene, slightly contrary to what was forecasted. But, I found a really cool set of broken trees crossed upon each other right in front of a significant “step” in the falls. The icicles were really compelling here – and we don’t get freezes often so I had to take the opportunity:
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24, f/13, .3 sec, ISO 50
I took a panorama of the same scene for those of you who are interested in larger sizes. This particular image is a mosaic of 20 exposures to achieve both extreme scale and focus:
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24, f/13, 20 exposures blended for depth of field and scale, 1/5 sec, ISO 200
As I mentioned, this year, I had the opportunity to venture up north to the mountains of Western Maryland. This wasn’t a photography trip, but I tried to take advantage nonetheless. The whole weekend we were in the area, we were treated to beautiful winter weather. A constant light snow and very calm winds. A real treat for me given our lackluster winters of late.
Out of one sunset outing, I came away with 4 keepers! That’s an extreme amount for me nowadays. I thought each image was unique enough to warrant inclusion on this post.
This first image is a wide angle of Muddy Creek Falls, the highest waterfall in Maryland at 53 feet. Maryland’s geology is not all that dramatic (especially compared to the relics out in the Western USA), but each natural site, however small, has its history and beauty to be respected. The site was affected by Sandy to the point that the park closed the area from which this was shot. I had to be very prudent not to step on the ice and through to (potentially deep) water.
I just missed some really nice warm light, so I decided to B&W to emphasize the shapes and contrasts:
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24, f/13, .4 sec, ISO 50
As I continued to observe the scene from a rock not far from the shore, I paid more careful attention to the falls, and the contrasts in shapes and textures between the sandstone rock, dramatically long and sharp icicles, and the rushing water. The way I decided to depict these contrasts was not in one, but two images that I think serve different purposes:
Nikon D800, Nikon 70-200/2.8, f/8, 1/4 sec, ISO 400
Nikon D800, Nikon 70-200/2.8, f/4.5, 1/100 sec, ISO 3200
I continued to wait and watch the scene. As you may have noticed from the last image, the light snow began to pick up as I continued shooting, and the white flakes contrasted very well with the darker background that were appearing as the sun sank behind the horizon. I turned my attention to the tree captured in the right hand corner of the first image with its shape and stance standing starkly in front of a shallow cave dripping with long icicles. I played with a few exposures of varying shutter speeds when I decided I wanted to freeze the diagonal motion of the flakes falling down on the scene. The light had dissipated so much that I had to crank the ISO (light sensitivity) on the camera to maximum. It’s times like these where I am thankful to have a low-light champion like the Nikon D800:
Nikon D800, Nikon 70-200/2.8, f/9, 1/125 sec, ISO 6400
Two months have passed since my last post, but I promise it won’t be two months again until my next one. I hope to capture more of winter before it turns away from us for another year and my thoughts move to the next beautiful transition of our world’s seasons.
I made a quick trip to Shenandoah with my brother in law to catch what remains of the foliage there. The sunrise did not disappoint!:
Fall foliage is abound during a glorious and classic Shenandoah National Park sunrise, with the diffused sun filling orange in the hazy blue rolling hills.
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24, two exposures at f/11 blended for dynamic range (HDR).
More to come!
In June, I ventured to Kauai to celebrate my good friend Andy’s wedding. Back in 2000, Andy left the island and came from across the globe to attend the University of Maryland with me and our college friends. Somehow, I think he mixed up his directions! Who would leave Kauai for Maryland? Certainly not me, after the trip I experienced.
Kauai is an island of beautiful paradoxes. It is the oldest in a set of young volcanic shield volcano islands. It is home to one of the wettest places on Earth, as well as a huge beach desert. It has some of the most plush, lavish beach resorts and has some of the most remote campsites.
In exploring this wild and scenic island, I thought it would be best to explore it intimately from one of those campsites. While I’m still relatively new to camping, the times I had done it were always worthwhile. So I set forth to Kauai to explore the island on my own for a few days, before my fiancé joined me for Andy’s wedding.
Kauai’s distinctive and dramatic natural features are tied to a very compelling geologic history. Kauai is the oldest in the chain of Hawaiian shield volcanos, though older islands exist to the west into the Midway islands. A shield volcano is the result of a hotspot, originating from deep below the Earth’s crust, spewing lava upwards and above sea level. As tectonic plates move, the hotspot builds islands over different locations — resulting in the chain we see today.
Kauai formed nearly 6 million years ago, as one huge volcanic rock. While volcanic rocks are some of the most resilient, such “basalts” have a fatal characteristic which spells doom for each such island. When exposed to water, these rocks rust, just as iron does, and become extremely erosive. Add weather, including heavy rainfall and wind, as well as time, and it means that Kauai is slowly being eroded into the sea and out of existence.
One can see this geologic history and future when witnessing some of Kauai’s most grandiose natural structures:
To the north, the Na Pali coastline is a rugged stretch of cliffs that acts as a wall against moisture coming in from the sea. As the moisture arrives and pounds against the mountains, large amounts of rain are dumped on the cliffs. Over millions of years, this water has chiseled curves and flaps in Na Pali before spreading and drying to the south. As the water chisels down, it reveals more basalt to the elements in the central part of the island, causing the volcanic rock to rust and redden — the Waimea Canyon. The moisture that originates in the north quickly loses steam over the large mountains and through the canyons, and barely has any strength to rain on the southern part of the island — and results in desert like shorelines near Polihale.
It’s quite amazing to me to see a snapshot in time of Kauai in the midst of its dynamic geologic changes. It’s a microcosm to me of the gargantuan wheels of the Earth and Universe that are constantly at work, reshaping our surroundings in profound ways.
So to experience all of the amazingness that Hawaii and Kauai is, I decided to first camp at Kokee State Park. After grabbing camping equipment from Andy at his house in Lihue, I made my way to Kokee and hunkered down in a spot just near the parking lot. It was far easier camping at Kokee than my last trip at Olympic National Park, the latter which I had to hike 4 miles to the campsite!
My Campsite at Kokee
After an afternoon of wandering about the park, I realized that half of the hiking trails were no longer in service. The guidebook I used, “Kauai Revealed” (highly recommend, by the way), warned me of this but I was adamant nonetheless. Finally, at sunrise after my first night, I decided on the Canyon Trail, which took me straight into Waimea Canyon.
And what a site that canyon is. The “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” is a stark red and orange trough to a babbling brook of the Waimea river. The canyon walls are made of the same basalt from millions of years ago, but now oxidized and decomposed to a packed red sand. With just a little effort, you can literally grab the rock off of the walls and sift it through your fingers, like uncooked rice.
As sunrise approached, clouds formed and dissipated over the peaks of the canyon walls. Lack of cloud cover is not usually a good thing when it comes to landscape photography. But, the geology of Kauai came through for me! Mist from the cliff tops to the northwest sprayed through the canyon gorge. As the sun rose above the horizon, light streamed through the mist and created a beautiful rainbow:
Just past sunrise, sunlight through mist from the mountains causes a rainbow that stretches deep into the red Waimea canyon.
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24 @14mm, CPL, f/9, ISO 50, 1/80 sec
After sunrise, I spent some time just soaking in the incredible sight before me. What was most evident was the stark green trees that grew in the flatter curves of the red walls:
“The Canyon Green”
Green trees adorn the red walls of Waimea Canyon, Kauai.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 F4L IS with 1.4x TC @202mm, f/9, ISO 50, 1/5 sec
At the end of the day, I returned to the canyon to see how the light had changed. After the sun set, a fierce wind picked up. I noticed it pushing through a set of trees just barely hanging to their roots. I liked the juxtaposition of shapes between the roots and the blowing leaves:
Trees cling to their existence on the steep walls of the Waimea Canyon, Kauai.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 F4L IS @ 85mm, 10 stop ND filter, f/16, ISO 50, 25 sec
While Waimea Canyon is undoubtedly one of the most amazing places I’ve seen, I was even more excited to check out the north coast and the famed Na Pali coast line – where the rugged greens rise high in “cathedrals” cut through the basalt. While Na Pali might be best seen from the air and sea, where one does not need to balance on sharp cliffs to gawk a view, it is still quite amazing to sea from the Kalalau Trail. A legendary and strenuous “hike”, this trail winds 11 miles from Kee beach to the Kalalau Valley itself, in the heart of Na Pali.
I decided to hike a portion of this trail. One – because you need a permit to hike past a certain point and two – because I had been hiking non stop for 3 days at this point!
I started down the trail just before sunrise. I scaled up and down the mud, through thick brush before being treated to a majestic scene of the stretch of coastline fading to the distance:
“Soft & Rugged”
Pink clouds float from the sharp cliffs of Na Pali, Kauai.
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24 @18mm, CPL, f/9, ISO 50, 1/5 sec
I continued two miles to Hanakapiai Beach. A pit stop of sorts for those who camp and come through the trail, it was empty that early in the morning. I spent some time just hanging on that beach and watching the violent waves crash against the basalt columns. I could see why there were several signs to beware of the current.
I then shifted my path inward towards Hanakapiai Falls. The trail became much rougher at this point as it lined the rapids that flowed from the green cliff tops. Often times, it took a climb here and a swing there to stay on the path. I still lost track of the path many times as it is one of MANY trails in Kauai that is poorly marked. After two miles of hiking and traversing the river several times, I finally arrived at the falls.
Majestic, and worth it. The falls dropped amazing amounts of water from high above into a green pool. From there, the pool overflowed down a through the valley and towards the beach I came from. After gawking at the immense falls up close, I found a spot a couple hundred yards away that captured the flow as well as its journey towards the ocean. I used an ND filter to highlight the movement in the water, which formed in amazing eddies over the submerged brush:
Rainwater from the cliffs surges through Hanakapiai Falls and into the Valley.
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24 @17mm, ND8, f/22, ISO 50, 5 sec
After that was the long, 4 mile trek back to Kee. If I can say one thing, it would be that Kauai’s trails (including the Pihea trail, which I completed but don’t mention here since I didn’t get any great images from it) are hardcore. They are certainly adventurous and rough. But, I really feel like I appreciate the land that much more in that I was able to experience the wilderness of it.
The next couple days, I stayed relatively close to the paved paths — as Andy’s wedding celebrations started and I couldn’t be TOO too rough looking (any more than four days of being unshaven, wet, and caked in clay red-stained clothes and my looks might not have even been salvageable!).
I first ventured up the North Coast onto King’s and Queen’s bath. An amazing geological structure, this is an enclave of black volcanic rocks (by the way, I am not sure why these rocks remained black as others had oxidized over the years) at the shore of the violent Pacific.
What an dramatic and humbling experience! As the tide rolled in, it brought immense waves that crashed emphatically against the rocks. The best compositions were down where the waves crashed (of course), so I had to try my luck to position myself down there.
A couple deep breaths and an adventurous spirit and I was down in the rough — if only for moments. Every 10 seconds, a gargantuan wave would approach, causing me to quickly scamper to safe ground. Now, I’m not a fool, so I don’t think that any of these waves ever really threatened my life or risked me falling into the ocean, but a little slip here or there and I could have been in trouble! A game of hide and seek with the waves, and luckily I came away with just a wet shirt and slightly wet lens:
During sunset at King’s Bath, water from the incoming tide pulls and smashes against the volcanic rock of the North Coast that leads to Na Pali.
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24 @22mm, 10 Stop ND filter, f/22, two exposures for dynamic range (blended by “darken” mode)
As I continued to watch the waves building and smashing against the coast, I was intrigued by the way the water collected its momentum. Just outside the cove of King’s Bath seemed to be a drop off in elevation of rock. As water receded, it began to collect and form new waves that, in turn, came towards the shore. This repetitive process was mesmerizing, and slightly different each time. Sometimes the water would curl up and fold, and other times it would take interesting wheel like shapes as they charged forward. Here is such a wheeling motion behind the sheen reflection of the warm sunset light:
“Off to the Races”
Momentum in wave formations gathers in interesting shapes and colors at King’s Bath, Kauai.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f4L IS@147mm, ISO 250, f/7.1, .5 sec,
On my final day at Kauai, I decided to venture back up Kokee to Kalalau Lookout. Where I would have LOVED to embark on one of the epic trails that align the ridge, I simply did not have time and had to work with the lookout point. But, given my days of experience with the cliff lines, I had something in mind.
What intrigues me the most about Kalalau and the entire northern chain of cliffs are the sensual shapes taken through years of erosion from dripping rainfall. Such exquisite cuts in the valley and ridges were a joy to explore through my lens.
I first took notice at the cliff tops that face out towards the Pacific. I had two distinct visions: I felt that the black & white really accentuates the shapes against the vast pacific ocean, while the color gives a little more sense of place and view into the ridges.
“Cut from the Sea”
Na Pali cuts a jagged space high above the Pacific Ocean.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 F4L IS @70mm, f/9, ISO 100, .5 sec
Kalalau, with its intricate shapes and contours, stands high and mighty above the Pacific Ocean.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 F4L IS @70mm, f/9, ISO 50, 2 sec
My last image from Kauai might be one of my favorites. After spending time studying the shapes of the cliffs of Kalalau, I then concentrated on the valley walls themselves. Cool mist covered the valley, muting the colors in the high altitude. But a small amount of sunlight pushed through to the tree-lined cliffs, and accentuated the frayed card deck shape that stretched into the distance:
“Mist in the Valley”
Mist scatters the cool morning light amongst the cliff edges of the Kalalau Valley.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 F4L IS @75mm, f/11, ISO 50, 2.5 sec
I hope you enjoyed my images from Kauai. Soon, I’ll share the images from the tail end of my trip in Maui.
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This past Saturday morning, I taught another photo workshop, this time at Great Falls National Park, on the Virginia Side. If you’re interested, contact me or join my meet up group here.
After waking up to a couple sprinkles in Washington, D.C., and my workshop participants curious to cancel the class, I had us press forward. As a general rule, I won’t cancel unless it’s calling for constant pounding rain.
Soon after 530, clouds began to break and showed a small window to the moon. Occasional drops and lightning in the high clouds quickly gave way as the horizon began to glow.
As the sun rose, a few crepusculars danced amongst the golden pinks and purples. The gold was nicely reflected in the rushing water from the Maryland side.
Goes to show that it pays to get out there and shoot, even when it looks like “bad” weather!
“Going for Gold”
A golden pink sunrise at Great Falls National Park, VA.
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24 @14mm, CPL, f/9, ISO 50, 2 shot blend for dynamic range (HDR)
I had to try to tie it back to the 2012 Olympics! No matter what the situation, go for gold! Ok maybe that doesn’t work…
Till next time!
The past few months, I’ve concentrated my efforts on capturing Great Falls National Park. It’s simply the most beautiful and majestic natural wonder in the DC area. It surprised me (and continues to surprise those I meet) that such a sight can be seen just 10 miles outside the Nation’s Capital. If you live in the area and have not yet visited the park, I highly recommend you do so! You will not regret it.
As a landscape photographer, one must frequent an area to ‘scout’ the best possible compositions of photographs. This includes visualizing a future image based on conditions that may not be present during one visit. Over the course of the last few months, I’ve come up with some spots I hope to return to based on changes in weather and water level (e.g., fall foliage or snowfall). In the meantime, I wanted to share a few views of the falls I found most beautiful.
This first image was taken early in the summer, from the walkways on the Maryland side of the falls. An easily accessible location, I enjoy this image because of the soft tones and subtle clouds that filled the scene just past sunset:
Sunset at the Maryland side of Great Falls. The Potomac River fills from water from these rapids. [Purchase Print]
This next image was taken that same day. As you climb down the Maryland side towards the water, there are flooded brooks along the river that graceful, Great Blue Herons congregate and hunt at. Though this particular Great Blue Heron was right in the middle of the action near those violent rapids, he was not taking as much risk as his brothers and sisters, who were daringly skipping between dry areas in rock, searching for fish.
“Living on the Edge”
A Great Blue Heron scales a strip of bedrock alongside the violent currents of Great Falls. [Purchase Print]
This next shot was taken right after some intense flooding in the DC region at the beginning of September. Just below one of the main overlooks, this shot shows how the rocks in the distance were inundated with especially brackish floodwater. I wanted to highlight the textures of the water and the daunting rock when presenting this image.
“Great Flooded Falls”
Brown floodwater overwhelms the falls, and spins in furious circles at Great Falls Park in Virginia.
This last image was taken right at the end of summer. Up near the main Virginia side gorge, this image shows how the river cuts right through the textured bedrock and down the falls. The lines of the intense rock lead you upstream, to where the water bashes through large sections of stone.
“Forces Through Stone”
The fierce Potomac River cuts through bedrock as it makes its way down through Great Falls to the Atlantic Ocean. [Purchase Print]
I hope you enjoyed my past few months of images of Great Falls National Park. For as long as I’m in the region, I hope to continue building out a portfolio of unique and high quality images of this gem of the mid-Atlantic. Please drop me a line and let me know how you liked this set!
Until next time!
A clearing storm and 60mph winds in Washington, DC meant one thing to me: violent waters and flapping willows on the Potomac River. A perfect opportunity for some striking images.
Here’s one of the sun peeking through the clouds and spotlighting a group of bare willows. Note how their limbs are flailing in the intense wind.
More to come.
So… it’s been more than a month since I posted to this blog. However, it’s not for lack of effort. I finished setting up new gallery page (which is hopefully easier to navigate, lighter, and more Google friendly) and…
In January, I caught wind of a FotoDC call for the submissions to display at its “FLASH” display next month. It coincided perfectly with my effort to revisit my past images with a different eye towards processing and cropping, so I thought I would give it a try.
The biggest challenge I found was to create one portfolio with a clear message. When I went through my collection, it surprised me to see how varied the images were.
I considered the most obvious themes: Washington DC, Travel, or Landscape photography. Ultimately, I thought those subjects to be too generic to really catch anyone’s attention. Then I thought through individual trips I had made: Cabo, St. Thomas, or Shenandoah. But then I thought it wasn’t indicative of all the work I’ve done to this point.
In the end, I decided on a portfolio that spanned several years and included distinct images tied together by my vision and motivation for taking them.
I sat down with a curator, Philip Brookman, on February 6th to walk him through my images and theme. I read him my work statement and (after a bit of technical difficulties) walked him through the photos. He seemed to identify with my motivation for taking and sharing my work and also seemed to enjoy the images I showed him.
However, after some time, he asked if I had a particular focus in mind. I think his question was the result of me not walking him through the connection from image to image, but also because he had a point. I think the portfolio I presented was a bit too abstract and hard to grasp at first glance. While the images may be interesting, the “point” of it all was lost in translation.
So long story short, I didn’t make the cut for this year’s FLASH exhibit. I didn’t really expect I would, but I’m glad I gave it a shot. I came away with a little better understsanding of how artists need to package their material for appreciation by others. Hopefully, next time will be a success.
After all that, I wanted to post the portfolio I did submit here on my blog. Perhaps you can make the connection that I tried to convey (but perhaps not). The work statement tells a bit of the motivation behind capturing and sharing the images. The images themselves follow a specific sequence that ties colors, subjects (e.g., land, boats, birds), and compositions from one shot to the next. Please take a look below and tell me what you think… as always, I love hearing from you…
God is the driving force for all that our eyes can see. It is also the force that lets us see at all. This portfolio shows the synergy of God and man. It attempts to illustrate our environment as a community of manmade and natural structures – though all things manmade are natural. This portfolio strives to tie images together using similarities or contrasts in light, colors, and subjects through scenes from around the world and our backyard. I hope that the images in this portfolio give you the same sense of warmth and wonder they give me. Ultimately, transferring those feelings is the primary motivation for sharing my work.
Works of God: The Natural and Human Environment
I am continuously amazed by the beauty apparent in our world.
1 – Virginia farm after a storm
2 – Lonely house in Peruvian countryside below menacing clouds
3 – Interesting shadows cast under a stark blue sky in Cusco, Peru
4 – Abandoned shack in Olney, Maryland
5 – Late fall sunset at Lake Needwood, Maryland
6 – Sunset silhouetting huge mountians in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
7 – Dusk at a St. Thomas, USVI dock
8 – Spotlight of sun at Langford Reef, Australia
9 – A bird sails by over rocks on the shore in St. Thomas, USVI
10 – A bird overlooks the Incan ruins at Machu Picchu, Peru
11 – A flock of birds passes by in the St. Francis Cathedral in Lima, Peru
12 – A flock of birds soars by the sunrise in over the Washington, DC skyline
13 – Fog covers the DC Skyline and brings attention to buildings in Georgetown
14 – A rainbow connects DC and VA over the lush greens of the Potomac River
15 – Snow over the Potomac River glues white to trees as a misty sunrise blocks DC
16 – Iwo Jima Memorial during the 2009 Washington, DC blizzard
17 – The super harvest moon rises over the Iwo Jima Memorial
God is the driving force for all that our eyes can see. It is also the force that lets us see at all.
This portfolio shows the synergy of God and man. It attempts to illustrate our environment as a community of manmade and natural structures – though all things manmade are natural.
This portfolio strives to tie images together using similarities or contrasts in light, colors, and subjects through scenes from around the world and our backyard.
I hope that the images in this portfolio give you the same sense of warmth and wonder they give me. Ultimately, transferring those feelings is the primary motivation for sharing my work.
I know its a couple weeks into the new year already, but I wanted to do a quick post to recap my work in photography this past year.
2010 was a year of growth for me when it came to photography. I started with it a few years ago as just a careless hobby. Soon after I bought my first SLR, though, I found it always stuck to me and pointed at god knows what in the hopes that I would get a cool shot. I had no idea what lenses did what and what the seemingly millions of settings and accessories meant. Somehow, I ended up where I am now… constantly thinking about how I can get better at taking and processing photos.
But over the past year, I really feel like I learned more about how to capture the moment, as I felt it, than in any other year. Who knows how much more I will learn or how much better my shots will get? Lord knows there’s a ton more out there I need to understand. Thankfully, I have the will to go and understand it. I hope that will continues far into the future.
So all that said… I wanted to post my top 10 photos from 2010. There were several that could have made the cut over others, but these were my gut feeling choices the first time I went through them. Here they are, in chronological order:
#10 – DC in a Fog
#9 - Iwo Jima Memorial during a blizzard
#8 – Sunrise over the Potomac after a snowstorm
#7 – Sunset at the Jefferson Memorial at the Cherry Blossom festival
#6 – Tidal Basin & Washington Monument at the Cherry Blossom Festival
#5 – Horses on the Beach in Cabo, San Lucas
#4 – Iguana in St. Thomas, USVI
#3 – Harvest Moon over the Iwo Jima Memorial
#2 – Sunset in the Shenandoah Mountains
#1 – Starlight over Great Falls
So… what did you think of my year? Anything you liked or thought I could have done better? Maybe you think these really WEREN’T my best (see all of my 2010 shots here)? Please comment… I’d love to hear from you.