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2015 Year in Review

Here we are at the end of another year.  I can honestly say that it seems that 2015 flew by, I can remember sitting down at the end of 2014 and putting together my favorites / year in review post for last year, and here I am doing it again for 2015.

I can honestly say that 2015 was an interesting year, and sometimes interesting isn’t necessarily a good thing.  The year started out with us having some fairly serious issues when it came to our two dogs, Ursa and Oly.  You can read about it on my personal blog, but I can say that it really did slow me down photographically early last year.  The other side of that coin, and a couple things that made 2015 interesting in a good way was my participating in a worldwide photo project known as #WE35 and my completely switching camera systems from the Nikon dslr world to the Sony mirrorless systems.

So, without further adieu, and in no particular order, except for the last image of this post, some of my favorite images from 2015.

Weather and Storm Chasing

No best of list would be complete for me without at least one or two storm chasing images.  This years entries are from a storm chasing trip to Northern Arizona during the 2015 Arizona Monsoon.  2015 was actually a very good year for me when it came to storm chasing, even though I wasn’t able to get out as much as I would have liked to, I got a lot of images that I am really happy with, here are two of them.

A lightning strike over the petrified forest in Northern Arizona during the 2015 Monsoon Season

A lightning strike over the petrified forest in Northern Arizona during the 2015 Monsoon Season

Lightning striking in Northern Arizona during the 2015 monsoon season

Lightning striking in Northern Arizona during the 2015 monsoon season

#WE35

I mentioned the #WE35 project above.  If you have been following my blog you are already familiar with the project, but if this is your first visit, the project consists of exploring our world with a fixed focal length lens, in this case the equivalent of a 35mm lens on a full frame sensor / 35mm piece of film.  I really enjoyed participating in the project this year and it really motivated me to get out and shoot, especially when I really needed that motivation.  The following two images are a couple of my favorites from the project this year.  It was actually quite hard to pick just a couple, and if you would like to see all of my images from the project, please click here.

Troubled Water

A bridge over troubled water at Tumwater Falls Park at night

Carnival Horse

A carnival ride horse in motion

NxNW2015 – Expedition Palouse

The NxNW photo trips started back in 2012 when a handful of photographers from around the country got together and spent a few days shooting around Portland, OR and the Oregon Coast.  Even though I was one of the founding members of the group, sadly I missed a couple of the expeditions along the way, but the group has grown to an even larger number of photographers and has turned into an annual event, “focusing” on a different location each year.  I was delighted to be able to join back in again in 2015 with the expedition to the Palouse region of Washington State.  Not only is the Palouse a great place to shoot, you can see my gallery from the trip here, but I was with a great group of photographers, and it really is the fellowship and community that makes these trips awesome.

Here are 3 of my favorite images, from a much larger group of favorite images, from the 2015 NxNW trip.

Dave

Dave Wilson

A grain elevator on the Palouse at sunset shot from Steptoe Butte in Eastern Washington

A grain elevator on the Palouse at sunset shot from Steptoe Butte in Eastern Washington

A falling star at the Weber House near Pullman, WA

A falling star at the Weber House near Pullman, WA

Fireworks

I have always loved fireworks.  Not only photographing them but also simply relaxing and enjoying the show.  I have made thousands of images of fireworks over the years but it has only been in the last couple years that I have completely changed my approach to shooting them.  It is actually something I have learned from shooting lightning, and that is that the image needs to have something more than just the explosion.  For fireworks, the images over the last 3 years that have really resonated with me are the ones that include people enjoying the display, and this next image might very well be my favorite fireworks image I have captured, so far.

Tumwater Valley fireworks 2015

4th of July fireworks shot at the Tumwater Valley golf course

Some Other Stuff

The next five images range across the board from travel to cityscape to nature.

The Ben Franklin Bridge at night shot from the Camden, NJ waterfront

The Ben Franklin Bridge at night shot from the Camden, NJ waterfront

Winter Falls

A long exposure image of upper Tumwater Falls near the old Olympia Brewery on a cold winter day

A night image of the soon to be closed Simpson Mill in Shelton, WA

A night image of the now closed Simpson Mill in Shelton, WA

Philadelphia Sunset

The Philadelphia skyline at sunset from the Ben Franklin Bridge

Downtown Olympia

Downtown Olympia with Percival Landing in the foreground and Mt. Rainier in the background

And My Favorite Image of 2015

If you have stuck with this very long blog post to this point, and have read the text in addition to looking at the images, thank you, I really do appreciate it.  I can’t begin to say how much the support and love that my photography receives means to me.  At the end of the day I shoot for myself, but I am thrilled that so many people seem to enjoy it as well.  Before I share my favorite image of 2015, I just want to say that I truly do hope that we all have a truly great 2016 and I really look forward to sharing more of my work with you over the next year.

And with that said, my favorite image of 2015, The Jervis Bay!!

The Jervis Bay docked at the Port of Olympia

The Jervis Bay docked at the Port of Olympia

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False Image – #WE35 Expedition November

False Image - An IR captured image of the old Brewhouse in Olympia WA

False Image – An IR captured image of the old Brewhouse in Olympia WA

I’m just about caught up with all of my 2015 #‎WE35 expedition work. I shot Novembers “False Image” expedition image some time ago, but due to a work trip, then travel for the holidays, I didn’t get a chance to post it until today.

Being something of an avid IR photographer, and since I love working in a light spectrum that is outside of what we can see with our limiting human eyes, doing an IR capture for this expedition seemed something of a no brainer.

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Change – #WE35 Expedition October

Change

2015 marked a huge change in the way I make images

The October expedition featuring “change” really struck a chord with me. With the possible exception of moving to digital from film in 2007, 2015 might be the biggest year of change I have had photographically.

Early in the year I decided to add a small Sony mirrorless camera to the mix, little did I know that within a couple months of that purchase I would have sold all of my Nikon dslr gear with the exception of an IR converted D200 and a handful of old Nikon lenses and would be shooting with the Sony system exclusively.

My Expedition October image reflects that change by showing the change in my #WE35 kit from a Nikon dslr with a 35mm lens to a Sony mirrorless body with a Nikon 24mm (35mm equivalent on a crop sensor) pre-AI lens.

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Sound – #WE35 Expedition August

Sound - Expedition August of the #WE35 project

Sound – Expedition August of the #WE35 project

Expedition August of the #‎WE35 project was about sound. It took me a real long time to even wrap my head around what I wanted to do and after many false starts, this image happened and it now seems to damned obvious to me.

With as big of a part that the the soundtrack was for the #‎NxNW2015 trip to the Palouse, how did I not thing about getting it into #WE35 sooner than I did?

Oh yeah, thanks Jacob Lucas for turning all of us onto this awesome cover.

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Selfie – #WE35 Expedition September

Wood-Selfie

A selfie image captured for the WE35 project

Over the next couple weeks you will be seeing a few more #WE35 posts coming, sadly these posts are for the images from expeditions earlier in the year.  As I mentioned in my last post, I am somewhat behind but playing catchup.

This image, which was captured recently, is actually for the September expedition.  The subject of the expedition was to capture a selfie there was only one real rule, no selfie sticks.

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