Here we are at the very end of 2012 and since Mayans were apparently wrong and we made it past the 21st of December, I thought I had better get on the ball and put together my “best of 2012″ blog post. Typically this is a lot harder for me to do, but truth be told, I didn’t shoot nearly as much in 2012 as I would have liked. The biggest reason for this lack of shooting was our move after 20+ years in Arizona back to my home of the Pacific Northwest. This also leads to the first 2 images in this years best of.
I give you Olympia Washington
When we were selecting our new “home town” Olympia was really sort of a “no brainer” as I have always loved it here. Olympia has a great downtown, a great arts scene and some great places to eat. It also has a great boardwalk along Percival Landing. This first shot was made from Port Plaza in Olympia and was immediately one of my favorite images of the year.
It’s no secret that I would miss the Arizona monsoon, storm chasing and especially lightning photography when we moved out of Arizona, but imagine my delight when we had a couple nice thunderstorms come through the Olympia area this summer. While I wish I would have been aimed just a little differently for this next shot, I love having the capital building in the shot and how can you not LOVE that sky?
Sailboats, Waterfalls and Sunsets
These next few shots probably don’t need much introduction. They simply represent a few of my favorite shots from this year. These were shot either by myself or with my wife Ann while we were exploring around the area. I present them with no further comment.
The rest of this years “best of” images all have something in common. I suspect you will figure it out by the end of this post. :-)
North by Northwest
One of the real treats for me this last year was to meet up with Justin Balog, Dave Wilson, Jim Nix and Jacob Lucas for what ended up being billed “North by Northwest” which ended up being a marathon weekend of photography, food and beer on the Oregon coast. All three of these images were captured that weekend.
The Hoodie Guy
Another online friend that I got to meet in real life this year was Michael Murphy. I have enjoyed his work for quite some time and when he ended up in Seattle for a couple days for work, I jumped at the opportunity to meet up, have some dinner, drink a couple beers and then shoot the Seattle skyline.
Ken and Curt
And finally I come the last image in this year’s “best of” collection. I made this in Charlotte, NC on a work trip. The work trip ended up being a bust as far as work goes, but I had the pleasure of meeting up with Ken Toney and Curt Fleenor. Again, both are guys that I have become friends with online and then had the change to meet in real life.
There we go. My favorite images from 2012. I guess you might have been able to see the trend. While I love the images, it was the chance to meet up with so many great photographers and online friends this year that really drove the selections into this years list.
I hope you enjoy these images half as much as I do.
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