I think my photography style has changed quite a bit this past year.
Especially considering the pretty images that came out of my best of 2011 last year.
In the beginning of the year, I thought long exposures were pretty cool.
Then I thought, “Well, ice is nice and all, but color is awesome.”
Well stationary color is cool… but color in motion might be a lot better!
But then I got really intrigued with fire…
Then it was back to black & white…
But for some reason color just kept trying to creep back in.
Especially in the form of light painting…
Then I went to the Fort Churchill, NV ruins one night with some friends,
and a color explosion commenced via flash light & various colored gels.
(The cloud movement on this next one is perfect.)
…and color was back.
And in full force.
I went out shooting at night this year…
Then some city time, still, I got my best shots venturing out in the dark…
And then I went to the Pacific Coast.
To dive with sharks.
And catch abalone.
and eat them.
But I don’t eat animals, or fish, or things that grow in shells…
so I went diving in a tourist sort of respect, but really did a lot of this instead:
This trip stoked my need to shoot in the daytime. Meaning real sunlight, not just flashlights & stars…
So I hiked Mt Whitney and watched the sunrise from trail camp.
I witnessed the first rays of light reflect off of the grand wall of granite, and felt its warmth radiating back on me.
A moment in time, when you know you are alive.
4 days later I was at Burning Man.
Then I finally made it to Napa…
…and saw the most stunning room I have ever had the privilege of being in.
Really. I’ve been to castles & mansions across the world…
But this room, it was the perfect mix of old, new, warmth, structure, texture, elegance and light.
And that’s how I ended the year, in this perfect little room tasting amazing wine…