Best of 2012

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.

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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!

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But then I got really intrigued with fire…

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Then it was back to black & white…

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and ghetto.

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But for some reason color just kept trying to creep back in.

Especially in the form of light painting…

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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.)

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…and color was back.

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And in full force.

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I went out shooting at night this year…

a lot.

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Then some city time, still, I got my best shots venturing out in the dark…

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And then I went to the Pacific Coast.

To dive with sharks.

And catch abalone.

and eat them.

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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:

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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.

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4 days later I was at Burning Man.

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Then I finally made it to Napa…

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…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…

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