So here it is. A “year in review” post. It had to happen.
2011 was an interesting year, photographically speaking. Not counting client work, I probably took fewer photos than I have in years. And yet, I experimented more. That means not everything worked. Believe me! Not everything worked.
But I had a lot of fun. And learned some things.
Enough rambling. Well, a little more rambling. There’s that whole ground rules thing.
Last year I chose 10 photos and put up 10 posts. That’s too much work. This year I just picked. No set number. There are photos that jumped out at me. Photos I think are good. Photos I just wanted to say something about.
The only “rule” I followed: No Client Work!
I could fill post after post with photos from every client I photographed in 2011, and I’d still leave out great shots. Besides, most of the posts here are about and for my clients. This one is about me.
Ok. Now I’m done rambling. On with the photos. Here they are, more or less chronologically, photo first and then a few words…
My girlfriend, Sam, does henna. That’s nothing new. But I feel like this year she really blossomed. She figured out what kind of a henna business she wanted to run. She did henna parties, bridal henna, pregnant belly henna, event henna.
This was from one of her first henna parties of the year and still one of my favorite henna photos.
Unlike this winter (so far), last winter was all about the snow.
The top image was all about bravery. The bottom, all about luck.
The night I took the top image, it was 10 degrees out. Zero wind. Giant snowflakes had been falling all day and there was a good 8 inches of it on the deck table. Because I am insane, I hauled my giant flash out and set it up under the (glass) table, shooting up. Then I proceeded to freeze to death while taking macro shots of snowflakes.
The second image was a frosted over window. I had about 5 minutes to set up and get a shot before it all melted off.
Weird accidents are the best. There we are sitting in the cigar lounge. Me and my friend Ben are smoking, while Sam and Ben’s wife Liz are doing henna. I reach over for something and see the image above. I wonder if it’s possible to actually capture it. Out comes the macro and a little bit of playing later…
Love on the Run.
The neighbor dog. Sweet, but very lonely. As I feel this image shows.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of HDR. But I like to push the images a little more. This is one of the last shots I managed to get of this area before it was all torn up for the new arena.
Sam and I both had birthdays in 2011. I know, right? Both of us having birthdays in the SAME year? Almost too coincidental to believe. This year we decided to have one party for both of us.
A steampunk/gypsy party.
So, here’s the problem: How do you get 70+ people to show up for a party at the end of April and all dress in costume?
Simple. You just have to be us.
The left image is a self portrait showcasing my costume for the party. The right image is Ben and Liz.
One of the things Sam has to put up with is being in front of the camera. We spent an afternoon playing with flashes and strawberries.
On the road.
Pop quiz: What do you do when you’re riding in a car between Pueblo, Colorado and Albuquerque, New Mexico? If you’re me, you hang out the window of the car going 75mph with your $3000 camera and snap photos. Are these technically great photos? Not for me to decide. But they were fun to take.
A friend of mine said she was putting on a burlesque show. She asked if I wanted to take photos. Because I am not an idiot, I did not refuse the opportunity to photograph some beautiful ladies…
The Song that Made Sam Cry…
Sam and I went up to Omaha to see Blind Pilot. This was one of the last songs they performed, off the stage, in the middle of the crowd. Sam cried.
I called this “The Garage.” It’s really my living room. I’m tricky like that.
Obligatory New Gear Shot.
All new gear gets tested on my pets. I don’t know why. That’s just how it is. Pixel was the victim in this case. The new gear in question is the Canon 35mm f/1.4L.
My dogs love snow. No. They are ridiculous for snow. So when we got a decent snow fall (and so far the only one) at the beginning of December, I took them out to the park.
First stop was the lake. It wasn’t quite frozen and the slushy mess had this weird green tint.
Next up was letting the dogs be dogs. And documenting it as much as possible.
And finally, a white-out shot.
And that’s that. Thanks for joining me on a trip back through 2011.