Best of 2015

December 18, 2015  •  1 Comment

At the beginning of 2015, I made a decision that I wanted to build my portraiture skills.  I love taking landscape shots, but whenever I'm looking at other people's photos, its always the ones with humans that stand out - and this is the area I've been historically very weak in.   To get exposure, I took on some opportunities I might previously have passed on, and I put shout out on Facebook to see if there were any friends willing to be a portrait subject.  It proved surprisingly fruitful.    At any rate, for the first time, there's a heavy weighting towards people shots in my "best of" list. 

 

"Erika and Tommy"

Tommy's sister put a shout-out in work for a photographer to take some "save the date" shots for Tommy and Erika, his wife to be. This was a new experience for me - taking photos of people I had never met before.  They were a joy to work with, and we got what (I think) were some pretty nice shots, but this is the one I'm most happy with.

 

"Any Day Now"

Maternity shoot - another first for me!  We approached this session with no pre-conceived notions of what shots we wanted (from either side of the camera).  Mom-to-be had a wonderful selection of outfits and sarongs but as we worked on this pose, it soon became clear that less would be more.  I absolutely love how this turned out.

 

"Flow"

One of the few landscape shots taken this year that I'm genuinely happy with.  While in Mendocino, I ran down to Irish Beach late in the evening with my dad to grab some long exposure shots.  I like how this shot conveys the motion of the water, set off nicely by the smattering of the clouds in the sky.  I have a large print of this and it looks amazing.

Irish Beach, CA, 2015Irish Beach, CA, 2015

 

"Sleepy Sleepy"

Baby photography is hard.  Much respect to Anne Geddes.

 

"The Gap"

This is the landscape near to where I grew up.  Its got a stark beauty that's hard to capture on camera, but I think I did ok.

The GapThe GapThe R294 road winds its way through "the gap" between the Ox Mountains in County Mayo.

 

"New and Old"

I spotted this scene outside Dublin's Trinity College and couldn't resist grabbing a few shots.

 

"Insert Caption Here"

I told the story of this shot in an earlier blog post.  I think the shot stands up enough to be included in this list.

 

"Terminal"

This is probably one of those shots that appeals to me and no one else.  I like the expansiveness of it, and the way the scene is almost still, with the exception of a handful of folks at the bottom of the frame. I see a lot of airports.

T5T5Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport

 

"College Green, Early Morning"

A little bit of Dublin, early in the morning.

College Green, DublinCollege Green, Dublin

 

"RJ"

Possibly my favorite adult portrait, ever.  This is a rare instance of me having a very clear idea for a shot and then executing on it perfectly.  The set-up for this is difficult and it takes multiple shots, quick fingers, and a bit of luck to get the focus right.   I was very happy with the outcome.

RJRJ


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Prakash(non-registered)
Hi,
Stumbled upon this blog from your LinkedIn profile and it was a wonderful surprise to learn that we not only share a love for BI but also a passion in photography. I've been taking pictures for a long time as well and love portraits and landscape photography, but your pictures are truly memorable and are a reminder that I've much to learn (and practice). You've a great perspective and a good sense of timing. I personally loved Flow, Insert caption here and the portraits.

Great stuff. Thanks for sharing
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