Best of 2016

January 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Its that time of year when I like to take stock of what I've accomplished with my photography over the past 12 months.  Its been a frustrating year on the photographic front.  While I've taken a lot of photos (as usual), there were very few resulting images which I found particularly compelling.  None the less, here are the best from a rum year.

 

Roman Pool, Hearst Castle

I bought a Rokinon 12mm f 2.8 for shooting starscapes, but I was surprised how many other uses I found for it.  I'd wanted to visit Hearst Castle since seeing it on a travel program many, many years ago.  More recently, I also developed a specific desire to photograph the Roman pool.  I knew that the Ultra Wide Angle would allow me to get a relatively unique view of this amazing room.  I was very pleased with how this turned out.

Roman Pool WideRoman Pool Wide

 

Under Pismo Pier

I've visited a lot of the Northern California coast, but 2016 marked my first visit to the central coast. I wanted to take some long exposures from under the long wooden pier in Pismo, but was delighted to find the sun shining right through the timbers at sunset, giving me the opportunity to take a completley different photo than the one I'd planned.  I have three different versions of this shot, but this one is my personal favourite.

Under Pismo Pier IIIUnder Pismo Pier III

 

Leinster House

The meeting place of the Irish parliament.  Its not a particularly photogenic building (especially from the rear view, here), but I like how the elements come together in this frame.  I love the long shadow of the tree branches on the grass, the gentle morning sunlight on the building and how the top of the obelisk perfectly aligns with the branch directly above it.   I shot this with my X100T during my morning walk to work while on a business trip in Dublin.

Leinster HouseLeinster HouseSeat of the Irish houses of parliament - Dail and Seanad Eireann. This is the view from the rear. The view of the front of the building is ruined by a butt ugly car park.

 

Stump

Not a perfect shot - would have preferred a much more dramatic sunset, but I do think it captures the bleak ruggedness of the high Sierras rather nicely.  I had a lovely couple of hours with my dad crawling over rocks for this shoot.

Donner SummitDonner Summit

 

Cinder Cones

Haleakala crater is a photographers dream.  I have no shortage of photos from this location that I would be happy to put on my wall.

Cinder Cones, Haleakala CalderaCinder Cones, Haleakala Caldera

 

Sunset Portrait

The best frame from my first ever model shoot.

 

Milky Way over Haleakala

This type of shot was the reason I bought the Rokinon 12mm.  The top of Haleakala on Maui has some of the best views of the stars of anywhere on the planet. This shot was underexposed (for the Milky Way) compared to others, but the lights of the car below the cinder cone makes for a more complete frame than the others.  I need to get back to this mountain.

 

Hafencity Red

A little bit of interior urban photography from Hamburg.  I was here with some work colleagues, so didn't exactly have a whole lot of time to think about how to make this photo.  It was a amazing interior space.  The color of the station light changes continuously.  I was lucky to catch it in a red phase, complementing the red doors of the train on the platform.

 

Early Morning Hamburg

I took two different shots of the Hamburg waterfront, offering quite different perspectives.  I like them both, but the column of industrial steam visible in this adds a nice touch to this shot, while also speaking to the character of Hamburg as a city.

 

Trinity College

Trinity College, DublinTrinity College, Dublin

 

Irish Pastoral

The beautiful evening light on an Irish mountainside in winter.  What's not to love?

Irish PastoralIrish Pastoral

Christmas Card

This shot came out exactly how I wanted, but my children's serene faces belie the chaos that went into making the shot.

 

Winter Storm, Downpatrick Head.

I remember visiting this location as a child, but never really appreciating the majesty of it.  I thought there were cliffs like this everywhere.  I went with the intention of taking some long exposures towards sunset but the weather hd other plans.  The wind was so strong, I couldn't go anywhere near the cliff edge near the building on the left of this shot, for fear of being blown off.  Additionally, there was no hope of my rather flimsy travel tripod standing up to the raging wind.  Instead, I got some great shots of the pounding storm waves on the cliff face.  I also like how the building adds a nice sense of scale.

Winter Storm, Downpatrick Head.Winter Storm, Downpatrick Head.

Communion Day

A fun shot of a friends daughter on her Communion day with my own cheeky pup playing up behind her.


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