I did more traveling in 2018 than ever before, but the vast majority of that travel was to New York, for work. I brought my camera along a few times, but it can be difficult to find time to shoot on work trips. That said, I did make quite a few NY shots that I'm proud of, and they make the majority of this set. I got much fewer shots of any other location, which partially reflects the fact that we did much less traveling as a family in 2018. I hope to change this in 2019. I'm also spending much more time in San Francisco, so I do plan to use that opportunity to make some new shots there, something I have not done in many years.
"Central Park, Snowstorm"
I spent hours roaming around Central Park in the aftermath of a snowstorm. It was glorious, and I got some nice shots, including this one.
My friend took me along to a photography night at the Lick Observatory. The Milky Way was a no-show, but the evening was still super enjoyable. I was photographing the main telescope dome when a car rounded the building. The other photographers were annoyed, but I was pretty happy with the resulting light trails in my shot.
A classic view of Manhattan from Brooklyn. I love this location but the lighting can pose a challenge. I had a color version of this shot but then reprocessed it in black and white some time later, and I think it resulted in a much stronger shot.
"Sand Dunes, Enniscrone"
I made this shot shortly after seeing Roma and being super inspired by the amazing black and white cinematography in that movie. I suspect this will make an excellent print.
"Bust of MLK, Capitol Dome, Washington"
I took a lot of photos in Washington, but my favorite was this ultra wide shot of MLK under the Capitol Dome. I like the symbolism of the Civil Rights leader under the of America's slave owning founder, George Washington.
I took this with my ultra wide lens while I was running with my family to catch a train from Grand Central. I looked up, saw these huge skyscrapers, shot with my camera for about 30 seconds and moved on. It was worth the pause.
One of those rare instances where I got a shot I'd been hoping for. We were lucky when we visited Liberty Island that the day was overcast, with these incredibly dramatic cloud formations. I was hoping for clouds to make an interesting photo. My only regret was that I did not get to visit the pedestal, which I think would have provided some much more interesting perspectives.
"New York Public Library"
I had a wonderful visit to the NY Public Library, which I had not visited before. It's an amazing building. I returned after the library had closed and was able to make this shot by standing right at the front doors. I think the view of 41st street through the beautiful baroque arch is pretty unique.
"Bethesda Terrace Arcade"
This is such a beautiful public space, and one that I've wanted to get a good photo of for some time. Jet leg assisted with getting up early and I finally made a photo I'm happy with.
We made a return trip to this classic California beach town. I love the blue and gold tones in this shot.