Best of 2018 - Places

January 14, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

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.
Central Park, NY, 2018Central Park, NY, 2018

 

"Lick Observatory"

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.

Lick ObservatoryLick Observatory

 

"New York"

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.

Enniscrone, Ireland, 2018Enniscrone, Ireland, 2018

 

"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.

Bust of MLK JR, Capitol Dome, WashingtonBust of MLK JR, Capitol Dome, Washington

 

"Midtown, Manhattan"

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.

6th Avenue, 20186th Avenue, 2018

 

"Lady Liberty"

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.

41st Street, from the NY Public Library, 201841st Street, from the NY Public Library, 2018

 

"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.

Central Park, 2018Central Park, 2018

"Pismo Beach"

We made a return trip to this classic California beach town.  I love the blue and gold tones in this shot.

Pismo Pier, 2018Pismo Pier, 2018


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