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15 Images from 2011

I’m thankful to have had a chance to really stretch myself as a photographer in 2011.  Now – that doesn’t mean I nailed every shot I pointed my camera at (in fact – I missed quite a few images) – and it doesn’t mean that I shot everything on my “2011 list” – but it was a great year for learning – from having the chance to fly half around the world to deciphering some studio lighting.  In between – I had opportunities to shoot more rodeo and hot air balloons – and to teach an informal travel photography class and write an article for PhotographyBB (both were great learning curves!).

As I’ve done the last few years, I’m posting images from the year that I think sum up what could be considered some of my best work.  For folks new to this blog – I simply think this process of handpicking and culling photos from a year – the process of drawing a line in the sand – is a great exercise to really sharpen the proverbial pencil.  There’s no need to post your images on a blog or on Flickr  or Facebook – but I highly recommend trying this exercise.

In year’s past – I’ve posted 10 images – and then I quickly followed up with “ten more”.  Well – this year – I decided to simply post 15 images without a follow up.  Maybe next year – I can actually get myself to only 10.  🙂

It’s probably not surprising – but this year’s list is heavily weighted with images from Uganda (6 photos).

Also – maybe not surprising – buts something that struck me after I compiled this list – many of the images – at least in my opinion – had a lighting element that could be considered striking or extraordinary.

Are these my “15 best”?  Maybe some of these would make that list – it’s hard to say exactly.  Regardless – I hope they represent a range of some of my better images from the year.

So – here you go – in no particular order – 15 images from 2011.  And – if you have any feedback – please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments.

Fishermen on Lake Victoria.

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Playing with sparklers (+ long exposure).

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I was taking some photos inside this classroom between classes – and this girl was just drawing on the board.

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At the Northwest Art & Air Festival.

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Boda-boda drivers outside of Kampala, Uganda.

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Steer wrestling at the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo.

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Rough stock riders prepare at the Benton County Rodeo.

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Green heron fledgling.

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Hot air balloons at sunrise.

2011 top images-17Rain at Rally for Life in Salem, Oregon.

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Sunrise.  Uganda.

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Carver at the carousel in Salem, Oregon.

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Boy playing at a school in Kampala.

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From the back of a boda-boda outside of Kampala.2011 top images-16

Backpacking Weekend – Jefferson Wilderness, Oregon

Had a chance for a backpacking weekend in the Jefferson Wilderness here in Oregon.  We set our tents at Carl Lake on Friday – with a Saturday day hike over to South Cinder Cone – followed by a stretch up on the ridge above Carl Lake along the PCT.  On Sunday – we broke camp.  Lunch on the drive home was at Giovanni Mountain Pizza in Mill City.  A great weekend.


This first photo is from the hike in to Carl Lake on Friday.  Within a 100 feet of the trailhead – the trail begins to cut through a section that was burned in the 2003 B&B Complex fire.

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There’s a certain beauty of hiking through a recovering forest.  On the other hand – there’s more exposure to the elements.  It’s simply not the typical Central Cascades lush forest experience.  I’m hoping this next one captures (at least a little bit) the scorched forest + sun + heat.  Carl Lake 2011 for blog-2And there was a bit of trail fix-it.  Use #742 for duct tape.  🙂

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Here’s Jim as my foreground element in a morning shot across Carl Lake.  He was kind enough to wait patiently on this rock while I futzed with camera settings.Carl Lake 2011 for blog-4

A Few More from Jefferson Park

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As you can see – we had a pretty nice view of Jefferson from our tent site on Russell Lake (top photo).

The middle photo shows our hike out on Sunday in the fog.  By this point – it was lifting a bit (it was pretty thick there for a while).

As for the bottom image –it was from our hike into Jefferson Park on Friday afternoon.  This particular image is on the descent to Russell Lake.

As it turns out – Friday was a blue, clear day – and Saturday and Sunday were quite sepia.  Maybe it was the clouds and fog…more mt jefferson 2010 - low res-2more mt jefferson 2010 - low res-1