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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).

2011 top images-8 Traffic on Highway 99.

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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

Photos from Uganda: #7

OK – the last in my series “… from Uganda” (at least for now).  And – so I thought I’d just leave you with a few that I shot “from the road”.  These are shots from moving vehicles – either cars, buses, or motorcycles (and – no – I wasn’t driving 🙂 ).

from the bus-2 A boda on the back of a boda.

from the bus-3 from the bus-4As for the last one – well – that’s from the back of a boda-boda (motorcycle taxi).  Fortunately – he drove slow while I took photos.

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BMW R1200GS and Smith Loop Road

motorcycle-101First – a big “thanks” to all the folks that have reviewed and linked to Camera47 this last week – including Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski over at Photoshop User TV, 1001 Noisy Cameras, and the nice folks over at Blackrapid.

And speaking of Blackrapid – get over there and check out the new RS-4 which looks like it will start shipping in early December.  If I’m reading this correctly – it will be very similar to the RS-1 (lightweight and low profile) but it will include a small zip pocket to store a couple of cards.motorcycle-102

 OK – the BMW R1200GS and Smith Loop Road.  It was Jeff’s new ride on a hot August day and a lot of “Hey, can you ride that curve one more time?”  I’m very thankful that Patagonia makes some sweet synthetic shirts. 

Something different about this shoot – that I’ve only done with this shoot – is that I tried to capture reasonably fast action using RAW instead of JPG.  I had my reasons at the time – but, as you might imagine, on the 20D, it wasn’t writing to the card very fast.  And the lens?  The 70-200 f/4L. 

So, check out a few from the day and let me know what you think.  -Jonesmotorcycle-103