As we head into 2015 it is once again time for my annual year in review post. I always enjoy these for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact that they provide an opportunity to reflect back upon many of the images and the associated memories created during the past 12 months.
Rather than pour over the entire year and select certain photographs, this year I have simplified the process by making selections based upon what has been popular, as chosen by you and others in the social media spaces. Your feedback via comments, Likes (FB), Plus 1s (G+) and votes (500px) have been motivating and very much appreciated. I cannot thank you enough. :-)
So let’s jump right in with some of the 2014 photographs that have gotten your attention.
Dawn's Early Light is a great place to start, since this is where most of my days as a photographer begin. It is truly the most peaceful and serene time of day, and although you have to get up super early to enjoy it, there is nothing like this experience.
This was another sunrise shot taken while visiting friends in Millenbeck Virginia, just off of the Rappahannock River. The shot, while somewhat plain and simple, brings back memories of a really great weekend.
How sweet it is! Ok, I couldn't resist that. :-)
Known for it's iconic sign which has illuminated the Baltimore Harbor's skyline for more than six decades, Domino Sugar (usually pronounced without the "S") has stood here since the 1920's. This image was quite popular at the time of it's posting and continues to drive traffic to this site almost daily, according to Google Analytics.
Moon Walk was one of those chance encounter images that we often stumble across. I remember driving back home from Delaware when I spotted this beautiful full moon. Immediately I knew I had to quickly capture it while it was still low in the sky and sporting that orange glow. Luckily, I spotted this footbridge crossing over an old railroad thoroughfare and climbed the staircase for this shot.
We had quite a few snowy days last winter and most were bitterly cold. This was no exception. For the first time in many days there were lots of birds moving about while I was out on this particular photo shoot. The ones captured in this frame were heading south, as if for a retreat from the harsh weather.
This image of the Washington DC War Memorial, which commemorates more than 25,000 DC citizens and veterans, was taken in early Spring as the sun rose and peeked through the trees. A closer look between the sun and the memorial itself shows the Washington Monument in the distance.
From the shores of the Corrotoman River, a tributary off of the Rappahannock River in Virginia. This image was taken the same day as the "Sunrise in the Woods" shot seen previously (above).
The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a really popular spot for both locals and tourists alike. This image shows only a small portion of the building but turned out to be surprisingly popular online. One of the architectural features that I like about this building is that pyramid-like atrium which reflects the sky and takes on wonderful colors at sunset.
On Palm Sunday I arrived at the DC Tidal Basin around 4:30 am, taking this photograph shortly thereafter. The iconic Washington Monument almost has a glow about it in this pre-dawn image. I was in town to attend the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
For a vacation getaway this year, we travelled to the beautiful island of Aruba where the weather is always spectacular. I love the tropics and this was one of this year's highlights. Here are a few of my favorite images from the trip.
One of my goals for 2014 was to create more black and white images and expand my vision in that area. I wanted to develop an "eye" for what types of subjects work well. For a guy that absolutely loves color this would be a challenge, but one that I felt I had to conquer.
The use of social media sites has many benefits for photographers. Besides the obvious online reputation management and branding, there is the valuable feedback you receive on your work. But what surprises me most is the fact that you never know which images will be a hit within that first 24 to 48 hours. Google Plus and Facebook have become constant drivers of traffic to this site, often from images that I simply didn't expect to be as popular as they turned out to be.
Here are a few of those top performers in the social media space.
Condensing a year's worth of images down to a blog post means that only a small percentage of your work makes the cut but this year of 2014 has certainly been one of growth and enjoyment. None of this would be possible without the feedback provided by you the reader and I again want to thank each and every one of you for your support.
Many of my images have been selected and featured on the Best Top Photographer website. You can see them here at Featured on Best Top Photographer. Thanks to the crew there!
I am also thankful for the commercial work received this year, including the licensing of several images for books and other print media. It has truly been an exciting and fun year. For 2015 I have documented my goals and objectives and will continue to build upon the business side of things, including the creation of framed and matted products that are ready to hang on any wall space.
In closing, I wish you all a very prosperous New Year and much success for 2015 and beyond. May your dreams come true!