2018 has been a big year in photography for me. In January I bought a new camera because I found that my old DSLR was finally limiting me and it was time to move on. Around the same time I also bought my first wide angle lens in order to help me shoot the landscapes I have always dreamed of but never could. I am happy to say that both have proved an invaluable investment to my photography! With my hardware improved I was ready to experiment more throughout the year, and I think I did just that.
Three trips proved fundamental to getting my favorite photos of this year (and of all time). Going to Kauai with my family was the first big one. That trip saw the first time I swam in the ocean, my first helicopter tour, and our first trip with all ten of the family. It was one of the highlights of the year. Two backpacking trips in BC were also essential experiences for me and my photography. These adventures really helped my rediscover my love for photography and experimentation.
I think that reviewing your own photography is important to being a good photographer. To notice improvements, faults, and simply what makes a good photo. Looking back on my photography helps me to remember why I do it all in the first place; because I love it. So, without further ado, here are my top picks of 2018:
As I began planning this post, I discovered that it was actually hard to pick my favorite photos of the year. I couldn't hit publish without mentioning a few more than three. These honorable mentions are just a few of my photos that I like, just because. And the rooster, I have discovered, is one of my most popular photos.
This is my favorite shot from our helicopter tour in Kauai. One of my biggest dreams as a photographer has been to do aerial photography and this was my first taste of it, albeit the conditions weren't ideal. First, I have recently become terrified of flying so getting over that fear to do this was a big accomplishment and second, I was seated in the middle of the helicopter which proved very difficult for getting good photos. Even with those minor hiccups, I am so happy that I got this shot.
This photo had to make it into my favorites of the year. I had been trying to capture the milky way for years, but my old dslr just couldn't handle it. I finally got the opportunity this summer while camping at Illal Meadows and was blown away by what a difference a new camera can make. Part of why I backpack is to get away from the city to get the photos I never would otherwise, including astrophotography. When we arrived at Illal after a grueling hike up the mountain, the conditions were bad; completely overcast with a thunderstorm raging all around us. The thunderstorm was amazing to witness, but dampened my hopes to get my dream shot of the Milky Way. It started drizzling so we retired to our tents to wait out the night. However, when we woke up at midnight and poked our heads outside it was completely clear, and I got to see the Milky Way for the first time ever.
A lot of people are surprised when I tell them that this is my favorite photo I have ever taken. For me, it represents how far I have come as a photographer and is also a memento of one of my favorite days in Kauai. I love the simplicity of this photo, the framing, the movement of the waves and how they contrast to the dark rocky shore.
I hope this doesn't come across as too egotistical. But, if you don't love what you do and what you produce, then whats the point? These photos represent the adventures I have gone on this year and my development as a photographer. I can't wait to see what next year brings for my photography.