I know 2017 isn’t quite over yet, but I probably won’t be getting out before the end of the year, it is stupid cold out right now anyway. If I do, I’ll just lie and say I took in in 2018. Any who, I want to do my top 10 photos of the year. Top 10 according to me, others may disagree.
Yes, I did a wedding this year. You won’t be hearing me say that again. This is my favourite shot form it. Come on! It’s just pure joy in a photo. This was during the bride’s father’s speech. It was this funny. This was when he broke into his rap. It wasn’t like when you see on tv, parent starts rapping and it is just awkward, terrible and you just cringe watching it, this was hilarious. Obviously.
I had been wanting to photograph this spot for awhile now and finally got the chance back in October. This is the Carbide Wilson Ruins in Gatineau Park, in Quebec. Super cool spot, pretty easy hike, definitely recommend checking it out if you ever get the chance.
This is also from my trip to Ottawa, I don’t do much architectural photography, like any at all…but that’s because there isn’t really a whole lot of options for it in Peterborough. Ottawa on the other hand, has tons. I really want to go back and do just that. It’s nice to mix it up and try different things. There are a couple of people I follow on Instagram that do this stuff and I always think it’s so cool and want to try that.
At the time when I took this shot from Cobourg beach, I would have had it at number 1. It was kind of a point where I discovered the style I really liked and wanted to do more of, and I have done more of it, which is why it ended up falling. I still love it though, the pattern in the black sand, with the log there, right where I was also able to fit in the lighthouse, it worked out perfectly for me.
I’m giving these 2 a tie, I really can’t pick between them. I never did write a blog about this shoot with Jody. I had a good idea for it, but then it got me thinking how it would make a really great coffee table book. Different poses, a little info about them, counter poses, that kind of thing. I should get on that…Anyway this was a really fun shoot, I love yoga, Jody is amazing, and mixing that with nature gives me the chance to do some interesting and different stuff. Hoping to do more.
I finally got to see and photograph mountains for the first time in my life this year! Also the first time trying to climb one. I knew I had gotten out of shape, just didn’t know I was that out of shape. I didn’t even get very far and I was just like, I hope a grizzly will come and put me out of my misery. Hindsight, glad that didn’t happen. Vermillion lakes was on my list of places for my short trip and even with the smoke from the forest fires, I was still able to get some good shots.
I was so pumped to find this boat launch area. This break was the perfect foreground interest, plus long exposure on a windy, cloudy day, perfect! Discover Ontario even shared this on their Instagram page…of course I accidentally geotagged a place in Ireland… so they’ll probably never have anything to do with me ever again and I blew it.
This was also from Vermillion Lakes, Banff. Rocky Mountains? More like Smokey Mountains, am I right? haha…ugh I apologize. It really was smokey there though so it made it tough. It didn’t really work out for this shot though, it probably wouldn’t work without the smoke.
So number 2 and number 1 were really hard to choose which one to but where. I decided this would be second though. I don’t really know why. This was from a cold, stormy afternoon at the Port Hope waterfront. Love that place, always finding new stuff to photograph there.
And here we are, my favourite shot of the year. Bow Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta. Conditions were not great that day, very overcast along with the smoke. But I stopped here to check it out and take some photos, and while I was there, a tiny bit of the sky opened up, just enough to light up the middle mountain. That little bit of light made this picture a 100 times better. Bad weather really can give you the best shots, you can get such great and really unique light. I was lucky to be there when this happend. I’ve said this before, if you ever get the chance to take drive the Icefields Parkway through Banff and Jasper, you have to do it! It’s like this everywhere.
There are a few that I had a hard time leaving out, I almost want to do an honourable mention. I didn’t do as much shooting as I had hoped I would this year, but I will say I saw a big improvement in my work, and am definitely closer to really finding my technique and the style that I really want to focus on. Hopefully next year I will be able to do a lot more photography and keep getting better. And hopefully I’ll keep up with more blogs, I did much better this year that in 2016. Thank you to everyone who read these, I think there is like 6 of you know. Happy new year to you all!
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