Images and Stories from 2016

I hope your 2016 was happy and healthy. I left the year feeling truly blessed.

Several years ago, I found selecting my “Top Ten” photos of the year is a great way to relive those special places you visited, remember the people you met, and rediscover a few new things you learned. . . or relearned. Selecting ten favorite photos in years past reflected those images that were most recognized by publications, photo contests, or social media. Don’t get me wrong, I like the recognition as much as anyone. But this year, I decided to share a few of my 2016 photos I personally like where I have a story to tell about the image.

I read somewhere that every photograph has three stories. The story about how you came about to capture the image, the story the photographer intended to tell their viewers, and the story the viewer of the image sees in the image. Obviously, all three stories are not always the same. I will try to convey the experiences and stories behind my favorite 2016 images, but I would love to hear about the story you see in any of the images too!

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Exploring and Discovering Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

I’m not sure what I like best, traveling, or travel photography. Travel helps us make a connection to people we meet along our journey, discovering new cultures, lifestyles, food, history, and religions. We take in all we see, smell, taste, hear, and feel. . . forever changing us. We return from our journey with a new perspective on the world in which we live. So for many of us travel is all about exploring, discovering, and growing as well as recreation and a break from the routine. However, capturing images of all we see, smell, taste, hear, and feel gives us such a unique opportunity to practice so many different genres of photography and we get to relive our travel experience all over again when we get home!

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A Day in the Life of the Space Coast

United Launch Alliance Atlas V - Port Canaveral, FL

United Launch Alliance Atlas V – Port Canaveral, FL

Inspired by A Day in the Life series of books co-created by Rick Smolan, a former Time, LIFE, and National Geographic photographer, and publisher David Elliot Cohen,  I set out to capture little snippets of life here on the Space Coast of Florida. How do you capture the essence of the lifestyle where we live and work in just a few photographs? I didn’t know exactly where to start, but I set a goal to capture the essence the Space Coast in just 30 days.    Continue reading

Choosing your subject for a remarkable photograph.

Who is it? - Eguisheim, France

Who is it? – Eguisheim, France

Why do we shoot what we shoot?  Our personal preferences and interests most likely defines what images we capture. We probably saw something that caught our eye and our interest. But do our viewers have the same interest? Maybe, maybe not. We can’t please everyone, but our goal for remarkable photographs is for a majority of our viewers to find our images interesting to look at. So how do we pick a subject that pleases most of our viewers?    Continue reading

Reflecting on 2015 – My Top Ten of the year.

Archie Smith's Wholesale Fish House Est. 1932 - Sebastian, FL

Archie Smith’s Wholesale Fish House Est. 1932 – Sebastian, FL

2015 was a good year for new experiences, new friendships, new challenges, and photography. Now it’s time to look to the new year for all that it may bring. I’ve been told that the time honored tradition of new year resolutions are best set by first reflecting on where we have been. I don’t know about you but I can’t remember what I did last month much less last year!     Continue reading

Exploring Madeline Island – A unique travel destination

Big Bay Town Park - Madeline Island, WI

Big Bay Town Park – Madeline Island, WI

Travel offers so many opportunities to enrich your life. Being open to the opportunities to experience the culture, eat the food, and talk to people can change the way you see the world. The rewards come from acting like a native. Stay off the beaten tourist paths and look for opportunities to talk to people and experience the lifestyle.  Of course along the way we can fuel our passion for photography by capturing the landscapes, culture, food, and people.    Continue reading