As I look back on 2016, as cliche as I know it sounds, it was a whirlwind, busy year. I had photography trips planned out a year in advance, and many miles were spent on the road during my downtime from a full time job. After a loss in my family at the end of 2015, I did not take much time to stop and reflect, electing instead to keep pushing and keep my mind, feet, and camera occupied.
As I reflect on this past year, I’m amazed how much 2015 was a year of learning, growth, and so many firsts for me. I finally began making photographs as opposed to taking them. By this, I mean I diligently began researching locations, learning new techniques, and visualizing the imagery I wanted to capture for the year ahead. I also decided that photography is meaningless unless you share your knowledge and wonder with others; the photographers I respect most are the ones who are always willing to teach others and share what they know. Read the Post A Year of Learning: My Favorites of 2015
Some folks may think my significant other, Chris, and I are crazy, but we had saved up for a quite a while for a bicycle trip in Europe, only later to decide to purchase a tear-drop camp trailer instead. We figured we’d get more lasting bang for our buck having the ability to hook up and get out of Dodge with our camera gear whenever we got the urge, and sure enough, we’ve gone on several trips already. Recently, we took a spur-of-the-moment weekend trip to one of my favorite places in the world, the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, for a little fall color reconnaissance mission, when I began seeing the fall color reports surface on the Mono County Tourism Facebook page. Read the Post Fall Color Reconnaissance Mission