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Looking Back and Ahead

Another year has come and gone, like it does every year at this time. And at this time, it’s often recommended that people take some time to stop and reflect on what they’ve accomplished over the past year and to consider what plans and goals they might wants to pursue in the coming year. Obviously that first part assume that goals were actually set the previous year. In reality, I think when the end of the year rolls around most of us are kinda caught off guard. We look at the calendar and kinda freak out about how fast the year went by. At the beginning of the year many of us may have good intentions about setting goals, but those good intentions get lost in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, exemplified by all the February canceled gym memberships.

Into the Light

Into the Light – Nightcliff, Darwin, Australia

I don’t claim to be much better than the average Joe when it comes to setting goals and planning. I wish I were better at it because I do think it’s an important and useful tool in moving forward and achieving longer-term goals. So with that in mind, this post will be a look back over the past year of photographic non-goal-set accomplishments and a look ahead with some objectives for the upcoming year, interspersed with some of my favorite photos from the past year.

This past year saw a number of photographic accomplishments that I was quite happy about. I had my first article and set of photos published in a magazine, the Southeast Asia Backpacker. Although not exactly a high-profile publication, it was still exciting to see my words and images of the Thaipusam Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, printed in an actual magazine. The travel blog FoXnoMad published a tutorial I wrote on why you should consider shooting more black and white. An article on shooting sunsets that I also originally wrote for FoXnoMad was republished on the high-profile website Lifehacker.com. I was interviewed about my experience being a photographer for the PicsArt blog. The website HDROne.com asked me to become a contributor, writing occasional tutorials on HDR photography. I had three articles (here, here, and here) published there before the site decided to go on hiatus. And, although not directly related to photography, I also had a travel story published on the budget travel website Bootsnall.com.

Fishing off the pier - San Nicolas, Philippines

Fishing off the pier – San Nicolas, Philippines

Traveling, I didn’t make it to a huge number of destinations this past year, but I did manage to check off one of my bucket list items which was to go on a week-long photography workshop with one of my favorite photographers, David DuChemin. For this trip, I went with Within the Frame Photographic Adventures and spent a week with David, cultural photographer Jeffrey Chapman, and nine other ‘students’ in Oaxaca, Mexico, for the Day of the Dead festival. For me, one of the great things about this trip was being able to spend time with other photographers talking about the craft and just sharing the experience of photographing together, something I don’t seem to get to do very often.

Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico

Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico

Remembrance - Oaxaca, Mexico

Remembrance – Oaxaca, Mexico

For this coming year, I have a number of things I’m looking to accomplish. In a vague, ambiguous sense, my goals are to take more pictures, write more, travel and get outdoors more. More specifically, one of the things I’m looking to do is to change the direction of this blog. Over the past few years, this blog has been somewhat of a mish-mash of various topics but primarily a place for me to post pictures. That’s been fine, and I’ll still post the occasional photo essay and I’ll regularly post images to my Facebook page and to Google+, but my goal now is to transition the blog to something more educational by providing more photography tips and tutorials, some related to getting out and shooting and other geared toward post-processing. While much of this will likely be geared more to the beginner level, I hope that more experienced photographers will find some useful information as well.

Balinese boy at a funeral - Ubud, Indonesia

Balinese boy at a funeral – Ubud, Indonesia

Does the world really need another photographer telling everyone else how it’s done? Probably not, although I hope to avoid falling into the trap of saying This is how it’s done. But everyone has a different voice, different experiences, and a different vision. Hopefully how I see the world and express what I see will resonate with some people. Yet, I don’t even consider myself a Pro, so who am I to be instructing others? Well, I think too much emphasis can be placed on how much money someone makes, how many clients they have, how published they are, how much they’ve read, or how many places they’ve traveled to. Experience does count for something. I have a long way to go to get where I’d like to be on my photographic journey. But we’re all at different places along our path traveling at a different pace, different stages of whatever photographic journey we happen to be on, and there will always be someone ahead of you. That doesn’t devalue where you’re at now. I’d like to think that I have something valuable to share and I hope you’ll continue along this journey with me.

Biking through Divisoria - Manila, Philippines

Biking through Divisoria – Manila, Philippines

Rustic - San Francisco, California

Rustic – San Francisco, California

Yaquina Bay Bridge, Newport, Oregon

Yaquina Bay Bridge, Newport, Oregon

Yaquina Head Lighthouse - Newport, Oregon

Yaquina Head Lighthouse – Newport, Oregon

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Beneath the Bridge

Beneath the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon.

Yaquina Bay Bridge, Newport, Oregon

Yaquina Bay Bridge, Newport, Oregon

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November Desktop Wallpaper

The November desktop wallpaper is arriving a few days early this month. I have to do it while I have time, however. I’m currently in Oaxaca, Mexico, for the next week to photograph the Day of the Dead celebration. I’ll be posting some images from here later. This month’s wallpaper is of the fall colors and a waterfall at Silver Falls State Park in Oregon. I’ve also not had a chance to add the calendar to the image. I doubt most of you will miss it and many of you may actually appreciate that more. I really don’t know what most of you would like so feel free to let me know what you like in the comments.

There are only two resolutions available this month; one for the iPad optimized for the Retina Display and a large high resolution version that should work for most everything else. You can click on the photo below for the large 2500×1667 high resolution version, or click on the links below for the resolution of your choice.

High Resolution
iPad Wallpaper

Enjoy! and share with your friends.

November Desktop Wallpaper - Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

November Desktop Wallpaper – Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

In case you missed it, be sure to check out my 2014 wall calendar. For this year, I have put together a collection of my nature abstracts called The Nature of the Abstract. You can preview the calendar and, if you choose, purchase it here.

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Yaquina Head Before the Storm

In truth, the main storm front had passed through the area earlier and only passing showers remained. The rain from the black mass in this photo, arriving overhead shortly after this image was taken, was particularly intense. My upper half was kept dry by a halfway decent rain jacket but the lower half ended up pretty well drenched, much of it likely due to runoff from the upper half. Wind on wet jeans can be rather cold so I took that as a sign it was time to go home. Of course, the sun came out after that.

Yaquina Head is a natural scenic area just north of Newport that is managed by the US Park Service. This is a relatively recent development. What used to be a gravel road leading out to the lighthouse and a rock quarry that was slowly dismantling the headland is now a paved road. The rock quarry is now the site of an interpretive center. Paved paths and stairways lead down to tide pools at the base of rocky cliffs. What used to be free now requires an entrance fee. Although I’ve been there quite a few times since these improvements have been made, they were completed long after I left Newport for greener pastures. It’s still a bit odd seeing the headland this way.

Overall, the changes are a vast improvement to a beautiful area that was being gradually destroyed to make gravel. It can be mildly irritating to have to pay to enter an area that I used to access for free, but that’s a minor inconvenience and a small price to pay for protecting the headland. (It actually only costs to drive in; you can walk in for nothing.) What can be more frustrating is that the area closes at sunset, right when the light is best. Back home this week to visit the parents, the government has been in the midst of its pointless shutdown and while the gate was locked, I was free to stay as long as I pleased. It turns out cold, wet jeans are just as effective at sending me home as a park ranger.

Don’t forget to check out my 2014 wall calendar. For this year, I have put together a collection of my nature abstracts called The Nature of the Abstract. You can preview the calendar and, if you choose, purchase it here.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse - Newport, Oregon

Yaquina Head Lighthouse – Newport, Oregon

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Father’s Day

This is from a couple of years ago now, but it’s still my favorite photo of my dad. I’ve posted it before on my Facebook page but in recognition of Father’s Day I thought I’d share it here also.

Happy Father’s Day, Pops!

Pops and Holly - Sisters, Oregon

Pops and Holly – Sisters, Oregon

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