The end of the year brings about many things. Some people think about the year to come while others like to reflect upon their accomplishments and memories from the previous 12 months. I tend to fall in between the two, but this post is more geared towards the latter. Each year I like to review my portfolio and select my finest and most memorable photos, or ones that represent a particular achievement that I am proud of.
Below you will find the 10 images which I believe best represent my photographic journey in 2014. There were many highs and not too many lows. Whittling down the year into 10 images proved to be quite difficult actually. It is dominated by Pittsburgh photos, with 6, and for good reason – it’s accessible to me, it’s beautiful, and I enjoy it! But I do enjoy landscapes and traveling (perhaps even more so!) so you’ll see some of that too. Sadly, this is the second year in a row that I have no wildlife in my top ten so I think I’ll work on that for next year. But alas, enough words…let’s get on with the photos!
10. “Sprung Re-Envisioned” could easily be number 1 on this list. This is a probably the most meticulous composition of the year and I think it payed off. The image has a lot of depth and is framed quite nicely.
9. I’ve always wanted to photograph the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. and this year I had the chance. “Pretty in Pink” represents the last morning where the light and conditions combined for a perfect sunrise!
8. “Mountain Magic” from Mount Washington in Pittsburgh represents one of the few sunset/night sessions from 2014. Plus…what’s a countdown without a photo from Mt. Washington?
7. “Distant Peaks” from the West End Overlook provides the best of both worlds, cityscape and landscape scenery.
6. “Twisted” represents my backyard. Not literally, but this beautiful spot is only a few my from my home and I’ve had my eye on these trees for some time. The fog rolled in and provided just the mood I was looking for.
5. “Walt’s Wish” is taken at Walt Disney World…as though that needed to be explained. My wish for some time was to be able to photograph the nightly fireworks at Disney and I got to do so a few times this year. This is my favorite.
4. “Steel on the Rocks” is taken from one of my new favorite spots on the North Shore of Pittsburgh. This is another meticulous arrangement – you’ll notice the rocks and reflection NEVER converge in the picture. That is not an accident 😉
3. “Lines and Falls” from Ricketts Glen State Park in northeastern PA is a beautiful little gem with graceful lines, colorful rocks and moss, and a serene waterfall.
2. “Power Surge” was a once in a lifetime opportunity. A lot of technical know-how and preparation was needed for this photo…but I also need a lot of LUCK!
1. “Reflecting Pond” is the crown jewel of the year. It’s not necessarily my favorite photo of the year, though. However, I was chosen by Popular Photography, the largest and most distributed photo magazine in the world, to be featured for a piece on Pittsburgh. This is the photo they wanted so, yeah, it’s number 1 this year!
So there you have it – my favorite, best, most memorable photos of the year. It was certainly and awesome 12 months and I’m a big fan reflection, but at the same time I’m pretty pumped about the year ahead. I hope you’ll join me on my journey in 2015. Oh, and by the way, just in case you’re looking for more…scroll on just a bit for 10 MORE photos that were close, but didn’t make the cut for this year.