This year was a great year, I was able to travel many places and capturing some amazing things. I also learned many new techniques and skills. I got hooked on star trail images and carried that into cloud trails. I am always waiting for the perfect clouds to capture. Portraits were also a big part of the year. I never saw myself doing portraits, but now I kind of enjoy them. Sports photography continues to be my favorite, I was able to photograph some awesome sporting events. Below are some of my favorite images of 2014.
This first photo was taken at CBU Midnight Madness. I had pictured this shot before the event, so when it came time to capture it, I positioned myself and just waited for the right player to dunk. The lighting and the smoke really make the image. My favorite part of it is the fact that it was taken at a real event, I could easily got lights and created it, but it makes the image tell a bigger story.
The second image was from the USA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento. I was shooting the event for Visit Sacramento. While around the first turn of the track I saw this image come to mind. The problem was waiting for a runner by himself and with the right shoes to contrast the track. After a few attempts I got this frame. The minimalism and the lines make it one of my favorites. Check out the Sports tab to see more of my year shooting sports.
Studio photography was something new I learned in 2014. It took me a while to figure it out, but after I got the hang of it, it was really fun to try and expeiriment. This was the result of just trying different things, I put the light on the side of him, so it just lit up half his face. I really like the fierceness and intensity of the final image. I cant wait to try more studio setups and lighting this new year.
I started doing a few family portraits this year. This image was taken at Balboa park in San Diego. This family spanned three generations, posing them was a challenge. I found this street and had them spread out across the street. Usually this spot would be filled with people, but since it was early in the morning, I was able to get this shot.
This was from a roadtrip with some friends up to Seattle. It was a great time exploring and seeing new locations. This bridge was awesome and the view was incredible. It was and old train bridge in the middle of the forest. It was a 400ft drop to the valley floor and the beams were about a foot apart. Walking on it was a bit nerve racking but I made it to the other side the capture this image. They have since closed the bridge so Im glad I made it out there. I hope to go back up to the PNW there one day.
The second image was in the capitol of Taiwan, Taipei. I spent three weeks in this city it was a great experience. I was able to meet a lot of new friends while growing myself and learning more about God. Taipei as one of the worlds tallest buildings, Taipei 101. There is a Starbucks on the 35th floor, this is where I took this. I went all the way to the top floor a different night and the view was amazing. To me it just shows the city and holds many memories to me.
Thanks for all the support this year, I really appreciate it. I hope you continue to follow along my journey of photography and many more adventures in 2015!
Check out my Best of 2014 video below!