Monday, January 3, 2011

Favorite Photos of 2010

With this being the 90th post in just over a year, I have managed to upload hundreds of photos on the Internet for your viewing pleasure. Well, I mean, I'm not merely doing this for you or to pat my ego. I do this because I love photography, I love travelling, I love culture and I love my friends and family. This initially started as a sort of experiment but quickly transformed into a lifestyle. Yes, I have been slacking off lately. I'd be lying if I didn't say that 2010 wasn't the most challenging year yet. But one thing is for sure. This blog was a monumental positive and I appreciate all of you that followed along. So here's to 2011 and the many stories and photos to come.

To commemorate 2010, here is a selection of some of my favorite photos over the last year. Sure, they may not be technically the best photos or even the most interesting, but each photo captures a feeling and is usually accompanied by a story. This is, after all, what makes art and creating so appealing. Enjoy.

Going Off Like Fireworks

Some photographers claim that the better the equipment you have the better photographer you will be. I too took to this thought and upgraded my camera body and picked up a new lens. They were produced to the highest standard and are considered top of the line. However, some also believe that having all the newest and best gadgets also places a limit on creativity. This photo was taken at the Global Fest Fireworks Exhibition in Calgary and was my first outing with my new gear. I almost feel like the lines created by the bright lights resemble brush strokes. Remember, don't be THAT guy.

Iced Out

Spring and Fall are some of my favorite seasons. Remarkably enough, this photo was taken in the spring along the banks of the Elbow River during a photo mission with Kiko. There really wasn't much to shoot that day but we had a hell of a time kicking up these ice crystals. Sometimes, the bigger picture requires you to get really close to your subject rather than getting a wider angle.

National Pride

The 2010 Olympics were the most thrilling and memorable Olympics I have had the pleasure of remembering. Even though Calgary hosted in '88, I can't say I remember much about it. But the overwhelming sense of National Pride was too much to resist and for two weeks the entire country was united and enamored with our best athletes. I get chills when I think about our rush for the podium or the Gold medal winning goal by Sid the Kid against the USA hockey team. We were all witnesses!

RIP Banks

The only thing that sucks more about the Brooklyn Banks being closed is the fact that I visited it and didn't bring a skateboard! Yes, the Banks are like the Mecca of the Skateboard world. Yes, I just referred to a brick park in the middle of Manhattan as Mecca. But seriously, this place is legendary and is a sacred institution to a world I loved/love so much.

Cheese Please

MmMmm, this pizza looks so good. Using a camera flash is a finicky thing. Something the light is just too hot and overexposes your shot. For this photo I used a flash cord which allows me to point the flash where I want it. Want a bite?

The Character

If you saw the original of this photo you'd be unimpressed. The composition is terrible and it was overexposed. However, with a little tweeking, this photo turned into my favorite portrait of the year. This photo represents how a little digital darkroom work can make a dud a gem. Black and White doesn't hurt either.

My Perfect Sunday

There is so much to like about this photo. The texture of the wooden steps. Chloe's inquisitive pose. Her cute little red mittens contrasting with the gloomy sky. This really was my perfect Sunday. New Years resolution: Take a walk with the one you love and get lost.

Question Answered

Self explanatory why this photo is so great. Congrats again Tre & Lynne. I can't wait until the wedding! And if you want engagement photos, holler at yo boy!

Misinformed Solidarity

Yup. Another black and white shot. This was taken at the Anti-Racism Rally at City Hall. The day was quite uneasy. Police were everywhere and the expectation of retaliation by the White Supremacists had everyone on edge. Finally, they arrived. It was quite uneventful, but in this case that might have been a good thing.

Being Green in a Grey World

The human brain looks for pattens all the time, so when the pattern is broken things become a little more interesting. This photo was taken from a "socially conscious" post I made about sustainable development in urban centers. I'm sure you all were enthralled with my political forum.

The Roc

New York obviously left a profound impression on me. New York is the socio-cultural center of the entire universe. The entire experience was surreal. This collage of the Rockefeller is part of a series starring some of New York's most iconic buildings. It may not be the Empire or the Chrysler but the Roc represents so much in itself.

Where Brooklyn at?

This kid is growing up so fast. Soon enough it won't be Hello Kitty on her back but LV on her arm. You can't help but love her. Some of the best summer days were spent babysitting Boo and just observing her for a day. It's nice to have a young influence on my life.


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