Favorite Photos From 2017

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This is the 8th consecutive “Your Best Photos” blog project that I’ve participated in. Thanks to my friend, Jim Goldstein, for hosting this project as usual. Here are my entries from previous years: 201620152014201320122011, and 2010.

2017 was a transitional year for me and my son, Tyler, transitioning from being a newborn to a 1-year-old toddler. Parenting became much more challenging and demanding once Tyler turned 1 so while I did a decent amount of photography during the first half of the year, I hardly did any photography during the latter half of 2017 much less create work that is worthy of sharing in a post like this. My goal with this annual photography exercise is to not repeat my work from previous years and build upon whatever personal vision I might have at the time. As with previous years, I based my choices on personal favorites rather than purely aesthetics or popularity-based metrics. Fine art photography prints are available for most of these photos. Here are my favorite photos of 2017 presented in roughly chronological order:

Moody and mysterious. Just the way I like it.

My parents honeymooned at The Madonna Inn many years ago and I had driven past many times but had never been. So what better time than to treat my wife and son out to Valentine’s Day weekend at The Madonna Inn?

Some people get out of bed for stunning sunrises. This sunrise had mediocre color and worked out just the way I had hoped!

Samantha & Tyler at Aberdeen Centre, Richmond, B.C., Canada

Samantha & Tyler at Aberdeen Centre, Richmond, B.C., Canada

My wife and my son. No need to say anything else.

I would say that this photo was probably the most atypical for me. I’m not even sure why I like the photo. It’s not technically-sound at all, and there is lot going on here yet I like it. This was definitely a spontaneous sort of photo during a spontaneous sort of day so I guess this speaks to how I was feeling at the time.

I found Porto to be a rough-around-the-edges sort of town but very captivating. These street musicians are excellent.

Moody and mysterious again. The way I like it.

I am not religious at all but I find the cross to be a very powerful symbol so I photograph them whenever I can.

My mom was blowing bubbles for Tyler while I was waiting for “The Decisive Moment” to capture this milestone day.

Samantha allowed me to go on a solo overnight fall color excursion this past October. I’m fortunate to have an understanding wife.

Thank you and have a happy 2018!


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22 thoughts

  1. Fantastic images, Richard. You just know I’m squealing over those fabulous oak tree images. 🙂

    Best of luck in 2018; if you thought 1 was challenging, then 2 & 3 will be … delightful. 😉

    Cheers and Happy New Year!

  2. Great set of images. Glad you were able to get out for yourself and to cherish the truly important moments with family. Challenging times lie ahead with Tyler but also the most magical. Make the most of it. Also thanks for sharing these as part of my blog project.

    • Thanks Jim, and for putting this project together every year. Family is my top priority obviously but I also need to take care of myself, which happens to involve the occasional solo photoshoot. Parenting has been fun if not a little bit stressful.

  3. This is a wonderfully diverse set of images, Richard. It’s been 29 years since my oldest was 1, but I remember those years like they were yesterday. As Jim and Gary have mentioned there are challenging times still ahead, but also some of the most memorable and it’s important to savor them all in this journey through life. Wishing you all the best in 2018!

  4. I like the juxtaposition of quiet and somber nature scenes with colorful human moments, with the last image like a synthesis. Like other said, small kids, small problems, big kids, …

    • Thanks QT. Great observations. I hadn’t realized that all my scenic photos were tree photos until you mentioned that. And true, easier to parent now while Tyler can’t talk back yet.

  5. I can only imagine some of the difficulties of combining the time consuming task of photography with parenting. Looks like you found a good balance, with wonderful memories from each endeavor. My best to you and your family for 2018.

    • Thanks Mark. I think my year is 99% parenting and 1% photography but I’ll glad take whatever I can. I don’t want to miss the important moments of early childhood. Happy 2018!

    • Thanks Greg. I sometimes wonder if I should focus on more singular topics but as much as I try this just comes natural to me so I’ve stopped trying to. Focusing on less subjects has its benefits too (depth for one). Happy New Year!

  6. Sure glad you changed your mind and posted your photos of the year. Sometimes a what-the-heck attitude is a nice change and can produce more whimsical, spontaneous work, especially with people. You definitely caught the moment with the Aberdeen image of your wife and son. I also really like the street musicians, the Eucalyptus forest and the cross. No worries about 2018. Even if you photograph less, I have a sense you’ll get enough good ones.

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    • Thanks Alan! Since I spend most of the year with my family I would consider it a failed year if I didn’t at least come away with a few photos worthy of sharing in a post like this. Happy 2018!

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