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: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 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!
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!