Here it is, the last post of 2015. I thought it might be a good idea to reflect on what I accomplished photographically in 2015. That way I can have a sort of baseline for when I do this exercise again at the end of next year. So here goes:
- The first one can't be considered an accomplishment. According to my Lightroom library, I pressed the shutter button nearly 3,000 times less in 2015 than the previous year. I even took less photos than I did in 2013. For someone that wants to keep learning, I need to practice, which means I need to be shooting more. There certainly is a good reason for shooting less, as the baby came right when she was supposed to. In addition, my day job keeps me extremely busy, and I am pretty much limited to creating and shooting to on the weekends. Shooting on the weekends is hard with an infant, but I should be photographing her instead.
- I did start the year off with a trip to Barr Lake State Park (which I will actually be doing again this year. Have I started a tradition?). I went at sunset, and got a really great photograph of mullein against some out of focus cottonwood trees. I posted that image here. We love this photo, and it's now hanging up on our walls.
- I took 200-300 photos of various kids' birthday parties. The first one, I actually took the best photos of each of the kids and made prints to give away to the parents. I was hoping this would lead to a family photo shoot, but that never materialized. Maybe this year.
- I took some maternity shots of my wife before the baby came. That practice will come in handy this year too, as I have a plan for doing more of this.
- In my limited birding time, I knocked a few new species off my bird photography life list. This is also something I will be doing more of. Especially now that I have a little bit more reach with the 7D.
- My first attempt at light painting was a resounding success in my book. Light painting is a lot of fun. If you want to check out someone who's really good at it, check out Dave Black Photography. More on my light painting later.
- I made it up to Rocky Mountain National Park once. That's also unacceptable and will change in 2016.
- In October, I walked in the annual Kelby Photowalk in downtown Denver. Our leader was not very organized, and even forgot to pick a winner. In 2016, I resolve to lead a walk along the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder.
- On the photowalk, I got an idea for a photo of Sports Authority Field (where the Broncos play). My idea was to shoot the stadium at sunset during a game when it is all lit up. That shot became reality in November, and it was one of my favorite photo shoots of the year.
Looking at this list, I did more this year then I thought I had. When I first started looking through the library, I felt disappointed like I didn't shoot enough. But, as I said, it gives me a sort of baseline to compare to for all the ideas that are floating around in my head for where I want to go this year. And I will get there. I have a plan. I have goals. It's going to be an exciting ride in 2016. I invite you to please join me.