Best of 2014

For the past few years, I’ve been deliberate in my efforts to improve my photography skills. Probably the most obvious way to do so is to take more photographs. Although my output this year is a bit lower than in years past, I feel like the quality of my work has actually improved.

But, I’ve also taken some even more concrete steps. I’ve bought more photography books and tutorials. Looking at other photographers’ technique and results is a sure-fire way to improve my own work. I’ve visited more and more photographers’ web sites. Seeing where other people visit and watching what they distill out of the same locations I have visited is another certain way for me to feel challenged. I’ve even bought a bit more gear that allows me to accomplish certain specific tasks that often result in better images. Of course, visiting new locations is exciting but it is also a challenge to photograph those locations in a way that captures the essence of the location.

Another exercise that I have undertaken for the past few years is to look at my work from the last calendar year and decide on my best ten or twelve images. It’s an exercise recommended by many photographers far more accomplished than I am. And, it’s a difficult exercise. To comb through thousands of images and decide on just a handful as “the best” is like deciding which one of your children you love the most. It just can’t be done. So, I’ve picked some images that are beautiful to me. Perhaps I haven’t succeeded in publishing “the best” but it’s a start!

Enjoy the images and have a happy new year.

Cooper River Bridge Sunset

Charleston’s beautiful Cooper River Bridge at twilight

Summer's First Sunrise

The first sunrise after the summer solstice as viewed from Grandfather Mountain, NC

The Great Wall

Late morning light streams over the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall located near Beijing

International S-110

A rusting International truck covered with pine straw at Old Car City

Edisto Island Sunrise

Sunrise paints the sky over Edisto Island, South Carolina

The Tranquility of Spring

A footbridge and spring colors reflected in a small pond in Magnolia Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston Storefront

The storefront for an antique dealer in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina

Walking Bragg Hill Road

A woman walks her dog at the peak of fall color along beautiful Bragg Hill Road in Waitsfield, Vermont

Morning in the Adirondacks

Early morning light illuminates the clouds and foliage over and around Taylor Pond on a spectacular fall morning

One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure...

One of many beautiful scenes at Old Car City in White, Georgia

Steeple and Fall Foliage

A weathered church steeple stands tall amidst brilliant fall foliage in Roxbury, Vermont

Lone Palm Tree

A lone palm tree stands on a beach of beautiful Paradise Island, Bahamas

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