As 2016 comes to a close, I thought I’d try something a bit different this year by not only highlighting some of my favorite shots from the year, but also including some thoughts/general musings I’ve had throughout the year.  I’m not sure how I arrived at 18 of them, but I don’t think having a round number makes the slightest bit of difference.  Some of these images didn’t appear on the blog during the year, as I was on a bit of a hiatus for a while, but I believe they’re just as worthy of inclusion as the others. So without further ado, I present 2016 in pictures.  And random thoughts.

1. I am much less concerned with how many likes or comments I get on my images than I used to be. I post them because I enjoy sharing them.

2. Photography is so incredibly subjective. Many images I post which I really like seem to get little attention on social media, and vice versa.  You just never know what will resonate and with whom.

3. Coming home from a shoot with no keepers is never a bad thing. Being out there shooting is what it’s really all about. At least it is for me.

4. Unless it’s a portrait shoot, and then you’re in big trouble if you have no keepers.

5. I still get a rush when I see a beautiful image on my camera’s LCD screen.

6. Sunrise is the most beautiful part of the day. The rest of the day is always playing catch up.

7. Photography has made me look at the world differently.

8. I absolutely love that after years of saying to my kids “look how pretty the sky is tonight,” they now say this to me on their own.

9. I don’t shoot often enough.

10. Winning a photo contest provides great satisfaction. It does not necessarily provide fame, fortune or increased image sales.

11. The best gear you can buy is just that – gear. Great light, a strong composition, and the patience to wait for them to come together are what make an image memorable; not the gear.

12. With that said, I really do love shooting with the gear I have.

13. For every beautiful sunrise or sunset I’ve captured with the my camera, I’ve walked away with nothing ten times more often. If it were easy, everyone would do it.

14. Sometimes the best view is the one behind you. Never forget to turn around.

15. I need to spend more time promoting myself and my work.

16. I love that when on vacation, my wife and kids sleep in while I quietly go out to shoot sunrise. I come back as everyone is waking up, and it’s a beautiful thing.

17. It’s kinda funny that I post images of beautiful landscapes as often as possible, but never post a picture of a beautiful spreadsheet I create at my real job.

18. I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings.

Thanks for following along this year.  Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.

It’s hard to believe that we’re about to turn the page on a new year.  2013 has been a very busy year for me, with so much happening from a personal, professional, and of course photography perspective .  I may dedicate a separate post to reflect on all that was 2013, but for today, I’m just going to highlight some of my favorite images from the year.

These are not the images that had the most hits, nor did they attract the most favorable comments.  They are simply the images that resonated with me more than others during the past year.

And once again, thank you very much for all your visits, comments, encouragement and support during the past year.  You are the reason that this blog continues.  Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!

Please click on any, or all, of the images to see them in their full glory.

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So here we are on the next to last day of the year.  For today’s post, I debated about whether to simply share another image and accompanying story as if it were any other day, or whether I should take a look back at the past year (or at least the last 6 months of it that I’ve been blogging) and compile a “best of” series of images.  Valid reasons existed to justify both, but as you’ll see below, I opted for the compilation.  The images that follow aren’t necessarily my best images, but rather those that resonated with me the most.  Choosing them was easy, although I wonder if I would’ve have chosen the same images if I did this exercise yesterday or tomorrow.  There’s just so much subjectivity and opinion and even whim to photography, which I guess is one of the things that I really love about it.

I have to say that the past 6 months of photoblogging has been a truly rewarding experience for me.  I’ve met some incredibly talented photographers and friends, all of whom have inspired me, and helped me to continue to shape and develop my vision and my skills with a camera.  I don’t know what next year will bring, but I’m certainly looking forward to the ride.

Best wishes to all of you for a happy and healthy new year.

On my way home from from Gloucester, I drove past the Essex Shipbuilding Museum and had to stop and take a look.  What an incredible place this is, full of history and wonderful examples from the shipbuilding industry that helped shape this coastal community.  According to their website, “The Essex Shipbuilding Museum tells the extraordinary story of a small New England village that built more two-masted wooden fishing schooners than any other place in the world.”

The first shot is of the bow of the Evelina M Goulart, an 83 foot fishing schooner.  She was built in in Essex at the A.D. Story shipyard in 1927, and was used until the 1980s for swordfishing and later as a fishing dragger.   She fished out of Gloucester and New Bedford from 1927 until about 1985, when she was damaged by Hurricane Gloria, limped back to Fairhaven Harbor, and eventually sank at her dock.  She was pulled from the bottom and gifted to the museum.

She is now kept under an open shed, and obviously has deteriorated quite a bit.  I’m not sure what plans the museum has to possibly refurbish or rebuild her, but it’s a beautiful ship regardless, even in its current condition.

In addition to this ship, there are antique shipbuilding tools, photographs, documents, and exhibits for visitors to explore.

Here are a few more shots including a close-up of the ship’s hull and a look inside an old tool shed full of interesting equipment and tools.

Lastly, I tried to get one image of the entire ship, but I don’t own a fisheye lens which may have been able to get the whole thing in a single frame.  So instead, I created the four shot panorama below.  It’s obviously incredibly distorted because I had to stand so close when taking each shot (there is very little room on either side of the ship).  For some reason though, I think it looks pretty cool, and I thought I’d include it with this post.

I can’t wait to get back there to explore this place again sometime very soon.