2017 Retrospect

December 16th, 2016 First photo taken on arrival to Italy

December 16th, 2016
First photo taken on arrival to Italy

January 01st, 2017 I actually spotted this couple and their kid with the balloon up originally, but they put it down when I got into position.  I waited and waited, and they never put it back up.  Very uncharacteristically, I went to ask if they could put it back on display, and they were especially friendly people.  This is the result, and the first edit I was ever proud to show.

January 01st, 2017
I actually spotted this couple and their kid with the balloon up originally, but they put it down when I got into position.  I waited and waited, and they never put it back up.  Very uncharacteristically, I went to ask if they could put it back on display, and they were especially friendly people.  This is the result, and the first edit I was ever proud to show.

January 17th, 2017 This is the first photo I was really conscious of my composition.  The statue is quite small, and the forced perspective on this was something I had to consider.  I also had to take a lot of care in post to reveal the sky to the degree I did.

January 17th, 2017
This is the first photo I was really conscious of my composition.  The statue is quite small, and the forced perspective on this was something I had to consider.  I also had to take a lot of care in post to reveal the sky to the degree I did.

March 08th, 2017 This is the first sneaky portrait I ever took.  I've acknowledged my anxiety far too much in the past year, which has kept me hyper-aware of it.  Because of this, I have been especially worried about taking photos of people, unaware or otherwise.  This was during a large public gathering for International Women's Day, so the pressure wasn't so heavy.

March 08th, 2017
This is the first sneaky portrait I ever took.  I've acknowledged my anxiety far too much in the past year, which has kept me hyper-aware of it.  Because of this, I have been especially worried about taking photos of people, unaware or otherwise.  This was during a large public gathering for International Women's Day, so the pressure wasn't so heavy.

March 23rd, 2017 This one went nuts on Instagram, probably because it's just an abstract, colorful display.  I had to take a long, long time to edit this, and I certainly wasn't aware of what I was doing - I didn't have a destination, so this was just the happenstance eventuality that I ended up at.  Even so, this was my first practice editing something into oblivion - it looks nothing like the original.

March 23rd, 2017
This one went nuts on Instagram, probably because it's just an abstract, colorful display.  I had to take a long, long time to edit this, and I certainly wasn't aware of what I was doing - I didn't have a destination, so this was just the happenstance eventuality that I ended up at.  Even so, this was my first practice editing something into oblivion - it looks nothing like the original.

April 06th, 2017 This is the first time I took a street portrait with an aware subject.  I snapped and ran away like a frightened cat, but taking that photo was really important to me - I went a step ahead of what I would usually have done and took the photo in an area where there aren't a lot of people to hide behind.  She was aware of me, and that made all the difference.  I hope to edit this photo with better knowledge, then return to where I found her.  I owe her a 'thank you.'

April 06th, 2017
This is the first time I took a street portrait with an aware subject.  I snapped and ran away like a frightened cat, but taking that photo was really important to me - I went a step ahead of what I would usually have done and took the photo in an area where there aren't a lot of people to hide behind.  She was aware of me, and that made all the difference.  I hope to edit this photo with better knowledge, then return to where I found her.  I owe her a 'thank you.'

25th April, 2017 This woman changed my life in such a subtle way I barely noticed at the time. Maybe I'll get into that some day. Her firey hair was only as blazing as her love for her companions, the few donkeys that she cared for. She let me practice with my new 5D3 and gave me a myriad of magical moments including this one, which gave me portrait opportunities I had never had before, especially in the editing process.

25th April, 2017
This woman changed my life in such a subtle way I barely noticed at the time. Maybe I'll get into that some day. Her firey hair was only as blazing as her love for her companions, the few donkeys that she cared for. She let me practice with my new 5D3 and gave me a myriad of magical moments including this one, which gave me portrait opportunities I had never had before, especially in the editing process.

May 13th, 2017 There were people watching me make this photo and it was somehow invigorating, not because of the attention, but because this was when I just stopped giving a shit.  I put my camera away from the path in front of me, and because I didn't have a remote, I proceeded to run back and forth between the camera and window, JUMP onto the platform, clean up the dress, and pose.  My mom still makes fun of me for never smiling in my photos, but after twelve of these, come on, mom.  <3

May 13th, 2017
There were people watching me make this photo and it was somehow invigorating, not because of the attention, but because this was when I just stopped giving a shit.  I put my camera away from the path in front of me, and because I didn't have a remote, I proceeded to run back and forth between the camera and window, JUMP onto the platform, clean up the dress, and pose.  My mom still makes fun of me for never smiling in my photos, but after twelve of these, come on, mom.  <3

May 20th, 2017 To this date, this is my most popular Instagram photo, and part of me is wildly confused as to why, and the other part gets it: this is NOT a technically perfect photo.&nbsp; It's really an awful photo, but it communicates scale and colors very well, I think.&nbsp; Looking at it now, I'm cringing 'cause even the horizon line isn't straight, and I would shoot it technically very differently now, HOWEVER, not all photos need to be techncially perfect, and this photo gave me that understanding.

May 20th, 2017
To this date, this is my most popular Instagram photo, and part of me is wildly confused as to why, and the other part gets it: this is NOT a technically perfect photo.  It's really an awful photo, but it communicates scale and colors very well, I think.  Looking at it now, I'm cringing 'cause even the horizon line isn't straight, and I would shoot it technically very differently now, HOWEVER, not all photos need to be techncially perfect, and this photo gave me that understanding.

June 02nd, 2017 This bugger was published with NatGeo, and it almost didn't happen due to ego - I figured I would hear the jets coming, so I put my camera at chest level.&nbsp; Everyone was quiet, and I must not have seen everyone else's cameras go up 'cause I was so focused on the Alter.&nbsp; Suddenly they come SCREAMING over the Alter and OH MY GOD, I cannot begin to explain the madness of this rush.&nbsp; I threw my camera up as quickly as possible and just spray and prayed.&nbsp; I already set my settings, thank Christ.&nbsp; Someone was watching over me that day.

June 02nd, 2017
This bugger was published with NatGeo, and it almost didn't happen due to ego - I figured I would hear the jets coming, so I put my camera at chest level.  Everyone was quiet, and I must not have seen everyone else's cameras go up 'cause I was so focused on the Alter.  Suddenly they come SCREAMING over the Alter and OH MY GOD, I cannot begin to explain the madness of this rush.  I threw my camera up as quickly as possible and just spray and prayed.  I already set my settings, thank Christ.  Someone was watching over me that day.

June 23rd, 2017 Am I getting alright at this photography thing yet?&nbsp; I hadn't learned, or thought of, focus stacking yet, and as a result, this is a technically bad photo.&nbsp; I used a GorillaPod and a single shot for both the foreground, background, and the sky, no bracketing, nada.&nbsp; Somehow, I made it work in post.

June 23rd, 2017
Am I getting alright at this photography thing yet?  I hadn't learned, or thought of, focus stacking yet, and as a result, this is a technically bad photo.  I used a GorillaPod and a single shot for both the foreground, background, and the sky, no bracketing, nada.  Somehow, I made it work in post.

June 29th, 2017 Single exposure, no tripod magazine cover says, "What?"&nbsp; I really like big skies.&nbsp; I really really like big skies.&nbsp; If there's any style that I develop, it might be these massive crops of skies.&nbsp; Don't ask me how I got this sharpness with f/11 'cause I have not a solitary idea.&nbsp; Obviously some elements are off focus, like the uppermost flag, but that's something I could probably have fixed in post.&nbsp; I lacked the attention to detail and processing knowledge to do so, but, ugh, was I happy with this one!

June 29th, 2017
Single exposure, no tripod magazine cover says, "What?"  I really like big skies.  I really really like big skies.  If there's any style that I develop, it might be these massive crops of skies.  Don't ask me how I got this sharpness with f/11 'cause I have not a solitary idea.  Obviously some elements are off focus, like the uppermost flag, but that's something I could probably have fixed in post.  I lacked the attention to detail and processing knowledge to do so, but, ugh, was I happy with this one!

July 29th, 2017 I love this photo, and I wish it had more of a place around travel photography 'cause I adore it.&nbsp; I could probably have cropped differently, but even now I lack the knowledge to know what else to do with this one.&nbsp;&nbsp;

July 29th, 2017
I love this photo, and I wish it had more of a place around travel photography 'cause I adore it.  I could probably have cropped differently, but even now I lack the knowledge to know what else to do with this one.  

August 20th, 2017 Mom came to visit me!&nbsp; We went to Rome, Florence, and Milan, or... sorta... neither of us are big city girls, so we rented a car several days early and decided to run around the country instead of walking the cities.&nbsp; We found a small country restaurant in Tuscany and ate fresh mozzarella.&nbsp; I then learned that she had never seen the Milky Way, so I stopped the car in the middle of Tuscany and the rest is history.&nbsp; Having a friend with me, even if just for a week, reminded me of the unflinching support I have.

August 20th, 2017
Mom came to visit me!  We went to Rome, Florence, and Milan, or... sorta... neither of us are big city girls, so we rented a car several days early and decided to run around the country instead of walking the cities.  We found a small country restaurant in Tuscany and ate fresh mozzarella.  I then learned that she had never seen the Milky Way, so I stopped the car in the middle of Tuscany and the rest is history.  Having a friend with me, even if just for a week, reminded me of the unflinching support I have.

August 27th, 2017 I am the worst at writing these - it takes awhile and my attention span is zero.&nbsp; Also, why didn't I take a tripod with me on this hike?&nbsp; Because it's awkward and heavy and I wasn't sure if my baby self would be able to carry it, literally, around a mountain.&nbsp; I'm very proud to say, I destroyed this hike, but not the photos.&nbsp; This is the best photo that I got, and I'm proud of it.&nbsp; The rest are ones I'm not nuts about, but when you lack a tripod and you've got two kids with you, the amount of time you can relax and look around is minimal.  Basically what I'm saying is, I should get photography friends.

August 27th, 2017
I am the worst at writing these - it takes awhile and my attention span is zero.  Also, why didn't I take a tripod with me on this hike?  Because it's awkward and heavy and I wasn't sure if my baby self would be able to carry it, literally, around a mountain.  I'm very proud to say, I destroyed this hike, but not the photos.  This is the best photo that I got, and I'm proud of it.  The rest are ones I'm not nuts about, but when you lack a tripod and you've got two kids with you, the amount of time you can relax and look around is minimal.

Basically what I'm saying is, I should get photography friends.

October 28th, 2017 &nbsp; I killed this shoot.&nbsp; After a long break of laziness and learning in my room on the computer, I decided to take a four-hour car ride to the mountains in eastern Italy, and, fuck me, I was on point today... but not all day.&nbsp; I started it out in the parking lot and almost had a panic attack because I was trying to shoot this tower and couldn't figure out how to frame it for the life of me.  So I took a hike.&nbsp; A literal hike.  This was the first time I really schedule a shoot where I had time to look around, plan, frame, and just THINK.&nbsp; I'm always in GO mode, but that GO mode is panic and anguish, not a business-like, calm, fuck everything let's go mode.  But, this time, I took my time because I had time.&nbsp; Really, I've always had time, but I've never felt at peace and aware of it, especially when there are other people with me to consider.&nbsp; Here, there were tourists, but I didn't pay them much mind.&nbsp; I was in a healthy headspace, and it shows.  Eventually, when I've learned more about processing, I'll revisit this.&nbsp; I know it's not perfect, but this is a HUGE milestone for me in both my personal and photographic growth.

October 28th, 2017
  I killed this shoot.  After a long break of laziness and learning in my room on the computer, I decided to take a four-hour car ride to the mountains in eastern Italy, and, fuck me, I was on point today... but not all day.  I started it out in the parking lot and almost had a panic attack because I was trying to shoot this tower and couldn't figure out how to frame it for the life of me.

So I took a hike.  A literal hike.

This was the first time I really schedule a shoot where I had time to look around, plan, frame, and just THINK.  I'm always in GO mode, but that GO mode is panic and anguish, not a business-like, calm, fuck everything let's go mode.

But, this time, I took my time because I had time.  Really, I've always had time, but I've never felt at peace and aware of it, especially when there are other people with me to consider.  Here, there were tourists, but I didn't pay them much mind.  I was in a healthy headspace, and it shows.

Eventually, when I've learned more about processing, I'll revisit this.  I know it's not perfect, but this is a HUGE milestone for me in both my personal and photographic growth.

November 25th, 2017 This is another one where I had TIME.&nbsp; I could relax and think and just be.&nbsp; The people I was with, I love them, and this is certainly not their fault, but I always feel rushed when I'm with others.&nbsp; They always say tell us to stop, we can stop the car, we can wait, but I've never found it within me to bother someone unless it's dire.&nbsp; I'm still learning how to relax after what happened in 2016, but I can safely say that there is an enormous difference to be proud of.

November 25th, 2017
This is another one where I had TIME.  I could relax and think and just be.  The people I was with, I love them, and this is certainly not their fault, but I always feel rushed when I'm with others.  They always say tell us to stop, we can stop the car, we can wait, but I've never found it within me to bother someone unless it's dire.  I'm still learning how to relax after what happened in 2016, but I can safely say that there is an enormous difference to be proud of.

December 16th, 2017 This is the second-to-last photo I'll show you guys for the year, and it's a culmination of everything I've learned, quite literally.&nbsp; Here is bracketing, lens preference, composition,&nbsp;focus stacking, post processing, split toning, Photoshop, and a stylistic adaptation that I've never played with before.&nbsp; It's not perfect, but this encompasses everything that the past year has taught me about photography.

December 16th, 2017
This is the second-to-last photo I'll show you guys for the year, and it's a culmination of everything I've learned, quite literally.  Here is bracketing, lens preference, composition, focus stacking, post processing, split toning, Photoshop, and a stylistic adaptation that I've never played with before.  It's not perfect, but this encompasses everything that the past year has taught me about photography.

January 01, 2018 Happy New Year to everyone, and thank you for taking a peek at the past year of my life.&nbsp; I went from an extremely timid, busted up girl to whatever this is now.&nbsp; I'm working on that Ph.D. in Photoshop 'cause this photo is far from perfect, but next year, maybe I'll give the base an edit and see what's different.&nbsp; I think I know what needs to change, but I'm just not sure how to pull it off.&nbsp; Well, I have one year to learn.  Thanks again, guys.

January 01, 2018
Happy New Year to everyone, and thank you for taking a peek at the past year of my life.  I went from an extremely timid, busted up girl to whatever this is now.  I'm working on that Ph.D. in Photoshop 'cause this photo is far from perfect, but next year, maybe I'll give the base an edit and see what's different.  I think I know what needs to change, but I'm just not sure how to pull it off.  Well, I have one year to learn.

Thanks again, guys.