2014 is history. It's been a great outdoor photography year - I'm blessed. What makes a great outdoor photography year? To start, both myself and my family all are happy and healthy. Beyond that, the rest was about the experience of the adventure and living life to it's fullest. In brief, here are a few exerts from the past year's adventures, followed by a few photographs and at the end of the blog, a list of 10 things I learned this year.
200,000 individual moments of time were turned into digital data from adventures across the globe; I witnessed extraordinary wildlife action in extraordinary places.
Wore out a couple of Nikon cameras; broke more than $5000 worth of gear - some completely and beyond repair;
I used the third string lens to complete a commercial shoot; trashed a half dozen pair of pants and blew the crotch completely out of one;
left some of my own clothes with people on other continents who would appreciate them more than I would;
sent a 50 inch canvas print of a man and his wife to him weeks after she suddenly passed away - I'm grateful I was there to capture the moments before her passing;
I tossed in the trash three pairs of boots because they were done being useful; logged more than 50,000 air miles and I have no idea how many on my pickup;
pulled thorns out of my legs and ass on two continents;
swam naked across an Alaskan glacial river in the dark with just a headlamp while the gear and guns were left behind;
slept overnight, outside, in a wet down sleeping bag - twice; stood in front of a young man holding an AR-15 . . . for 20 minutes - we did not speak the same language - that was interesting;
I get to live in a place where for at least half the year I can keep ice-cream outside without it melting; watched our kids play violin, and sing during and after school programs; shoveled snow; stacked fire wood;
witnessed the sun come up more than 250 times; and, I'm busy, I can't remember a moment when I did not have something enjoyable and fun to do.
I love my life! Here are more outdoor photographs from 2014:
After all of that, I'd like to share a few things I learned -
1. Stay focused on the goals.
2. Pay attention to details - every singe one!
3. Clean your sensor - often!
4. Have two but preferably three back up plans.
5. Things will go wrong - again.
6. There's time for work, and there's time for play - don't confuse them and don't get too distracted by either one.
8. Most of all, it's a lot better to be happy than it is to be right . . .
9. Success is a team effort, you can't make it alone. . .
10. If you're not making mistakes, you're doing something else very wrong!
If you've gotten this far, thank you. What photographs or adventures do you remember from 2014 and do you have any advise of your own for 2015?
Here's to a happy new year 2015!