What 2020 Taught Me About My Photography
and my favorite top 10 landscape photography images of the year.
2020…probably not the year any of us wanted. Certainly not an easy year for anyone. With the stress of this year came a creative burnout and the lack of motivation to take new images. As the year went on, I started craving to take photos again – this time focusing on the little details that make a place special. I have taken my home for granted in the past. But if 2020 taught me anything in photography, it’s to focus on your creativity to make an image interesting, rather than the grandeur of a spot. Here is a collection of my favorite top 10 images from the year. I really hope you enjoy them!
glad you are getting back out there hiking and exploring.
Like you, I have spent much of the year exploring the bay, but also Yosemite, Mendocino, Lassen, and Mono counties, among others, and many trips down to Atascadero and Central California. Not being able work or able to travel to Hawaii, Bali, Iceland, Norway and my annual month long trip to Europe, really put a damper on the year, or so I thought…Hiking up Tam and other hilltops in Marin, as well as my Oak tree Milky Way chases- inspired by your tracked, tree images-changed the year from a downer, to an “aha” year. What was, for a few months, a downer due to being “non-essential,” and not able to work, actually opened up my time for hikes and exploring California and spending time with my family. The local adventures have been therapeutic and some of the best days of my life. I photographed many amazing scenes, that normally would have been missed due to international trips. The Dolomites, North Sea, and Alps are missed, but they will be there when we get there again. 2020 will always be a year to remember. So many terrible moments for millions of people around the world, but when I look back on it, I can’t help but feeling like it was a terribly successful year. I witnessed many moments in nature that were downright amazing. 2021 is here. Now just need to get out there, scout, breathe, smell, see, hike and find that magic. Hope 2021 is a good one for you.
The collisions between those clouds are spectacular. It’s amazing how just getting out there, walking, and putting in the foot steps with a fresh mind can really recharge the creativity and start to bring new stuff to life. I’ve been noticing it’s not the first, or second, or even third walk that gets me – it’s after that, that it starts to click. Thanks for the constant inspiration and incredible amount of work you put into each piece of art.