The sun has risen and set on yet another year of daily photos. It is hard to believe that 2011 is already gone but what an amazing year! I have been close to home all year but had the opportunity to explore so many of the wonders of Oregon. Family has been a huge part of the year with my sister's wedding and my nephew entering his second year with us. Life changes so quickly (as does my waistline, damn you tasty Portland food) and my love of photography has helped me to capture some of the most most important events this year. Sadly, this has been the first full year without any of my grandparents but while they may be gone I think about them often and imagine how exciting they would find life's events.
I decided to take a leaf out of Jacob Lucas' book and share with you my photo statistics from the past year. If you aren't a photo nerd it probably won't hold much interest for you so you can just skip to the next paragraph. This year I took almost 30,000 photos; 22,231 with my 1D Mark IV and 7,605 with my 1Ds Mark II. My most used lenses from highest to lowest were 70-200/f2.8, 100/f2.8 Marco, 16-35/f2.8 and 24/f1.4. The vast majority of my photographs were taken between 200 and 800 ISO but heavily weighted at the lower end of the spectrum.
The photograph below was taken at Island Park in Springfield, Oregon last week as I made my way to California for the holidays. As I approached Eugene the sky started to lighten and as soon as there was color I took the next exit and pulled over to get some help from my GPS to find a good vantage point to catch the sunrise. There was a small burst of orange as the sun crested the horizon and the waters of the Willamette River below were kind enough to catch the light.
I hope that the new year has wonderful things in store for all of us!
Canon 1Ds Mark II, Canon 16-35/f2.8L Mark II
23mm, f11, merged layers of 0.6, 5 and 10 sec @ 100 ISO