During 2022 I felt like things were getting back to nearly normal, but we still did not travel as much as we did pre-COVID. Hopefully we will be traveling more in 2023. In February we took a brief trip to Arizona primarily to get some sunshine. While there I was able to capture this sunset with saguaro and cholla cactus in the foreground.
In April I visited Skagit Valley several times to shoot the tulip festival. I like the bands of color in this image of the tulip fields
I decided to try something different shooting the tulips. This is a multiple-exposure image. I was hand holding my camera so the different exposures do not line up exactly which gives this photo an impressionistic feeling.
In May we visited Japan to celebrate my father-in-law’s 103rd birthday. After the celebration I traveled on to Kyoto and Nara to do some photography. This is Ryoanji Temple Garden, one of the most famous zen gardens in Japan. I just love this minimalist garden with the early spring trees in the background.
In Kyoto I also visited the Temple of the Golden Pavilion. There were some iris blooming and I was able to capture the iris with a reflection of the Golden Pavilion in the back ground. I like the abstract golden reflection which makes this image look like a byobu painting.
The azaleas were blooming when I visited Kyoto. I found these blooms at Fushimi Inari Shrine. This image is a double exposure with the first exposure sharp and the second exposure out of focus. I think it gives the image a soft feeling.
After Kyoto I visited Nara and Hasedera Temple. I like this view of the pagoda with part of the temple in the foreground.
In July we attended a family reunion at Lakeside, OH. On the 4th of July they had a fireworks show and I was able to capture this image using a long exposure with a tripod. In Japanese the word for fireworks literally means “fireflowers”. In this image they really do look like flowers.
In August we took a brief trip up to British Columbia. This is Ganges Harbor on Salt Spring Island at sunset.
After Salt Spring Island we spent several days in Victoria. One morning I got up early to shoot the Inner Harbour at dawn. I like the illuminations and reflections in this image.
Happy New Year Everyone. I hope 2023 will see a return to more normal times and with some luck our paths may cross. Feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear which images you like.
Great images! I have been doing the same practice for years and started a few years back collecting a round up of links to other photographers doing the same thing. I would love to add a link to you if you are willing (no sales or spam or anything like that). Here it is if you are interested! https://www.photographyandtravel.com/submit-a-link-to-your-top-2022-images/