Photography: Year in Review

I thought I would start 2012 by looking back at 2011.  These aren’t necessarily my best images or even my favorites, but as I was going through my archives this morning with fresh eyes, these are the ones that stood out and spoke to me.

January — I woke up early one morning and the most beautiful soft glow was coming through the window and on impulse I grabbed my camera and went down to the lakefront.  I was so excited about the beauty of the sunrise that I didn’t even mind I’d left the house without gloves.

February — We had a HUGE blizzard in Chicago last year, perhaps you heard about it.  A day or so later when the city was still quiet I ventured out.  There is just something so eerie about an empty swingset.

I walk through this alley from time to time, stupidly as it is actually pretty sketchy.  It’s definitely not one of the seven wonders, but I loved how on this day with the sun and the dripping water, something unsightly became ethereal and beautiful.

March — This was one of the first photos I took with my 50mm 1.4 and I love how milky the background is.

A total contrast from the previous photo in terms of color.  This was another gorgeous winter sunrise over Lake Michigan.

April — A European trip to Paris and Rome.  I have never been so inspired life wise and photographically.  I can’t go back soon enough.  One of my favorite parts of Paris was walking along the SEine, exploring the famous book stalls.

I enjoyed the hidden beauties of Roman streets above the typical tourist draws.

May — Does anything say Chicago like “The Bean”?  It’s overdone, but I still love this view as it reflects the city back.

June — I think being a concert photographer would be so much fun.  The effects, the grain, the emotion.  Too bad I am more of a morning person than a night owl.  I could never keep the hours needed.

July — The mist rolled in on Chicago and it was just incredible.  I’ve never seen anything like fog covering everything in the afternoon.  It stops everything.

August — I spent the summer and fall photographing local women owned businesses for Crave’s second edition of their Chicago guidebook.  I loved meeting the amazing women that I did and taking photos that represented their businesses.  I love the Alice in Wonderland quality of this photo.

September — This photo was taken on an impromptu sunset walk with my husband and my dog and is proof that great photos can come from a “point and shoot” (Canon S95).

October — One of my favorite color combinations.  It’s the same colors as on my welcome mat.

November — Getting a little more personal.  I began capturing images of the nursery as it starts to come together.

December — It’s incredible the creativity that boredom can foster.

Here’s looking forward to the photos to come in 2012.  Happy New Years to you all!

January 1, 2012 - 5:58 pm

J.C.V. - I have to admit April and August are my favorite. Keep sharing! Happy New Year!

January 1, 2012 - 9:01 pm

Leslie Cawley - I think your imagery is fanatastic! Iike the details and the colors and even the black and white photos stand out! They definitely reflect your interests and what inspires you! I think the dog looks pretty cute by the way. Very festive. I can tell you enjoy travelling all over the world and learning about other cultures and just getting an up close view of things to capture them in different lights. Keep up the great work!

January 1, 2012 - 11:41 pm

Elizabeth - Very nice, Brighid. Thanks for sharing your year! Happy 2012 to you!

January 2, 2012 - 1:03 am

samstar3 - Your photographic eye is amazing! Your work inspires me to find what may not be seen on the first glance. Thank you for sharing, and God bless you and your husband with your future baby!

January 2, 2012 - 9:04 pm

The Sleepy Porn Star - love all of them! happy new year!!

January 4, 2012 - 1:03 pm

coreynischan - I stumbled across your blog and was mesmerized by the images. I really enjoy your perspective. Beautiful.

All the best in the new year ~ Corey

January 11, 2012 - 2:10 pm

Hindupur Avinash Avinsah - Wow.. Very good angles, I liked the colors especially! Very vibrant. May I know if any post processing was done?

January 11, 2012 - 4:51 pm

ozimages - Thanks! I did make some adjustments in Lightroom, and I did add a filter to one, but not too much was done.

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