It was a a busy and exciting 2014. On my video side of things I covered some great events (Red Wings Alumni Game, NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl, Tigers Regular Season and Playoffs etc.) and told some great stories about athletes and everyday people through projects with Detroit Public Television and Good Problem Productions. I’ve been lucky to work with some great story tellers, especially at NFL Films. I love the story telling aspect of my work, especially when I get the chance to tell the stories of people whose stories aren’t well known and are inspiring. This idea of story telling bleeds over in to my photography OR maybe it is my photography that inspires my story telling?
I’ve always thought that the photograph is the most powerful medium there is. The story telling made with one single photo can be very powerful, inspiring and spark imagination. It’s very easy to take photographs, I mean we all have cell phones or some kind of camera and I’m guilty of snapping a TON of pictures. Although a lot of those might not have a specific story, it’s okay because I’m capturing memories that can be passed on through generations. Now, those snapping shots are great but there are times I want to tell stories. This is the mind set I use when I go out “professionally”. I try to find angles/light/compositions that can tell the story of the scene whether it is literal or symbolizing something. My end goal of my photographs is to make people think outward and inward, spark conversation and thoughts, and sometimes just smile.
Here is the list for my Top 10 Photographs of 2014. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed bringing them to you.
#10- “Surrounded, yet alone”
This photo is a little more darker in theme. I loved the natural side light entering the forest on this late summer day. I was walking down the trail and saw this one tree standing out. It was almost a perfect storm, centered in the frame, the pathway and front of the tree lit while the other trees are almost watching, waiting. I think, like most artwork, what you see and feel about this photograph can be completely different than what the person next to you sees and feels. That is one of the powers of art and the creative mind.
Around Summer time I was interested in trying some Macro shots. I don’t have the lens I really want for this but the one I have still does a good job. I found this guy while I was capturing some Butterfly’s that were all over one of our many flowers. I photographed this guy at many different angles but I found this one to be the most intriguing. I loved how his little arms are resting on the flower that he was snacking on. Shooting at this angle gives the perspective of peaking in on the life of a Grasshopper.
When I look to capture something I am always thinking of a story or purpose of the shot. Composition, perspective and the ability to see and use light are very important. In this photograph I wanted a unique and different angle of capturing a flower. Flowers are pretty in their own right and make for some great pictures but the key is to find a story in every shot. I decided to get down and dirty for this one. A pretty simple approach, laying down on my back shooting back up toward the flower. I loved the idea of “reaching for the sky”, a symbol always looking up and striving to go as far as you can, never having a ceiling for your potential. I think with this photograph I captured what I wanted with the texture and the color being a huge plus. On composition, see how this is captured, with the other flowers in the background, showing that this single flower is part of something but also can stand alone.
This one was pretty simple. Going in I wanted to get some shots of Cow heads for my Mother (per her request). Out of all the ones on the farm, this one stood out to me with beautiful color mixture. I loved this angle, “up close and personal” and adding the monochrome emphasizes the uniqueness of this particular photograph
Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida. It was an ordinary sunset over the ocean but this one stood out to me with the sun peaking out of the low level clouds as it was reaching the horizon.
Sunrise from the edge of Lake Michigan on Old Mission Peninsula in Northern Michigan. This was such a surreal location with inspiring light. You will see more from here further up the list!
The iconic Spirit of Detroit statue captured as an HDR image. The city of Detroit has so many iconic and historic elements and this one is right up there on the list. Set on Woodward and Jefferson Ave., this statue is part of the rich history of the city.
An evening walk turned out to be very productive. I loved the soft side light of the setting sun across this field. I also loved how these wildflowers were almost reaching out to the light, soaking up every last ounce the sun had to offer.
Same location as photograph #5, warm beautiful colors of twilight reflecting on the calm water off Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan.
Now for my favorite photograph from 2014:
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