2016 was a year of relatively little photography for me. In years past, I had been focused on planning and producing special images for my Costa Rica coffee table book, National Parks of Costa Rica, which saw the light of day in early January. With that done, my work emphasis shifted this year.
- In addition to the usual magazine articles, I worked on e-books (Lightroom for the Nature Photographer is out, and I've started work on three more).
- I did a fair amount of internal office work related to my photo tour company Foto Verde Tours.
- I scouted new destinations for our photo workshops, within Costa Rica and in other areas of Latin America.
- And I continued to work on my new conservation photography NGO, which has a final name, the New World Conservation Photography Group!
But I still found the time to take a few photos here and there :-) Looking back on my photo work from this year and the pictures I've selected to include in this blog post, I was happy to see a continuing evolution of my nature photography style. I'm putting more and more effort into looking for strong compositions and images that give a sense of place; though I still like a clean classic portrait of a great looking species, I didn't do many of those this year.
After selecting my favorites, I was pleased to note that there is a pretty equal amount of wide angle, macro, and long lens work represented. I enjoy photographing nature photography in all of its aspects. I tend to get bored pretty quickly if I'm photographing the same way, so tackling everything from landscapes to macro to birds and wildlife helps keep me fresh and also forces me to get creative and improve my technique in different areas.
Just two notes on the photos included here. First, I added a 13th favorite down at the bottom. It's not a nature photo, but I really liked it! And second, two of my very best photos from 2016 are not included here. I want to see how they do in the big nature photography contest next year (you know the one!), so I've chosen to keep them under wraps for now. We'll see :-)
Without further adieu, I hope that you enjoy the photos I've selected here and that you learn a bit from the tech data included along with each image.
Happy New Year to all!
FINALLY, BELOW ARE SOME SHOTS I LIKED BUT THAT DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT.
I'll be sharing these via my Instagram and Facebook pages throughout the year :-)
Thanks as always for visiting. It's a pleasure for me to be able to share my photography experiences with you. I wish everyone a peaceful and productive 2017!