In March I traveled to Tucson to work an Adobe sponsored event as the resident Adobe 'expert'. The job opportunity was a first, and the realization of a major career goal.
The day started early by photographing the desert at sunrise, another first for me on many levels.
Pauly Pavilion, UCLA
Two days later I worked the same event in Los Angeles on the campus of my alma mater, UCLA.
Central Park, New York
We spent two days in New York on our way to London for our first European vacation. It was my first spring visit to NYC.
I met Abraham and gave him a print of the illustrated-photo portrait I created of him, title 'Abraham Sings'. We didn't know each other. He didn't know that I had created a portrait of him. It was an awkward and emotional meeting, and very rewarding.
Travel is good for the soul, and relationships.
We spent three nights in Portland which included a visit to the Pittock Trail. and Mt. Hood National Forest, Cascade Locks.
The last trip of the year was a single day drive to the desert for business. I spent the morning in search of photo ops while Blaise worked.
We drove through Glamis on the way home. I've never been. Unfortunately we were not able to pull off of the road for photos. I captured this from the window of our moving car. I must return for a closer look.
A year for noteworthy achievement.
PePcon Conference Speaker
I presented two sessions at PePcon in San Diego. This was my first time speaking at a conference, and something that had been on my goals list for several years.
Here are some of this year's photographs that became illustrated zoo portraits
Close to Home
I did a fair amount of photographing people and places close by, something I admittedly should be doing more of. I am extremely lucky to live in such a beautiful place.
The background image is a sculpture at the UCSD Extension campus where I teach. I've been photographing this sculpture for four years now. This was taken on May 11.
I photographed Crusin Grand in Escondido twice which is not nearly enough.
I spent a very enjoyable morning walking the city of San Diego with my camera before meeting family at Petco Park for a Padre Game. It felt like being on vacation.
We celebrated my parents anniversary at the track. I spent some of my time taking pictures while the rest of the family picked ponies.