Above: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in The OBX. The lines of the fast moving clouds accented this iconic landmark against a beautiful North Carolina sunset! My unicorn!
Once again, looking back on the past year seems to follow a theme of change that the previous two years produced as well. With that said, the major changes in 2016 were beneficial to my photography where the previous two years were not quite as inspirational!
The first change happened just before the new year when my name got pulled out of the hat in a Gogo Internet/Scottevest raffle, yielding an approximate $5000 prize package, including a brand new Sony A7II camera. This was significant as it became my first venture into a full frame digital sensor, as well as toe dipping into the mirrorless camera technology. It didn't take long to sell off the Canon gear and go Sony all the way, however, this was by no means a knock on my Canon. It served me brilliantly for 3-4 years and I can tell you that I would have been just fine moving into the new year with the 60D, but it just didn't make sense to work both of them and the new technology won out, along with the photographic inspiration that new gear tends to bring with it!
The second change was our moving to Lexington, TN in July. Reelfoot Lake was about the only good inspiration photographically in the Dyer County area and as good as it is, you can only go back to the well so often before boredom sets in! Henderson County has the wonderfully beautiful Natchez Trace State Park, covered in beautiful pines and kudzu, and flanked by more than a handful of lakes, rolling hills and beautiful farm land. It's no Smoky Mountain National Park area, but there's plenty to get excited about here!
As a result, the number of photo outings for me increased this year, and, in my opinion, the quality of images benefited! It also did not hurt the cause making another trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in April, however, Mother Nature did make this trip more challenging for sure!
So without wasting too much time yapping about, here are a few images from the past 12 months that stuck out in my mind. They are listed specifically in chronological order, all taken with the new Sony.