I joined some photography friends for a trip to Charleston during January. The weather wasn't exactly hospitable, but that can be expected in winter. We still were able to visit some great locations and shoot a sunrise at Edisto Beach complete with snow flurries.
On many weekends during the winter and early spring months, I try to make as many little photo excursions as I can. I sometimes visit previous locations to try my hand at capturing them again or seek out new spots to explore. This year I went to many old and new spots like the Great Smoky Mountains, the Goat Farm in Atlanta, and visited the Jones Bridge spot on the river as I often do. These locations, along with any place I happen to visit for leisure or business, become a place to explore and photograph.
As summer started to roll in, I went down to the park one morning to shoot at sunrise. I then learned the Aquarium was opening early that day and not many people were there. I bought a ticket and went in to try my hand at taking images of the various exhibits and marine life. It was very low light and not everything worked as I hoped, but I did capture a few interesting scenes.
I made it to two airshows this year. One in Florida and the Warbirds Weekend in Atlanta. I have been attempting the necessary shooting techniques at these events "on the fly" and will get some interesting images on occasion. Either way, they are fun events to attend.
In September a group of us headed to the Savannah area to try our luck. We were lucky to visit great locations with some fantastic light. I came out of this trip with some images that I thought had a new creative direction for me. Something to explore further in 2017.
In October I experienced Acadia National Park for the first time on a workshop with David Akoubian and Cecil Holmes. It was just as great a trip as the one to Olympic NP and I was able to make some powerful images. I have never seen fall color that exploded like what we viewed that week.