Friday, December 30, 2011

one year of photography: a best of

Wow, its been almost a year since I got my camera last January. What an amazing ride this has been, taking hold of a new interest and diving fully into it. I've upgraded lenses, styles, locations and time schedules. I love the variety of subjects I've been able to shoot, from San Marcos sports, to Joe surfing, to awe-inspiring nature that I will never be able to fully capture.

Thank you so much to anyone who has helped me out, whether you've posed, helped at a shoot, made a suggestion, or just viewed my blog. In 12 months, I've gone from 87 views last January to 626 in October with nearly 4,000 total views. Oh and I took 19,992 pictures. That I haven't deleted. I'm excited to see what 2012 will bring.

Here are my personal favorite pictures from the last year. Please enjoy! I would love to hear what people like the most.

My first day shooting:

And my camera's first time on a hike:
Dewey Clover Moss and Rocks.jpg

Burned Log and Moss

Bleached Log by Seven Falls

A lot of biking occurred:
Bike Tire Facing the Sun

Sunset Pointing at Cole

Sometimes it was cold:
Night Shot of Roundabout

or hot:
Alone on the Dune


The Balladiers rocked Santa Barbara:
Pale Light On Taylor


Kai with Backlit Bass

Riley and Carter Jamming

A lot of people ran fast and jumped far:


Best Jumper

Pure Speed

I experimented with some new ideas and went all over town:
Close up of Milky Splash

Ranch House Courtyard in Golden Night Light

Close Up on Fortnight Lily

Pier, Harbor and the Islands

Carpenteria to Ventura at Night

Stern's Wharf Behind Driftwood

Woodpecker Poking Out of His Nest

The Light After the Storm

I went to Thailand:
Eyes that Don't Forget

Thai Toddler Grin

Terraced Rice Paddy Farm

Haunting Eyes

Jungle Couch

Drifting Gaze

View From the Door

Inquisitive Child

And I took my favorite portrait there:
Thai Smile

I backpacked across the Sierra Nevada Mountains and camped on top of Mt. Whitney:
Scramblers Near Water

The Cliffs and Trees

Mirror in the Lake

Kern Sliding By

Sunrise on Mt. Whitney

Emerald Waters of Hamilton

There were fun things to document around town:
The Ugly Ugly Monster

A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush

The Carpet Moss

And I found film!
Black and White Bathrobe

I went to Santa Cruz Island before school started back up:
Potato Harbor from Above

Fishing From Afar

And Joe surfed a lot:
Joe by Sunlight

Up Top

Carving Back Down

Standing Surf Spray Sunset

People just kept running:
The Pack

Game Face

El Piqueno Blanco Diablo

Post Race Awwwwwww

And I started documenting other San Marcos things:
Up For Two

And of course took pictures of sunsets:
A Farewell Treat

Thank you , thank you, thank you for viewing my photoblog now or ever.


  1. Fantastic Blog!
    Fantastic Post!

    Thank You!
    Greetings from Portugal!

  2. awesome stuff aaron, cant wait for what 2012 holds

  3. Russell HollidayMay 23, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    epic photos!