I don’t normally do blog posts with 30+ pictures, but I also haven’t done a “Best Of” post in a long time. Actually, I didn’t even do one for 2011, so it’s been quite a while. Anyway, since my Adobe Lightroom tells me that I took approximately 10,000 photos in 2012, I’ll be splitting up my Best of 2012 blog post into 3 entries: “Places,” “Artistic,” and “People.” It was too hard to put them all in one post, especially since my wife and I got the opportunity to travel to Europe last March (we left a year ago today). The below images were hand selected for the “Places” category – as you’ll see, a lot of them are from England or France, which was expected! I never even really did any blog posts about our trip to Europe – there were just too many pictures and too many stories. Overwhelming. Maybe I’ll still do that in the future, but not right now. A few pictures from Austin also made the cut at the bottom, but unfortunately none from Chicago – still my favorite place to photograph, but I didn’t get back there with my camera very much last year. Alright, enough words – enjoy the pictures. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I took the equivalent of 416 rolls of film last year. Crazy.
I PROMISE that Europe pictures are coming soon, but I couldn’t help myself with this one – it just needed more attention. The featured image for this post is titled “Bloom,” and it’s also featured in the previous blog entry. Bloom is one of those pictures I took, reviewed on my camera screen, and knew right away that I was going to love the final product. I also knew that what I saw on my camera screen wouldn’t be nearly the same as the final product. Normally, I don’t let everyone in on the behind-the-scenes stuff, but this time, I decided to do just that.
I use Adobe Lightroom pretty extensively to enhance every picture before I publicize it. Lightroom is an essential tool for importing picture files, selecting the photos I want to edit, publishing them, and creating archives of old “albums” of imported images. Most people think about Photoshop when they hear “editing photos,” but I haven’t touched Photoshop in months. IN FACT, I only have Photoshop Elements installed on my computer right now – not even a full version of Photoshop. Anyways, I used almost all the “weapons” in the Lightroom “arsenal” to get the final product just the way I wanted.