2014 Review

In landscape, lawrence, long exposureby Robert Lussier1 Comment

It’s that time of year again — time to recap my year in photography.

I picked 14 images this year, most of which have been published here on my blog and at least one (maybe two) that I haven’t gotten around to posting yet. Extra points of you can find it (them).

They are not necessarily my best images from the year — they represent some of my favorite images from my favorite moments throughout the year. They are presented here in random order.

As I was going through my catalog I noted a few things that speak to my creative evolution  and my style.

  • The lack of HDR. This is the first year since doing this Blogging thing that I haven’t included a single HDR image. It is still a tool I use, but not as often. I’ll have to explore the reasoning and do a blog post about it.
  • The predominance of Black and White imagery. I find myself shooting more and more with black and white in mind.
  • Camera selection. All of the shots that made this list were hot with my Olympus IMD system (mostly my E-M1, a couple with the E-M5). I barely touched my Nikon D700. That makes my migration to the small mirrorless system pretty much complete.

Anyway, on to the images. I’ll start with the image above — my first grandson, Connor Thomas Lussier. He was born in September to very nervous, but proud first time parents, Jessica Lussier and my son, Thomas Lussier. Needless to say, Connor provided some new life to this Holiday Season. I’m sure you’ll see many photos of him throughout 2015.

The rest are below. Enjoy!

Lo Presti

Lo Presti Park

I found myself shooting the Boston Skyline from Lo Presti Park more this year than ever before. This is my personal favorite shot from my visits this year.

Stone Mill

Stone Mill 

 What Year-End list from me would be complete without a shot of the Lawrence Mills? This one was captured during one of the Historic Mills Photo Walks I host with my friend, Steven Perlmutter. In fact, I may have stolen this comp from him.

Boston Skyline

Stone Mill

October 2014 found me playing host to a group of Photographer friends from around the country. The directionally challenged NXNW gathered in the Boston area then we made our way to Acadia National Park in Maine. We had plenty of time and energy to photograph whatever crossed our path. Here is a shot of the Boston skyline as seen from Lo Presti Park in East Boston — the site of a dawn shoot the day before we headed up to Maine.

Scott Wyden Kivowitz in the Everett Mill

Scott Wyden in Stone Mill

One of the advantages of hosting NXNW is the fact that I got to treat some friends to my own photographic haunts, so the Stone and Everett Mills were my “must shoot’ list. Here is a shot of my friend, Scott Wyden Kivowitz framing a shot in the Everett Mill.

Nubble Light

Scott Wyden in Stone Mill

On Saturday we hit the road for Acadia planning a couple of stops to shoot lighthouses. Nubble was the first stop. The rain and wind couldn’t dampen our spirits. We spent about two hours working the storm.

Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake

One of my favorite black and white shots from the trip: Eagle Lake. We stopped here basically to kill time before heading out for a sunset shoot at Bass Head Light.

Otter Dawn

Otter Dawn

Our NXNW routine was pretty consistent. Wake up early, photograph the sunrise then get head into town for a great breakfast. This was my last shot on the last morning of the trip. A gorgeous sunrise on the coast. We set up near Thunder Hole. That’s Otter Cliff off in the distance.

DC Metro

DC Metro

At the end of October I made my annual trip to DC to run the Marine Corps Marathon for Team Chris. When I wasn’t running I was looking for things to shoot. And the DC Metro is always a great place to get a shot!

Washington Monument

I hung around DC the day after the race to shoot around the National Mall. While photographing Abe Lincoln is always fun, the vantage point of the Lincoln Memorial provides some cool views and lends some great architectural elements.

Washington Monument

Motif 1

Motif 1

Photographers who live in New England are required by law to pay at least one visit in their lifetime to Rockport, MA to get their take on the classic Mottif #1 — that little red lobster shack. Here is a long exposure take on it I captured back in May.

Tremont Nail Company

Tremont Nail Company

Whenever I visit my buddy, Fran Coughlin, at the bottom of the state, he manages to find an interesting thing or two for me to photograph. Back in June he treated me it the Tremont Nail Company. It is abandoned and completely shuttered, so shooting the interior was not an option. This timeless view from the Wareham River made it worth the trip. 

Empty Chair

Empty Chair

Along Rte. 3 in rural New Hampshire there is an abandoned barn across from an abandoned house attached to which there is a porch with this empty, tattered chair. The has almost a dust-bowl feel to it.  The property is under agreement, so I suspect this rural goodness won’t last long.

Kinsman Falls

Kinsman Falls

Photographing the Waterfalls in The White Mountains is another favorite summer ritual of mine. The conditions don’t always cooperate, but I do manage to capture at least one memorable shot each year. This is my favorite from 2014.

 

 

Comments

  1. Great selection of photos, i like them all, you definitely had a great photographic year of 2014. Wish you all the best for 2015, looking forward to seeing more from you!

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