A Year Behind the Lens

Noteworthy Shoots

The year of 2016 was the year of the camera for me. Those who have known me the longest know Dad threw an old Pentax in my had at around six years of age. So I have had a camera in my hand for quite some time. It put me through school. It defined college and high school. It took a hiatus as my career headed to the world of college bowl games and sunny Miami. But it never left.

The last five years the camera has come back. In a big way and it has become a part of my professional journey, for sure. But it grew to be a part of my every day, defining my adventures. I took more images this past calendar year than any before and as I looked back at what I captured – I have been truly blessed.


From a road trip where the fisheye remained on the dashboard, to thousands of images from the basketball arenas around the country, the camera was at my side. The blue angels never disappoint. Mother nature, truly one of my favorite subjects. The simplicity and peace of the first-ever 14er to the family trek to Miramar.

2016 Miramar Air Show  U.S. Navy Blue Angels

2016 Miramar Air Show U.S. Navy Blue Angels

So many have joined me on this journey with the camera and what a fun ride this year was. I tried to find some of my favorites in MY BEST OF 2016. I am sure I left some out. In fact I know I did… but it is on to 2017. I can’t wait.

Reno Super Moon

Noteworthy Shoots

Usually the roughly 90 minutes between the time the basketball team arrives to an arena for a road game and the actual tip-off is painfully slow. Nothing to do. Set-up is done in 10 minutes. And we sit and wait. However, with a moon event of a lifetime taking place, it was an opportunity on November 14, 2016.

“This full moon will be not only the closest and brightest supermoon of 2016but also the largest since 1948, Bob Berman, an astronomer at the Slooh Community Observatory, told Space.com. What’s more, the full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034, according to a statement from NASA.”  — http://www.space.com/34515-supermoon-guide.html

Playing at the University of Nevada, we arrived at 5:05 for a 7 pm start. Set-up, run tests. Now 5:10. So I grabbed the camera, and found a peak sitting at 4,600 feet. And I waited. At first it looked like I might have to leave. The Super Moon was taking it’s sweet time arriving. Slowly the glow began behind the mountain peaks. Before I knew it, the fullest moon we will see until 2034.

I hope the next one I am not waiting on a game to tipoff.


Colorado Super Moon

Nature Photography, Noteworthy Shoots, Photography

The year 2014 is shaping up to be the year of the Moon for me. With the lunar eclipse/blood moon in April, the massive full moon in June and now the Super Moon July 11-12. This one happen to come when I was at one of my favorite places, Waneka Lake and home in Lafayette, Colorado. The two showed off for me big time Friday night, early Saturday morning. Here is what I saw through the lens. Enjoy.