MY Top 8 photos from 2011

Well, It has been quite a year. I feel that I’ve grown leaps and bounds this year as a photographer, and with the addition of the new 5D(!!!!!!!) the sky’s the limit for 2012.
I thought I’d take a minute and pull my favorite photos from this past year and tell you a little bit about the shots.

It was a beautiful foggy frosty morning, not too long ago. I was the first one to get to work, but I didn’t stay there long. I got the itch to shoot so I grabbed my camera and ran out the door and was out of town before the boss lady could say "No". I was shocked and kind of sad that all the beautiful tree frost seemed to end as soon as I went west through the gap. Not to be discouraged, I headed up to Pactola. I wandered around the shore line and followed Tuesday (my dog) as she chased a squirrel. I got a couple other neat shots from that day, but it wasn't until I got back to my car and looked out through the trees at the lake again when I saw him. He was high in a tree, but the tree was down the hill so he was actually right at eye level. I left the car running and headed down the hill to see if I could get a better shot. I thought I might have a better chance if I went to the edge of the lake and tried to sneak up on him rather than to come at him through the trees. I was getting some nice shots of him up there when Tuesday decided to run the waterline right past him. This proved to be too much for his patience and he took flight. He was gone in a flash and I just shot. I didn’t even look at my camera until i got back to the office. I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw this one.


Rapid City got soooo much cooler this October when the Main Street Square finally opened. I took this shot of the lead singer of the band Lunar Funk Theory. They played for the grand opening. Great show! Great Night! Great shots!


Speaking of Main St Square, did I mention that it’s AWESOME!!! This little guy was checking out and contemplating the casual fountain run. Great shot in general, but I love the Alex Johnson in the back ground and the overall size represented in this photograph.


Sometimes its just a right place at the right time situation. I got invited out to the Linn Ranch (of Linn Brothers fame) to celebrate the 4th of July. These guys went all out! It was an exceptional party, but Mother Nature put on quite a show too. The sunset was unbeatable. Toss in an adorable little girl and some giant bubbles and you’ve got the recipe for awesomeness. I just happened to have my camera at the ready.


This shot is fantastic. We were doing a video shoot for the Strider Running Bikes. All these little guys had ridden their bikes like champs all afternoon. We were just about ready to call it a day when they all dropped their bikes and went out on the pier to look at the water. You can't set up a shot like this. Once again, just another “Right place at the right time” kind of moment. I grabbed the photo and the kids quickly went on with being kids. It was a great afternoon.


I love live music. This shot was taken at the R&R music festival. I’m not sure how the festival turned out, but the pictures sure were excellent. This one is of a Bluegrass (?) musician named Jalan Crossland, one of my personal favorites. He’s local enough to come around often, but famous enough to have his own Pandora channel. He stepped into the light at the right time for this shot. I just love the way the beam of light directs you to the subject matter. You can almost hear the sweet banjo pickin'.


My daughter is great. But she’s also one of the most photographed kids on the planet. Lucky for me she’s a trooper. “Anna, go climb up on that ledge and walk that way.” “Mom! Do I HAAAAVE to?!?!” “I’ll get you ice cream.” … anyway, you can see, for obvious reasons why these instructions were important. She’s the best.


This list wouldn’t be complete without this photo. The remarkable thing to me is that I took this with my iPhone. But what a perfect moment, huh? This was at the last Summer Nights of the season. There was an ominous storm threatening to shut everything down. I can’t remember if it actually did start raining or not. But none the less the sun came out long enough to cast a perfect rainbow right over Main St in Rapid City…. Another one of those “right place at the right time moments.”