2020 is coming to a close and I am sure that your with me when I say, “good riddance!” This was a year of difficulty and disappointment. There’s not really much else to say that hasn’t been said by everyone throughout the year so I’ll just get in to my post.
I had a surprisingly productive 2020. Not so much for my landscape photography, but I stayed extremely busy providing photography services such as weddings, engagement sessions, senior sessions, and family sessions. Since I was so busy doing other types of photography, I didn’t really get to put much time furthering myself in this genre. However, I did manage to get some photos that I am very happy with. I even noticed a slight shift in my style of photography. I’m not sure if anyone else noticed what I am talking about but I am excited to explore down that path as we go in to 2021.
Another disappointment, (albeit quite minor when compared to so many others’), we did not get to go on the trips we had planned. We had an epic year and even some bookings to Washington, Oregon, Florida, and Colorado that we had to cancel, which was a bummer because I was excited to begin showing the world to my one year old. But we did manage a few local vacations around Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. That was kind of nice because sometimes it’s so easy to dream of visiting far away places and forget there are some great places to see within a few hours from home.
The clear highlight of my year in photography came in July when rumors of a visible comet started to circulate around social media. A couple photos started to pop up too. Ever since I started photographing seriously I had dreams of another Hale-Bopp type of comet that would make for some really cool photos. So one night, just to see, I got up at 2:30am and ventured down to the lakeshore to see what I could see, if anything. I looked north and sure enough, a clearly visible tail rose from the horizon. I set up for a picture and it was even brighter in the picture! That began about two weeks of nightly ventures around Door County as the comet only got brighter and brighter. I gave up a lot of sleep to catch those images but it was worth it every night. As I write this in late-December 2020 I still have photos that I need to sort through. While it wasn’t quite the Hale-Bopp event of 1997, it was stunning nonetheless.
That brings me to my annual favorite photos of the year post. I have narrowed down all my photos of the year down to my top 10 favorites. As always it is very difficult to cut it down to 10, so I may have included some extras at the end of the post. 🙂
These are in the order of date taken. It was difficult enough to cut the list to 10, there is no way I can also rank them! haha