This post was inspired by Brian Auer over at Epic Edits, who wrote a great post with his favorite photos from 2008. I was going to try to pick my favorite photo from each month, but with over 7,000 finished shots to look through, it was taking too long. So here are my favorite three (sometimes four) shots from each month of 2008. This post will also be entered in Jim Goldstein’s “Your Best Photos of 2008” project.
In January I started experimenting with geotagging. I still do not have the discipline to geotag 100% of my photos, but I’m getting better.
In February we drove to Santa Cruz to do some shooting. We also drove up El Camino Real from San Jose to Burlingame, shooting neon along the way. I came back with a lot of neon from that drive.
March was marked by a trip to Utah, where spent a couple of nights shooting neon around Ogden and Salt Lake. I also participated in a show at the 3rd Street Grill in San Francisco along with three other artists. This was the first public showing of my photos, and it was a lot of fun!
In April Melissa and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. She surprised me with a hot air balloon ride over the Napa valley and the Canon 10-22mm EF-S lens to shoot it with!
In May the company I work for sent me to the Berkshire-Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha. I was out late every night — you guessed it — shooting neon. I also attended a photowalk along 23rd Street in Richmond.
A highlight of June was attending the Chihuly show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The de Young has a sane photography policy, which makes it a fun place to visit with a camera. I also shot the graffiti at the Coliseum Yards in Oakland, and did some night shooting around the port of Oakland.
July was a busy month photographically speaking. The July Challenge was to shoot one light fixture per day for the month. I really enjoyed that challenge, and it has made me much more aware of the lights in places that I go.
In August I joined Thomas Hawk and Justin Korn for a night time photowalk and light painting shoot on Treasure Island. I also made a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to shoot the jellyfish exhibit before it was closed.
Seeing the Psychedelic Furs at an Oracle sponsored event on Treasure Island was probably the highlight of September.
October found me exploring the buildings of Embarcadero Center. There are quite a few photos that are waiting in the queue to be processed.
Several photowalks during the month means that there are still a lot of photos to be processed from November.
This was a month of neon. The shorter days meant more time to shoot at night. I explored Oakland and San Leandro with Thomas Hawk, spent a weekend in the central coast area of California shooting neon, and started playing with a Polaroid. There are literally thousands of photos waiting to be processed from December.