I’m not sure how another year has passed by so quickly. As I sit down to write, there is only a week and a half left in 2019. And not just another year has disappeared, but another decade! Ten years ago, I had just purchased my first DSLR, a 12 mega-pixel Nikon D90. Yes, I was a little late adopting digital. I did not believe the technology would stick around!

Perusing my Lightroom catalogue from 2009, I found many family snaps, some wildlife shots, and numerous nature images. A lot has happened since then! So, here are a few reflections on cats, a personal project, and my favourites from this year.

The Present

Looking back through my photographs from this past year, I still find a variety of nature and wildlife images; notably, pictures of birds. However, photos of our two crazy Bengal cats, Aslan and Daisy, have replaced the family snaps. Who doesn’t love cute cat pictures? I would be remiss if I didn’t include some here for you! But, street photography images are the most prevalent by far. This genre of photography has become my creative therapy. I can do it almost anywhere at any time. And no more DSLR! Today I am 100% mirrorless, choosing to shoot with my Fujifilm X100F and X-T3.

This year has been a relatively quiet one, photographically speaking. I did not take any trips to exotic or far off locations. However, I did manage to spend lots of time photographing locally. Vancouver is a beautiful place to live. A dynamic city set against the sea and mountains. Tourists travel from all corners of the globe to visit this city. So why not stay local and take advantage of all the Lower Mainland has to offer.

Around the House

At this time last year, we had just moved into our home after extensive renovations. We had new windows and a skylight. The way the natural light played with objects in the house inspired me to document what I saw. It was interesting observing how the light changed throughout the year. The morning light in the summer flooded the kitchen. In the fall, the low evening sun created beautiful shadows through the dining room and front entry windows. Each day, new shadows and textures inspired me to shoot.

Here are a few of my favourite images from this ongoing project.

Favourite Ten

This year I participated in the 24HourProject for the second time. Even though it poured with rain, I captured some of my favourite images of the year during the event.

Being true to my roots, I couldn’t have a top ten list without a couple of nature photographs! The Anna’s hummingbird was shot out of my kitchen window after a freak snowstorm early in the year.

Rounding out the top ten are a selection of recent street shots. I’m not sure of the significance, but I captured eight of my top picks in the last four months of the year.

So here they are, in no particular order, my favourite ten photographs taken in 2019. These are not necessarily the most “liked” images on my social media feeds, but rather the shots of which I am most proud.

Thank You

I would like to wish all of you peace, joy and happiness this Christmas. Thank you for all your thoughtful comments and feedback this year, and for following me along my photographic journey.

Cheers, and until next time, have a safe holiday and a happy New Year!