I did a lot of traveling this year. When I broke it all down; it turns out in 2012 I was living out of a suitcase 7 out of the 12 months. Which is better (or worse, depending on your perspective) than 2011 where I lived out of a suitcase for 9 months.
My trajectory this year started in January with me leaving Saudi Arabia and hitting up the following:
I rested up for 2 months then I was at it again: JED > DMM > AMS > SEA > SAN > JFK > Amtrak to DC > SAN > SEA > AMS > DMM; with a few trips to Bahrain thrown in. Whew!! I’m exhausted just trying to remember it all…and the thing is, I’m about to hit the road again in a couple of weeks. So I thought I would share some of my favorite photos before the year is out.
Each photo is a favorite for its own reason, which is typically related to how I felt when I took the photo or when I reminisced over that event. And, some are my favorites because I liked the look once I got it out of the camera.
Following are my favorite photos from my travel adventures in 2012:
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The following photo is my all time favorite from 2012. It’s not the best from a technical standpoint. However, its become my favorite because these guys are the coolest guys I’ve ever met in Saudi Arabia. I was in Jeddah, taking tourist photos, and these guys invited me over to take a photo. This just does not happen in Saudi Arabia, most people don’t want to you get them in your photos so for these guys to be so open, was just awesome. I felt so grateful, and thankful that every time I see this photo and think of the encounter, I smile. People this is how you live forever, by touching peoples lives.
Though I didn’t take the following photos they made the list because it captures the pure exhilaration that I felt after I did my first skydive. I say my first because I loved it so much, that I plan to do it again. This really was a milestone. I’ve always thought I was brave, but now I know it. And, when I find myself fearful over little things I remember, “Girl, please! You’ve jumped out of a plane and loved it.”
I took a few photography workshops this year. One of them was a workshop on Night Photography. It was the best $75 I could have spent. It improved my skills in this area so much that two of those photos made my Best of 2012 cut:
Seeing the Grand Canyon truly is an awesome experience, and I took a ton of photos. However the best photos are the ones you capture right when the sun is rising. Yes…that means getting up early. In our case,we I had to get up at 4:30AM to make it to the park in time. It was painfully cold and windy, but totally worth it.
Seattle always makes the cut when it comes to great photos. Why? Simply put, this city is beautiful. I’ve said it before, but I’m saying it again, I love Seattle. Though I’m from San Diego, I’ve adopted Seattle as my hometown. Yes, it rains a lot. But, the plants need to eat and the payoff is those spring and summer months when it’s just gorgeous.
I spent four days in Amsterdam while the Gay Pride Festival was in full swing. OMG!! The best daytime outdoor party I think I’ve ever been to. The whole city gets involved in this event; gays, straights, young, old, public service personnel, the whole nine. The lanes along the canals were packed with people watching the Naughty Boat Parade. The people watching itself was spectacular; locals were hanging out their windows or chilling on the roof tops with drinks in hand. This photo, though not the best, when I saw it later I smiled because it captures the fabulous vibe of the that afternoon.
I’ve been to San Francisco more times than I can remember but when I went in August it was probably one of my favorites. I was staying with friends, who are awesome and showed me a good time. And, the fog was just the right amount of perfect for me to get this great photo of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Last by not least is this Black and White at the Lincoln Memorial. I don’t know what was going on with me on this trip. This was a double city tour. We went to NYC then took the train to DC. I LOVE DC!! However, I don’t really like any of the photos. When in NYC I took a ton of photos in Harlem that promised to be grand, but I accidentally deleted them (Argh!!!!!!!). Then I got to DC and the photos I took during the day weren’t as vibrant as the could have been do to the filter I had on my lens. And, I didn’t notice it until it was pretty much too late. So, I’m not thoroughly satisfied with any of the photos I took on this trip. But…the quick fix was making some of them Black & White, which lead to my Washington DC Black and White Series.
So…there you have it, the best I have to offer of 2012. 2013 is around the corner with promises of more favorite photos from my travel adventures.
Wishing you Health, Happiness, and Prosperity in the New Year. Happy New Year!!