A Review of 2019 as a Photographer

It’s time once again for a year in review post! As 2019 quickly winds down, and 2020 rolls its way in, it’s helpful for photographers to sit down and reflect a bit on the past year.

As a side note, those of you interested in last year’s reflection can check it out here, though I am changing up the format a bit this year.

The Year in Photography

Sky Bridge, Red River Gorge, Kentucky.
Sky Bridge, Red River Gorge, Kentucky.

Let’s begin our reflection by taking a look at the photography captured throughout the year. Note that if you’re just here looking for my best 9 shots of the year, that will come at the end 😉

Overall, I am reasonably satisfied with the overall productivity I had this year from a photographic standpoint. I captured a number of images that I’m proud of and have gotten the chance to get out on some great photo trips. There was even some opportunity to photograph situations I never imagined I would, like Blackhawk helicopters for search and rescue in the Red River Gorge.

Blackhawk helicopter training with Wolfe County Search and Rescue in the Red River Gorge.
Training with Blackhawk helicopters with Wolfe County Search and Rescue in the Red River Gorge.

Furthermore, I feel that my work has continued to increase in quality, which is always a good thing!

The Year in Business

Sunrise in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.
Sunrise in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

Ah yes, the business side of things. I must be honest here; this is an area that I haven’t put nearly enough time and energy into, especially this past year. Well, at least not until the last few months of the year.

Two big mistakes are that this blog and my YouTube channel have been woefully neglected and underutilized. These are tremendous missed opportunities and an area that will be addressed going forward into the new year!

The state of decay in an abandoned Kentucky high school.
The state of decay in an abandoned Kentucky highschool.

On a positive note, this has been an overall decent year for growing my social media presence, though this has, again, been mostly an effort taken up the later portion of 2019!

The Best 9 Images

Okay, okay, let’s quit rambling on and get to what you’re all probably here to see: my top 9 images from 2019!

9. McCammon Falls

McCammon Falls, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky.
McCammon Falls, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky.

I took this interesting shot toward the beginning of the year. What I really like about it is that the image certainly has an interesting, unique perspective. When I first noticed this curved, moss-covered tree, I couldn’t help but include it as part of the foreground!

I like the unique framing for this falls because it’s so common to see shots of it. It’s certainly no secret these days!

8. Nickle & Dime Falls

Nickle & Dime Falls, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky.
Nickle & Dime Falls, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky.

Nickle & Dime Falls is one of the many waterfalls located in the Beaver Creek Wilderness in Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest. This area of the national forest is rugged, with few roads and no trails. As such, travel through the area certainly takes a bit of effort!

On this particular morning, it was pouring rain, which made for beautiful waterfalls, but miserable travel! This was actually shot on the way to a completely different end goal, but my hiking partner and I turned back before that goal due to rising waters and miserable conditions.

Despite technically failing on the goal I set out to accomplish, I still walked away with a shot I’m happy with.

7. Lower Falls

Lower Falls, Hocking Hills, Ohio.
Lower Falls, Hocking Hills, Ohio.

Have you noticed yet that I have a thing for waterfalls?!

Generally speaking, I have a great deal of disdain for visiting Ohio’s Hocking Hills. It’s such a popular destination that it’s often more like a human zoo than a nice, natural environment. With that being said, however, the area has some beautiful geology and some wonderful waterfalls!

I must say this is a really attractive waterfall!

6. Hanson’s Sunrise