I started off the year busily working on the images I had made at Bosque just before the holidays.
My major trip for the year was on a photographic safari to Tanzania with Andy Biggs. I had the chance to make many wonderful images, some of which are still in my queue to process. It proved to be an experience that I don't think I'll ever forget and one which has changed my photography.
I went back to Yosemite for some spring photography and though that part wasn't as successful, I did come away with a star trails image that I like and that has been popular.
I set out in the late summer / fall to try and get to the Bristlecone Pine forest in the White Mountains. Though I still haven't captured the exact image I have in my mind, there have been other favorites that have come of the various trips.
I photographed a lot more people this year than I have in the past. I'm not sure if thats because I'm using the M9 a lot more or if I'm drawn to the M9 because I'm shooting people more...
I returned to Mono Lake this year and was disappointed to find that the lake level had risen 2 feet since my visit in 2010. Due to the crowds at the regular South Tufa area, my friend Greg and I decided to make an image at a slightly less traveled location.
I decided earlier this year that I was going to de-emphasize avian photography and spend more time on mammals and landscapes. Looking back at the year, it appears thats exactly what has happened. Though I've enjoyed all the landscapes I've made this year, I'm really itching to photograph more mammals.
The first while of 2012 is going to be very challenging photographically. I'll be extremely busy, have no trips planned and will likely not get to make any new images (or even process ones on the queue) for a few months.
The latter part of the year will be exciting though. I will finally get to go make images at a place I've been looking forward to for years, South Georgia Island and the Falklands. Can't say I'm looking forward to spending 3 weeks on a ship but it should be a small price to pay.
Once again, here's to wishing that 2012 is a prosperous year for all!