My Best Photos of 2016

The Opal Range, Kananaskis, Alberta

Now that 2016 has come to a close, I have decided to pull together my ten best photos of the year. I've included my personal favorites but also those that my followers seemed to enjoy the most. There are two reasons for this post; (1) to participate in the Jim Goldstein Your Best Photos from 2016 blog project, and (2) to personally reflect on the year that was.

Wagon Relic, near Calgary, Alberta

2016 started for me with a five week trip to Australia. Much of my trip I spent traveling on my own allowing me to dedicate as much time to photography as I could (in reality, whenever I travel with my girlfriend she is exceptionally patient). It was a fantastic trip going from the harsh outback to the Tasmanian rainforest with all the weird and funky wildlife in between.

Tasmanian Devil

Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia

Bird River, Kelly Basin, Tasmania

After returning home, I launched 'Dean Foster Photography'. The immediate support I received (and still receive) blew me away. It's been a steep learning curve from dealing with domains to trying to regularly update content but it's been a ton of fun.

My biggest struggle has been making the time to get out and snap some shots. Those that know me, know that my work schedule can be last minute and hectic (particularly in the summer) which puts photography on the back burner. I hope in 2017 I am able to better balance work and hobby. 

Mr. Moose, Kananaskis, Alberta

Kintla Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

Drumheller Storm, Alberta

Lundbreck Falls, near Pincher Creek, Alberta

2016 was an awesome year for me and I need to thank everyone who has supported me. Each and every 'like' or 'follow' means more to me than anyone knows. In particular, I would like to thank my mom for constantly finding new subjects to shoot, my girlfriend for pushing me when I start to get lazy, my sister-in-law for designing my logo/website support and my aunt for always looking for new opportunities. All the best in 2017!

Great Horned Owlet, near Olds, Alberta

 

Winter Is Here...

...but you probably didn't need me to tell you.

Winter photography is something I have avoided in years past. This is partly due to my tendency to take off to warmer places during this time - this year will be no different. However, until then, I'm making it a goal to get out and snap a bunch more snowy scenes this year.

There's a couple things working in my favor to accomplish this. For example, getting up to catch an 8:30am sunrise isn't as difficult as the 5:30am summer sunrises. Though the sun sets before the end of my work day, that just means the stars come out sooner. Finally, my recent purchase of an ultra-wide lens should motivate me to get out there.

Of course some things make it a little more difficult. I've learned the most important piece of equipment is my massive poofy down jacket. I attempted a two layered glove approach this morning - one thin, dexterous glove underneath a thick, insulated Micky-mouse sized glove. The idea, if I have to take the larger glove off to make some adjustments, I won't be bare handed. Unfortunately, frost bite on my finger is evidence this approach may need some fine tuning.

I'm pretty excited to explore some winter scenery and I have a handful of ideas. Just so long as I can convince myself to get out of my warm comfortable bed first thing in the morning.