2015 was a nice year to grab some personally memorable photographs. As a photographer, sometimes an image that means the most might not necessarily be the best photo you've taken,. . . it's the meaning behind it or the memory that matters most. So here are my Top 10 personally favorite photos of 2015.
NUMBER 10: Hello Houdini
Houdini is one of our THREE family kittehs, On Christmas morning, we of course had boxes around. He made himself right at home in one and posed for the great little kitteh shot.
NUMBER 9: Eyes of the Guerrilla
We visited Destin this year and paid a visit to the Gulf Breeze Zoo. We were near the Guerrilla paddock, we were several yards away and I simply said "Hello Mr. Guerrilla!" And he turned,. . . and looked at me, as if to say "I could easily f#ck you up, asshole!" To which I promptly shut my human mouth - Still, great photo.
NUMBER 8: The King and Queen
My dream as a photographer would be to go abroad to photograph wildlife. I have a special place in my heart for lions. Another shot from the Gulf Breeze zoo, this enclosure housed a male and female lion. They are such beautiful animals, we backtracked and when we got to their enclosure a second time, they became very active and started to play, jump around and roar - awesome.
NUMBER 7: My Little Nano
In 2016 I'm going to pursue more photography I am passionate about. Tactical and firearms photography will be right up at the top. I've spent the past few months getting a portfolio ready and this is one of my favorites.
NUMBER 6: Hello Ms. Girraffe
I. LOVE. GIRAFFES!! Another Gulf Breeze Zoo star - the zoo lets the visitors feed the tall animals there and the giraffes are perfectly suited for this,. . . obviously allowing for a great photo opportunity.
NUMBER 5: Anna Ruby Falls. Unicoi State Park
Another great location I did was Helen, Georgia. At Unicoi State Park is the Ana Ruby Falls. It's kinda of a hike for big-boy like me, and the 20 or so pounds of gear i carry, but well worth it. I captured this long exposure to the desired water effect.
NUMBER 4: The B-17
The Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia acquired a B-17 Flying Fortress this year. Decades of decay will be taken away by the restoration crew and this magnificent plane will be fit for duty once again. Still - photographing her like this was awesome and I can't wait to see her restored.
NUMBER 3: The Eyes of The Dolphin
We visited the Gulfarium in gulf Breeze Florida specifically to see Dolphins. Another "bucket list" subject to get in the wild but this did well for now. We were in the enclosure and allowed a few feet from the edge - of course i was snapping away, and this male dolphin slowly swam up and simply looked at me for several minutes. Probably thinking "I've never seen a hairless land wallruss before, . . .how off." It was thrilling to look at one another for a while.
NUMBER 2: The Space Shuttle Atlantis
I am a NASA fan-boy!! LOVE NASA!!!! NASA NASA NASA!!!!! I'd been chompin at the bit for years to drive down to Kennedy Space Center to see the new Space Shuttle hangar and exhibit. The whole experience is worth every penny of gas and admission to see the Atlantis up close. GAWD what a beautiful machine!!!!
NUMBER 1: There's that smile.
I'm not a financially successful guy, my artwork and photography rarely do much more that sustain itself. As a result, the Clan of Collins doesn't travel much - something I regret more and more as I get older. I DO so wish i were more useful in that regard, . . . However, the wife and I went to Destin, Florida for a little vacation. One of the highlights of our trip was eating at McQuires Irish Pub - DAMN what great food, awesome beer and the best cheesecakes. Wifey-wife doesn't much like being in front of my camera, but we were having so much fun that i caught this smile. Making it the NUMERO UNO shot of 2015.