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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Years End 2014

The past few years of posting to Hood Photo Blog have been such a great experience. I feel as though I have learned a lot and have grown into the photographer I am today, all while realizing that I have so much more to accomplish in regards to my photography goals.

Each new year I like to close out the previous year by posting my favorites that were taken in the past 12 months. Deciding which photos best represent my growth in the past year is a challenge in itself, but a fun one. I love looking back and remembering the photos I made and the experiences I had in capturing them. The best part is when I see marked improvement throughout the year, which makes me feel like all the efforts are worthwhile.

This year, I will be doing the same thing, with a bit of a twist. I have decided to also enter some of my favorite 2014 photos into the Friends of the Outdoor School Photo of the Year Contest. Please let me know which photo you enjoy the most in the comments, as it will help me in deciding which photos to submit! And as always, thank you everyone for your ongoing support. It makes me proud to have people that like my photography, and encourages me to strive to continue to improve my game.

Heavenly Portland Oregon

A Trip To Silver Falls

Wintery Reflection


Gorgeous Days End at Lake Salish

Eliot Branch of the North Fork Hood River

Sunrise Over the Columbia River

Evacuation Due to Rowena Fire

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

Cape Kiwanda

Bridge of the Gods

And my personal favorite from 2014, Lewis River Reflections. I loved the lighting, the way the trees were just starting to change, the perfect glassy reflection, and the barely moving current taken with a slow shutter.

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  1. Beautiful choices! It's hard to pick a favourite.

    Happy New Year!

  2. OMG - every one of these shots is incredibly beautiful... which is one reason I love to visit your site!
    Thank you for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2014/12/fading-glory.html, and have a wonderful 2015!

  3. The world is stunning through your lens!

  4. My faves are the clematis, lake salish and the bridge of the gods. I'm thinking of entering the contest too, but I can't decide which photos to use. Unlike last year, I don't have one image that really stands out. Good luck in your choosing and have a happy 2015!

  5. Great review of 2014!
    Happy New Year!

  6. All your photos are beautiful. I can see why you chose your favorite. I like that one, too. My other tops are the first one and the clematis. Happy New Year!

  7. My absolute favourite is Number two,, Silver falls.
    Hard to choose as they're al wonderful,

    Best wishes for 2015.

    Di. x
    ABCW team.

  8. Thank you, these are just beautiful. The final one reminds me of the Shire :)

  9. It's hard to pick a favorite, but because I love sunset photos I will have to pick Day's End over Lake Salish. Happy New Year from An Arkie's Musings

  10. Every single photo is a masterpiece!

  11. Wow, some great photos here. I think I agree that Lewis River shot is great, but I like Bridge of the Gods even better! Good luck!!

  12. all beautiful. i think i would choose the clematis

  13. A spectacular series of photos and I appreciate you linking with Today's Flowers. Thank you so much and I wish you A Very Happy New Year!

  14. Hi Sarah Betty,
    Wishing you a wonderful 2015.
    I've stopped by from Today's Flowers and went on a surprising journey to meet Clematis.
    Now that is one very interesting study. I like it.

    I hope you don't mind my input... and whichever you choose to enter, I wish you success.

    .. I was quite taken by the impact of 'Heavenly Portland Oregon'. Such a dramatic moment you were present to record, and quite a unique one too.

    .. I very much like 'Wintery Reflection'. It is such a moody scene. I feel that whatever my mood, the scene would mirror reflect my mood back to me, but add something unexpected.
    I think that one is my favourite.

    'Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse' I like simply because your own Watermark enhances the scene. The Moon looks beautiful.

    And of course Clematis, simply because it is so unusual.

    But yes my favourite is 'Wintery Reflection'.

    I understand why your favourite is 'Lewis River Reflections'. Your personal connection to the experience of being there tells you many things, just like your words describe, and it is a beautiful scene. So much to see. One can spend time travelling the scene and keep discovering something new.

    Good luck with the one you choose.

  15. Beautiful collection of photos! I love the clematis. Happy New Year!

  16. Wonderful collection of photos...I am torn between 'Gorgeous Day's End At Lake Salich' and 'Lewis River Reflections' ...they are both so good!!!Good Luck with the competition..

  17. Such a wonderful collection.

  18. Living close to the Lewis River, I am enthralled with your view with the perfect reflections, especially since I see sideways a mysterious and scary alien, head to the right side.... But I love the waterfall, it makes me want to go camping there, and the sunsets with the reflections in the water. The beach photo has some lovely lavender colors in the water, it would be soothing to gaze at often.

  19. Always worth catching your photos!


  20. Awesome captures and what a beautiful world we do live in!!! Thank you so much for sharing these!! Made my morning!! Hope you have a great new year!!

  21. Favourites would have to be Lake Salish and Bridge of the Gods.

  22. All are beautiful ~ favorite I think is the waterfalls ~

    Happy New Year to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  23. Such a range of beautiful scenes. For me, the most unique and creative images are the wintry reflection and the clematis macro. They seem to have something "extra".

  24. Your do live in a beautiful spot. Lovely scenery, beautiful skies and images.. It is way too hard to pick a favorite, I love them all. Happy New Year!

  25. Gorgeous captures!!!
    Wishing you a happy 2015,

  26. Beautiful photos. It will be interesting to see what you make in 2015!

  27. I came here because of that stunning macro flower :)
    And found many more beautiful pictures! Well, I can't make up my mind, I like them alle :))

  28. I could never choose a favorite here..they are all so beautiful

  29. Hi Sarah,

    I love them all! Isn’t it fun finding blues to share? Thanks for playing today.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  30. Fabulous views of Portland and environs! Happy 2015!

    Holiday Garlands

  31. All nice pictures. It's hard to pick my favourite, but it's the falls. - Margy

  32. Anonymous7:36 AM

    Great Eye for Amazing Photos!!


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