This year have been amazing, I think its been one of those years Ill remember and look back at in many years to come.
During 2014 I have meet so many new friends and discovered some of the worlds most fantastic photographers, from who i have learned and found great inspiration to my own work.
I want share some of my own highlights of the year, both photographic and social. But you are in it for a long one, so before you begin go get a cup of coffee, and get comfy :-)
January started just like any other month, but I discovered a new location where I got some great landscape photos, and slowly started working in colors again.
I didn't at all put my b&w on the shelf, but slowly went into b&w rehab with some fallback. Mostly because these photographs just begged me to be developed in b&w.
February was mostly filled with b&w, I was really struggling with colors this month. I think the main reason was that hen in good old Denmark there aint that many colors during the winter, where everything is mostly, brown and a boring pale grey sky.
I did spend some of February exploring a new side of me, abstract photography, I really learned to enjoy this artistic approach to photography, because it forced me to think different and forced me to visualize the development, while composing the photo.
The photo above is what came out of my abstract mind, after many..many trial and errors. Even though my wife hates it, and gives her the chills it is probably one of my most popular photos from 2014. I really got good feedback from all over with this photo, and it even won the award "Won Great Shot on April, 2014" over at Viewbug in April.
I did take and develop one of my personal favorites in February taken at the Estuary by Bjørnebæk.
March I really struggled the colors where getting back in nature, but no matter how hard I tried I kept failing I just couldn't get the colors right.
I visited Næstved harbour and got some fantastic long exposures.
I kept on working with the colors, and at the end of March I ended up with these 2 color photos which I'm really happy with.
April turned out to be just great, my wife and I went for a needed small vacation to Langeland, where we finally could get some time off together and relax, I obviously brought my camera and I got some of my best long exposures of coastal scenes. One of which later in the year would win Photo of the month in Cewe photography competition "our world is beautiful" but ill get back to that later on.
I kept on working a little with abstract photography, trying out different styles and I got a couple of cool shots by adding lots of camera movement while using a slow shutter speed.
In April I finally found time to go visit Faxe limestone quarry, a fantastic location and just a great experience for every nature lover.
I published an "experience" on Worldly about my trip to Faxe limestone quarry, if you would be interested in reading it later on.
May was a little slow for me I didn't have much time to go out and shoot, but I found a few interesting subjects, which I think are often overlooked.
June summer finally arrived with lots of warmth and long days with light long in to the evening. I spend hours walking around the old military training area with my dog Loki.
July was just fantastic, I went on summer vocation to beautiful Norway with my wife, mom and our dog Loki. In our new car a Dacia Duster SUV which we had just picked up a week before we had to drive. It was an amazing experience to drive on vacation in a brand new car. And Norway is just about any landscape photographers dream location.
After Olso we drove north west to Kaupanger, where we had rented a vacation house, It turned out to be a perfect location for a base camp, we had about an hour drive to the beautiful Jostedal glasier.
And Urnes Stave Church the oldest stave church in Norway.
And about 2 hours to the beautiful Jotunheimen National park. which was an amazing experience to drive over.
August was just crazy, At first I was contacted by Skye Laudari from Worldly, about an interview to their spotlight on their blog, apparently they really liked some of the "experiences" I had made on their site, this was both really exiting and scaring at the same time. I have never been interviewed before, and on the same time focus was going to be on me. But after thinking a little over it i accepted their request and went all in. You can read the spotlight interview "The World As You’ve Never Seen It" on their blog.
In august I decided to give my flashes a go again, I have tried so many time to make some good light with my flash guns but I just couldn't get them to work previously. But I gave it a try and got some pretty decent shots of my wife's guitar.
Then I had a dream come true, something I had dreamed of getting ever since I got my first Canon DSLR. Again my wonderfull wife went all in an bought me the EF 70-200 f/2.8L lens. I had dreamt of owning one of these for so many years 15 to be exact so it was so unreal to actually mount it on my camera and know it was mine. The first thing i did after getting it was taking a trip to the Royal Hunting Grounds.
September really called for crawling around on my belly in the mud shooting mushrooms. Earlier this year I had acquired a couple of remote triggers, for my camera and flashes so it really gave me some creative opportunities.
September also brought me my all time favorite season to walk the coastline, and just be enjoy the silence, and beauty.
And finally in September i won photo of the month inCewe photography competition "our world is beautiful" with this photograph.
October brought me to Melby Outskirts a old military shooting area, that now is a huge recreational area perfect for hiking and explore nature.
November was also a crazy month again I was spoiled by my wife, this time for my birthday wich is November 30. But way before my birthday I got the coolest present ever, a Fujifilm X100S a small camera I had been wanting for a long time, so I have one to bring with me on small trips, and walks in the city.
December last month of the year, and I just hit a wall, I had no inspiration and couldn't find any anywhere. It actually happens to me almost every time I get a new addition to my gear. But thanks fully at the end of December we got some snow, and I as of writing this seems to have found my inspiration again.
At my birthday I also got a Sigma 1.4X EX DG APO teleconverter, and this tiny red chested tit visited me yesterday
To sum it all up ITS BEEN A FANTASTIC YEAR and I wanna thank you for reading, and following me.
I wish you and your family a Happy New year and a great 2015.
I cant wait to see what amazing adventures 2015 will bring.