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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Photo Blog: 2008 in Pictures

It's that time of year -- the time when we reflect back on what happened this past year and look forward to what is in store for us in 2009. While looking back, one of the most important things I do is review the pictures that were taken.

And golly, there sure were a lot of pictures taken in 2008. Before I started my yearly cleaning and backup process (talked about in this post) -- I had about 6,000 photos taking up over 35.0 GB of space on my hard drive. Those were the ones that made my first cut on upload. Over the past week -- I narrowed it down to roughly 4,000 photos, about 16.0GB worth of photos. I still need to make one more pass through until I have the "final" set for 2008, and hopefully I can get it down to 3,000 shots.

After reviewing all the photos, I was again both grateful and thankful for all the opportunities and experiences that Ashley and I were fortunate to have in 2008. Many of the visitors to this site helped to contribute to those opportunity, so I thank you for that as well.

I decided this year to create a quick retrospective of my favorite pictures from 2008. These are the pictures that I enjoyed the most -- whether they were the expressions of the person, or the time and place where the picture was captured. After sorting through the 6,000+ original pictures and narrowing it down to 33 -- it feels like even though these snapshots are just my personal favorites -- they are a great representation of what 2008 was to Ashley and I.

I hope you enjoy...Happy New Year!

Note: On this page, the pictures are displayed as 400 pixels wide. If you want to see better detail, simply click on the picture and it will open at a much larger resolution in a new page.

Garth Brooks, live at Staples Center. Ashley and I had wanted to see Garth for the past 10 years and in the beginning of 2008, we were fortunate to catch one of his three fire relief concerts in Los Angeles. Awesome!

One of the first shots after my transition to DSLR cameras from Point and Shoot. A great shot of Mount Boney in the Santa Monica Mountains on a crisp winter day.

Our awesome chocolate Labrador retriever Luey. He is so much fun and takes great pictures.

Parliament in London, England. I love that this was shot through the trees.

One of the sides of Westminster Abbey. Love the detail and color variation here.

The Eye of London. Just love the perspective of this picture at another pod with people taking pictures of the view just as I was taking a picture of them.

Crepes and Ashley. Enough said. :-)

A powerful tour of the Normandy beaches and the American Cemetery.

Luxembourg Gardens on a chilly February morning. The rain the previous day made the sky so clear.

Ashley and her favorite creperie in Paris near the Notre Dame.

Ashley gets all the credit for this picture. The blossoming trees in front of the Notre Dame.

Ashley and I goofing off in front of the Eiffel Tower.

A decent night shot of the Eiffel Tower lit up. I have learned so much about photography since this picture that I could greatly improve on it -- maybe some day I will have the opportunity!

Another great shot of Luey, chilling on our grass in the sun.

I love this shot of my dad as he's planting at my sister's house in preparation for her baby shower. I love this shot of my dad as he's planting at my sister's house in preparation for her baby shower.

My grandpa on his 95th birthday. My grandpa on his 95th birthday.

My cousin Andy and I hanging out at my Grandpa's ranch for the 95th birthday. I had not seen my cousin in about 10 years.

One of my favorite shots ever of my sister. Caught her in this candid photo right before the start of her baby shower.

My sister and brother-in-law's dog Buddy, wet just out of the pool. His a great play partner for our Labrador Luey.

My mom -- grandma with her grandson, my nephew. Priceless.

Our Aunt Felicia at her 95th birthday.

Brother-in-Law Dominic with his father on his 30th birthday party.

Picture of the Tuscan countryside on a summer afternoon -- just after our arrival in Italy.

Family life in Italy. Friends, fun, and food. Great, great memories.

Possibly my favorite "self-portrait" ever in Saint Mark's square in Venice Italy. It's my current Facebook Profile picture and I love how the bird is fly through the picture!

Not sure why this was my one of my favorite pictures -- but it is. I think part of it is because of the clarity of the picture with my F/4 L 70-200mm lens. The other part is that this is how I saw the Venice train station -- constantly buzzing with people coming and going.

Postcard perfect panorama of Florence and the Duomo.

A courtyard in Santa Croce, my favorite church in Florence, Italy. There is a leather craft school in the building on the right side.

Candid shot of our cousin Matteo in Poveromo, Italy.

My favorite monument / structure in the world. The Coliseum.

S. Andrea della Valle just in the right afternoon sunlight.

Our nephew, Lincoln at Pismo Beach, CA.

Ashley and I at a Dodgers game late in the baseball season.


Dominic and Kimberly said...

What a nice year.
Am I using my URL correctly here?