In many ways, 2015 has been an interesting year for my photography. "Interesting" can mean all sorts of things, so let me elaborate. In some ways, I feel like I have grown as a photographer. I've become better at processing my images to realize the vision I have, my outreach (via Facebook and Instagram, and other avenues) has increased, and I've continued to explore the beautiful places Colorado has to offer. There is no shortage of vistas, views, and perspectives in this state, even at places I continue to go back to time and time again. On the flip side, though, is a feeling that my photography has stagnated, especially creatively. Many times this past year I feel like I've had to force myself to get out to take pictures rather than being intrinsically motivated to get out. I know I'm not alone in feeling this way. Creativity ebbs and flows with the seasons of life, and I had distinct moments this year of drifting. What continues to motivate and encourage me are the countless photographers whose work shows me what's possible, that leaves me speechless and in awe of their mastery of the photographic art form and the inexplicable beauty this world offers. My fans' steady feedback, whether through a Facebook "Like" or comment, or a like on Instagram, spurs me on in ways that mean so much to me. And my family: my wife's tireless support of my early morning and late night outings and her honest feedback, whether positive or constructive, renew me and rejuvenate my creative drive. Finally, my two daughters' blind and unflinching praise of my work fills me with a joy that I'm not even sure I can describe in words.
Thank you for journeying with me in 2015. Here's to a rewarding and discovery-filled 2016. Happy New Year!
Heavy Frost, Cottonwood Creek Park, Colorado Springs, Colorado, January
Bobcat near Old Stage Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado, February
Highway 159 approaching the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Fort Garland, Colorado, March
Pikes Peak Reflection, Rampart Reservoir near Woodland Park, Colorado, April
Garden of the Gods Reflection, Colorado Springs, Colorado, May
Kissing Camels Through the Fog, Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado, June
Willow Lake Trail, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, near Crestone, Colorado, July
Young Buck, Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado, August
Sunrise at Capitol City, San Juan Mountains near Lake City, Colorado, September
Late Evening Fall Color Reflection, Lake City, Colorado, October
Icy North Cheyenne Canon Creek, Colorado Springs, Colorado, November
Family Portrait, Rampart Range Road, near Woodland Park, Colorado, December
All of my images throughout the year can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dinger
All images, minus the family portrait, can be purchased at http://www.lifeilluminatedphotography.com