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Best of 2010 (part 2)

Welcome to the second installment of the Best of 2010. Here are more of my favorite pictures I’ve taken this past year. A quick disclaimer- I don’t claim that any of these pictures to be 100% technically sound so for you tech heads that are photography savvy, don’t bother trying to critique them… just sit back, enjoy the images and read my caption on why I selected these as my favorites from 2010. Oh- before I forget, these aren’t in any particular order so I’ll be bouncing around from month to month.

Date: May 21st, 2010
Place: Indy 500 Qualifications at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN.

A few days before I took this picture, I took ownership of two new camera bodies- the Canon 7D and 5D. It probably wasn’t a smart move but I decided to learn on the fly how to use both cameras that weekend. For the most part, the 5D is pretty straight forward since the operating system is similar to the previous Canon bodies I’ve owned (350D, 10D, 20D and 30D). But the 7D was a completely different story! It’s one of Canon’s most advanced cameras from a technology perspective with a ton of bells and whistles. Even after 7 months of ownership, I’d be lying if I said I know the camera inside out. The 7D is not exactly light (magnesium body) either but add a battery grip and a 100-400mm f/4.0L lens to it, it can get pretty tiresome carrying it around. This is where Ali comes into the picture… :) She was helping me lug around my camera stuff around the track. I can definitely say I trust her with my gear as she carries the behemoth a couple stories above the entrance to Gasoline Alley. I remember when Jenn (one of our friends) saw Ali with the new camera in her right hand, she asked her which hand was worth more? (Ali and I are engaged)… Luckily for me, the answer is the left one ;).

Date: July 3rd, 2010
Place: Our home.

Did I mention that I have great friends? When Rachel and James welcomed their daughter Elyza into the world back in May, I offered to take pictures of her so I could get some experience working with babies. I learned a bunch during this session- for starters, plan on shooting plenty of pictures since you’ll never know what babies or even kids will give you. And most of the time, you can’t get them to recreate the moment (unlike working with adults). Elyza spent most of the time crying but I managed to capture a number of great images.

Date: January 16th, 2010
Place: Our home.

Do I really need to explain why this picture is one of my favorites? :) A delicious breakfast before starting our day which included taking down Christmas decorations.

Date: June 12th, 2010
Place: Bill (Kelly’s father) place.

After getting her hair and make up done, Kelly takes one last look in the mirror before heading to the church to get married. The only left to do is put the dress on and say “I do”. I don’t know if it was just the make up and hair but I couldn’t a bad picture of Kelly all day.

Date: July 4th, 2010
Place: The Walker home.

Mike was showing us his new iPhone 4 when I saw his reflection appear on the phone. Gotta love the creamy depth of field.

Date: July 7th, 2010
Place: Our home.

Ali’s step brother and sisters gave us this figurine when we were in Jacksonhole after we got engaged. Typically, Ali and I don’t collect figurines but we’ll definitely cherish this one. This was the first time I used a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens and convinced me that I needed to get one to capture ring shots.

To be continued…

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