Top Photos of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close here in the next hour, I took some time to choose my personal favorites this year.  A lot of great things happened for me this year and I am very happy to share some of them with you all.  Without the support of such a wonderful family, none of what I do would be possible.

Joshua-Bush-Point

My son Joshua recently turned 10.  DOUBLE DIGITS = SERIOUS BUSINESS.  I gave him a used Fuji X20 as he is super-excited about learning the art of photography with dad.

My daughter Talia turns 8 in two days.  Both she and Joshua LOVE to go hiking and look forward to our adventures.

LeighLake-20-Edit

My amazing wife Amber has been my wonderful companion now for fifteen years and has a birthday in……well…an hour and fifteen minutes from now.  Happy Birthday baby!

Amber Christmas Profile

To start off the year, I took a quick three day trip up the Crowsnest Highway in Canada just to do some exploring and made the below image of me walking down the black-as-night road with the Milky Way rising above the fog bank.

Milky Way from the Crowsnest Highway

Later in the spring, I was experimenting around with using a campfire as rim lighting and made this image below from our campsite on one of the hills surrounding Priest River, Idaho.

Priest River Rimlighting Campfire

In June, I served as the DP for Scott Gardenhour’s short film, “The River”, shot in Priest River, Idaho, a film intended to help revitalize and rediscover small-town America.  The two images below are some of the stills I photographed that went into the production (reproduced here with permission).

Priest River Sunset

Campfire-Portrait

In the fall, I made a trip back to Central Montana toward the Missouri breaks area and made my personal favorite of the year below.

Missouri Breaks Sunset

Central Montana has a lot of hidden treasures.  As many of you know, I have a special fondness for old structures that are being reclaimed by the elements.  This last trip was very fruitful and I also captured these two images below.

ReclaimedBeauty

 

Montana-Cabin-Interior

Finally, I made this image of the waters at sunset along Admiralty Inlet from the shore of Bush Point in Whidbey Island, Washington – one of my favorite places in the world to be!

Sunset from Bush Point

For the last few thoughts of 2014, I will leave you all with this:

When someone recently asked me the question, “What motivates you to make great
images?”  I was surprised how quickly the answer came to my head and it is beautifully simple:

If my work brings a little bit of joy into someone’s life, then I have succeeded.

Here’s to 2015 and all of the good things that will come!  Happy New Year!

Ben

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One Response to Top Photos of 2014

  1. Brian Monk says:

    I really enjoy your photos Ben..the diligence to wait out and find the “perfect ” natural light and angle to capture the scene from either sunrise or sunset is what I find captivating in your work. I look forward to seeing more great shots in 2015…thank you for sharing! ! Brian

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