Oh, what a year on so many levels. I retired and then unretired and started down a different road taking images of a rugby team. I had never photographed a professional team and was ignorant on so many levels of both the game and how to take sports shots. Yet, to address my obvious deficits, I asked questions and researched. I figured out how to make my Nikon Z7II work for me and dealt with its obvious deficits. I loved photographing sports almost as I have always loved playing them. Some of these images will appear in my galleries in the future, for there is an art to good sports photography that I am starting to grasp.
My best landscape photography took place during the summer when I hiked in the Catskills and pursued my Hudson River Project. I did manage to get a number of strong images that depict that region's elegance, and I hope pay homage to Thomas Cole, Frederick Church, Albert Bierstadt, and many others who were part of that movement. I went to museums to view their works and read books on them too.
At the end of this year, however, while photographing in Europe, our rugby team, I suffered a fall while photographing in Lisbon and broke my ankle one month ago. As I write this all that time later, I am still not allowed to put any weight on my foot, and the swelling is still extreme. I have my "Walking Boot" on though it is still a non-walking boot, to be honest. I almost don't go out, and with my metal plate and screws in my leg, I only hope that I will walk normally again and be able to carry my camera gear on my hikes.
I leave you with one of my images from the Catskills. Jamie, December 31, 2022