(This image of Katie Perry captured at Super Bowl XLIX is my IMAGE OF THE YEAR! Taken with a 600mm Nikon lens, it was shot full frame with no cropping!)
The Top 100 Images of 2015 – A Year in Review!
Editing thousands of images down to only 100 was a daunting task. Every image a photographer makes is embedded with ideas, emotions, slivers of a moment that can never be recaptured. It is art and expression distilled into a single cell. Eliminating an image is like locking one of your children away in a closet. It is the struggle of every artist.
But cull we must. And so here are 100 of my children, in no order of importance nor chronology. There are many that I love that could not be included and there are a few included that are not necessarily the most beautiful of all but who have such importance that they must have a place in the order. Even as I write this there are dozens more pulling on my apron strings begging to be seen.
Here, then, are 100 pieces of my heart and soul ~ 365 days of striving for innovation, getting called out of bed in the middle of the night, standing for hours in the heat or in the cold. It was a year of things I love very best of all ~ riding a horse, camping in the wilderness, watching the desert glow during a sunset. There are moments here that get me called crazy ~ loving the spray of water on my face at an apartment fire or live fire ricochets bouncing off my ballistic vest. And because journeys are not always joyful, the collection also includes things I wish I didn’t ever have to shoot ~ watching a firefighter and two law enforcement officers laid to rest. All are part of this adventure we call Life and my job is to tell the stories.
In 2016 The Chronicles of an Adventure Junkie will be my way of sharing more of those stories in one place. The adventures will include some I’ve done before and plenty that are new. Every one brings the opportunity for new perspective as I challenge myself to see the world in new ways. On the schedule already are a visit to the lava flows in Hawaii, zip lining in front of a waterfall, snowmobiling on the Mogollon Rim, riding an elephant, scuba diving in the Bahamas, a mountain pack trip on horseback in Montana… the list is long. I hope you’ll follow the blog and watch the successes and the missteps along the way. And if you are ever in the area… let’s do something epic together!!!
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Backlighted water from the hose of a Tucson Fire Department firefighter McKenney, TPD Engine 5.
My first shot of the Milky Way, long on my bucket list, was an impromptu event as I passed through Death Valley. I used a bottle to hold the camera as I had no tripod with me and experimented with the exposures. This was one of my favorite days of the year as I drove my newly gifted 4Runner and began a new era of road trips and exploration. (Check out https://nightskypix.com/what-is-the-milky-way/ for a ton of info about the Milky Way and how to photograph it!)
Firefighter Josh Taylor / Three Points Fire District moves in quickly to attack a car fire.
Amazing that I was first one on the scene of a car fire along I-10 this year. I called 911 and immediately pulled out my camera (of course.) The Guadalupe Fire Department made short work of putting out the flames!
The Tucson Police Department SWAT team has always been a favorite of mine.
One of the reasons I love riding with the U.S. Marshals Service is the intense nature of pursuing those bad guys who are doing everything they can not to be found! West Valley U.S. Marshal Deputies take away a suspect after capturing him at a home in Phoenix.
I learned so much during my first dove hunt guided by LunaRita Outfitters An essential part of bird hunting is the trained dogs that retrieve the downed game. Luna brings home the game.
Dr. Chang, Banner University Medical Center in the surgical operating room.
Tucson Police Department traffic officer examines a shoe from a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Multiple people were struck and miraculously all survived!
Although not an amazing image in itself, this photo means so much to me. My dear friend Xavier DuBois had just gifted me this 4Runner that I named Traveler. This was our first road trip bringing Traveler home to Tucson from his old home in California.
Debra Milke spent 22 years on death row, convicted of conspiring with two other men to kill her son allegedly for an insurance payout. In March 2015 a judge ruled that the Arizona woman is innocent and dismissed all charges against her. This makes Milke only the second woman exonerated from death row in the United States. Debra talks about the searing loss she experienced by having her son murdered. "Being falsely accused of a crime you did not commit is also a devastating tragedy. Try to imagine that as some of you sit in judgement of me." (From CNN report.)
My dear friend Donna and I spending a chilly day at Lake Tahoe.
I love the burned structure wall in the background of this image with water droplets streaming down and a tiny rainbow in the lower right corner. Tucson Fire Department.
I always love my time with these two people. Sister Helen Prejean, nun, author of Dead Man Walking and staunch abolitionist with Magdaleno Rose Avila, Director of Witness to Innocence. Len and I met many years ago when he was western Regional Director for Amnesty International and he had me producing events for the organization. The impact these two have had in the human rights community is immeasurable.
The moment just before I kinda sorta pee my pants just a little! No matter how many times I am involved in training exercises, there is always that moment that makes my heart skip a beat ~ when an officer bursts into a room, looking for combatants, and has no idea I am hiding in the shadows. Glendale Police Department.
Tucson Fire Department firefighters attend to a fire in the middle of the night in Tucson.
Finley Scott Geare - more than ready to take a little dunk in the holy water at his Baptism at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Tucson.
Dr. Erman, Otolaryngology Dept., Banner University Medical Center / Tucson, performs a neck tumor surgery.
I was shooting the Ordonez family and we first had everyone in civilian clothes. Then daddy Dominic, who works for Tohono O'Odham Fire Department, put his firefighting gear on for the second set. He put his helmet on just as his wife Cristan handed him their daughter Rylie. Rylie burst into huge tears because she had no idea who the man in the helmet was who was holding her! She was beside herself crying! Dominic quickly removed his helmet, spoke to her and finally Rylie began to calm down. But for a few minutes he had to continue reassuring her as she looked and looked him over closely to be sure that he was, in fact, her Daddy! You can see just how closely she is examining his face here. And still with tear stained cheeks.
Something about this photo just intrigues me photographically.
My third year on the Mesquite Trail Ride I captured the spirit of the annual event by photographing my friends Rich Johnson (one of the co-founders of the ride) and Jamie Jameson. Always love me some cowboys!!
All hands needed for Northwest Fire / Rescue Department on the scene of a traffic fatality along I-10 in Tucson.
A couple of weeks before Jim Bacon passed I was honored to spend the day with my friend, his daughter, Teresa moving her dad to her brother's home for his final days. Of course I brought my camera and captured some very tender moments with him and his family and this one of him in contemplation.
Groom Tyler Fenton and his groomsmen ready for the wedding at Hotel Palomar Phoenix.
Proud papa Joe King, King's Anvil Ranch, AZ. with his new baby girl Evelyn Linda King. It is always such a joy to watch a family grow as I have been photographing Joe and Sarah King since their engagement!
What having a bad day looks like. Glendale Police Department jail.
Proof that growth can happen in any environment.
Derek and his father Steven Gillis having fun in Sabino Canyon!
Casket with police badge on the corner, of former Glendale Police Department officer Jeff Steele during his funeral services. After retiring from GPD he worked as a pilot assigned to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office Aviation program. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.aspx?pid=173805215#sthash.p0ar1hij.dpufJeff was killed on New Years Eve when the helicopter he was piloting crashed outside of Benson, AZ. Jeff left this earth doing what he loved: flying aircraft and being a law enforcement officer.
The new Mr. and Mrs. Tyler and Emily Fenton kiss outside the Hotel Palomar Phoenix.
Precision driving by the Motors Division, Glendale Police Department.
My trusty Chihuahua companion, Diego, always has one eye on his momma!
Pretty much self explanatory! John Furrier smokes a cigar at the wedding of his sister Emily to Tyler Fenton at the Hotel Palomar Phoenix.
Firefighter Thomas Chadwick and his new fiancee' Stephanie Spenser. I love the way he looks so strong and she looks so tender.
In 2015 I had the opportunity to meet many of the friends in Boise, ID who supported my friend Patrick and I around the liver transplant. Being a living liver donor has been one of the most rewarding decisions of my life. While there my new friend, writer Jessica Murri, who penned an award winning article about our journey invited me to go kayaking on the Payette River.
A Gambel's Quail chick ended up inside my home one day. Following a chase I finally waited outside to catch the miniature bird coming out of the doorway when he (or she) finally found their way out.