Top 10 of 2014

I needed to take a walk this evening on my last day visiting family in the Midwest.  I wandered the cold, but muddy cornfields across the street and watched vibrant, pink color saturate the clouds overhead.  The empty cornfields and cold temps made for a lonely walk, but I took the quiet time to do a little reflection over the last year. In a nutshell, 2014 was exciting.  I built a great friendship with Vincent of Art 146 in downtown Charlottetown and I’m super thankful for the man behind the prints, Adam Kavanagh at Newfoundland Canvas, for all his guidance and top notch customer service.  I hope our paths cross at some point in the future.  Working with the folks at Saltscapes was great fun and made for a great first experience publishing something in a magazine.  My girlfriend and I celebrated five years together and traveled to Newfoundland for the first time (and hopefully not last). Nevertheless, I still have lots to work on.

One issue I encountered in 2014 was a somewhat frequent battle waging in my own mind that caused me to lose my creative drive and revert instead to what was comfortable.  I think this is in part because photography, when pursued seriously, can be quite a lonely endeavor.  I’m also finding my professional/career desires changing, which has had an impact on a variety of things in my life. Nevertheless, I’m eagerly anticipating what 2015 brings to the table.  I have some personal projects that I would like to work on and a couple partnerships in the works.  Ultimately, I’m hoping to change how I use my camera. Anywho, you probably didn’t come here to read the above text.  So if you’re still here, thanks!  Below are my top 10 of 2014, plus a bonus.  These are also in no particular order.  Any of these can be printed or licensed via my website www.seanlandsmanphotography.com

M'lady, Sarah, on a rock outcrop overlooking the Green Gardens Trail in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland.

1.  M’lady, Sarah, on a rock outcrop overlooking the Green Gardens Trail in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland.

2.  A fleeting Northern Lights show in September with a fantastic rising full moon.  Capturing rare light conditions is what landscape photography is all about.

2. A fleeting Northern Lights show in September with a fantastic rising full moon. Capturing rare light conditions is what landscape photography is all about.

3.  This image serves as a reminder that getting off the land and into the water can pay big dividends.  My chest waders were essential in creating this image.

3. This image serves as a reminder that getting off the land and into the water can pay big dividends. My chest waders were essential in creating this image.

5.  The conditions aligned nicely for this image with a bit of fog, a nice arrangement of flowers, and a little rain to coat everything.  I like the simplicity of this a lot.

5. The conditions aligned nicely for this image with a bit of fog, a nice arrangement of flowers, and a little rain to coat everything. I like the simplicity of this a lot.

5.  Luck led to this image and indeed supports the old saying, "It's better to be lucky than good!"

5. Luck led to this image and indeed supports the old saying, “It’s better to be lucky than good!”

Fog shrouds a forest of mixed hard and softwoods in east central Prince Edward Island.

6.  Fog shrouds a forest of mixed hard and softwoods in east central Prince Edward Island.

7.  A gorgeous mid-autumn scene along a brook in Fundy National Park.

7. A gorgeous mid-autumn scene along a brook in Fundy National Park.

8.  A cheeky fella that makes me smile each time I view this image.

8. A cheeky fella that makes me smile each time I view this image.

9.  A rainbow smelt jumps over a small falls in the middle of one of the study sites I use for my research.

9. A rainbow smelt jumps over a small falls in the middle of one of the study sites I use for my research.

10.  Coming from the Midwestern US, it's not every day that you get to see ice bergs.  So understandably, I was really excited when Charlottetown Harbour, which is visible from my living room, was full of these giant ice blocks.  There is a small duck just behind the large iceberg in the foreground that sort of gives a sense of scale.

10. Coming from the Midwestern US, it’s not every day that you get to see ice bergs. So understandably, I was really excited when Charlottetown Harbour, which is visible from my living room, was full of these giant ice blocks. There is a small duck just behind the large iceberg in the foreground that sort of gives a sense of scale.

14.  I grew up catching bluegills so they have a special place in my heart.  I'm very excited to do more of this type of photography in 2015.

Bonus. I grew up catching bluegills so they have a special place in my heart. I’m very excited to do more of this type of photography in 2015.

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4 thoughts on “Top 10 of 2014

  1. You’re a multi-talented guy Mr Landsman. Whatever you choose to do will doubtless produce some great results – at least if your photographs are any indication! Best wishes to you and Sarah for 2105!

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