The “yearly roundup” of best photos seems to be standard protocol for photography bloggers, so here we go! I did a similar thing last year, but with just 10 photos. This year, I took way more photos (somewhere around 12-13K) so there was no way I could keep it down to just 10 — plus I uploaded around 1000 just to Flickr in 2008.

Hitesh had a good idea for breaking things down by month, so I figured I would give that a try. Each month, I picked around 4 or 5 of my favorite photos (though some months have a few more). I’m also writing this article as a project entry for Jim Goldstein — there’s still time to participate if anybody else is interested.

JANUARY

January was a slow month for photography. We had a few family visits and we spent most of our free time hanging out at the beach, going to the zoo, and partaking in various other family activities.

Feet on the Beach
Into The SeaGorilla GazeMormon Temple

FEBRUARY

February was a little more active with photography stuff. I upgraded from my Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D (6MP) to a Sony a700 (12MP). I was also participating in the February Challenge. I took a ton of photos at the La Jolla photowalk, which had a great turnout.

Wide Open
The Place to BeSimply Religious
Table for OneHostile Takeover

MARCH

March was super busy. We had two big photowalks (Venice Beach and Laguna Beach), lots more family gatherings, and I managed to go back home to North Idaho for Easter and a bit of skiing. March was also significant because I started shooting film with a camera my Dad gave me… and it’s been all downhill from there.

Jess
Abused and IgnoredGraffiti Artists
RadiallyThe Rail

APRIL

April was a little more relaxed than previous months. I spent a lot of time photowalking by myself in various towns in San Diego County. I was also going full steam ahead with the film camera, and learning the ropes. The kids were up in North Idaho with their Grandparents, so my wife and I got to hang out and pretend to be childless.

Cove
My SunshinePatrick
CruisersUncle Pat

MAY

May was pretty laid back, not much different from April. Family visits, trips to the zoo, hanging out at the beach, etc. One exciting thing that happened was I picked up my first medium format film camera — my 1956 Minolta Autocord TLR. So yeah, the film saga continues.

The Dock
Chrome SpokesThe Lifeguard
Watching Over the RosesWalking on Water

JUNE

The start of Summer was certainly busy. I went on two more group photowalks: Hollywood Blvd and Huntington Beach. The Hollywood photowalk was also a photographer’s rights rally, so it was pretty interesting. The one at Huntington Beach was just a few good friends, but we had a great time as usual. I also did a few solo photowalks down in Little Italy of San Diego. Again, lots of film photography — and I picked up a “Polaroid” (it’s actually a Minolta InstantPro) to add to my growing collection of cameras. I believe June is also when I started shooting 110 film (as did my son).

It's Lonely Out Here
3 CopsWarp SpeedO's
Subway ShuffleBig White BoxesMetro Timetables
Darkness Creeps InThe Wind CatcherThe Guys at Huntington Beach

JULY

July was a slower month for some reason… I seem to go in cycles, on and off about every other month. No group photowalks in July, just some solo stuff in Little Italy and Ocean Beach.

Surfer and Board
Battling Fuel PricesI'm a Survivor
Ford Mustang SVT CobraCup-O-Barbie

AUGUST

August was again busy. Two more group photowalks: Newport Beach and Long Beach. Plus a solo photowalk at Mission Beach (yes, we have lots of “beaches” around here). August was also the month that I got my Diana+ and I’ve been shooting way too much medium format since then (not that this is a bad thing).

Flying and Floating
Rescue BoardGhosts of Queen MaryWavehouse Surfer
My HefferMerry-Go-RoundCommodore

SEPTEMBER

September stayed pretty busy even though Summer was officially over. I did two more group photowalks with just one or two other photographers. One was all over San Diego with Richard Wong including Border Field State Park, Coronado, La Jolla, and the Torrey Pines Gliderport. The other photowalk was at Santa Monica with my pal Bryan.

The Watchman
On The Other Side of the FenceYou Can Trust MeMarlin
To the WestKiller Whale EncounterI Poop Little People and Ride Away

OCTOBER

I kept somewhat busy in October. We did one group photowalk at Venice Beach — which always makes for some good photo ops. I also had jury duty for two weeks and I ended up being an alternate juror. So at the end of the trial I just had to be “on call” while the others deliberated. That gave me three full days to wander around downtown San Diego with some black & white film loaded up!

A Dreary World
Over the CanLow Aircraft #2Moving with the Music
I'm So Hot That I'm RedVj Day StatuePurple Skies

NOVEMBER

November slowed way down compared to previous months. No photowalks, solo or group. Lots of hanging out with family as we approached round 1 of the holidays. I also got my darkroom up and running in November, so I spent a lot of time in there rather than doing other things — well worth it though! You can see some of my prints on Flickr.

Analog Fruits
Winter BeachThe Little Mermaid
Down the HillRyan

DECEMBER

December was also pretty slow for photography. I don’t know what happened, but I got so busy with things and I hardly had time to pick up a camera. I did get one shot that I really like though…

My Girls

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I seems like you have been doing film forever, not just since March. You have really taken to it! A great collection of photos. I love My Sunshine and Simply Religious. I also really like the month by month recap. I might have to “borrow” that for next year.

January 2, 2009 6:37 pm

A great selection of photos for 2008 Brian! I look forward to seeing what you produce in 2009…

Happy New Year!

January 2, 2009 6:45 pm

Such a broad and deep collection of work. Seeing it all here together like this, it’s immediately obvious the depth of your talent. You are truly an accomplished photographer my friend. Your work speaks for itself.

It’s easy for me to pick a favourite too – the last photo of your wife and daughter. To me, that photo shows a happy life. What more could you ask for than a lovely wife, happy daughter and beautiful outdoors to enjoy.

Congratulations my friend, you should be proud :)

January 2, 2009 7:03 pm

@laanba It sure feels like I’ve been at it for a while, but yeah, it’s been less than a year. Should be interesting to see what I fall into over the next year… maybe large format or something…

@Justin Thanks! I’m looking forward to it too! You can probably expect a lot more film photography — I’ve decided that I need to shoot more medium format with my TLR this year.

@Neil Thank you also! That last one is my favorite too — but I’m partial to photos of the wife and kids.

January 2, 2009 7:25 pm

Yeah, these recap posts are definitely an epidemic amongst photoblogggers – I just posted mine a day or two ago :)

But anyway, what a year! I can’t believe that you’ve only been working with film for less than a year… you really have a knack for it! I think my favorite month of yours was May – those photos are all so beautiful. I love the tones and simplicity of them.

January 2, 2009 9:00 pm

Looks like you had a productive year Brian! I remember that lifeguard guy, or maybe more for what he was looking at! lol. Great shot!

January 2, 2009 11:04 pm

That’s a great recap. I like the month-by-month format as well. I was under the impression that you had been shooting film for a long time….you have a way with it.

January 2, 2009 11:57 pm

Great selection Brian I love this summary !!

And here’s to a year full of success and pictures

Cheers mater

January 3, 2009 5:38 am


Nice pics bro……I love your ZOO portraits thanks for encouraging me to use film I started off with a $12.oo manual but My mom is lettting me use a Minolta SLR and I’m loving it!

January 6, 2009 12:44 am

Thanks so much for the inspiration! I borrowed your format to do my own recap at http://scrapbooklady.typepad.com/katie_the_scrapbook_lady/2009/01/2008-the-year-in-photographs.html

January 6, 2009 12:57 pm

I can sense the photos speak. I like the way you choose your subject. In totality, you are really a professional in the real sense of the word.

January 7, 2009 9:32 pm

@Tasha Yeah, Jim should be busy with the wrap-up for his project!

@Richard LOL, I don’t think I’ll forget that lifeguard for quite some time.

@Jeremy Thanks, that’s cool to hear that so many people are making the same statement about my film photography — definitely encourages me to continue my exploration of the medium.

@Antoine Thanks, and let’s hope so (for all of us).

@XSOrsburn I’ve been really interested in your adventure with film — that’s so dang cool that you just picked it up and started running with it! Be careful, before long you’ll turn into “one of us”.

@Katie Great post — and I love the mosaics!

@Ratgear Thank you so much! I think that’s one of the best compliments I’ve received on my work as a photographer. I’m still finding myself, so hopefully the future will hold more for me!

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