Welcome to part two of my year in review. As mentioned in Part One (which can be read HERE), at the completion of each year I like to put together a compilation of 30 of my favorite photos that pass the very scientific “would I print this and hang on a wall in my house” test! Its a great way to look at what you accomplished in the year and help you set new goals to continue to improve you photography skills.

So if you haven’t already, take a look at part one, otherwise, without further ado, please enjoy the second half of my 2017 Year in Review.

Leica M-P240 21mm Super Elmar. My wife loves /hates going on road trips with me, so luckily this one was with Chris because when you see a tree like this, no matter how fast you are driving, you jam on the brakes and pull over like an idiot. I didn’t even have to say anything to Chris, tires were smoking as we piled out to take some photos like idiots.

Leica M-P240 35mm Summilux 1.4 FLE. More pulling over to the side of the road like an idiot – but cool rocks. You get it. Rocks always look good in black and white.

Leica M-P240 35mm Summilux 1.4 FLE. This was a total accident photo! I was shooting the mirage volcano with the 300 other tourists and happened to turn around and see this amazing biker checking out the same site as us. I waited for the fake volcanic flames to flare up and light his wonderful bearded face!

Leica M-P240 35mm Summilux 1.4 FLE. I took this in front of Pike Street Market in Seattle. It was a small band playing jazz and this guy had a really interesting look about him. I normally don’t take a lot of portraits, but I really liked how this one turned out.

Leica M-P240 21mm Super Elmar. I love film noir movies and when I saw this window blind at the top of city hall in Los Angeles I instantly imagined this shot. The lighting was perfect and the harsh shadows once converted to black and white really captured the look I was after.

Leica M-P240 21mm Super Elmar. I like this location because its not where you expect. It looks like somewhere in Europe or Aisa, but its the Library of Los Angeles!

Leica M-P240 21mm Super Elmar. This is one of those pictures that is of something thats not very interesting. Its a average building, but with the right lighting, low angle, wide lens and dramatic progressing I feel it creates something interesting out of something bland, and to me, that is the power of photography.

Leica M-P240 12mm Voigtlander Ultra-Wide III. The Venice canals are one of my favorite locations in Los Angeles. With the chaos and insanity of Venice beach, the canals are a welcomed peaceful respite from it all.

Leica M-P240 50mm Voigtlander 1.5. The skate park in Venice beach is one of the most fun and challenging locations to photograph with a totally manual camera. It’s silly, but when you nail the shot – its super satisfying.

Leica M-P240 50mm Noctilux f1.0. Old VW beetles are awesome. Such a classic design, and at Bob’s diner with the great neon lights reflecting off the chrome and paint, mixed with the magic of the Leica Noctilux, makes this a favorite photo of mine.

Leica M-P240 35mm Summilux 1.4 FLE. Probably one of my favorite days of photography in 2017. I got up for some sun rise photos in Sulzburg and it had just snowed. Walking around, taking photos, experiencing this amazing city, it was so fun. Everywhere I turned was another great photo. But this is why I love photography, no way I was up at sun rise walking around this city and having these experiences without it! 🙂

Leica M-P240 35mm Summilux 1.4 FLE. I was out taking photos at night in probably the most amazing locations I have ever visited – Hallstatt, Austria. It started snowing heavily, and even with a cover and a hood and a scarf and my limbs draped over the camera, snow was blowing all over the lens which created this great happy accident.

Leica M-P240 35mm Summilux 1.4 FLE. Another shot from the amazing Hallstatt, Austria. There are so many amazing photos online of Hallstatt, but of a lot of the same angles and images. So I wanted to look for something that was different, my image of Hallstatt that still captured the amazing beauty of the location.

Leica M-P240 35mm Summilux 1.4 FLE. One last shot from Hallstatt to finish the series. A few days earlier I had visited a great photography exhibition at the Leica Gallery of photos taken in the 1930’s and 40’s of Salzburg, and was heavily influenced by the composition with layers of detail and silhouetted foreground elements.

Thanks so much for taking a look at my year in review. What an awesome year! Chris and I really look forward to posting many more locations, reviews and tutorials this year on Photo Basecamp.