2011 – A Photographic Year in Review

2011 was an amazing year for me. I had three trip opportunities arise and rather than worry that I didn’t have the money or that I could use the money for other things, like paying off bills sooner, I seized the opportunities. This year “tomorrow isn’t promised” really hit home when several people I knew passed away and my father had a heart attack (he is doing great now). I decided that I wasn’t going to make excuses anymore and I was going to make the effort to actually go on a trip when the opportunity comes up in the future.
In March, I traveled to The Southwest with fellow outdoor photographers Jeff Swanson and Lonnie Shull. We visited Zion national Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Upper Antelope Slot Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.
Several months later, Jeff Swanson invited me along on an epic trip he had planned. I packed my suitcase with some clothes, a sleeping bag, a tent and I caught a plane to Oakland, CA. We drove from Oakland to as far north as Mt. St. Helens in Washington. We spent the majority of our time in the Columbia River Gorge, but also made overnight stops at Crater Lake, Sparks Lake, Proxy Falls, and a few others. All in all we put on approximately 2400 miles.
My last trip brought me to Rhode Island in the fall for NewSchoolOfPhotography.com‘s NSOPgiving annual party. I spend a fair amount of time on NSOP’s online photo forum and have come to know many of the people on that site pretty well. I stayed with Ben Jacobsen (the owner of NSOP) and his family. I got an awesome tour of Rhode Island, was able to photograph a couple sunrises on the Atlantic ocean with Ben Jacobsen, Jeff Swanson, David Simms, Will Strauss, and Josh Sweeney. I ate amazing food and drank some terrific beers while meeting and talking to a lot of talented photographers and Ken Gilbert (he’s a real hack…  😉
All in all, this year was pretty epic photographically for me. I managed to get photos all over the U.S. and I even captured some of my best work on lake Superior.
Here are a bunch of my favorite photos from this past year.

I hope you all have a wonderful year in 2012, take lots of photos and seize the moment whenever you get a chance.

Thanks for reading this post, looking at my photos and your overall support,
– Shawn


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  1. jennifer johnson 01/02/2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Your pictures are absolutely amazing. I haven’t been able to go to any of your shows because I haven’t been able to leave this house yet. I hope you have more so I can get to one.

  2. Shawn Thompson 01/02/2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Thanks Jen!

  3. Jasia 01/03/2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Congrats on a fine year of photos! I’ve enjoyed them all. Truly. As a fellow great lakes photog, I have a special fondness in my heart for your Lake Superior photos. (My focus is southern Lake Michigan.) I hope 2012 will be my breakout year when I get the courage to post my better pics on sites where they’ll get seen and critiqued. Till then, wishing you all the best in 2012!

  4. Josh Cripps 01/04/2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Those ice chunks on Lake Superior are phenomenal! Maybe I will have to head out there someday…

  5. Sue Cora 01/05/2012 at 7:54 am #

    Absolutely beautiful. Love the northern lights.

  6. Shawn Thompson 01/05/2012 at 8:56 am #

    Thanks everyone!
    Josh, let me know if you are interested.

  7. Swede Johnson 01/06/2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Love your work, man. Makes me just a little homesick for my hometown. Then of course I ride my Harley past the palm trees in my T-shirt and it passes!!
    Seriously though, I look forward to following your stuff in 2012!

  8. Shawn Thompson 01/12/2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Thanks Swede!

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