2015: A Look Back – My Year in Photos

Well, it’s the end of the year. Which of course means here are my favorite images I shot during 2015. Some were easy to pick, some were not. Some may not be technically perfect, some may not be well composed, some may have crappy lighting, but here are some of my faves of 2015. For more images, visit my gallery 2015: My Year in Photos.

It is hard to pick my favorite photos of 2015, and making it harder is that I like to shoot sports, weddings, portraits, news, and landscapes with equal vigor. When I shoot, I put in all my skill and more effort than required. For me, having my name attached to it means I put my all into it. This is not just a hobby of mine, but a passion. Prints of these or any of my photos are available for purchase. Click on the photo so it can take you to the gallery where you can buy a print of your favorite image.

Grueling Take Down

Squalicum defenders wrap up Bellingham wide receiver Cole Allain (3) as he attempts a kick return during the first quarter of the season opener at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 4, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Squalicum defenders wrap up Bellingham wide receiver Cole Allain (3) as he attempts a kick return during the first quarter of the season opener at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 4, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

I like this photos because it shows the moment of impact when the three opposing players tackled the ball carrier. The strength is shown in their arms, the struggle to move the ball up in his face, and the power of the tacklers. It has a face, a moment, framing, and the ball.

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Canvas Champ Product Review: Giving it a 2nd Chance

Last year I was offered a free 16×20 canvas print by Canvas Champ if I wrote up a critique. The print I got was built nice but the quality of the printing was a little lacking. But, I gave them the benefit of the doubt and wrote a constructive review: UPDATE!!! Product Review: Canvas Champ Prints.

A few months later I had them print one of my images 16×24 for a client and a 16×24 of my father-in-law as a gift to my sister-in-law. They were both atrocious. I was not happy with it at all. So I updated the blog posting. Again, I was fully honest with the critique.

Alpenglow on Shuksan

Alpenglow on Mount Shuksan - The last rays of the setting Sun bathe Mount Shuksan as its reflected in a pond Huntoon Point near Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Alpenglow on Mount Shuksan – The last rays of the setting Sun bathe Mount Shuksan as its reflected in a pond Huntoon Point near Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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#AvsB – #Alpenglow or #Sunset?

Here are two photos of the same subject but with different light and I’d like to ask which one is your favorite, and why. Please vote in the poll then post your reasoning in the comment section.

A few weeks ago I went out to shoot the last sunset of the year. I headed to one of my favorite places to shoot. The sky was clear, the air crisp and cold, the views were fantastic. Plus, with the cold air, the visibility was astonishing.

From Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., you could see Mt. Robie Reid in British Columbia. The added bonus was the beautiful light cast upon it by the setting Sun

Photo A:  Mt. Robie Reid 15 Min Before Sunset

Mt. Robie Reid on Fire - The setting Sun ignites Mt. Robie Reid in British Columbia in its glow as seen from Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Mt. Robie Reid on Fire – The setting Sun ignites Mt. Robie Reid in British Columbia in its glow as seen from Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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Be Smart While Photographing on a Tight Deadline

With the first game starting at 6:30, the second at 8, and my deadline at 9:30, making deadline would be tight. How I beat the deadline with time to spare.

Time Management is crucial. Simply, during some assignments, I do not have the time to pause and watch the games, chat with other photographers, or drive to a local coffee shop to meet the deadline. I had to edit and submit while sitting courtside.

The Cloud 9 Sports Christmas Classic was at Lynden Christian High School last week. I covered the Lynden Christian boys and girls games on Tuesday and Wednesday for The Bellingham Herald.

Fighting for the Rebound

Lynden Christian's Grant Rubbert (35) captures a rebound against Granger's Jake Slade (22), left, and Jay Ramirez (1) during the second quarter in the Cloud 9 Sports Christmas Classic on Tuesday evening Dec. 29, 2015, at Lynden Christian High School in Lynden, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lynden Christian’s Grant Rubbert (35) captures a rebound against Granger’s Jake Slade (22), left, and Jay Ramirez (1) during the second quarter in the Cloud 9 Sports Christmas Classic on Tuesday evening Dec. 29, 2015, at Lynden Christian High School in Lynden, Wash. Lynden Christian defeated Granger 65 to 33. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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NEW!!! Downloadable Desktop Photos!!

As a thank you to all my friends, family, and especially my followers, over the next few weeks, I’ll be adding more downloadable photos for you to use for their computer desktop backgrounds. These will be mainly landscapes and scenics. Here are a few samples I have available to download.

Lone Flower

Hiking the Horseshoe Trail along Highway 542 near Mt. Baker in Whatcom County, Wash. © Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Rights limited to laptop/desktop computer usage only. No printing allowed.

Hiking the Horseshoe Trail along Highway 542 near Mt. Baker in Whatcom County, Wash. © Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Rights limited to laptop/desktop computer usage only. No printing allowed.

Also, I’ll be adding a calendar to one of the photos if you prefer to have easy access to a calendar.

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