My best photographs, 2014 edition



Los Angeles skyline at sunset, version 3.







Skateboarder, Venice Beach in Los Angeles.


I read somewhere a few years ago that an admirable goal for a photographer was to capture one good image every month. I've always liked that goal. It really reflects how difficult it is to take an outstanding photo. 

Above are my best 12 shots from the past year. These dozen were culled from a few thousand images that I took. 


Cayucos beach and egret











Yeah, I was kinda obsessed with the egret that was hopping around the beach in Cayucos. 


Bishop's Peak, San Luis Obispo







After years of visiting San Luis Obispo, we finally made the hike up Bishop's Peak last weekend. There were lots of hikers -- and lots of good photo opportunities at the top.


Surf casters and Morro Rock



Morro Strand Beach earlier today in the rain. Had the Nikon Df and 50mm 1.8 lens with me and shot in DX mode to get a little more reach (and to avoid wading too far out in the water). 

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--S.H.

The above photo is ©Steve Hymon and may not be used elsewhere without my advanced written permission. All rights reserved. 

New Blue pics









Took Blue over to the old Worldwide Church of God campus in Pasadena for a short session this afternoon with a rental Nikon 85mm 1.8G lens that spits out some pretty nice bokeh. I think I like the top photo the best because of the flippy ears but the second shot -- processed a little differently -- is pretty strong, too. 


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--S.H.

The above photo is ©Steve Hymon and may not be used elsewhere without my advanced written permission. All rights reserved. 

Chestnut horse in stable



Shot this one at L.A. Equestrian Center earlier this year. Didn't even bother processing it at first -- thought it was a throwaway. Noticed it tonight and am liking it. So there's your lesson: hang onto those original RAW files. You might be liking them one day.

Then again, by tomorrow I might be hating on it :) 

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--S.H.

The above photo is ©Steve Hymon and may not be used elsewhere without my advanced written permission. All rights reserved. 

Allen's hummingbird









Went to the Huntington recently to play with a macro lens that I rented -- the Nikon 105 2.8. But this hummingbird was hanging around and allowing me to get pretty close -- within 10 to 15 feet -- so I ended up sticking the telephoto lens on my camera and firing away. 


Iron Man on Hollywood Boulevard



And then there's the day you realize that you're completely irrelevant. Taken on Hollywood Boulevard, where superheroes go to take pictures with tourists in exchange for tips. 


How fast does a pit bull run?





Talk about stressing your autofocus system! 

To get this shot, I encouraged my dog, Blue the Pit Bull Mix, to wander about 100 to 150 feet away. I then encouraged her to run straight at me (probably 20 mph or faster), sat down and tried to fire off some shots. 


Sun rays and sailboats





Took these just south of the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday as the late afternoon fog was forming. 


Blue the pit bull and fall colors









Some recent Blue The Rescue Pit Bull pics. The top one works well because I was able to get Blue to stand still on a terraced wall at Brookside Park (next to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena), allowing me to get the camera at a low angle and shoot up. 


Sand spit, Montana de Oro State Park



A photo from the Montana de Oro State Park sand spit that I took last March -- and completely overlooked until now. And now I'm kind of digging it after conversion to black and white and crop to a 16:9 aspect.

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--S.H.

This photo is ©Steve Hymon and may not be used elsewhere without my advanced written permission. All rights reserved. 

Union Station, black and white



East Portal, Los Angeles Union Station.





Shot these for work. The top two were me just fooling around in the East Portal side of Union Station on the way home. The bottom two were taken during the Invisible Cities' performance in the old ticketing room. 


Bighorn sheep in the Angeles National Forest





My partner and I went hiking near Wrightwood on Sunday and decided to drive back the long way -- across the San Gabriel Mountains on the Angeles Crest Highway. As usual there were lots of rocks on the road, which we owed to the steepness and crumbliness of the range. (For those who don't live in the area, the San Gabes are the mountains that divide the L.A. metro area from the Mojave Desert). 


San Gabriel Mountain lens flare



We were driving south on the Angeles Crest Highway on Sunday evening at sunset and wanted to capture this vista of the clouds filling and spilling over from one of the range's valleys. The problem: there was no way not to shoot straight into the sun. 


Gladiator run, Rose Bowl









Took the dog and camera to the Rose Bowl for a walk Saturday afternoon and lo and behold, there's a Gladiator event going on. Good chance to play with the 85mm 1.4D lens I just rented.

If you know anyone in the photos, please email me at steve.hymon1@gmail.com so I can get them a full-res file!

A few more pics in the gallery

--S.H.

These photos are ©Steve Hymon and may not be used elsewhere without my advanced written permission. All rights reserved.