The Ansel Adams Theory.

by Paula Wallis January. 07, 2018 2208 views

"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop." Ansel Adams.

For the past several years, this is the time of year I take the time to reflect back on the previous year and examine my photographs with a critical eye.

I don't know that you could consider any of these 12 photographs "significant" (significant to what?), but they are the 12 that sum up my year, photographically speaking. Some for personal reasons, some for technical reasons, some for the pure aesthetic of it. In other words; I just like 'em:)

2017 was a bit of a hectic year, which seems to have become the norm in my life. And I am 100% okay with that. I seem to thrive on hectic.

Aside from my usual day trips, road trips, and weekend forays in search of the perfect cabin and/or camping spots, I'd also rented a little VW Campervan for a month long road trip down the Oregon Coast, into California, and back, with my daughter. Little did I know at the time I was planning all of this, that a trip to Uganda with The Giving Lens was looming large on my horizon!

So the entirety of my summer was spent camping, planning, booking flights, and freaking out a tiny bit, once I found out I'd been accepted onto the Uganda team.

I was on the road for a month in the VW (affectionately referred to as "Oliver"), home for a few days of laundry and unpacking/repacking, back on the road for yet another road trip, this time up North to the Gold Rush Trail and into Barkerville, then back home for yet more laundry and unpacking/repacking and then - bam - on a flight to Uganda before I even knew what hit me. Whoa.

So the "Collection of 12" that you see here will reflect that wide variety of experiences throughout my 2017. Sometimes manic, sometimes unbelievably slow moving and tranquil, but always, always, always what I'd come seeking. Adventure and joy.

Bundled. A hike with my daughter in the snow. I think she was kind of over the whole winter thing by then.

Bundled. A hike with my daughter in the snow. I think she was kind of over the whole winter thing by then.

Star Trails at Sun Peaks Ski Resort, BC. I literally froze my ASS off for this shot.

Star Trails at Sun Peaks Ski Resort, BC. I literally froze my ASS off for this shot.

Chilliwack Tulip Fields. Every spring I say "I'm not going this year" (How many tulip shots do I need??) and then every spring I go. And every spring it's totally worth it.

Chilliwack Tulip Fields. Every spring I say "I'm not going this year" (How many tulip shots do I need??) and then every spring I go. And every spring it's totally worth it.

Daddy and Daughter at Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Daddy and Daughter at Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Watching the tide roll out at Salt Creek Campground, Washington.

Watching the tide roll out at Salt Creek Campground, Washington.

Not, technically, a "great" shot. But still one of my favourites from our road trip. This little guy made his way into the campervan at Gumboot Lake, California and became trapped. I was able to hold him, briefly, in the palm of my hand, before he flew off into the wilderness. Good omens abound.

Not, technically, a "great" shot. But still one of my favourites from our road trip. This little guy made his way into the campervan at Gumboot Lake, California and became trapped. I was able to hold him, briefly, in the palm of my hand, before he flew off into the wilderness. Good omens abound.

Living the Simple Life in Barkerville, BC.

Living the Simple Life in Barkerville, BC.

Ugandan Boy.

Ugandan Boy.

A Silverback peers through the jungle foliage in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda.

A Silverback peers through the jungle foliage in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda.

The girls at Beacon of Hope, Uganda were eager to get some hands-on experience at our photography workshop.

The girls at Beacon of Hope, Uganda were eager to get some hands-on experience at our photography workshop.

My daughter picked out this fabulous Halloween costume and we had SO MUCH FUN doing a studio shoot together!

My daughter picked out this fabulous Halloween costume and we had SO MUCH FUN doing a studio shoot together!

A visit to a good friend's house meant subjecting her ever-so-handsome dog to a photoshoot. He was most uncooperative. I'm told I need to wave a ham in front of the camera ;-)

A visit to a good friend's house meant subjecting her ever-so-handsome dog to a photoshoot. He was most uncooperative. I'm told I need to wave a ham in front of the camera ;-)

And there you have it! My "Crop of 12" from 2017. I suppose that could possibly change though, seeing as I still have 1000's of images to cull through!

I wish you good light and a Happy New Year:)

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Rachel 3 years ago

Beautiful collection of photographs there

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Paula Wallis Replied to Rachel 3 years ago

Thanks Rachel:)

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Paula Burns 3 years ago

Thinking that #8 is new to me.  Possibly my technical favorite, but because I know the family, I have to say #4 is my personal favorite.

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Paula Wallis Replied to Paula Burns 3 years ago

I do like that one myself. I think I might print and hang that one:)

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Sarah Ernst 3 years ago

You had an excellent year !

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Paula Wallis Replied to Sarah Ernst 3 years ago

Thanks Sarah! It was a bit crazy but totally worth it:)

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Sarah Ernst Replied to Paula Wallis 3 years ago

Your work shows your dedication! Really good stuff!

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Daanish Farhan 3 years ago

Every photo is a work of art. Love this series Paula

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Paula Wallis Replied to Daanish Farhan 3 years ago

Thank you Daanish! Took a lot of traveling to capture them all!

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Heike 3 years ago

Great photos, all of them !

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Paula Wallis Replied to Heike 3 years ago

Thank you!

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Lisa Britton 3 years ago

Great series - Great year!

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Paula Wallis Replied to Lisa Britton 3 years ago

Thanks Lisa! It was a really great year!

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Nicole Bausman 3 years ago

Every photo was a joy to look at, beautiful shots smile

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Paula Wallis Replied to Nicole Bausman 3 years ago

Thank you so much Nicole :)

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Camellia Staab 3 years ago

WOW!!! Absolutely fantastic photos. Loved, triple loved evey one of them. So glad you shared it with us. grinning

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Paula Wallis Replied to Camellia Staab 3 years ago

Thanks Camellia! Hopefully my upcoming year is equally exciting :)

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