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Happy New Year

It's the last day of 2012 and I have much to be thankful for. It's been a busy year with lots of accomplishments and opportunities that I'd like to highlight for this end of year post.

I don't usually do new years resolutions but I kind of have one this year.  I've decided I need to be better prepared to defend myself should something bad happen whether it's a home invasion or an apocalypse.  There's been a lot of talk about gun banning lately. I really don't think that will solve the problems we're facing and only make them worse, but I won't get into that here.  I've decided the best way to protect myself would be to purchase a handgun.  This isn't something I take lightly or am rushing into.  I've signed up for a women's handgun safety class in January with Insights Training and will be trying out many different guns before making a decision on which one to purchase.  Mark has taken me out to try his handgun collection of 9mm and .22's so I've got my first shooting experience at least.

After many years of shooting with an Olympus DSLR camera system, I've sold nearly all of it as I've switched to an Olympus micro four thirds (mirrorless) system. I take the Olympus OMD EM5 with me wherever I go and have really enjoyed shooting with it and building up my lens collection. It was with a mirrorless Olympus camera that I captured photos that grace the front and back covers of a book by Ned Vizzini called The Other Normals.

2012 was my 3rd year with Getty. Each year I sell more and more photos even though it has become more difficult to get photos submitted due to changes they've made in their processes.  I currently have 244 photos available for licensing.

I haven't been as active in the photo meetup group community this year, only making it to four photostrolls.  I hope to go on more in 2013 and go on more hikes too.  Much of this summer was spent constructing a shed in my back yard which we still need to get filled up.

This blog continues to be focused on food but I've also been invited to make blog/vlog contributions to a couple of photography sites: discovermirrorless.com and smallcamerabigpicture.com.  I post photography tips and gear & software reviews among other things.  Food isn't the only thing I photograph, I also enjoy landscapes, nature and anything else that gets in front of my lens.  I put together this collage of my most interesting photos that I posted this year according to Flickr.  As you can see there is quite a variety of subjects.  You can get a closer look at these photos in this Flickr set.

I look forward to what 2013 brings and I wish you all the best in the coming year!

2012 most interesting

Author: Paula Thomas

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