Another year has come and gone, 2011 seemed to fly by in a heartbeat unlike 2010. What began as a year that seemed to have nothing but potholes and low points,  turned out to be a really good one both professionally and personally. Here’s a look back at 2011 through my trusty best friend, my camera.

February saw the completion of a new photo gallery. Never did I think I would spend so much time on the gallery versus actually taking pictures! But finally I am satisfied with the gallery I have, for now at least. It took more than a year and 6 different versions to finally find one that I thought was decent. Should it be so hard to display photos on your own domain? I think the techies out there need to work on providing more out of the box galleries for us photogs !

The sign for Edwards Air Force Base in California

The sign for Edwards Air Force Base in California, November 2010. As Seen on SPEEDTV !

April was a very good month. Firstly I finally bellied up and built a Facebook Page. While I still am learning the ins and outs, I have seen some benefits from having it. A producer from the SPEED TV show Car Warriors contacted me to seek approval for use of a few of my Edwards AFB photos. Needless to say, I let them use the shots! First time having my photos on national television. April also saw PhotosbyHank on Twitter, can never be too social right?

Things REALLY got busy in May. The weather in Ohio finally broke, and was able to get good weather photos at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

N73406 Continental Airlines, Boeing 737-924 on departure from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

N73406 Continental Airlines, Boeing 737-924 on departure from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, KCLE May 27 2011

 

Was also chased by a tornado, which is a byproduct of the nicer weather trying to move into the Cleveland area.

Storm clouds racing from west to east

Also during May, on the personal side of things, decided to take a hard look at relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada. Of course to get an accurate idea of whether this would work, recon trips would be needed!

June saw the first of three trips to Vegas. While they were not all fun and sun, it’s always a good trip when you’re in Vegas. No matter when or why I am in Vegas, Nellis Air Force Base and McCarran plane spotting is a must, and this trip was no different.

N415NV Allegiant Air, McDonnell Douglas MD-82

N415NV Allegiant Air, McDonnell Douglas MD-82 departing McCarran International Airport, KLAS June 2011.

 

The mountains provide excellent backdrops to McCarran. Always love plane spotting there and unlike Cleveland Hopkins, no one pushes you away just because you have a camera in your hands!

N37DG, Czech Aerovodochody L29 Delfin landing during A Gathering of Eagles XV

N37DG, Czech Aerovodochody L29 Delfin landing during A Gathering of Eagles XV, July 2011.

 

July was very busy. Was able to cover A Gathering of Eagles Air Show in Willoughby, Ohio for the first time. Was a great air show that featured many aircraft that don’t frequent the larger shows. If you’re in Ohio and are searching for another air show, be sure to attend this one, you won’t be disappointed!

Was also lucky enough to take a media ride on the Yankee Air Museum‘s Yankee Lady B-17 ! It was a great, great ride for sure.

httpv://youtu.be/B7GtosUBIsc

 

Finally, July saw the launch of the Just-Vegas Blog. Photography and Las Vegas are too large of topics to have to share one blog! So to spare the readers, Just-Vegas was created to keep this blog focused primarily on photography.

 

August was a bit laid back. Attended the Cleveland Browns Training Camp in Berea, Ohio at the end of the month.

Colt McCoy fires a pass, August 10, 2011.

Colt McCoy fires a pass, August 10, 2011.

 

September saw the annual Cleveland National Air Show.

Tight shot of The USAF Thunderbirds lead solo #5 at the 2011 Cleveland National Air Show

Tight shot of The USAF Thunderbirds lead solo #5 at the 2011 Cleveland National Air Show at Burke Lakefront Airport, Sunday demo.

 

And another trip to Las Vegas.

 

WA AF 78-0485, F-15C Eagle, side shot while on approach to Nellis Air Force Base

WA AF 78-0485, F-15C Eagle, side shot while on approach to Nellis Air Force Base, September 2011.

 

November rolled in with a bang, which it does each year, and the 2011 Aviation Nation Air Show at Nellis Air Force Base. Which means, another trip to Vegas !

The Patriots Jet Team cross over break during the 2011 Aviation Nation Air Show.

The Patriots Jet Team cross over break during the 2011 Aviation Nation Air Show at Nellis Air Force Base.

 

Also the tree lighting in downtown Cleveland.

Old Stone Church on Public Square during the 2011 Winterfest in Cleveland, Ohio.

Old Stone Church on Public Square during the 2011 Winterfest in Cleveland, Ohio. November 2011.

 

Finally in December made the decision to “Go West young man” like a wise man once said. Vegas baby! So 2012 should be an exciting year to say the least!

Would like to wish all my readers a very Happy New Year !