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Welcome to Tony's Blog!

Having settled in Denver, Colo., after years of living and working as a professional photographer in New York City and San Francisco, I spend my days (and quite a few nights) taking pictures. My love for photography is more than a passion; it’s an obsession, and I’m constantly in search for the next story I can tell through my camera lens.

40 Best Photos According to Tony Gallagher

While there are thousands of photography competitions each year, all of which aim to determine which photos from around the world reign supreme, I like to reap the benefits of seeing all the photographs rather than narrowing one out as the winner. In the mind of a photographer, there is never really a wrong shot per se, but it all depends on who the audience is.

I gathered a collection of some of my favorite photos of 2014, from candid nature shots to portraits and landscapes. Photography is a passion, and I’d like to share that passion with you. When you take photos of a landscape or even portraits, you want to let your surroundings become the background. For example, I do a majority of my shots in the Denver area, and with the mountains at my disposal; it’s hard to find a bad shot.

With that being said, here’s a collection of some of my favorite photos from around the world during 2014…

40 Best Photos of 2014

 

Amazing Photos

Photo via National Geographic

 

Nature Photography

Photo by Gabriel Ciora Markus

Candid Photography

Photo via Reddit

Wedding Photography

Photo by Tracey Taylor & Dee Green

Wedding Photography

Photo by Tito Rikardo

Wedding Photography

Wedding photos to me are all about utilizing the landscape around you to create some of the most unique shots that the couple could imagine. Whether it’s a destination wedding in the tropics, another country, or a simple fall wedding in Denver, there’s always an opportunity to create amazing shots that the couple can always look back on.

Engagement Photos

Photo by Kerry Morgan

The Key To Great Candid Photos

Taking candid photos is something that really pleases the subject as well as the photographer. When you take a portrait, it’s a posed shot where you’re instructed to react in a certain way, but candid photography shows raw emotion and movement. The key to taking great candid photos relies on your patience as well as your shutter speed. Once you’re shutter speed is adjusted, it becomes a matter of taking as many shots as you can when a shot opportunity arises.

Candid Photography

Photo by Frode Sandbech

Nature Photography

Photo via National Geographic

Candid Photography

Photo by Alexander Remnev

Nature Photography

Photo via National Geographic

Nature Photography

Photo by Marc Henauer

Sports Photography Soccer

Photo by Audrey “all-soccer” (via Tumblr)

Sports Photography

Photo by Marcos Brindicci

Landscape Photography

Nothing is more beautiful than nature itself, and when you can capture that in a photo, it’s something you look back on and remember where you were and even the time of year, because that’s how much it embeds itself in our brain. When you take shots of landscapes, it can be difficult to not become repetitive, but that only happens if you become lazy. When you map out the location you want to shoot, don’t simply pull up to the car lot, get your camera out and start shooting. Take advantage of the trails, and even go off the trails to get the shots you may not have otherwise seen.

Landscape Photography

Photo by Guillaume Buret

Landscape Photography

Photo via Reddit

Landscape Photography

Photo by Jeff Smallwood

Landscape Photography

Photo via Reddit

Landscape Photography

Photo via Reddit

Landscape Photography

Photo by Mark Blinch

Landscape Photography

Photo via Reddit

Candid Photography

Photo by Alex Thomson

Landscape Photography

Photo by Danny Xeero

Nature Photography

Photo by Kurt Arrigo

Candid Photography

Photo by Matt Hutton

Nature Photography

Photo by Kristhian Castro

Candid Photography

Photo by Markiyan Matsekh

Wedding Photography

Photo by Komang Diktat

Wedding Photography

Photo by Joy Marie

Using Photoshop On Your Photos

Every photographer has an idea of how to use Photoshop, but you don’t want to overdue it. The key to editing your photos is to keep the original shot as unedited as possible, with a few adjustments to the lighting, and possibly smoothing out the edges if any key focal point is blurred. My favorite types of Photoshopped photos are the one’s that show either a before and after, or what some others may call a time lapse, but they always seem to catch my eye with the visual representation of how times have changed.

Photoshop Shots

Photo via Reddit

Photoshop Image

Photo by Mark Hersch

Photoshop Image

Photo by Cheung Lai

Candid Photo

Photo by Toru Hanai

Candid Photography

Photo by Chen Li

Candid Photography

Photo by Chema Moya

Candid Photography

Photo by Scott Rogers

Candid Photography

Photo by Emilio Morenatt

Candid Photography

Photo via Reuters

Portrait photography

Photo by Simon Morris

sports photography

Photo by Adrian “The Soccer Stuff” (via Tumblr)

Candid Photography

Photo by Michael Nordqvist