In the summer of 2018 I decided to enter the NatGeo Travel Photographer of the Year contest and to my amazement i ended up being a finalist. This was an incredible feeling because at the time i was only about a year and a half into my photography obsession. Being self thought and not having any type of artistic talent this was not only an amazing feeling to be in the same category with some amazing photographers from around the world. This photo stemmed from a cross county trip trip I decided to take flying from Newark, NJ to San Francisco and a few days later taking the Amtrak train from San Francisco to New York. This trip was not only something i needed to do to conquer some fears but also it allowed me to capture this amazing photo that has motivated me to pursue my passion for photography.