Last year I participated in Jim Goldstein’s annual “Your Best Photos” blog project for the first time so I made a post about my favorite photos from 2010. Last year’s post has been one of my most visited posts over the past year so I wanted to continue that trend this year. Initially I was unsure if I was going to participate this year since I didn’t feel like I had traveled enough to warrant a post but when I reviewed my images from 2011, I realized that I had 16 selects to cull down from so maybe my year was better than I had thought. Here goes my ten favorite photos from 2011 in chronological order:
The San Gabriel Valley and San Gabriel Mountains are rarely photographed for such a heavily-populated region. Most landscape photographers find little appeal in such an urbanized landscape so that is why I enjoy taking this on as a creative challenge. My roots are in the valley so it’s a region that I feel compelled to photograph. What I like about this image is that it shows a glimpse of what the San Gabriel Valley might have looked like when it was still a wild landscape.
My house was on the market for half a year as a foreclosed property and I saw it listed for a few months before deciding to take a tour. The photos I saw on the real estate websites didn’t look very appealing but since I was making no progress on finding a suitable property to purchase, I decided to take a look. I was pleasantly surprised and the room in the back was the one that sold me on the house. The room was red and once I saw it, I knew that would be the future home of my photography office. I re-painted the room a lighter shade of red four times to get it right and these paint cans bear the aftermath of that project.
When I saw this, I thought of my Craigdarroch Castle staircase photo from 2009.
Rodeos are a blast but also very dangerous. Cowboys are tough.
I spent a lot of time at The Huntington this year and had always wanted to make an agave photo that I was happy with. One of the perks of membership is early admission on the weekends so I made this image during one peaceful early morning and practically had the whole garden to myself. The light is best in the mornings.
This gigantic double rainbow could be seen from as far away as Palos Verdes Peninsula and I had a nice front row seat to witness it. Undoubtedly this was the coolest natural phenomena I saw all year. Many others agreed too apparently as I heard numerous “Look at the double rainbow!” screams from down the mountain.
My mom is not a photographer but even she knew this light would make for some dramatic photos. In-fact she was the one who suggested pulling over to photograph it.
Of the photos I made in 2011, this was the one that required me to work the scene the most in order to make.
The night of the windstorm was one of the scariest I’ve ever experienced. Pasadena still has cleanup to do and this tree trunk is still there a month later.
In the past, I was mostly a wide angle lens photographer but lately I’ve been finding myself gravitate more toward simplicity and “intimate scenes”. Scenes within a scene.