This is my 3rd year in a row participating in Jim Goldstein’s Annual “Your Best Photos” blog project. (Check out my entries for 2010 and 2011.) I hardly traveled in 2011 as I had just become a first-time homeowner so my priorities were elsewhere but in 2012, I got to explore some new places and re-visit old ones which was fun. As in previous years, I picked my personal favorites rather than try to determine “best” because that is too difficult to quantify. Here are my ten favorite photos from 2012 in chronological order.
Waking up to a snowstorm in Flagstaff was probably the single-most memorable experience I had all year. Being from a heavily-populated region of California, I cherish any opportunity to get away from the city and experience the simpler things in life such as playing with snow in a small town during the winter time. This was Samatha’s first experience with snow so I thought this image captured the spontaneity of the moment more than any other image I made all year.
I have spent a lot of time at The Huntington over the past two years. When you have spent as much time as I have in one place, then it really forces you to look deeper within a scene in order to keep things fresh. A scene within a scene.
I like making travel images that tell a personal story about the experience. Rather than just doing a generic snapshot of Samantha and I staring in a camera which reveals nothing of the experience, I wanted to make an image of us enjoying the Santa Rosa Plateau hike.
After a childhood visit to the Canadian Rockies, it took me 26 years to make a return trip as a photographer. I was a bit too early in the season to see the trademark blue water of Moraine Lake so I took this opportunity to use the thawing ice as a foreground element. Scenery doesn’t get any better than the Canadian Rockies.
I made this image for my parents in honor of our broken bus 26 years ago. Here is the story, “Life Savers at Natural Bridge“.
Baby canadian geese was the cutest thing I saw all year, perhaps ever.
I wouldn’t have captured this image of the full moon rising from behind Mount Hood without the help of some generous locals. A very surreal experience. Here is the original story, “The Kind Act of Sharing Knowledge“.
It was a brief glimpse of a rainbow, but there is nothing more gratifying in landscape photography to be able to realize your pre-visualized image.
I made this image of Pasadena City Hall while doing a review of the Canon 24mm TS-E f/3.5L II lens for BorrowLenses.com. This was an image I had wanted to make for a more than a year now and it ended up exceeding my expectations. I like how the shadows turned out there and think that is what makes the image.
There are only so many ways you can photograph a tree with colorful autumn leaves but limitless ways you can arrange a photo of fall foliage.