Top 10 Shots of 2012

Another year, another look back.

This year was another one of growth for me. While it has been over 6 years since I picked up my first SLR, I feel like I only began “growth” as a photographic artist in 2010. I have learned so much over the past few years about photographic techniques, artistic tendencies, and probably more important than all, my own self.

That gets to what I find most valuable about my journey in photography. It has given me a tangible medium for me to look at myself. Each photograph says something about me in ways that even I don’t fully understand. But the introspection itself is worth the time and effort I put into the work.

Anyways, on to the shots. Here is what I think is my best of 2012, in no particular order. I would love to hear your comments on my choices, and if you think any others belong or dont:

Kauai Kalalau Valley

Mist in the Valley
Mist scatters the cool morning light amongst the cliff edges of the Kalalau Valley.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 F4L IS @75mm, f/11, ISO 50, 2.5 sec

Sunrise over Nusa Dua

Emergence
Shapes of the sky and sea converge during a gorgeous sunset at Uluwatu Temple, Bali.
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm/2.8, polarizer, f/16, ISO 50, 2 images for dynamic range (HDR) and focus.

Autumn at the U.S. Capitol

Autumn at the U.S. Capitol
Autumn at the U.S. Capitol Panorama
Canon 5D Mark II, Nikon 14-24

Caribbean abstract Dominican Republic

Caribbean Calm
A small freshwater stream empties into the calm Caribbean sea, creating beautiful shapes & textures as the water sources delicately ride around and on top of one another in the sunset light.
Canon 5d Mark II, Canon 70-200/F4L @ 144mm, f/16, .6 sec, ISO 50, Tripod

Water Abstract Kings Bath Kauai

Off to the Races
Mist scatters the cool morning light amongst the cliff edges of the Kalalau Valley.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 F4L IS @75mm, f/11, ISO 50, 2.5 sec

Sunrise in Shenandoah during peak fall conditions

Shenandoah Classic
Fall foliage is abound during a glorious and classic Shenandoah National Park sunrise, with the diffused sun filling orange in the hazy blue rolling hills.
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24, two exposures at f/11 blended for dynamic range (HDR)

Washington DC Cherry Blossom Twilight Sunrise Panorama

A panorama show the peak bloom of Cherry Blossoms that line the Tidal Basin under a crescent moon, just before sunrise.
Canon 5D Mark II, Nikon 14-24mm/2.8G, 10 shots stitched together

Maui Oheo Gulch Sunset

Fantasy Garden
A radiant scene on the east coast of Maui, where the river meets the sea at Oheo Gulch. Maui, Hawaii.
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm @14mm, Fotodiox Filter Holder, 4 stop ND filter; two shot blend at f/22

Tanah Lot Sunset

Sight of Worship
Furious seaside conditions and a view to the setting sun bring reverence to Tanah Lot Temple, Bali
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm/2.8, f/22, 1/15 sec, ISO 50

Lower Senate Park at Night

Lower Senate Park at Night
The fountains of Lower Senate Park at night at the U.S. Capitol.
Nikon D800, 14-24 @ 22mm, f/14, 30 sec, ISO 100, tripod

I hope you enjoyed my shots this year. Here’s to another healthy, happy, and productive year to you and all of your loved ones!

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