Peter’s Top Ten Favorite Photos from 2012

#6 Moon-set Pismo Beach Pier

#6 Moon-set Pismo Beach Pier

It’s that time to reflect on all of the great trips from last year and pick our favorite images.  We went on twelve “named” photography trips/outings in 2012, just about one a month.  I probably produced 5,000 photos and processed and kept nearly a 1,000.  Here are my ten favorite photographs from 2012.

#10  I was in Yosemite with my father and while he slept in, I went out to photograph El Capitan.  I wandered in the meadow looking for something.  I found this small log and looked up to see the first light on El Cap.  I stayed in the meadow and watched the sunlight grow on the face and did not see another person for hours.

Sunrise in the El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite National Park, CA

Sunrise in the El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite National Park, CA

#9  Mary and I love this shot, as do many photographers.  It was really stormy.  The key here is to make sure that the top of the windmill “clears” the hills in the background.  I doubled up my 3-stop and 2-stop “grad” to darken the sky and lighten the grapevines.

Windmill on Las Amigas Road, Sonoma, CA

Windmill on Las Amigas Road, Sonoma, CA

#8  We had one sunny day in Big Sur.  This is a shot that anyone can get.  There is a turnoff, just south of the Rocky Creek Restaurant.  You will need a telephoto to get this composition.

Rocky Creek Bridge, Big Sur, CA

Rocky Creek Bridge, Big Sur, CA

#7  We visited the Yankee Girl mine twice this year – once in summer and this one is from our Fall trip.

Yankee Girl Mine near Silverton, CO

Yankee Girl Mine near Silverton, CO

#6  We did not plan our December trip around the full moon as many photographers do.  However, we stayed in a hotel right on the sand in Pismo Beach with a great view of the pier, so we did sunset photos a few nights.  I noticed the full moon (it had been cloudy and raining in Northern California for a week) and saw that it was going to set right behind the pier.  So, I got up at 5 AM and shot it.  In two mornings, I actually never did see the moon set as it sled under a California-coast fog bank both mornings.

#5  This is a favorite shot in Big Sur and is best done near the winter Solstice.

Pfieffer Beach, Big Sur, CA

Pfieffer Beach, Big Sur, CA

#4  Another popular location and composition.

Delicate Arch Sunset, Arches National Park, UT

Delicate Arch Sunset, Arches National Park, UT

#3  This was a very cold day at the White Sands and poor conditions to photograph the dunes, but the sunset was amazing.

White Sands National Monument, NM

White Sands National Monument, NM

#2  We had a great morning on a dirt road and were lucky to have such an interesting sky.

Last Dollar Road near Telluride, CO

Last Dollar Road near Telluride, CO

#1  Mary wanted to sleep-in so we missed sunrise at the Mesa Arch.  This shot was taken about 10:30 AM and the glow was still amazing.

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, UT

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, UT

Next week, Mary’s Top Ten.

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