Peter’s Favorite 15 Photos from 2013

#3 Badwater Basin sunset

#3 Badwater Basin sunset, Death Valley, CA

It’s that time again, when Mary and I reflect on all of our great trips from the past year.  We review all of our photos and edit and back them up.  I know Mary always wants me to get down to ten, but herewith, are my favorite 15 photos from 2013.  Which ones do you like best?

#15 We had a great trip to Death Valley with our artist/photographer friends Cat Larrea and Mark McDermott (check out their website links).  Death Valley sunrise blog.

Manly Beacon - sunrise at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley

Manly Beacon – sunrise at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, CA

#14 – I could shoot this barn a hundred times.  It never gets old (great pinot noir, too).  Colene Celmons barn blog.

The barn at the Colene Clemons Winery near Dundee, OR

The barn at the Colene Clemons Winery near Dundee, OR

#13 – There are thousands of photos of this tree on-line, but now I have my own (thanks Jack Graham).  Portland Japanese Garden blog.

The "world famous" maple at the Portland, OR Japanese Garden

The “world famous” maple at the Japanese Garden in Portland, OR

#12 – summer in San Francisco means fog.  This is another “bucket list” and iconic shot.  San Francisco blog.

The San Francisco bay from the Marin headlands

The San Francisco bay from the Marin headlands

#11 – Mary’s parents live near Creede, Colorado.  The cemetery and church are historic.  Colorado blog.

The clouds "make" this photo go from good to great

The clouds “make” this photo go from good to great

#10 – this is the Mark Abbott Memorial light house in Santa Cruz, CA.  It was really crowded and I was lucky to get one without all of the people.  I did not like the bike until later when I processed the photo.  The lighthouse remains me of a Saturn V rocket.

Lighthouse Field State Park, Santa Cruz, CA

Lighthouse Field State Park, Santa Cruz, CA

#9 – this was a very cold morning and a great memory with Mary.  North Lake blog.

Fall color reflection at North Lake near Bishop, CA

Fall color reflection at North Lake near Bishop, CA

#8 – most people go to Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur to see the arch (see #1), but miss out on this composition which is just 50 yards north.  Another great night with Mary.  Pfeiffer Beach blog.

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#7 – is this a good photo?  It just epitomizes the “beautiful desolation” of the Salton Sea.  Salton Sea blog.

Bombay Beach, Salton Sea, CA

Bombay Beach, Salton Sea, CA

#6 – this may not be a great photo, but it was a great moment.  We waited 45 minutes for a sandwich at Sebastian’s Cafe in San Simeon.  I used my new Sony RX 100 Mark II point and shoot, hand held, here.  When the horses walked up and started grazing, it was a “wow” moment for me.

the old schoolhouse in San Simeon, CA (with Heartst Castle in the background)

The old school house in San Simeon, CA (with Hearst Castle in the background)

#5 – Mary and I have been to Bodie twice and had stunning skies both times.  That is really important when you can not do a sunrise or sunset shoot.  Bodie blog.

The Bodie ghost town church

The Bodie ghost town church

#4 – as we were driving away, mid-morning around 10:30 AM, a fog bank rolled right in and stuck to the coast for just a few minutes.  This photo was taken north of the lighthouse with my infrared and processed in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse north of Santa Cruz, CA

Pigeon Point Light station between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, CA

#3 – COVER PHOTO It was a really hot and windy day in Death Valley and Mary and I were just about to pack up and leave when I asked her to stay for a few more minutes.  I am certainly glad we did.  Badwater blog.

#2 – this was our first time to Santa Cruz, CA and we had a great time shooting sunset at the Natural Bridges State Beach.

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AND finally, #1 – this is a very popular subject that we have shot a few times.  What I like most about this photo is knowing that just to the right of the image are about 25 people trying to photograph right through the arch.  This is a three image High Dynamic Range  composite processed with Nik’s HDR Efex Pro.  Pfieffer Beach blog.

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6 thoughts on “Peter’s Favorite 15 Photos from 2013

  1. Ah, difficult to choose a favorite–they all have that something special, but, for me, it’s the fall color reflection…although I wouldn’t mind claiming #1 as my own! Thank you both for the continued inspiration.

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