Saturday, December 29, 2012

Top 10 of 2012

To celebrate the end of 2012, I thought I would post my top ten favorite photos of the year.  It is a little sad I have not had time to post anything from Thailand yet so I decided this would just be the top 10 of what I posted, not of photos taken in 2012.  Having settled in with my new job, I have had the chance to do some traveling and take the most photos since we moved home from Europe.  I was able to photograph places close to home like downtown Vegas, Red Rock Canyon and the Valley of Fire.  We also went to LA for last Christmas and to San Diego just a few months ago.  We took multiple visits to Utah where I shot in Provo Canyon, Brian Head, and Cedar Breaks.  In May, we were able to Washington DC.  I also drove through the Columbia River Gorge and enjoyed shooting Multnomah Falls.  We spent a week in Central Oregon and enjoyed some hiking and shooting there too.  Finally, we went to Thailand and Korea and spent Christmas in Washington, but those pictures haven't been posted yet so they will have to wait for next year.  Without any more rambling, here are my top ten for the year.  If you think something is missing from what you have seen on my blog this year, let me know in the comments.

#10 Venice Beach, California
#9 City Center, Las Vegas
#8 Oceanside, California
#7 George Washington Masonic Memorial, Washington DC
#6 San Diego, California
#5 Smith's Rock, Oregon
#4 Alpine Pond, Cedar Breaks, Utah

#3 Multnomah Falls, Oregon
#2 Cedar Breaks, Utah
#1 Tumalo Falls, Oregon

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Oceanside, California
September 3, 2012
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 46mm: ISO 100: 1/250 sec.: f/8

Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 27mm: ISO 100: 1/200 sec.: f/8

Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 42mm: ISO 100: 1/125 sec.: f/8

Before heading out in the morning, I ran down to the beach at the suggestion of my wife to try and capture the gold reflections in the sand.  Although, it wasn't what she was envisioning, I thought a few came out okay.  This is the last post from our CA trip so hopefully I will get some Thailand photos up soon!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Oceanside, California
September 2, 2012
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 23mm: ISO 800: 1/15 sec: f/5
We went for a fantastic walk down the pier at night and were surprised that the whole thing was full of people fishing (and it's a long pier!).  There were a lot of good photo ops, but I didn't want to be the one holding up the walk so I only took a few.  I like how this one just captures the relaxed atmosphere, but I think it would have been better with a star filter to capture the lights.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Oceanside, California
September 2, 2012
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 60mm: ISO 800: 1/15 sec.: f/5

Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 55mm: ISO 800: 1/15 sec.: f/4.8

Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 55mm: ISO 640: 1/15 sec.: f/6.3

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Oceanside, California
September 2, 2012
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 78mm: ISO 800: 1/5 sec.: f/5.3


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Oceanside, California
September 2, 2012
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 23mm: ISO 800: 1/13 sec.: f/3.5
We have made it back from our whirlwind trip to Thailand, but it will be a little while before I get photos ready to post as I took over 1700 pictures while we were there.  In the meantime, I still have some left from our trip to Oceanside, so I will keep those coming.