Previously I have shared with you my Best Sports and Disney photos for 2011. Now, it is time to present my top ten photos of 2011. It was not easy to whittle it down to 10. I started with over 200 images. Then I removed all Disney photos and the one sports photo and got it down to 100, then 50 then 13. I stared at those 13 for a long time before finally settling on these 10 presented in chronological order.
It is hard to show the pure size of the Taughannock Falls gorge unless you show something of scale near it as I did in January when I called it an Iced Cathedral.
Learning about Blue Hour and how to predict it opened up whole new possibilities for me after the Sun goes down.
I called this HDR image a Bridge of Hope in remembrance and in honor of those who have passed from and currently fighting cancer. The auction raised $200 for my Relay for Life team.
When I heard about the Salt Potato Eating Championship was being held in my hometown, I was not sure what to expect. I sure did not expect a WWE type of atmosphere and fun!
Reining competitions show the athleticism and strength of horses and their riders each year at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
I took a lot of wildlife photos this year but none were more challenging than this Clapper Rail in the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. He was taking a bath in a dark area and was splashing and moving until he suddenly stopped. For the next few seconds all I heard was three shutters firing as I and the two photographers with me took advantage to capture a wet and happy looking wading bird.
It is hard not to include a Lake Ontario sunset in this list so I did. 🙂
It has been 10 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center. The New York State Fair honored the victims of 9/11 and gave families a chance to teach their children about a day that changed our lives forever with special memorials and presentations.
Autumn this year seemed a bit subdued until I took a trip to Ithaca and found colors around the gorges and waterfalls the city is famous for.
What could be more impressive than 1,200 people running directly at you? This photo was chosen for the front page of my hometown’s newspaper the week after the annual Turkey Trot races on Thanksgiving.
It was quite a year. Here’s to another one….Happy New Year!
3,7, and 9 would get my vote as THE best of your Top 10, but I couldn’t narrow it down any more than that 🙂
It is tough to be your own editor for things like this. I am sure if I gave you the initial photos, you would have come up with different ones. Some are Best for reasons which are not photographic. Each one brings strong feelings within me from laughter to sorrow.
Scott, these are wonderful ! Salt potato eating contest ? The captured motion on the barrel racer and his horse is wonderful. Your photo of the race start deserved to be on the front page of your newspaper.
I now pay much more attention to the sky right after sunset, thanks to you.
In the Bridge of Hope shot, part is in shade and part in bright sun. I marvel at the even lighting.
Having just a “point and shoot” digital camera, I have little flexibility in my shooting options.
Hi, Sybil! Make sure you click the links to visit the blog posts behind these photos from more information. You will learn all about the Salt Potato Eating contest and reining horses.
The Bridge of Hope is an HDR image which allowed me to pull out the details from both the shadows and bright areas. You can do HDR images, too, by creating an HDR set of photos from ONE image in a photo editor. You will have to buy some HDR software like Phootmatix to create the images.
Nice collection Scott. I remember many from your posts this year, and it has been a very photographically educational year for me on your blog. I’ve noticed “the blue hour” a few times in recent months, and thought of you when I saw it, though I’ve yet to challenge myself to trying any photographs in that light. I really love the clapper rail picture – that’s a bird I’ve never heard of before. Happy New Year to you too! 🙂
I was luck to see the Clapper Rail. Normally, they hide in the tall grasses of the wetland where you hear them but not see them.
Thank you for your comment that this blog has helped you some. Friends like you is what keeps me motivated to continue blogging and sharing what I know and learn about photography.
I know of at least one time this coming year you’ll be out in that blue hour light. 😉
Ooh, a not-so-subtle assignment hint, eh?
These are all beautiful Scott…
Happy New Year to you and Merrie…sending you wishes for a blessed 2012. 🙂
Thanks, KD! Wishing your family the same but wishing you extra pixie dust to your health. Want you back taking photos this year instead of spending time nursing your body.
A nice selection of some of your many great photos from 2011. Thanks for lots of good inspiration and challenge – I am looking forward to more in 2012. Happy New Year!
Thanks, Truels! I was talking with my daughter today that I need to make time in my life to take a trip to Europe to visit my friends in Denmark. That would be so cool to do.
That sounds exciting – with travel plans to Europe and Denmark! I will do my best to make you feel welcome – and to help you get an exciting experience here in the kingdom, when you come. It will be interesting to hear more about your plans 🙂
This is such a wonderful collection of photos, in both image and the stories they tell. 🙂
Thank you, Robin. It was one of my goals this year to “see” better. Still more to learn but I took a big step this year.
I think my favorite are #1 and #10. Being a runner myself I wonder how fast you had to take #10, then get out of the way! 🙂 Also love the bird and the announcer.
These are all great, Scott! You certainly had a good year with the camera!
All are awesome photos, but when living in a country of snow and ice, I prefer the first photo. It is so “cozy”.
Happy New Year 2012.
Happy New Year.
All the best for 2012
All are wonderful! Happy New Year 2012 and Bright Blessings!
I just love all those runners pouring into the photo through the arch made by the graceful trees. Just sends me right off to a happy place it does. Nice portfolio, Scott. Happy New Year.
Happy New Year Scott
Thanks for your inspiring posts and all your work with the assignments. I like your photos very much. This collection is no exception. If I should pick a photo that I’d like to learn from it must be the rider on his horse. If I could just freeze a moment like you Scott. Maybe it should be my assignment for 2012.
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