It has become a tradition for many photographers to publish their favorite photos of the year. I embrace this tradition because it helps me review my photography for the year and also is a good way to introduce new images to my followers. Unfortunately, my mother-in-law passed away at the end of 2018 and I did not have time to publish favorite images for 2018 so I have included a few images from 2018 in this post as well. These images are published in chronological order so the order is not any indication of my preference for a particular image. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed shooting them!
The Pacific Northwest has some great autumn color. This is a small private road near Snoqualmie, WA which has become very popular with local photographers. I waited for an overcast day which enhances the vibrancy of the colors. I like this combination of red and green which are opposites on the color wheel.
In November, 2018 we traveled to China and visited several cities in the central and northern regions of the country. This is West Lake in Hangzhou which has been the subject of many Chinese poems. I captured this image just after sunset one evening. West Lake is very popular with Chinese tourists who often take trips onto the lake in boats. You can see the silhouettes of these boats this image.
My last stop in China was Beijing which was the Imperial capital for many centuries. Domestic tourism is very popular in China and all the famous sites are very crowded. I arrived at the Temple of Heaven when it opened at 8AM, but there were already many tourists. After waiting 20-30 minutes though I was able to catch this famous site without any people. It was such an impressive sight to see!
In April, I took a road trip to Oregon and California. One of the highlights of this trip was visiting the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt County. These trees are some of the tallest trees in the world and they were truly an impressive sight to see. Looking up you can get a sense of just how tall they are!
The Oregon coast was another highlight of this trip. I fell in love with the southern Oregon coast. The landscape is spectacular and there are not so many tourists. When I was in Brookings, OR just north of the border with California there was a full moon which I was able to capture over Harris Beach early in the morning.
In June we took a trip to Slovenia and Italy. I had been to Slovenia once before by myself and I liked it so much I decided to take my wife. One morning I got up early to shoot Lake Bled and the sky was filled with the most beautiful clouds which I was able to capture in the early dawn light. If was truly a beautiful sight to see!
After Slovenia, we spent several nights in Trieste, Italy. Trieste has always been ethnically Italian, but for over 5 centuries it was the main port of the Austrian empire. On the coast several miles north of Trieste an Austrian noble family built Duino Castle. We toured the castle and I was captivated by this spiral staircase.
After Trieste, we visited Verona, Italy. Verona has been an important town since Roman times. Verona’s opera festival is held in the ancient Roman Arena. Near the amphitheater is Ponte Pietra which also dates back to Roman times. I set up my camera and tripod after sunset to capture this image at twilight.
Next we spent some time in Padua, home to one of Italy’s oldest universities. This is Prato della Valle, the main square in Padua and the largest square in Europe. There is an oval canal lined with statues, unlike anything I had seen in other Italian towns.
Our last stop in Italy was Venice. One cannot go to Venice and not photograph the gondolas. One morning I went to St. Mark’s Square in the early morning and shot these gondolas at the waterfront. You can see San Giorgio Maggiore church in the background.
San Marco Piazza or St. Mark’s Square is usually crowded with tourists, but I got up early to shoot it in the early morning light. This square is the heart of Venice and when the Venetian Empire was at its height, St. Mark’s Square was dubbed the “Drawing Room of Europe”. It must have been such an impressive sight to see when visitors arrived during Venice’s heyday.
In August we took a brief trip down to Mt. Rainier. This is the aptly named Reflection Lake which is just down from Paradise. I got up early and was able to capture Mt. Rainier reflected in the lake at dawn.
One morning while we were at Mt. Rainier, I hiked up the Skyline Trail before dawn. I was able to get up to the top of the ridge by sunrise. Along the trail I found some heather blooming and I made this image with Mt. Rainier in the background.
Happy New Year! Wishing you the Best in 2020. I hope our paths may cross! All of the above images are available to purchase as prints.