Once again it is that time of year to look back and review all the images I shot over the year. One thing that stands out is my attraction to architecture this year. While I still shoot many nature images and some of these are included this year, the vast majority of my favorite images of 2012 include some architectural element. I continue to be fascinated by human culture and most of these cultural shots include some element of architecture.
Another trend which was also true last year is that most of my favorite images in 2012 were processed as HDR’s. This is partly related to my focus on architecture. HDR’s are often the best way to bring out all the detail in architectural shots especially when shooting early or late in the day. But recently I also use HDR’s for many nature shots as well. Shooting HDR’s allows me to get shots that just would not be possible using only one exposure. I always strive to process HDR’s so they look natural, and I consider it a great compliment if the viewer does not realize that an image was processed as an HDR. Of course there are some situations when one exposure is better than an HDR and in some cases I shoot 3 exposures, but in the end only process one of them.
The images below are in cronological order throughout the year. It is always difficult for me to choose my favorites so I would be very interested to know what your favorites are. Any comments about specific images or this set of images would be highly appreciated.
March – False Creek Reflection, Vancouver, BC
April – Boneyard Beach Dawn, Editso Island, SC
May – Cobblestone Street, Tarragona, Spain
May – Blue Reflection, City of Art & Sciences, Valencia, Spain
May – Twilight Reflection, City of Arts & Sciences, Valencia Spain
May – Cordoba Fair, Cordoba, Spain
May – Cordoba Twilight, Cordoba, Spain
July – Paradise First Light, Mt. Rainier NP, WA
October – Autumn’s Splendor, Japanese Garden, Seattle, WA
November – Under the Pier, La Jolla, CA
November – Caltech Reflecting Pool, Pasadena, CA
November – Crazy Staircase, City Hall, Pasadena, CA