The Year in Review – My Favorite Images of 2013

2013 was a busy year with many interesting trips to such a variety of different locales.  So it was a very difficult task to decide on only 10 favorite images. I feel truly blessed that I am able to travel widely to pursue my passion for photography. Hopefully that passion will be evident in the images below. Some of the highlights of the year were trips to New Zealand, the Canadian Rockies, Central Europe and Quebec, all of which are represented in the images below with some local shots from Seattle thrown in as well.

I also started to sell photographs printed on aluminumin in 2013 which have proven to be quite popular. Metal prints have great luminosity and incredible detail and seem to fit my imagery well. Of course it goes without saying that all of the images below are available for purchase as metal prints.  I plan to continue selling prints of my work at local galleries and art fairs in 2014.

Opinions vary widely for artwork so I would be very interested to hear what you think about my images. If you have a favorite, please do include that in any comments you write below.  I decided to publish these images in chronological order by the time they were taken throughout the year so the order does not imply any preference on my part for individual images.

Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year and Happy Shooting in 2014!

Moria Arch

Moria Arch, Kahurangi NP, South Island, NZ

Lake Matheson Dawn

Lake Matheson Dawn, Westland NP, South Island, NZ

Moreaki Boulders Sunrise

Moeraki Sunrise, South Island, NZ

Abraham Lake at First Light

First Light on Abraham Lake, AB, CA

Seattle Waterfront

Twilight Waterfront, Seattle, WA

St. Barbara's Church Ossuary

Kutna Hora Ossuary, Bohemia, CZ

Twilight Reflection

Twilight Charles Bridge, Prague, CZ

Hungarian Parliament Building Through the Arches

Parliament Through the Arches, Budapest, HU

Japanese Maple Tree

Dancing Tree, Arboretum, Seattle, WA

Dufferin Terrace Dawn

Dufferin Terrace Dawn, Quebec City, QC, CA

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2012 Favorite Images

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.

False Creek Reflections

March  –  False Creek Reflection, Vancouver, BC

Boneyard Beach Dawn

April  –  Boneyard Beach Dawn, Editso Island, SC

Cobblestone Street

May  –  Cobblestone Street, Tarragona, Spain

Blue Reflection

May  –  Blue Reflection, City of Art & Sciences, Valencia, Spain

Twilight Reflection

May  –  Twilight Reflection, City of Arts & Sciences, Valencia Spain

Cordoba Fair

May  –  Cordoba Fair, Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba Twilight

May  –  Cordoba Twilight, Cordoba, Spain

Veratrum viride, Anomne patens

July  –  Paradise First Light, Mt. Rainier NP, WA

Autumn Splendor

October  –  Autumn’s Splendor, Japanese Garden, Seattle, WA

Under the Pier

November  –  Under the Pier, La Jolla, CA

Caltech Reflecting Pool

November  –  Caltech Reflecting Pool, Pasadena, CA

City Hall Staircase

November  –  Crazy Staircase, City Hall, Pasadena, CA

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March Madness Sale

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During the month of March, 2011, all purchases of Rob Tilley photographic prints are 20 % OFF our everday affordable prices.  If you are thinking about redecorating your walls with some new artwork, this is a great opportunity to save money.
You can choose any of the images in the image galleries on our website.  Within the greater Seattle area delivery is free.  Shipping &; handling for unframed prints to anywhere in the US is only $10.00.  We also offer free home consultaions.  If you see any images you are interested in we can arrange to meet you at your home so you can see if any images fit with your decor.  In additon to our standard framing options, we also offer custom framing at very competitive pricing.  If you are considering to purchase prints, please contact us by email or phone quoting the image name, image number and size of the images you are interested in.  Satisfaction guaranteed, if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, we will refund 100% of the purchase price. 
Email Address:
Telephone:           425-822-7680
Print Prices:
Agave VI

Agave VI


Great Buddha

Great Buddha

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Best of 2011

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Once again it was dificult to choose my top images for 2011. It was quite a busy year, the highlights being trips to Hawaii, Italy and Japan.

Looking back over my top picks this year I have noticed several trends. Increasingly my eye has been drawn to abstract compostions. I think I find abstracts more interesting.

The second trend is technical. A large percentage of the top images this year were processed as HDR’s. I don’t like grungy HDR’s so I process them to look as natural as possible. But I do like the flexibility of HDR’s which allows me to shoot in lighting situations that it would be next to impossible to shoot a great image with only one exposure.

I continue to be drawn to cultural subject matter. This year I visited Italy twice which accounts for the large number of Italian images in my top picks.

Finally, my eye continues to be drawn to bright, vivid colors. This is not a new trend and most likely will not change in the future.

Tulip Garden Abstract

Tulip Garden Abstract

St. Mark's Square at Dawn

St. Mark’s Square at Dawn

Haleakala Sunrise

Haleakala Sunrise

The Grand Canal at Dawn

The Grand Canal at Dawn

Rainbow Eucalyptus

Rainbow Eucalyptus

St. Patrick's Well

St. Patrick’s Well

Canal Reflections

Canal Reflections


Agave VI

Piazza Duomo at Dusk

Piazza Duomo at Dusk

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Bellevue Festival of the Arts

I will have a booth to display my photography at Bellevue Festival of the Arts.  If you enjoy art and you will be in the Seattle area this weekend, you should not miss the largest gathering of artists in the Pacific Northwest. My booth will be in the parking lot at Bellevue Way and NE 8th St. near the Bergman luggage store.  See details below:
Event:                         Bellevue Festival of the Arts
Dates and Times:     Friday, July 29, 10am – 8pm
                                      Saturday July 30, 10am -8pm 
                                      Sunday, July 31, 10am – 6pm
Event Website:
Artist Website:
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Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

Abstract View of Experience Music Project

If you are in the Portland area, I hope you can join me and 120 other artisans at Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts this weekend. I will be displaying my photography at Booth F11 near the Information Booth. It should be a fun weekend. Details are as follows:

Event: Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
Dates & Times: Friday, June 24, 10am – 8pm
Saturday June 25, 10am – 8pm
Sunday June 12, 10am – 6pm
Location: George Rogers Park, Ladd Street, Lake Oswego, OR
Artist Website:
Event Website:
Event Tel. No. 503.636.1060

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SVAC Artist Studio Tour

I hope you can join me in beautiful Woodinville, WA for the SVAC Artist Studio Tour this weekend.  I will be displaying my photography at the Medicine Horse Studio with 4 other artists.  Attached below is the SVAC Artist Studio Tour brochure which includes a map with directions to all the artist studios on the tour.  In Woodinville there will be signs directing you to the artist studios.  It should be a fun weekend.  Details are as follows:
Event:                Sammamish Valley Art Center Artist Studio Tour
Dates:                Saturday June 11 & Sunday June 12
Times:               11am – 5pm
Location:           Medicine Horse Studio, 15440 153rd St., Woodinville, WA
Artist Website:
Other Artists:     Stacie Clark, watercolor, jewelery
                         Janice Seino, oil painting
                         Shirley Rudolf, watercolor
                         Kim Waters, paper, pen & ink, water media
Studio Tel. No.  425-908-7747 
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