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My Best Photos of 2016

Here are my top 9 images from 2016. It is my fifth year doing this kind of post showing my favorite images of the year.  I do try to show something different each year.  This year I tried some infrared photography along with photographing the Milky Way.  Although bridges and diminishing points always catch my eye, it is the first time I photographed the Zakim bridge and the Hells Gate Bridge.

The pink snow is real.  Just after a brisk snowfall, the sky turned pink lighting trees and the sky with an interesting color cast.

I do like windows… don’t know why but they made a nice subject.  I also included a sad photo of a sunflower.  Just a reminder that not everything will wait for you, you need to be ready and be there for the subject.  “Seize the day and don’t delay”.

Lastly is a still life.  Still trying to develop skills in this area.  It is a subject where your imagination must be in gear to make something interesting.

I hope you enjoy this year’s collection.

You can see higher resolution images here: https://robde.smugmug.com/Projects/Bestof2016/

2016 Gallery

Pink Snow at Sanford Mill Pond

Wonderful light along the Charles in Franklin MA

Wonderful light along the Charles in Franklin MA

Under the Hells Gate Bridge

Originally the New York Connecting Railroad Bridge or The East River Arch Bridge, is a 1,017-foot (310 m) steel through arch railroad bridge in New York City. The bridge crosses the Hell Gate, a strait of the East River, between Astoria in Queens and Randalls and Wards Islands in Manhattan.

Originally the New York Connecting Railroad Bridge or The East River Arch Bridge, is a 1,017-foot (310 m) steel through arch railroad bridge in New York City. The bridge crosses the Hell Gate, a strait of the East River, between Astoria in Queens and Randalls and Wards Islands in Manhattan.

Path under the Zakim

Under the Zakim bridge are a series of bridge and paths to allow pedestrians to walk from Boston to Charlestown. This was form a night stroll during an April evening.

Under the Zakim bridge are a series of bridge and paths to allow pedestrians to walk from Boston to Charlestown. This was form a night stroll during an April evening.

Just a Window

Window at the Lippitt House in Providence, RI. The building was built in 1865 by Henry Lippitt of textile fame.

Window at the Lippitt House in Providence, RI. The building was built in 1865 by Henry Lippitt of textile fame.

Shanghai Window

Amazing view from my seat at a restaurant in Shanghai. Looking at the skyline, you can see the Oriental Pearl Tower. A TV Tower 1,148 feet tall and something you cannot miss from the Bund.

Amazing view from my seat at a restaurant in Shanghai. Looking at the skyline, you can see the Oriental Pearl Tower. A TV Tower 1,148 feet tall and something you cannot miss from the Bund.

Too Late

Heat and drought took its toll on these flowers at Buttonwood farm this summer. Just a reminder is to seize the day and don’t delay! Four days earlier, these flowers were beautiful..

Heat and drought took its toll on these flowers at Buttonwood farm this summer. Just a reminder is to seize the day and don’t delay! Four days earlier, these flowers were beautiful..

Ice House Pond, Hopkington MA

Contrary to the name, this gazebo was photographed on a beautiful spring day. Using an infrared lens, I achieved this unique look.

Contrary to the name, this gazebo was photographed on a beautiful spring day. Using an infrared lens, I achieved this unique look.

The Milky Way

Standing outside the Stage Harbor Lighthouse and looking up at the stars and the milky way. Build in 1880, this lighthouse is Cape Cod's youngest lighthouse. Decommissioned in 1933. In the distance is Nantucket Island.

Standing outside the Stage Harbor Lighthouse and looking up at the stars and the milky way. Build in 1880, this lighthouse is Cape Cod’s youngest lighthouse. Decommissioned in 1933. In the distance is Nantucket Island.

Parts of Time

Still Life. High Key. Some watch parts I found at the flee market that made an interesting subject.

Still Life. High Key. Some watch parts I found at the flee market that made an interesting subject.

Top Photos of 2015

I am afraid to say that 2015 was not my most productive photographic year.  I found that I was not taking my camera out as often as I have in previous years.  There were various personal reasons for this, but trust me, I have not lost my love of photography.

Here are my 10 ten images for 2015.  I hope you enjoy them.  In 2016, I resolve to get back in the saddle again!

The Top three images are my favorite work.  Motif #1, Old 7470 and Big Ben.

Bad Cows just keep making me laugh when ever I see it.

The street performer and fire dancer Ember Flynne (love that name) was a great subject for night photography.

The next three images are plant life in different stages, Summer, Fall and Winter.

I just captured the ice and the lamp-post image last weekend.

The last is a runner-up for the Big Ben image.

I hope you enjoy these works.

 

You can see higher resolution images here: https://robde.smugmug.com/Projects/Best-of-2015/

Trying to deliver a different view to the most photographed location in New England.  This is Motif #1 in Rockport MA.  Originally build in the 1840’s, the original was destroyed in the blizzard of 1978.  This replacement went into service the same year.

Trying to deliver a different view to the most photographed location in New England. This is Motif #1 in Rockport MA. Originally build around 1885’s, the original was destroyed in the blizzard of 1978. This replacement went into service the same year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steam in the Snow.  Conway Scenic Railroad. This is old 7470 at Sawyer Rock, ME.  This was the last run of the locomotive before having a federally-mandated overall.  Expected to run again in 2017, this Locomotive has been in use since 1921.

Steam in the Snow. Conway Scenic Railroad. This is old 7470 at Sawyer Rock, ME. This was the last run of the locomotive before having a federally-mandated overall. Expected to run again in 2017, this Locomotive has been in use since 1921.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This image is of Elisabeth’s Tower, Part of the Palace of Westminster and home to “Big Ben”.  Big Ben is the name of the great bell inside of the clock not the structure which is what everyone assumes.  The tower took 16 years to build completed in 1858.

This image is of Elisabeth’s Tower, Part of the Palace of Westminster and home to “Big Ben”. Big Ben is the name of the great bell inside of the clock not the structure which is what everyone assumes. The tower took 16 years to build completed in 1858.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While photographing sunflowers at Buttonwood Farm, I came across these two gals.  They were waiting for the gates to open to gain access to the sunflowers for some lunch.

While photographing sunflowers at Buttonwood Farm, I came across these two gals. They were waiting for the gates to open to gain access to the sunflowers for some lunch.

Street performer at Water Fire Providence, RI

Street performer at Water Fire Providence, RI

Fall in New England.  Loving the juxtaposition of the tree and the lamppost.

Fall in New England. Loving the juxtaposition of the tree and the lamppost.

You find beauty everywhere.  These flowers were in a flower pot outside a Longhorn restaurant in Pennsylvania.  Killing time while waiting for our table, I captured these flowers.  I am glad I always have my camera ready.

You find beauty everywhere. These flowers were in a flower pot outside a Longhorn restaurant in Pennsylvania. Killing time while waiting for our table, I captured these flowers. I am glad I always have my camera ready.

Found along the road in Bath PA.  I was driving through PA on my way to visit family after a visit to South Carolina.

Found along the road in Bath PA. I was driving through PA on my way to visit family after a visit to South Carolina.

Winter view at the Tower Hill Botanical Garden

Winter view at the Tower Hill Botanical Garden

Another view of Parliament.  The government seat for the United Kingdom

Another view of Parliament. The government seat for the United Kingdom

A Trip To London

Spent the week on a business trip to England.  Added a visit to London to spend a day photographing this great city.  I spent the day walking around the River Thames.  From Westminster to the Tower of London then back again, about a 6 mile walk.

I photographed almost everything along the path.

You can see my favorite photos following this link.

Big Ben's Tower

 

Top Images of 2014

I’ve got it down to my top 24 images of 2014.  It is brutal to delete some images that deserve honorable mention.  I wanted to avoid overloading this blog posting and 24 is already too many, but there you go.  Images are an extension of the ego of the photographer after all and these images we create are our babies.  (Of course our real children are more important but I hope you understand the analogy.)

Many of the images you see below are experiments in new technique.  Many HDR, but some high-speed and some slow speed panning.  I shook my camera on purpose, build sets in my basement and went to new locations to shoot.  I also listened to Joe McNally speak (portraits) and attended a macro seminar.  All in all, I think this added variety to my work.  Of course there are a couple of stables, my image of the Boston Marathon and Buttonwood farm are also part of the collection.

I did more portraits this year.  Created a set up in my basement and photographed friends and family.  None of these images made it to the top of my list as I consider these images differently than what I consider “Fine Art”.

I also gave away some images to my caregivers while I was sick earlier this year.  Two now hang at the Dana Farber facility in Milford, MA near the radiation treatment center.  One at Beth Israel hangs in the Brain Center.  Another is hanging on the wall at Elizabeth’s bagels in Franklin MA and one more image is part of an installation for a new building in Boston (location still secret).

So on this Jan 1 2015 post, I wish everyone a wonderful year and may you set out to meet all your goals in life.

Rob

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My top image of 2014,

St. Anne woman’s collegiate church, Munich, Germany.

This is definitely my favorite image of the year.  It is one of those moments that just all came together for me.
Window and the Bike | St. Anna women's collegiate church is a chapel in Munich, Germany.  It was commissioned in the 18th century by Elector Charles Albert (later the Emperor Charles VII)) and the cornerstone was laid in 1733.  The architect was Johann Baptist Gunetzrhainer, while the Asam brothers were responsible for the interior.

Runners up

Playing with Fire… don’t tell your childrenIgnition | Playing with Fire 2014.

High Speed Photography: Elphabab: The floating Green Martini

Elphaba: The Floating Green Martini | High speed photography of a floating glass being filled with a funky beverage.  Elphaba is the wicked witch of the West.

Strawberry Drop – Strawberry and Cream
Strawberry Drop | High speed photography of a strawberry dropping into a bowl of cream... Yum.

Winter impression

Winter impressionist Portrait | Impressionist photography of an apple tree in my mother-in-law’s backyard.

Man in motion

Man in motion | Boston Marathon 2014,  Slowing down the shutter as these racers move through Ashland, MA.

 Whitehall Reservoir

Whitehall Reservoir | Found this ramp near the shore of the Whitehall Reservoir.  The ramp was secured for the winter on safe ground.  Waiting for warmer days as the sunsets.

Tower Hill Botanical Garden

Framed Tulip | Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Lamp at Tower Hill Botanical Garden

Tower Hill Lamp | At the Tower Hill Botanical Garden there is more to see than just flowers.  One evening in June 2014 the sky turned orange and blue which complemented this lamp.

Selfie at Wings Neck Light House.

Selfie | At the Wings Neck Light.

Cinderella’s Castle – Magic Kingdom

I always wanted to create this image.  Had the hardest time removing the display glow from all the cell phones (and iPads) being used as cameras.

Light Show at the Magic Kingdom | Cinderella Castle transforms into a piece of living art at this nighttime show honoring the art of Disney storytelling.

Grand Atrium, At the Disney Fantasy.

The Grand Atrium | Early morning at the Grand Atrium.  Can you find the peacock?

Castaway Cay

Colors at the beach | Found at serenity bay, castaway cay, Bahamas.  Disney’s private get-away.

Buttonwood Farm 2014

Buttonwood Farm 2014 | My annual portrait captured at Buttonwood Farm.  This sunflower was near the barn giving a colorful backdrop.

Franklin Dean College Station

Franklin Dean Station | The train pulling into Dean Station at Franklin MA.  Long exposure as the train rolled in.

Friendly Fenway Park

The Front Office | Front door to Fenway Park.  Love how the curves look like a baseball.

Friendly Fenway Park | Had a chance to photograph Fenway Park during player warmups.  This is a wide angle view of Fenway from third base.  They had already lost the season but opened their doors to thank their adoring fans.

Lining up for the start of the game | Sunset at Fenway Park

Old man in the tree.

The old man in the tree. | Rare tree found in Franklin MA

Stained Glass at Mount Auburn – Story Chapel

Stained Glass at Mount Auburn | Image captured at the Story Chapel / Mount Auburn Cemetary
Bethlehem Steel
Bethlehem Steel Shed | Remains of a shed at Bethlehem Steel

Ruins at Bethlehem Steel |

Shack at the Stack Bethlehem Steel | This image shows scale.  Notice the comparison of size of the stacks to the doors and ladders.b
Christmas at St. Mary’s Church: Franklin MA
ST. Mary's Church | Christmas in Franklin MA

 

A day at Fenway Park

Daniel Picano, from the Redsox’s Front Office, invited several hundred photographers to gain early access to the park and have a guided tour.  The event was kicked off when Mike Ivins (Manager of Photography) for the Redsox  he did some Q&A with the Photography team.  You can see Mikes images here.

Fenway Park
Mike Ivins, Manager of Photography and his staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a great time with many friends from the Stony Brook Camera Club on hand.

I just posted my images from the event, you can see them here:

http://robde.smugmug.com/Projects/Fenway-Park/

Fenway Park

Front door to Fenway Park. Love how the curves look like a baseball.