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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.

The Wonders of the Pacific Coast

A few weeks back, I was able to cross another item off my Bucket List.

I had a chance to spend a weekend driving from San Jose to Long Beach California.  I drove down US route 1 along the coast.  It combined two things I love, driving and photography.

My trip started at Half Moon Bay at the Ritz Carlton and ended at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach.  I had a chance to make two side trips, one to Huntington Beach and the other to Lake Cachuma.  The mistake I made was booking a hotel too far south for my first leg. After my first 3 hours of driving, I realized that I had driven only 60 miles.  That’s because of all the photographic stops along the way.   I ended up photographing sunset in Cayucos 208 miles into my drive, then I drove 2.5 hours in the dark to Oxnard for my hotel.

On day two, I drove back north 45 minutes to visit Santa Barbara then make a side trek to Lake Cachuma (unplanned).

The weather was foggy and overcast perfect weather for photography!

I had the best Clam Chowder at the Old Fishman’s Grotto in Monterey.

One of the most beautiful places on the planet is along the Cabrilllo Highway from Carmel to Hearst Castle.  While being by myself during this drive, at one point I had to scream out this is F&$%ing beautiful.

I’ve created a map of some of the locations I visited along the way below.  And of course here are the photographs:

My top images of 2010

This year was my most creative year photographically.  I photographed a vintage sailing regatta in Newport RI, photographed San Francisco, San Diego, Cincinnati, and Limerick Ireland. I photographed at the Roger Williams Botanical Garden, the Boston Marathon, the RI Air Show, a cranberry bog and my friend’s lighthouse (The Wings Neck Lighthouse) with the most amazing photographic moment being my 24 hour stay on the USS Abraham Lincoln.

Different than 2009, this year I pushed myself t to get out there and make images.  I pushed myself to go places I may not have gone and take opportunities that I may not taken to capture some interesting moments in life.  I also found myself “seeing” very differently this year.  I noticed the sun’s position in the sky more often, I noticed the little things and details I had missed in previous years.

In reviewing my images for this blog post.  It was difficult to pick my favorites, I wanted to pick only 10 but I settled for 20.  Here are the images and the back story for each.

 

 

#1 Olivia. This photo of my niece brings the most emotion to me and hence gets the #1 rating. I love her dress, the Easter egg in her hand and how it appear she is looking for more eggs during her hunt. It was a lot of fun chasing a toddler with a camera trying to get a good pose. Even though I do not see her face completely in this image, I think you see the story.

 

Olivia

 

#2 Juno. When this image is shown, I hear a lot of “oohs and ahhs” so I placed it #2. This image was captured while on a workshop with Onne van der Wal. In this workshop Onne had hired a motor boat to follow the Classic Yacht Regatta in Narragansett Bay. We were photographing two days after hurricane Edgar had come through the area and the seas were rough. I was tossed around a bit on the boat and we had to deal with the sea mist all over our lenses. When I photographed this Yacht, it was the first time I had become excited on what I was seeing in the viewfinder as I captured the image. It was the first time I knew this image was a keeper.
Juno Classic Yacht

 

#3 Glowing Orchids. This image was created using the Freeman Patternson Effect. It is a technique used in slide photography for years and something that is relatively easy to do with Photoshop. I love how it brings out a lot more of the colors in the images and provides a warm glow.
Freeman Patterson Orchids

 

#4 Greetings From… This image says “Summer” to me. When people see this image they immediately see themselves sitting in the chairs looking out on the beach. It can be anywhere there is ocean. This image was captured early morning on Myrtle Beach, SC.

 

Myrtle Beach

 

#5 Buttonwood Barn. This is a High Dynamic Range “HDR” image taken at the Buttonwood Farm in Griswold, CT. These sunflowers are part of the Sunflowers for Wishes program who makes donations from the proceeds from the sunflowers to the Make a Wish foundation. This image was made after a rain and late in the season as the flowers were drooping from the heat. The next day, they were all gone.
Buttonwood Farns, CT

 

#6 The Village of Adare, Ireland. I chose three images to show here. The building with the thatch roof is my favorite. Although I’ve been told to crop this image removing about a third of the roof, I think it is the thatch that makes the image. The thatch and the contrast of the red door is what keeps grabbing me in this image.
Adare Thatch Home

 

and the runners up were both created at the Adare Manor
Adare Manor  rose

 

#7 Wings Neck Lighthouse Stairs. My friend owns a lighthouse, and offered to allow me and a group of photographers to shoot it (with cameras). My favorite image was captured looking down the staircase with a wide angle lens. It is also captured in HDR which allows me to bring out the textures within the building. Many of the out takes were images that contained my foot in the bottom right corner.
Wings Neck Lighthouse

 

and the runners up: sunset and sunrise at the house.
Wings Neck Lighthouse Wings Neck Lighthouse

 

#8 The Boston Custom House. This image was captured from my favorite vantage point of Boston, Piers Park, East Boston. Captured just after sunset but early enough that the lights in the office building were turned on.
Boston Customs House

 

#9 WaterFire. Providence Rhode Island has a wonderful event throughout the summer called “WaterFire“. This image is also HDR and I think it provides a very interesting surrealistic view up the river in Providence just after the lighting of the bonfires.
Providence Waterfire

 

#10 USS Abraham Lincoln. Having spend 24 hours on the USS Abraham Lincoln, I captured thousands of images. None of which truly tell the story of this magnificent aircraft carrier, the people, the aircraft and the mission. I discovered the only way to tell the story is in a slide show. You can see it here.
USS Lincoln

 

#11 Winner. I shot the Boston Marathon for the first time this year. I will do it again in 2011. It was a wonderful experience. For me it wasn’t the mainstream runners who were interesting to photograph but those thousands of others trying to achieve their goals.
Boston Marathon

 

#12 Cincinnati. I never expected to see such color and beauty from this town.
Cincinnati

 

#13 Boston Silhouette. Another image from Piers Park. I guess this is a runner up to the Custom’s house but I think the effect allows this image to stand on its own as number 13.
Boston

 

#14 Caribbean Sunset. You always need something in front of a sunset to make it interesting. Here a tanker did just fine.
Sunset

 

#15 Thunderbirds. I love this image of the USAF Thunderbirds because it appears that my vantage point was above the aircraft. but I was on the ground and they were banking sharp and in tight formation!
USAF Thunderbirds

 

#16 Dingman’s Falls. Why did this image make my top of 2010? Well it is my first waterfall with the “cotton candy” water effect, and we always love the first time we’ve done something right.
Waterfall

 

If you wish to see these images in more detail or are interested in purchasing one or two follow this link

The Wings Neck Lighthouse

In November of 2010 my friend allowed me to stay over night at his lighthouse which is also a summer rental .  I came with 20 of my photographic friends who joined me until moon rise.  Afterwards I spend part of the night and early morning photographing this beautiful place.

I hope you enjoy the images I created.  You can see more of these images here .

The soundtrack is from Angel Fair.