My Top Images of 2011
As 2011 comes to a close, I’ve decided to keep the tradition I started last year and am posting my favorite images for 2011. This year I had a bit less time for my photographic passion as I started a new job and needed to focus there. That said, I am very pleased with the results this year.
I think I am beginning to discover some patterns in my photography. The types of images are certainly an eclectic mix of life but what I am starting to see is that my favorite images are those that shows “Man-Made” coexisting with nature. Not all the images here are of that subject but I think this might be where I am going over time.
You can get a feel of what I mean in the first three images.
You can see larger versions of these images In this gallery.
#1 Bench By The Golden Gate Bridge
This high dynamic range (HDR) photo was created in April 2011. It was a cold blustery day on the San Francisco Bay and I wanted to capture the drama of the moment. The bench and tree made a great subject with the bridge in the background. You can learn more about how I created this image here.
Brookalino was the name given by the Italian immigrants for their adopted home in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Bridge is an excellent metaphor for this bridge of Old World to New World. It is special to me since this is where my mom and grandparents started their life in this country of opportunity. Here the beauty of the sky is strongly contrasted with the structure of the tower. Man-made contrasting nature.
#3 Sayville Dam
Captured in October 2011, Sayville, CT. Fall was just starting as I drove by this dam and spent a few minutes studying this control tower. I love the symmetry of this image, the sky and the diagonals of the hills in the background. All of these elements give the feel that the image is three-dimensional. Also here again, it is the nature in the background that contrasts the man-made structure which I think adds so much.
#4 Blue Angel 6
Flying by at 500 miles per hour, the US Navy Blue Angel took to the skies in June 2011 at the Rhode Island National Guard Air show. The drama created by these expert pilots always entertains and impresses.
Two images reach the #5 postilion. Downtown Porto is a beautiful place. It holds much of the Old European feel of history. Porto is one of the oldest ports in Europe. These images were captured September 2011.The first image could have been taken decades ago. You can learn more about this image here. The second image has an interesting mix of colors, shadows nature (river) and man-made (buildings).
I was on a bit of a tangent this years with flowers. The “Fancy Daffy’s” were a little late to be photographed but I think still held well for the camera. The dogwood and grass weeds were shot with my new 70-200 f2.8 lens which does a wonderful job helping manage depth of field.
The 4th of July in New England is such a wonderful time. This year my town of Franklin, MA had one of their best Fireworks display. This image had very little post processing. and is one of my favorites of the grand finale.
#8 The Womping Oak
This oak tree dominates a country road in Connecticut. Driving by it, this was the view from my rear view mirror. It caused me to turn around to spend a few minutes admiring this tree and attempting to capture her majesty.
#9 At the Boston Library
Using a wide-angle lens, I wanted to capture the dimension of this reading room at the Boston Library. I just love the green in the lamps and how they draw the eye to the center of the far end of the room.
Another mixture of “Man Made” and Nature. I could not plan this image. I was attempting to capture the lights outside the Boston Library and the John Hancock building when the pigeon flew into frame. Wow. Serendipity.
#11 Railway Dream
This image was captured in late morning! The moon was in the sky but not at this location. The trees were just beginning to turn to the autumn colors. I was not happy with the image. With some Photoshop steps, I created this eerie night scene.