Best of 2013

January 01, 2014  •  3 Comments

At the end of December I review the images I captured in the previous year and find the 5-10 'best' images. This blog posting is the result of that activity and highlights my best of 2013. I did not snap the shutter as many times as I wanted in 2013. The first half of the year is when as I was the most productive visiting both Death Valley National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument before June.

In January of 2013 I managed to spend a couple of days in Death Valley. An amazing place with lots of photographic opportunities. I took this photograph ("Rock Detail") in the afternoon somewhere along Artists Drive.

Rock DetailRock Detail

 

The one night I was in Death Valley, I ran out to Badwater Basin to photograph the Milky Way and captured this image I call "Interior Light and Airplane Trail".

Interior Light and Airplane TrailInterior Light and Airplane Trail

 

The next morning, I headed back to Badwater Basin. I captured "Early Morning Curve (B&W)" in the morning light.

Early Morning Curve (B&W)Early Morning Curve (B&W)

 

I spent the rest of the morning exploring the park and then headed home. Outside the park boundary I saw a Tear Drop trailer on the side of the road and thought I would stop and ask the owner if I could take a picture with the Sierra Nevada mountains in the background but before I could grab my camera the owner took off. I ended up grabbing "Rock, Salt Flats and Sierra Snow Peaks" instead.

Rock, Salt Flats and Sierra Snow PeaksRock, Salt Flats and Sierra Snow Peaks

 

In May I spent a few days in a photo workshop with James Kay photographing in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. I highly recommend his workshops. My "Best of 2011" gallery has several images captured in the San Rafael Swell on a trip with Jim in the fall of 2011. "Overlook Dawn" was captured the first morning of the workshop. Overlook DawnOverlook Dawn

 

During the workshop, we visited a couple of slot canyons. "Red and Gold in Peek-A-Boo Gulch" was captured in Peek-A-Boo Gulch at mid-morning.

Red and Gold in Peek-A-Boo GulchRed and Gold in Peek-A-Boo Gulch

 

"Dust and Light" was also captured mid-morning in Peek-A-Boo Gulch.

Dust and LightDust and Light

This image, "Sunset Arch Classic View" was captured at...wait for it...sunset towards the end of a long day out photographing. It's the 'classic view' because Navajo Mountain is framed under the arch. Sunset Arch Classic ViewSunset Arch Classic View

 

The second slot canyon we visited is called Zebra. If you visit this canyon make sure to photograph both directions. The erosion in the downstream view has very different textures from the erosion in the upstream view. Notice the sharp edges in this image I call "Upstream Angles (B&W)".
Upstream Angles B&WUpstream Angles (B&W)

 

This last image, "Lower Calf Creek Falls in Motion" was captured at mid-day and is an 80 second exposure.
Lower Calf Creek Falls in MotionLower Calf Creek Falls in Motion

 

 

I hope you like these images from 2013. Feel free to leave a comment, share this blog, visit my website, add me to a circle on Google+, like my Facebook fan page or follow me on Twitter.

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Susan Deems(non-registered)
Beautiful
Steph(non-registered)
Loved them!
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