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162 “Best of 2010” Posts

by on Jan.13, 2011, under Photography

Each year, San Francisco-based photographer and blogger Jim Goldstein compiles a list of photographers’ annual “Best Of” posts. Here’s this year’s list. From the sites I’ve looked at so far, it’s been a good year. You can see Jim’s original post here.

  1. Best Photos of 2010 by Jim M. Goldstein – JMG-Galleries
  2. Best Photos of 2010 by Matthias Wassermann –
  3. Exploring Light -Top Photos 2010 – Chris Moore
  4. My Top Ten Photos for 2010 – Tom Varden
  5. My Top Ten Photos of 2010 | Craig’s Musings – Craig Vitter
  6. Top 10 Photos for 2010 | Dobson Central – Ken Dobson
  7. Best Photos of 2010 – Carol Bauer
  8. My Best photos from 2010 – Janis Janums
  9. My Best Photos of 2010 – David Daylor |
  10. 2010 – Year In Review – Jon McCormack Photography – Jon McCormack
  11. S Zacharias: Best of 2010 – Stephen Zacharias
  12. 2010 Photos – David Hernandez
  13. Iceman Photography – Top 10 in 2010
  14. Best of 2010 – Dave Wilson
  15. Skolai Images – Bears of 2010 – Carl Donohue
  16. My Best Photos From 2010 – Art Kuntz
  17. 2010 in Review – Jay Goodrich
  18. My Favourite Images of 2010 – Sven Seebeck
  19. Lunchisoptional: Favorites of Year: 2010 Edition — Ken Trout
  20. My ten favorite photos of 2010 – Stefan Bäurle
  21. Top 10 of 2010 – Behind The Clicks – Mohammad Noman
  22. Top Ten Photos Of 2010 – Jed Link
  23. 2010 in Review – kRiZ cPEc Photo Blog
  24. Best Photos 2010 – Chuq Von Rospach
  25. My Favorite Photos of 2010 – Ed Rosack
  26. 2010 Favorites – Pat Ulrich | Pat Ulrich Photography
  27. Favorites of 2010 – Kevin Moore
  28. Top 10 of 2010 from BlazingB Photography – Bill Pennington
  29. My Favorite Photos of 2010 – Mike Criss
  30. My faves from 2010 – Matt Smith
  31. My favourite shots of 2010 – Catalin Marin | Momentary Awe
  32. 2010 a Year in Review, My Top 10 Memorable/Favorite shots – Mike Criswell
  33. Craig Ferguson Images – A Year In Photos – Craig Ferguson
  34. Top 50 Images from 2010 and Goal Setting – Mike Cavaroc
  35. Jim’s Photography – Jim Wheeler
  36. – The best of 2010 – David Sharp
  37. StephenWeaver Photography/Earth Systems Imaging-Stephen G. Weaver
  38. Best of 2010 – Changing Perspectives – Jenni Brehm
  39. – best of 2010 – Thomas Kneppeck
  40. 2010 Favorite Images – Alpenglow Images – Greg Russell
  41. Best Images of 2010 – Peter Cox Photography – Peter Cox
  42. Best of 2010| Simon Says – Simon Ponder
  43. My Favorites Shots of 2010 – Fine Art Prints – Jeff Colburn
  44. Mountain and Climbing Photography – Alexandre Buisse
  45. Siam In Contrast 2010 – Adrian Young
  46. 2010 in review (colour)– Olivier Du Tré
  47. John Dunne Photography | My Top 10 Favourite Images of 2010 – John Dunne
  48. Best of 2010 Flickr Set – Tony Rath
  49. Top 10 from 2010 – Behind-the-lens-lukey – Luke Weymark
  50. Evan Gearing Photography’s Top 10 of 2010 – Evan Gearing
  51. 2010 Photos in Review: Water – Rebecca R Jackrel
  52. Justin Korn [dot] com – Best of 2010 – Justin Korn
  53. My Best Photos of 2010: Learning and Growing> – D. Travis North
  54. Uncommon Depth – Roberta Murray
  55. Organic Light Photography Best of 2010 – Youssef Ismail / Organic Light Photography
  56. The Best of 2010 – – Neil McShane
  57. My Best of 2010 – Larry Rosenstein
  58. Will Wohler Photography: 2010 A Year in Review – Will Wohler
  59. digitizedchaos – best of 2010 – rian castillo
  60. My Top 10 from 2010 – Chaz Curry Photography
  61. – Suzy Walker
  62. Favorite Photographs From 2010 – Fine Art Landscape Photography of Seung Kye Lee
  63. Best photos from 2010 – Amanda Herbert
  64. Wrapping Up 2010: My Favorite Photographs – Ivan Makarov Photography
  65. Graf Nature Photography | Reflections on 2010 photographs – MARK GRAF
  67. Pat O’Brien Photography – A Look Back at 2010 – Pat O’Brien
  68. G Dan Mitchell – 2010 Favorites – G Dan Mitchell
  69. Favorite Photo of 2010 – –Derek Griggs
  70. Crest, Cliff & Canyon – Jackson Frishman
  71. 2010 In Review – – Peter McCabe
  72. Favorite Photos from 2010 – In the Field Photo Blog – Richard Wong
  73. Year in Review Best Photos of 2010 – Matt Graham Photo Blog – Matt Graham
  74. Elizabeth Brown Photography PhotoBlog: Ten Favorite Photos of 2010 – Elizabeth Brown
  75. My Top Photos of 2010 – Jonesblog – Bryan William Jones
  76. latoga photograph: My Favorite Photos of 2010 – Greg A. Lato
  77. Best of 2010 Images – Rob Tilley
  78. Living Wilderness: 12 Best from 2010 – Kevin Ebi
  79. Highlights of 2010 – TO KNOW MORE WEB JOURNAL – KENT MEARIG
  80. Michael Russell Photography
  81. Best Photographs of 2010 – Chuck Goolsbee
  82. Favourite Photos from 2010 – Tim Smalley
  83. My Best 10 Photos 2010 – A Reconnection to Nature – Mark Fenwick
  84. Best of 2010 – Quotidian Photography – Jessica Sweeney
  85. My Top Images of 2010 – ANDREW KEE
  86. A Photo A Day… Done! – WelliverPhotography – Beth Welliver
  87. Batsto Village – Louis Dallara Photo Blog – Louis Dallara
  88. Best 10 of 2010 – John Wall’s Natural California
  89. 10 from 2010 on the Ann-alog – Ann Torrence
  90. Favorite Photos from 2010 – My Photo Blog – Ron Niebrugge
  91. My favorite photos 2010 on Flickr – Markus Heinisch
  92. My best photos of 2010 – Mike Hellers
  93. Dave Reichert’s Best Of 2010 – Dave Reichert
  94. Photographs: 2010 Revisited – Joseph Szymanski
  95. Best Pics 2010 on Flickr – Michael Rubin
  96. My 10 Best Shots of 2010 – ROBIN BLACK PHOTOGRAPHY – ROBIN BLACK
  97. Top 10 from 2010 – Anne McKinnell
  98. Vanilla Days – Best of 2010 – Pete Carr
  99. Top Photos of 2010 – Gary Crabbe / Enlightened Images
  100. Top Images from 2010 – Russ Bishop | Nature Photo Blog
  101. Favourite photos from 2010 – Bryn Tassell
  102. 10 Best Photos of 2010 by Scott Thompson – Scott Thompson
  103. My Top 10 photos of 2010 – Alexander S. Kunz
  104. My 10 Best for 2010 – Dan Baumbach
  105. Unified Photography – Best Photos of 2010 – Ken Snyder
  106. 5 From 2010 – Contemporary Wildlife Photography – David Lloyd
  107. Top 10 Photos of 2010 – Steven Bourelle Digital Arts
  108. 2010 Top Ten Photos – Andrew S Gibson
  109. 2010 Reflections – Dru Stefan Stone – Dru-Color My World
  110. Best of 2010 – Dave Hammaker
  111. Top 20 of 2010 – Jenna Stirling
  112. Top Travel Photos of 2010 – Matt Long
  113. Best of 2010 – Stephen Davey
  114. Landscape Photography Blogger My Favorite Photos of 2010 – David Leland Hyde
  115. Views Infinitum – Best of 2010 – Scott Thomas
  116. One Per Trip – Favorite Travel Photos From 2010 – The Carey Adventures – PETER WEST CAREY
  117. I Love It, SF – Kara Murphy
  118. My top 10 pictures from 2010 – Duffy Knox
  119. Burrard-Lucas Photography – Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas
  120. Hank Christensen Photography Top 10 2010 – Hank Christensen
  121. My Best Photos from 2010 – 365-1/4 Sra
  122. Top Ten Images of 2010 – Michael Frye
  123. Jono Hey’s Best of 2010 on Flickr – JONO HEY
  124. My Favorite Photographs from 2010 – Stories From Home –David Patterson
  125. My 2010 Best Images of California and Arizona – Steve Sieren
  126. My Top 10 Landscapes of 2010 – Andre Leopold
  127. Best of 2010 set on Flickr – Erik Turner
  128. This was 2010 on Flickr – Jeffrey Van Daele
  129. Top 10 of 2010 – Brian Mangano
  130. Best Photos of 2010 – KBTImages – Kevin Thornhill
  131. Best Photos of 2010 – The Sun Shines & The Igloo Melts
  132. Top 10 of 2010 – Chad Griggs
  133. Best Photos of 2010 – WASEEF AKHTAR
  134. My Favorite Images from 2010 – Outdoor Exposure Photography by Sean Bagshaw – Sean Bagshaw
  135. My Best Shots of 2010 – Annika Ruohonen Photography – Annika Ruohonen
  136. Top sights from 2010 – Mariana Travieso Bassi
  137. Year 2010 in Korwel Photography – Iza Korwel
  138. WISCONSIN SUMMER – Jarrod Erbe
  139. Best Photos of 2010 – Jim Stamates
  140. Top 10 of 2010 – Younes Bounhar
  141. Light on the Landscape Photoblog/My Favorite Images of 2010 – WILLIAM NEILL
  142. My Best Photos of 2010 – Itsa a greyt day for a photo – Terri Jacobson
  143. Listening to Nature Photography Blog by Rhoda Maurer – RHODA MAURER
  144. My favorites of 2010 – David Richter
  145. Best of 2010 – View from the Little Red Tent – Edie Howe
  146. tmophoto best of 2010 – Thomas O’Brien
  147. Best Photos Of 2010 – Dawnstar Australis – Daniel McNamara
  148. Top 10 of 2010 – Cranial Aperture – Jeffrey Yen
  149. 10 Best Favorites of 2010 – Sudheendra Kadri
  150. Flickr – Best of 2010 – Chris Arts
  151. Flickr: Best of 2010 – Heidi Donat
  152. Best Photo of 2010 – Anton Huo
  153. Best of 2010 – Travel & Landscape – Eugene Cheng
  154. Preetalina Photography: 2010 Favorites – Preeti Desai
  155. Hidden Light Photography 2010 Favorites – Alan Williams
  156. 5Mae 2010 Favourites Flickr Set – Sarah-Mae
  157. Best Photos of 2010 – John Fujimagari
  158. Best of 2010 – Paavani Bishnoi
  159. Best Photos of 2010 – Phil Colla
  160. 100 Favorites from 2010 – Patrick J. Endres
  161. Top Ten Of 2010 – Steve Cole Photography
  162. Some of My Favorite Images From 2010 – Clark Crenshaw Photography
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Best of 2010

by on Dec.17, 2010, under Photography

It’s become somewhat of a tradition over the last few years to produce a “Best of” post at the end of each year and submit it to Jim Goldstein who faithfully compiles a list of all these posts from photographers around the world so here are my top 10 images from 2010.

I deliberately decided to stick with 10 images this year but that did leave me with a bit of an editing headache. Getting the picks down to 20 was no problem but when I got to 13 I had real issues and ended up having to throw out a few pictures that I really like (this one, this one and this one, for example). In the end, however, here are the images that made the cut.

It may be surprising to some, but only half of these images are HDR this year. Part of the reason is that I’ve been making a concerted effort to broaden the types of photography that I do and part is that some of the most inspiring places I visited this year didn’t require HDR techniques to produce stiking images. The fact that I spent a week with Raul Touzon in Utah in February probably also influenced things somewhat since a great deal of that week was spent discussing the virtues of getting it right in the camera and not relying on post-processing.

Anyway, without further ado, here are my picks in no particular order. Click on each image for a larger version.

Frozen Fir Trees, Utah

Frozen Fir Trees,Utah

OK, I lied. The images below this one are in no particular order but this is my favourite image of the year. It was taken high in the mountains of Utah on a foggy morning in February when we made the decision to take the windy road through the hills rather than the main road in our travels from Zion to Bryce Canyon. It turned out to be an excellent decision and yielded at least a dozen images that were high on my list of candidates for this post. This particular one, however, stands out to me for the gorgeous subtlety of the colours and the amazing sharpness, detail and clarity (look at the original resolution to see what I mean). I took this with the D90 and Nikon’s amazing 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, a sharper zoom than I have ever come across anywhere else.

City Center Reflection, Las Vegas

City Center Reflection, Las Vegas

The Zion/Bryce/Death Canyon trip started for me with a day in Las Vegas during which I wandered the strip and had about as much fun as someone who gets kicks out of architecture could have. On my return, I liked this series of reflection shots taken in the City Center complex but started fiddling in Photoshop and, by mirroring the original image a couple of times and stacking the results, I came up with a geometric abstract that really appealed to me. This is an image I would love to print large on canvas!

Saturn V Engine Fairing Abstract

Saturn V Engine Fairing Abstract

Another highlight of the year was our now-annual Cub Scout campout at Space Center Houston. The boys and their minders spend a night in the complex doing cool science projects with the staff then get to sleep on the floor under all the exhibits. The highlight for me, though, was having access to the place in the middle of the night when no-one was crowding round the exhibits (allowing me to get shots like this one which was also in my top 20) and getting to spend some quality time in the company of the Saturn V they have down there. The trip yielded enough images of that one vehicle to have me thinking of using them as an exhibition in their own right. Of those pictures, though, this one really stands out to me. I love the contrast between the hard lines and the soft play of light. The monochrome HDR processing really brings out the texture and gives me an image that is probably my second favourite of the year.

Downtown Austin Skyline at Dusk

Downtown Austin Skyline at Dusk

This image formed the centerpiece of my exhibition at Dragonfly Gallery at Rosedale in Austin during June. I had it printed 48″ wide on canvas and you wouldn’t believe the detail. I love the colour and overall feel of the shot but it’s probably here as much as a representative of my new interest in shooting large panoramas as for any other reason. This image is enormous and would easily print 15 feet wide with superb defintion if I could find someone with a wall large enough to hang it and a wallet full enough to afford it. The image is stitched together from 7 vertical shots, each one a 3 exposure HDR. I am proud to say that the Mayor of Austin ripped it off and used it on his official web site before I sent a nice email pointing out that he had not licensed it.

Fort Davis National Historic Site

Fort Davis National Historic Site (HDR)

Our summer road trip was a huge success and 3 of the images in this set resulted from it. The first was taken at the Fort Davis National Historic Site in far west Texas. We were fortunate to be there after a particularly wet early summer so the landscape was green and the temperatures were, as expected, a lot lower than back in the Hill Country. This image was taken just after the fort opened at about 8:30am or thereabouts. I used a longish lens to compress the perspective of the row of nicely renovated houses and pull in the dramatic rockface behind them.

Drum Major, David Forinash

Drum Major, David Forinash

Another highlight of the year for me, both photographically and musically, was to be asked to stand in as photographer for the UT Longhorn Band during two home games at Texas Memorial Stadium. What a thrill it was to march onto the field with 100,000 people cheering in the stands and to be right in amongst the band as they played both before the game and during it.

I spent a fair bit of the game shooting with an ultra-wide lens, up-close and personal, and this is my favourite of those images. This was taken during the third quarter of an afternoon game when the sky offered a dramatic backdrop to the scene (aided by the fact that I set the white balance for the floodlights). The band is conducted by several people during a game and here we see Drum Major David Forinash leading from the top of the ladder. I have a couple of dozen versions of this shot but the mix of sharpness and movement in this particular frame moved it to the top of the list for me.

Rippled Ridge, White Sands, New Mexico

Rippled Ridge, White Sands, New Mexico

Our summer road trip this year took is to West Texas and New Mexico and included visits to two places which are high on my list of favourites – White Sands National Monument and Santa Fe. This is my favourite image from the White Sands visit. I loved the contrast between the brightness of the gypsum sand and the sky. Incidentally, shooting here is interesting since the overall brightness is so high. To pull texture out of the sand requires some deft handling of black point and curves in Photoshop.

Shadows on Adobe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Shadows on Adobe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The adobe architecture in Santa Fe is fascinating to me, being so different from what I typically see in Central Texas. The textures of the adobe coupled with the smooth, organic lines of the buildings make for great contrasts. This image was shot on a morning when I was able to spend a couple of hours wandering around the city center on my own. The light angle was perfect to cast great shadows down the front of the building and the HDR processing (done to look pretty subtle in this case) really helped pull out the adobe texture.

Dugout Gloom

Dugout Gloom 1

One of my goals over the last couple of years has been to take more pictures of people and this is my favourite non-family “people shot” of 2010. My younger son, Drew, plays in a baseball team and I often hang around with a camera capturing images of the games. The light at midday is usually pretty horrible on the field but the dugout offers a chance to take some candid portraits in a nice soft light. In this one, Jeffrey was obviously having a bad day! Incidentally, they went on to win this game so I expect his mood improved later.

Lone Star, Texas State History Museum

Lone Star, Texas State History Museum (HDR)

This image is one of a set of 3 that I included in my exhibition in June. All three were taken within 10 minutes and show different aspects of the huge Lone Star sculpture outside the Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin. The air was crystal clear that morning and the high cirrus clouds offered a wonderfully dramatic background.

Stata Center Abstract, Boston

Stata Center Abstract

OK, OK! I know this is number 11 and I said I was only going to include 10 images. I didn’t say what base I was counting in, though, so I reckon this gets me off the hook 🙂

This image was taken during a trip to Boston in October and shows a reflection in some very shiny stainless steel panels forming part of the fascinating Frank Gehry designed Stata Center building at MIT. I have several “normal” images of this building and I’m happy with them but this abstract appeals to me even more. The warping of the brickwork in the reflection makes this a very interesting image to me.

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