Yes, it’s that time of year again. This is when I catch my breath during the holiday season, sit down at the computer with a strong drink and look back on my work over this past year: the boneheaded mistakes, missed opportunities, and several hundred things I would do differently if I had the opportunity to replay 2014 all over again. Oh well, there’s always 2015 to make amends.
These ten images are my personal favorites, not necessarily the most popular or successful. Each is a favorite for a different reason but mostly because I didn’t do one of the above while something fantastic was happening in front of my lens. Following each image is a brief stream-of-consciousness commentary. Enjoy – and Happy New Year to you all!
Radiance: Arches National Park, Utah, USA (April 27, 2014). Lucky shot in a lame location. Not a whole lot of skill or vision was necessary to capture this scene. Still, I can’t help but laugh each time I see this image because of the humerous circumstances surrounding the shoot with some of my workshop students. Let’s just say you just had to be there…
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 50mm, 1/60 second @ f/7.1, ISO 400
Phantom’s Gaze, Mountain Lion, Height of the Rockies Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada (September 8, 2014). A haunting image of a once-in-a-lifetime encounter in the wild. A moment I’ll certainly never forget.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT @ 560mm, 1/500 second @ f/5.6, ISO 1000
Namib Riddle: Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia (May 29, 2014). I’ve been asked more than a few times about the title of this image. “What’s the riddle?” people would inquire, looking for a profound, hidden meaning. “And what’s the answer?” There is no answer and there is no riddle. It just looks like a giant question mark to me.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT @ 560mm, 1/80 second @ f/11, ISO 320
Hide and Seek, Ibra Market, Sultanate of Oman (April 2, 2014). This one just makes me smile. The people of Oman were so fun and friendly. More images of Oman here.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 105mm, 1/80 second @ f/8, ISO 200
Light Flight – Flying Zebra: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania (June 24, 2014). This image represents the biggest commercial success of any other in 2014. It’s been either licenced to or published in over a half dozen magazines all over the world (not too shabby considering it was captured in June) and some of these magazines you might have even heard of.
Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM @ 400mm, 1/640 second @ f/8, ISO 640
Mantled Howlers: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica (December 1, 2014). Strong backlighting, edge-of-your-seat drama, and the cuteness (awwww) factor in an exotic place. It’s a tough combination to beat.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM @ 280mm, 1/640 second @ f/5.6, ISO 640
Into the Light: Fez, Morocco (February 5, 2014). The man lurking in the shadows looks like a hooded medieval executioner about to exercise his duties on some poor soul. It gives me the creeps yet I can’t look away.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM @ 22mm, 3.2 seconds @ f/5.6, ISO 500
The Grand Strand, Etosha National Park, Namibia (June 3, 2014). Another fantastic moment in the wild but I had to make some decisions on how it was going to be presented, i.e. processed. Try as I might to preserve details in the shadowed middle ground, I eventually opted for the version above. It tells the same story while infusing just a touch of mystery too.
Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF70-200mm f/4L USM @ 78mm, 1/250 second @ f/7.1, ISO 200
Cordillera Light: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile (March 17, 2014). Here was a set of circumstances where I thought everything would come together perfectly: a composition I really liked and approaching light at sunrise. The light, however, never really happened. This was taken moments before the light should have erupted over the scene, a faint blush of alpenglow on the upper peaks and clouds, but quickly faded to grey.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM @ 25mm, 2 seconds @ f/16, ISO 100
Essential: Deadvlei, Namibia (June 15, 2014). It’s no coincidence that three of my top ten favorites in 2014 come from Namibia. This country is a photographer’s paradise. Can you believe we still have a few spots open for my Wild Namibia photography tours in 2015?
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF70-200mm f/4L USM @ 94mm, 1/15 second @ f/13, ISO 100
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Tagged Africa, Arches National Park, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, landscape photography, Morocco, Namibia, Oman, Patagonia, Tanzania, Wildlife, workshops