Best Photographs of 2013

30 12 2013
2013 SLC air

January air pollution layer over Salt Lake City. Canon G12 three image panorama.

Winter study method. Canon S95
Winter study method. Canon S95

Studying with friends. Canon S95

Studying with friends. Canon S95

Reflection on winter. Canon S95

Reflection on winter. Canon S95

Cabin fever. Canon S95

Cabin fever. Canon S95

Eagles jostle for food at the Great Salt Lake. Nikon D700

Eagles jostle for food at the Great Salt Lake. Nikon D700

Air pollution protest at Utah State Capitol building. Canon G12

Air pollution protest at Utah State Capitol building. Canon G12

Insect on raspberry Canon G12

Insect on raspberry Canon G12

Tarantula on Shoreline Trail Canon G12

Tarantula on Shoreline Trail Canon G12

Dancer on the facade of the SLC library at the Arts Fest. Nikon D300

Dancer on the facade of the SLC library at the Arts Fest. Nikon D300

Motorcyclist downtown SLC. Canon G12

Motorcyclist downtown SLC. Canon G12

Metal salvage yard SLC Canon G12

Metal salvage yard SLC Canon G12

Cumulus cloud near Green River, UT Canon G12

Cumulus cloud near Green River, UT Canon G12

Montego Bay casino Wendover, NV Canon S95

Montego Bay casino Wendover, NV Canon S95

Sunset on the Salt Flats near Wendover, UT Nikon D700

Sunset on the Salt Flats near Wendover, UT Nikon D700

Full moon rises over Salt Flats near Wendover, UT Nikon D700

Full moon rises over Salt Flats near Wendover, UT Nikon D700

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My best photographs of 2012

2 01 2013

Early in 2012 I decided I would carry a camera with me everywhere.

To that end, I carried one of three Canon point-and-shoot cameras with me almost  all of the time.

Remarkably, more than half of my favorite photographs from 2012 are from the Canon point and shoot cameras, mostly the S95 and the G12. My experiment to carry a point and shoot camera with me at all times proved to me that Louis Pasteur spoke to many disciplines when he said:

In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.”

For what else are we as photographers but observers hell-bent on capturing what Henri Cartier Bresson called  “the decisive moment.” A baker’s dozen of my favorite  images from 2012.

Historic Celestial Events

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It was a good year to look skyward with a camera. The annular solar eclipse crossed through southern Utah and we observed this amazing phenomenon from a campsite in Snow Canyon near St. George. A less dramatic  partial lunar eclipse followed just a few weeks later and was easily viewed in downtown Salt Lake City. The very rare transit of Venus across the face of the sun finished up an incredible couple weeks of historical celestial events. Just a note on the transit: Salt Lake City was unfortunately covered with clouds during the transit which lasted hours. Luckily, though I was prepared for full sunlight and to shoot the transit with a solar filter on my  300mm f2.8 lens and a 2X teleconverter, I was able to use the natural filtering of the fast moving clouds to capture what I believe was an even more stunning image of the ultra rare event. CANON G12, NIKON D300 70-200mm zoom with 1.4 converter, NIKON D300 300mm f2.8 TC20E converter.

Our dogs

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Nikon 50mm f1.4 at f1.4

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CANON G12

The Environment

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CANON S95 28mm @ f2

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NIKON D700 70-200 ZOOM 1.4 teleconverter

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NIKON D300 70-200 zoom TC20E converter

People

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CANON S95 28mm @ f2

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NIKON D700 17-35MM f2.8

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CANON G12

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CANON G12

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CANON G12

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NIKON D300 70-200 zoom

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CANON S95 28mm @ f2





Edward Burtynsky – Industrial China wobbled the Earth’s Orbit

18 09 2011

Just after the 15 days it took for the Chinese to fill the reservoir behind the Three Gorges dam in 2003, astronomers detected a wobble in the earth’s orbit. They attributed the wobble directly to the massive displacement of water from the Yangzi River.

Edward Burtynsky noted this inconceivable fact during his lecture that officially opened a exhibit of his photography at Weber State University the night of 16 Septmember 2011.

To him the Industrial Revolution was unbolted from the west and reassembled in China. And now China and the rest of the world are carrying on the new industrial revolution on an unprecedented scale. Burtynsky went on to say he hoped his photographs are poignant illustrations of more “wobbles” our industrialized civlization has wrought all over the planet. “I invite the viewer to contemplate our industrial progress.”

Burtynsky said he reached a significant turning point in his work with his 1983 photograph of the Bingham copper mine located near Salt Lake City. He noted that man, instead of being dwarfed by and inspired by nature, had reversed that notion with an “inversion of the sublime.”  “We became a rogue species,” he said.

Fittingly, his image of the Bingham copper mine is the first photograph one sees upon entry into his exhibit. After 27 years the Bingham mine is a lot deeper and poignant and so is the Burtsynsky photographic message. He said he believes peak oil and limited water supply will finally slow global industrialization. Since he has done in-depth work on oil he showed his latest work on water use.

The affable artist answered questions from an enthralled, standing-room-only crowd. Since the beginning of  his photographic work in the late 1970’s and Burtynsky said that he had come a long way from the solitary days when it was just his car and camera and him in the quarries of Vermont. He casually alluded to being arrested more than once as part of making his photographs in China. “I never lost any film,” he said, an impressive fete since he worked entirely with a massive 8×10 view camera on a tripod, an easy target for soldiers to snatch or otherwise damage.

These days he works with an entire crew that allows him to more efficiently concentrate on making photographs instead of the intense preparation and logistics of his world travel. He commonly works 16-20 hour days for weeks at a time while on a project.

In his 50’s now, Burtzynsky also said, “I’m happy to have the someone else carrying my stuff.” To which a young and eager member of the audience asked, “Are there any openings for someone to carry your stuff?”  Burtzynsky said seemed please to entertain the question knowing he was reaching a new generation with his work. “Give me your contact information,” he answered.

Burtynsky’s work is on display at Weber State University in Ogden until November 29, 2011 when the exhibit travels to the University of Wyoming in Laramie. A documentary about Burzynsky called “Manufactured Landscapes” is on DVD.

Ed Burtynsky talks to a few members of the audience before his lecture.

Burtynsky presented new images of his work on the subject of water. This one of greenhouses in Spain.