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





MY BEST PHOTOS OF 2011

12 12 2011

University of Utah AirMed helicopter emergency crew at work, 24 July 2011.

Mormon Temple towers from The Avenues neighborhood in SLC, 1 May 2011.

SLC skyline and the Kennecott Copper mine in the background, 11 July 2011.

SLC downtown library window, 27 March 2011.

University of Utah fountain, 27 August 2011.

Environmentalist Tim DeChristopher outside federal court, 2 April 2011. 

Colorado head coach Jon Embree, Rice Ecceles stadium,  25 Nov 2011.

We Are One protest at Utah state capitol, 2 April 2011.

Bill Gates makes a federal court appearance in SLC, 22 November 2011.

An alley near the University of Utah, 4 May 2011.

Underwater in a pool in Murray, Utah  3 July 2011.

Sailing on the Great Salt Lake with Antelope Island backdrop, 11 August 2011.





Banksy art in Park City

3 01 2011

Just about a year ago the street artist Bansky’s documentary movie “Exit Through the Gift Shop” showed in Park City at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Banksy created street art in Park City to coincide with his movie at the festival. Reportedly three pieces of art were created  in Park City. There are two pieces in public view, one on the wall of a parking garage, now protected and sealed behind plexiglass and a second on a yellow wall, which was until just recently behind a plank of plywood.

I highly recommend that any artist (including photographers, videographers, etc.) see Banksy’s movie and find their closest piece of Banksy art to see in person. You will not be disappointed on either front. FYI “Exit Through the Gift Shop” has been predicted to be an 2011 Oscar nominee in the documentary category, not that that matters unless Banksy shows up in LA to make more street art.

Banksy Park City Street art #1

Park City Banksy street art #2