Ten Favorite Photos 2018
I've been fortunate in the last few years to meet some really fine photographers like Lori Carey, Joe Smith, Tracy Schultze and Rachel Cohen (among others). Something that most of these photographers participate in is a year end list of their "favorite (or best) photos". We submit them to a well known and well regarded Bay Area photographer, Jim Goldstein, for his annual "Blog Project- Your Best Photos"annually. So this is my list.
I had the good fortune to maintain my regular routine of monthly travel (except October because of the Dodgers - dem bums). I started off the year with two trips to Red Rock Canyon in the Mojave, visited Dodger Spring Training and Homolovi State Park in Arizona, took two trips to the Central Coast, went to Utah and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, went to each California League stadium, Petco Park, San Francisco (AT&T Park) and environs with Lupe, and took a fabulous Four Corners trip, which included Mesa Verde, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Hovenweep National Monument and a quick jaunt to Joshua Tree to see my buddy, PJ Finn. Whew! Who said retirement was boring?! I made about 8000 images this year and 7,990 were pretty bad. Well, not really, but these photos represent my personal favorites.
The first photo (above) was taken in the fading light of a September afternoon at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park from the south rim near Chasm View. To me, it seems to capture the "up close but oh so deep and mysterious" look of this magnificent canyon.
The next two favorites are also canyon photos and both from Imperial Point on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon at opposite ends of the day. The first was taken while walking around with my amiga, Liz Kylin, in the late afternoon and a few days later I got up early to catch the sun as it just started to hit the point. You'll get a sense of how fascinating the light of the canyon can be from these two very different photos near the same vantage point (taken with the same camera).
Let's move from canyon country to the coast. My number 4 favorite is a photo of Morro Rock - a place I return to year after year (since the 1980's). I finally took a photo I liked of it.
Next is a Mojave Desert photo taken after a steady 24 hour rain and the clouds were still lingering and creeping over the ridges into the valley below.
The next photo is a long exposure of the pier, at sundown, in my beloved Gaviota State Beach. I'm not a fan of the ugly yellow boat hoist at the end of the pier - but, hey, that's Gaviota.
My amigo Joe Smith has really encouraged me to use more black and white and the last 4 are in that medium. The first is of Pacific Coast Highway north of Malibu on a late summer afternoon.
The next photo is of Round Tower in Hovenweep National Monument. This structure was probably built between 1150 AD and 1350 AD by Ancient Puebloans.
This photo of iconic Spider Rock at sunset is probably my favorite of the year. Yes, I know its been photographed thousands and thousands of times but I like the simplicity and shadow of this black and white.
Lastly, you wouldn't really expect the old Southwest Dude not to have a railroad track photo, right? Right. My last is from a favorite spot near Cantil, CA.
Since it is the end of the year I want to express my gratitude to each of you who follow my blog and vicariously travel the roads of the West with me. I hope you get some sense of how much I enjoy sharing my "traveling life" with you and I hope you know how great it is to have you along.
I'd like to also give a shout out to my pals and fellow inspirational photographers, PJ Finn, Craig Pindell, Scott Hays, Don Wendell, author extraordinaire, Chris LaTray and fellow travelin' fool, Scott Jones. I'm fortunate to have you dudes in my life (even if most of it is online).
Lastly, I also want to acknowledge the greatest blessings of my life which are my three children, my two daughters in law and my sensational wife. I don't know how they put up with me - but they do and I'm so damn lucky.
My best to all - let's have a brilliant 2019.
12/21/2018 12:28:18 pm
Looks like it's been a great year!
12/23/2018 07:34:14 am
It was! Thanks to you for being a part of it. Here's to more travel and time together.
12/23/2018 07:37:02 am
Chris - my pleasure on the shout out. Your work - as a photographer and writer - as an artist - is impressive and inspirational. Damn right our paths should cross sooner than later. Here's hoping you and yours have a terrific 2019.
12/21/2018 08:30:33 pm
Beautiful! Thank you so much for capturing and sharing these wonderful moments in time and place.
12/23/2018 07:39:11 am
Thank YOU Liz for being my pal and travel companion once in a while. It's been a treat for me to get to know you this year and I look forward to our next photo walk together. I hope 2019 is a great one for you.
12/22/2018 10:17:03 am
Very nice images! I gotta admit that I was really attracted to the Morro Bay image. Knowing the area fairly well, that hole in the coastal fog just above the rock, as if it has some magical powers is absolutely wonderful. And the Spider Rock image... yeah, that just has Fine Art Gallery Print written all over it. IMHO, that's next-level superb!
12/23/2018 07:42:22 am
Gary, I can't express to you how much your comments mean to me. I have been a fan of your excellent photography for some time and to have someone with your talent and expertise give such unqualified support and encouragement means more than I can adequately express, Thank you, thank you, thank you. Hoping that your 2019 is wonderful in every way...
12/25/2018 11:01:42 am
Looks like a nice year for you, Doc. I think my favorite may be the one that heads the post. The light on the pines and rock face is delightful. Of course, since I have a penchant for B&W I'd pick the Hovenweep tower as a favorite. I still need to go there but I think I'll stay closer to home in 2019.
12/31/2018 09:01:39 am
Thank you, Joe! Your black and whites have long inspired me as has your encouragement. Means a lot - hope 2019 is brilliant for you in every way.
12/27/2018 10:58:24 am
What a beautiful collection! I'm glad my travel bug is somewhat satisfied by living vicariously through you.
12/31/2018 09:02:36 am
Truly and sincerely appreciated, Elizabeth! Happy New Year.
1/4/2019 04:25:10 pm
Lauren - you are the best. Thank you so much - love following YOUR adventures!
1/17/2019 04:49:14 pm
I really like this collection of images, Jeff. Looks like you had a great year. The first photo really caught my eye with the great contrast of the beautifully lit portions and the details in the shadows. And really nice black and whites. I've also been inspired by Joe to think more in black and white. It can be a fantastic way to look at the world (though I still love color). I wish you all the best in 2019.
1/18/2019 03:58:21 pm
Todd, what a kind and thoughtful reply. I appreciate you coming along! Thank you.
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