12 images from 2013

2013 was a really good year again for images.  I managed to get out several times and travel to several new countries including Portugal, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar.  The photos from all of my individual trips can be seen here. I am actually still processing images from these trips but here are a few of my favorites (in chronological order).

Mafra Library Panoramic
Mafra National Palace – Portugal

This massive library built into this palace/monastery is absolutely stunning. This image took about 20 minutes to shoot and is comprised of 117 images (bracketed into groups of 3) and represents a 180 degree view.

Row of Buildings
Amstel River – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Early evening is the perfect time to capture an image of this row of 17th century homes alongside the Amstel River. Notice that they are all ‘uneven’ due to the age of the structures.

Tuscan Sunrise
Val d’Orcia – Tuscany, Italy

Gentle curves, soft grasses and easy palate of color are what I found the sunrise that I took this image. We drove hundreds of miles in exploring the Tuscan landscape and at every turn you images like this are found.

Trostburg Castle Fog
Trostburg Castle – Ponte Gardena Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy

Trostburg Castle is a 13th century castle located in the Val de Gardena in Italy. On our first day in the South Tyrol we had lots of rain and as usual we saw tremendous clouds and fog form and provide some great atmospherics for photographers. Trostburg Castle overlooks the entire valley.

Rainbows and Unicorns
Santa Maddalena – Val di Funes, South Tyrol, Italy

Honestly – This scene is permanently burned into the back of my retina now. This perfect composition for 60 seconds gave Steve and me the opportunity to win the trifecta with perfect clouds, fresh snow and rolling shadows. Later at dinner we talked about the picture and decided that the only way we could have had more perfect shooting conditions would be to include ‘Rainbows and Unicorns’.

Innsbruck Panoramic
Innsbruck, Austria

I leaped out of bed when I saw the amazing clouds surrounding the mountains on the edge of Innsbruck. Quickly, I grabbed my camera, tripod and panoramic head and took this 60 image panoramic from the balcony of the fire escape at the Hilton Innsbruck.

Child in Carrier
Bac Ha, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Jude and I arrived at the vibrantly colorful Sunday BacHa market after a two hour drive following our overnight train ride from Hanoi. The traditional dress of the Hmong people was intricate and colorful and I was very lucky to find this baby peeking his head up long enough for me to capture this image.

Bicycle at Sunset

This beautiful image was imagined by our friend and guide ‘Ta’. He placed the kids with the bike and told us to ‘hit the ground’ This image literally required us to lay on our bellys in the dirt to get the bike positioned just right.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia

The morning that Jude and I decided to not visit Angkor Wat for sunrise (as one could predict) the sunrise was spectacular. We were actually heading to another location but had our driver make a detour over to the Angkor Wat complex and Jude and I literally sprinted 1/2 mile with camera and tripod to get setup to capture this shot.

Shwedagon Pagoda Panoramic
Shwedagon Pagoda – Yangon, Myanmar

I have dreamt of visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda since I was 16 years old. This magnificent and massive complex has been a place of worship for over 2600 years. The gold on the pagoda is real gold that has been placed there by the Buddhist faithful for millennia.

Monk Studying
Kalaw, Shan State, Myanmar

My guide brought me to the area above the city of Kalaw for the view over the city but I was much more interested in spending some time photographing the students in this novice monastery school. Before taking a single photo I sat in a corner in the classroom and just observed and wanted to just become ‘part of the routine’. This also gave me a chance to find images hidden to my normally impatient eye

Santa Lucia at Blue Hour
Santa Lucia – Ortigia, Sicily, Italy

Siracusa Sicily is a tightly knit collection of ancient communities and we wandered throughout Ortigia at sunset/blue hour. This image of Santa Lucia was taken from Piazza Duomo in a soft rain right after sunset.

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