Top 10 images from 2012

I am aware that this post arrives a little late. Most top 10s of '12 post mid-December. That would exclude any images I might have taken for the remainder of the year. At least that is the excuse I am using to explain my absence from posting lately... Truth be told, I have been busy. A poor excuse. In any case, below are my top 10 images from 2012, an extremely prolific year for me. In summary, I travelled to 9 different countries and extensively throughout the southwest before relocating to the land of grime, brick, and skyscrapers (aka Chicago). I shot approximately 48,000 images on two new systems. I have completed my transition to Canon equipment, greatly enjoying the 5D Mark III. Additionally, I am using the Sony NEX-7 for street photography - an excellent little camera, only lacking in the quantity of quality lenses. I am looking forward to 2013 and hopefully I can reestablish my motivation for shooting, as it has been a couple months since I have even picked up my camera. Maja and I are planning a trip to Jordan in March, which I am confident will keep me shooting. Thanks for views in 2012 and I look forward to producing quality work in 2013. 

In no particular order (it was difficult enough whittling these down to 10):

-Parliament at night, Budapest, Hungary

 

-Lake Hopfensee near Fussen, in Bavaria Germany


-Mounument Valley at sunrise, Navajo Nation, Arizona

 

-A couple enjoying drinks, overlooking the Parliament and Danude river in Budapest, Hungary


-Sunset overlooking Florence, from the Piazza Michelangelo viewpoint

 

-A morning stroll in Venice, Italy

 

-Forest in Poland

 

-Reflection in Venice, Italy

 

-Sunrise in Red Rock Conservation Area, Nevada

 

 -Mesquite Flat Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California

Budapest Begins

What can I say about Budapest? It exceeds my expectations, which were already high to begin with. It has been described as having the charm of Prague and the grandeur of Vienna. I wouldn't hesitate to place the architecture near that of Paris - this city is grand and ornate. The streets are beaming with activity. Hungarians seem to be a very kind and social people. Sitting on doorsteps of local pubs, drinking, and chatting is an past-time that extends well in the a.m. Once again, what can I say about Budapest…I'm enamored.