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Post your single best photo from 2012. Just one please, even though it might be a bit hard to whittle it down. "Best" doesn’t necessarily have to be the most technically sound shot – just the one you liked the most, for whatever reason. Tell us what that reason is though, as well as a few words about the photo.

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To get the ball rolling here's my offering...

For me, this year was really difficult to pick from. I managed to get to a number of locations that had been on my list for years. A photo from any of those locations could have made it, but the one I've picked isn't. It is my favorite photo of the year though, for technical reasons as well as because the moment was so special.

The photo was taken in April, in Arches National Park, Utah. I'd got to the Delicate Arch amphitheater in the afternoon, right after some thunderstorms. While waiting for the light to improve I scoped out various locations and settled on this spot. However, when the sun began to go down and the arch was bathed in gorgeous light I happened to be set up in a different spot, where everyone else was. Right at sunset the clouds began to light up, but out of frame for me. Of course these were prime from the location I'd originally decided to shoot from.   Everyone must have thought me mad as I abandoned my current stand and sprinted to that other spot out of sight.

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This is a picture of GoBlue's lovely wife and my 3 girlfriends.



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Good choice! :D

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I took this picture this morning and GaliWalker's story is really the reason I chose this sunrise pic.  When I got up this morning I was going to hit a usual spot for morning bird pictures.  I could tell it was going to shape up to be a great sunrise pic morning so I left the zoom in the bag and used a wide to see what I could capture.  It was apparent that my location this time of year was not a great choice so  I abandoned the spot and quickly drove to another location.  After setup at location 2 I knew right away it wasn't great either but it was fairly late in the game so I decided to make the best of it.  A few snaps in I just knew I could do better so I threw the stuff together and hoofed it back to the truck to head to a third location.  I ran across a guy that had an idea what I was doing but still said, "you know you're about 40 minutes late to the party".  Which was true but I thought... I'm going to get the shot I want.  And sure enough I got the shot I wanted.  It goes to show you, no matter how late in the game, don't give up:

Stockton Park Sunrise by Bernard Malinis (bmalinis)) on 500px.com
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Yeehaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Got this one last winter. Happy New Year!


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The family and I did a canoe camping trip on Bear Island on NC's Outer Banks this past October.  Nine very fit ladies dressed in spandex paddled out to the island to do yoga on the beach. :D


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Not a high-quality photo by any means, but one I found interesting:



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Wow - there are some really good ones here! Mine is one I have been working on for a while, and continue to. I am attempting to use the photograph as an interpretation of the Hindu mythological story, "The Humbling of Indra"...

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At the gate of a grand, new palace that was being built, there appeared a beautiful blue boy with a lot of children around him, just admiring his beauty. The porter at the gate of the new palace went running in to the king god Indra, and Indra said, "Well, bring in the boy." The boy was brought in, and Indra, sitting on his throne said, "Young man, welcome. And what brings you to my palace?" "Well," said the boy with a voice like thunder rolling on the horizon, "I have been told that you are building such a palace as no Indra before you ever built." Surprised, Indra said, "Indras before me, young man— what are you talking about?"

The boy says, "Indras before you. I have seen them come and go, come and go. Just think, Vishnu sleeps in the cosmic ocean, and the lotus of the universe grows from his navel. On the lotus sits Brahma, the creator. Brahma opens his eyes, and a world comes into being, governed by an Indra. Brahma closes his eyes, and a world goes out of being. The life of a Brahma is 432,000 years. When he dies the lotus goes back, and another lotus is formed, and another Brahma. Then think of the galaxies beyond galaxies in infinite space, each a lotus, with a Brahma sitting on it, opening his eyes, closing his eyes. And Indras? There may be wise men in your court who would volunteer to count the drops of water in the oceans or the grains of sand on the beaches, but no one would count those Brahmin, let alone those Indras."

While the boy was talking, an army of ants paraded across the floor. The boy laughed when he saw them, and Indra's hair stood on end, and he says to the boy, "Why do you laugh?" The boy answered, "Don't ask unless you are willing to be hurt."

Indra said, "I ask. Teach." And so the boy points to the ants and says, "Former Indras all. Through many lifetimes they rise from the lowest conditions to the highest illumination, and then down they go again."


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I didn't get to do much photography for myself this year, but here's one.  A sensual peonie.

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I sort of liked the simplicity of this one...



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Great shots all, but I just love BCPete1's entry. Wow!

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A gorgeous August morning in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of northeast Oregon.  This is Eagle Cap (9572 ft) over Sunshine Lake.

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The Four Peaks range along the Arizona Trail. I like the way the smaller rock cropping mimics the four peaks in the background.
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Another I like from this year...



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Hey Travis ... that deer shot is crazy!

Here's another favourite of mine from this past summer.


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Pete, love both those shots... have watched coyotes hunting like that countless times. Fun to watch them come up for air with a mouse or vole!

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Thanks, Pete, but your coyote shot is magical in comparison. This is the kind of thread a guy can just sit back and enjoy. Lot's of great stuff.

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My Fav is from my son's graduation from Hugh School, but this is probably better really and is the Mary D. Hume at the Rogue River in Gold Beach

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My photo year had it's ups and downs. Too busy working to get outside early in the year, but had a wondrous 10 day road trip through the SW Deserts later in the year where it it was nearly impossible to take a bad shot.

This is going to have to be my photo for this thread, taken as the High Park Fire got a huge second wind and was barreling back down towards my town.

This was taken ~ 400 yds from my house as two brave helicopter pilots with cojones of titanium flew into the maelstrom of smoke and fire.



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Too many to pics from, lots from backpacking and work.  Always post backpacking ones so heres one from work this summer is a change.  WildlandFire in Eastern Utah, blew up and ran down alongside the road we were trying to hold.

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Wow.  Wowee wowee wow wow.
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I took this picture this morning and GaliWalker's story is really the reason I chose this sunrise pic.  

Wow.  Wowee wowee wow wow.

Thanks orygawn.  All of these photos are great.  My vote goes to BCPete1.  That one is excellent.

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Not a high-quality photo by any means, but one I found interesting:


That photo makes it's way around here every spring with the caption "Spring is here... we can see deer again!". :D

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Wetterhorn Basin (CO):

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