It’s that time of the year again – actually it’s the first time for me to a full-year review and pull out my personal 10 most meaningful and best shots of 2012. Due to surgery in Dec 2011 I wasn’t able to get out as much as I wanted for the first half of 2012. Looking at the whole year, I have almost made twice as many photos in 2010 and 2011.
Having said that, I had the opportunity to travel to more countries and explore unknown territory for me. One week of full-time shooting in Australia was great and this is also the majority of my shots, which I chose to be my personal favorites of this past year.
The shot was taken from Bonn highest mountain (hill) the “Ölberg”. Countless times, I hiked up and down just to create this one perfect sunset photo. A light like this only appears a few times a year and being spontaneous is a must in capturing that perfect moment. The mountain is set back a little bit from the others and gives this perfect landscape portrait. The grass green hills in front, the setting sun, reflecting on the Rhine River and sending the last rays in the city of Bonn, the former German capital. Just seconds before it completely disappeared behind the clouds. Magical and unique.
Recently featured by National Geographic Traveler and the new Front Cover of the 2013 international Syndey Guide published by National Geographic. My personally biggest success this year – I just had to include this shot. The Sydney Harbor Bridge along with the Sydney Opera House represent the symbols of Australia and Sydney in itself. A fantastic sunrise, could not have been more spectacular opened some amazing colors in the sky just after the sun had set.
After about an hours of bushwalking in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia, I found these beautiful cascading waterfalls flowing into the pool below. The spot was just perfect with the lush green moss, leaves and trees deep in the valley, basically not getting any sunshine.
The Three Sisters, is a spectacular rock formation in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Australia. Most spectacular at sunrise and sunset. The view is absolutely mind-blowing and one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The Three Sisters is a popular tourist attraction, but I’d recommend avoiding the crowds and go later in the day or very early in the morning. I did both on my last trip and was the last one to leave and the first one to arrive the next morning. I took hours each time to wait for the perfect light. At first I was disappointed, about the overcast sky. However coming back and examining the photos on a large screen I have to say, that I was lucky, as add a lot more drama and mystery to the overall scene.
A sunrise shot from Australia Eastern shoreline. As the sun rose behind me, it lit up the clouds and I used a longer exposure to capture the changing colors in the sky as well as to create a beautiful water area around the rocks. A moment, that just feels perfect, when you already see the outcome on the little screen on your camera and know it was worth getting up at 6am on your vacation. Seeing it on the big screen and as a print is even better.
An early morning sunrise after heavy storms the day and night before make for some great clouds and colors the next morning. Lucky to witness the spectacle, I used a long exposure technique to capture the waves coming in at the shoreline. A deep drop just in front of me and hoping my tripod would stand firm for the time of exposure. Taking it all in, in a “Moment of Silence”.
This particular location is somewhat tucked away and hard to get to. Once you think you have seen Cathedral Rock, find out, that it is not accessible from where you thought it would be. Under time pressure, I drove around the area to try and access this dramatic scene from the other side. It was already getting dark and I climbed through very unstable and slippery terrain, jumped between rocks and deep rushing water to the spot I took this photo. It is always rewarding when you see a photo turns out even better than what you would have imagined, which makes this one of my personal favorites.
As the evening came to an end, I went to the spot, I wanted to take photos of during the late night hours. Two images made it into the Gallery. One of them is displayed here at the later point in time with an exposure of 140 seconds. The areas around the rocks and the shore create a beautiful highlight in the photo.
Spending some time in Newcastle, NSW, Australia and visiting some friends allowed me to visit the local tidal pools. Not being an Australian and seeing those pools, I thought there were the greatest invention ever. So easy, almost no maintenance, safe and simple. The photo you see here was actually not planned for. I was walking along the pool to get to a different spot, when I stopped and moved a few meters back. Having this composition in mind, I set up my equipment and I am glad I did. If I had to come home with one shot that night – it would have been this one. One of my Top10 favorite photos from 2012.
I have spent quite some time in Cincinnati or better on the side of the river in KY during my time as an intern and also during my time working in Canada, having my back-office in the KY close to the airport. I know the area pretty well and this time, finally took my photography gear, knowing I had one night off. I went up to Mount Adams to get this shot, which is compromised of 43 individual images carefully stitched together. The total shot is roughly 173 Megapixel. The 43 images were taken each at f/8 with 15 seconds exposure. I have not been able to process the shot any further, but will do so when I have more time. The original PSD file is over 2GB in size! I have a full-res shot for you available to look at, at http://www.andredistel.com/cincinnati_panorama.jpg – file size is 28MB so it might take a while to download depending on your connection.