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My Ten 2011 Faves

Published January 8th, 2012

I became aware of Jim Goldstein's Blog Project; Your Best Photos of 2011, about two days before the deadline. What a cool project. I'm happy to participate.

What follows is a collection of my ten favorites from last year, in no particular order.

Click read more under the first photo to see them all.




A long exposure of the Seawall and Big Rock at Children's Pool in La Jolla, California. I'd never seen a photo of the two of them from this angle; always from the sidewalk above, so I thought I'd take one of my own.

  • December 3rd, 2011
  • Nikon D7000
  • 20mm / f/22 / 150 sec


A sidetrip to Sedona, AZ on a long drive home to Los Angeles from Albuquerque. We drove in from Flagstaff, and entered the area from the south. I was getting nervous that I was gonna get shut out this night. But actually, it turned out being the right way to come into Sedona. We were able to find one of the many city parks along the main drag and get set up before the sky blew up. This is Courthouse Rock.

  • nikon D80
  • 28mm / f/11


Lake Sabrina in the Bishop Creek Canyon of California's Eastern Sierra. I was hoping for fall color, but instead, was met by the first snowfall of the season. Sunrise was still a while away -- and it was cold.

  • October 8th, 2011
  • Nikon D7000
  • 14mm / f/5 / 30 sec


The layered coastline of Montana De Oro State Park, just west of San Luis Obispo. An amazing place.

  • April 22nd, 2011
  • Nikon D80
  • 20mm / f/8 / 15 sec


Believe it or not, this is 4th of July weekend. Mother Nature took over with her own light show, as the first rays of the sun try to break through the marine layer over the Santa Monica Mountains.

  • July 3rd, 2011
  • Nikon D80
  • 20mm / f/22 / 4 sec


Monsoon season in the Painted Desert area of Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. This is looking east. The storm caught us. I love thunderstorms. We don't get many in Los Angeles, so this was a treat.

  • July 17th, 2011
  • Nikon D80
  • 25mm / f/6.3 / 1/100 sec


An attempt at some Impressionistic photography. A reflection in the Merced River at Yosemite National Park.

  • February 20th, 2011
  • Nikon D80
  • 125mm / f/40 / 2/5 sec


The rays of the sun combined with a long shutter speed light up La Jolla's Scripps Pier in gold and blue on a clear, cold December morning.

  • December 4th, 2011
  • Nikon D7000
  • 82mm / f/22 / 146 sec


A mushroom-esque smoke cloud from the Las Conchas Fire, the largest wildfire in New Mexico state history, reflects the light of the setting sun on Friday July 15, 2011. Believe it or not, the blaze was almost contained here. This is the result of a back fire set by firefighters. The flames came literally yards away from the Los Alamos National Labratories, home of the Manhattan Project in World War II.

  • July 15th, 2011
  • Nikon D80
  • 150mm / f/2.8 / 1/25 sec

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Nicola Colicigno  almost 7 years ago

you have some great shots here Rich. Congrats!