Results of your votes for my Top Ten Photos of 2018!

Hello all,

I’ve finally tabulated the results of your votes for my Top Ten photos of 2018.  Thank you all who participated in this year’s voting and I especially appreciated the comments that accompanied many of your ballots (particularly those who tried to ‘influence the voting’ to help their favorites!   I received a lot votes, substantially more than last year, but that could have been because I also thought to include my my website’s Facebook page followers this year.  

So, with no further ado, here are the results:

#1 “Mars Attacks”

The top shot was this image of Mars and the Milky Way over the Bisti Badlands.  I spent a lonely night here and had to experiment a lot with the LLL (low level lighting) but the results were sweet! 

 #2  “Ragnarök”

This sunrise view of Lake Pehoé in Torres del Paine National Park captures the essence of Patagonia’s cruel beauty.  

#3  “Badass Badlands”

Taking the third spot was another image taken the same night as “Mars Attacks”.  Twenty-four separate 4 minute exposure were taken over an hour and combined to show the star trails circling Polaris.  This is a shot I had planned out months in advance and it was gratifying that the final result equaled my imagination.

#4 “Patagonian Juxtaposition”

This panorama of the Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate, Argentina fails to capture just how expansive and impressive the view really is.  Sometimes a photograph, no matter how good, can’t begin to capture the impact of being there in person!

#5  “Bucket List”

This shot of Mt. Fitroy was included in more top three votes than any other but on the other hand it didn’t gather as many total votes as the top 4 shots did.  But I guess that the folks that loved it really loved it.

#6 “Tatooine?  Altair IV?  Vulcan?”

This black and white version of the “Conversing Hoodoos’ in the Bisti Badlands finished in the sixth spot.   Sometime monochrome helps your eyes to focus on the essence of the image by eliminating the visual ‘ color clutter.’

#7 “Mirador”

A print of this view of Mt. FitzRoy framed by an Antarctic Beech tree and a valley of crimson autumn leaves is hanging on the wall in my den.  It wasn’t a planned shot,  I just noticed the view when I glanced over my shoulder while hiking back from a sunrise shot.  The sunrise photos were fine, but this spontaneous view captured the magnificence of Patagonia far better.

#8   ” My Kingdom for a Horse…!”

My only wildlife shot in your top ten and an underwater one at that!  Sometimes you just can’t beat cute.

#9   “Ripley’s Revenge”

I guess my “Aliens” movie reference didn’t scare off everyone.  This shot of the ‘Alien Egg Hatchery’  captures a bit of his bizarre and otherworldly nature of this famous spot in the Bisti Badlands.

#10   “”Gaucho Gump”

Rounding off the top 10 was another shot with a movie reference for a title.   This iconic view of  Route 23 leading up to El Chaltan in Patagonia reminded me of the famous Monument Valley  scene in ‘Forest Gump’ with Tom Hanks jogging down the highway.  It was far too cold for me to jog but not so frigid that I couldn’t squeeze off a frame or two.

So there you have your Voter’s Choice for my best work of 2018.   It was an exciting year for me,  photographing locations like Bisti and Patagonia that had been on ‘my list’ for ages. 

In 2019, I will visit Iceland and New England with maybe a trip to the American Southwest thrown in as well….hopefully it will be as fun and productive as last year!

Thanks again for votes!
Jeff  

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2 Comments

  1. Karl Chiang February 4, 2019 at 11:54 am #

    I think most of my top ten was on your list. I have been to most of those places as well and can relate! Well done’

    • Jeff Stamer February 4, 2019 at 5:21 pm #

      Thanks buddy! Looking forward to see what 2019 brings!

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