Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Adam Barker's choice of his Best Images of 2011 tells the story of a highly successful and versatile year

From his base in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, Adam Barker enjoyed a wide world of spectacular photographic challenges. We can see it in this group of images that Adam sends us as his Best of 2011, which he calls "a spectacular year on all accounts. Foot upon foot of powder skied, fish from Wyoming to the Bahamas hooked, festivals in the far corners of the earth, ancient pathways crossed -- they all contributed to what could perhaps be one of my most productive years behind the lens. Cliche as it may be, I can’t help but look back and share some of my favorite images from the past year. It's also a good time to applaud the performance of my Singh-Ray filters in every kind of light, every step of the way."

1. Jesse Hall takes a moment to ponder human flight, as he stands inside the hot air balloon from which he’ll subsequently launch himself into gravity’s liberating grasp. Park City, UT. No filtration.

2. Angler Al Chidester finds himself surrounded by all that is good in this world: fresh air, fall foliage…and fantastic fishing in some of western Wyoming’s most treasured water. LB Warming Polarizer

3. Fire and rain over Warm Creek Bay, Lake Powell, UT. LB Warming Polarizer, 3-stop Reverse ND Grad

4. Hazy skies make for ethereal and ancient interpretations of East Jerusalem, Israel. 2-stop Soft-Step ND Grad

5. First light envelopes Agua Canyon in a glow only Mother Nature could furnish. Bryce Canyon National Park, UT. LB Warming Polarizer, 3-stop Reverse ND Grad

6. Ralph Lauren’s Double RL Ranch shows its true colors in crisp early morning light. Dallas Divide, CO. LB Warming Polarizer, 3-stop hard step Grad ND

7. Angler Geoff Mueller admires a healthy bonefish (caught and released) in Abaco Island’s skinniest of water. No filtration

8. Calm in the chaos of Hanoi traffic, Vietnam. Vari-ND

9. Bavaria’s finest color smiles upon a lone farmer’s shed in the fields near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. LB Warming Polarizer, 4-stop Reverse ND Grad

10. Skier Drew Stoecklein can, in fact turn right. At just the right time. In just the right place. Alta Backcountry, UT. LB Warming Polarizer

11. Angler Geoff Mueller and Oliver White tense up as they ply the waters off Abaco Island for huge permit. LB Warming Polarizer

We're sure 2012 will be another great year for Adam. You can keep up with his adventures by visiting his blog or Facebook page for regular updates and tutorials, or follow him on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news. You may also want to check out Adam's instructional DVD, Completing your Outdoor Photography with Landscape Filters, also available on his website.