My Favorites of 2012

I’ve been wrestling with this for a while, but I’ve included below a baker’s dozen of my favorite images of mine from 2012. This list is subject to change — every day I seem to have new favorites. I thought it would be fun, though, to at least put a stake in the ground with my favorites as of this moment.

I’d love to hear from readers as to which of these (or others) they prefer themselves. And speaking of my readers, I’d also like to do a post of YOUR favorite image of your own (photograph or other visual art) from 2012 – drop me a note and a jpeg at least 600 pixels wide by January 18th, and I’ll include the image and a link to your website (if you’d like) in an upcoming post.

Thanks for your attention and readership in the past year, and best wishes to all for a wonderful 2013!

And now for the 13 favorites, in no particular order…first up, Milk Moon I, an unplanned shot taken from halfway up Cadillac Mountain when my planned shot from the top of Cadillac Mountain became impossible due to my camera, myself, and indeed the entire top of the mountain being surrounded by a large, fluffy cloud.

"Milk Moon I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Milk Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Next up, three from my Pyrotechnic series…it was particularly hard choosing just a few from this group…

"Pyrotechnic #15", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #15”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #16", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #16”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #35", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #35”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m very excited about the direction of my Nightfall series, and many of those could have easily made this list — for now, I’ll limit myself to three of them:

"Nightfall, Hunter's Head", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Nightfall, Hunter’s Head”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Moonset, Hunter's Head", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moonset, Hunter’s Head”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Nightfall, Mt. Blue", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Nightfall, Mt. Blue”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I still do take landscapes that aren’t at night, too! Two of my favorites from this last year are below – one from Acadia National Park, one from Lily Bay State Park.

"Lily Bay, Fall", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Lily Bay, Fall”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Cadillac, Late Afternoon Fog", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Cadillac, Late Afternoon Fog”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

And lastly, I have a few more from my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series capturing moonrise of the full moon:

"Buck Moon III", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Buck Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Cold Moon I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Cold Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Cold Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Cold Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Hunger Moon I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Hunger Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “My Favorites of 2012”

  1. Fantastic crop Jim- your work is always so subtly beautiful, romantic even- as far as some of favs of yours the pyrotechnic stuff is off the charts amazing and completely original feeling so much respect to you for that work. And your night shots are always amazing but particularly “nightfall, Mt Blue” is probably my favorite color image from you that I can remember. I’ll email you a few of my this years favs and the link to the rest over at my webplace. Happy New Year fellow Mainer! -Nate.

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