Top Photos of 2013

Another year has come and gone by so quickly I could barely notice. I was fortunate to travel to some fantastic places that I have never visited before and capture their natural beauty with an open mind. At the turn of the year, my wife and I enjoyed gorgeous sunsets during our honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii. We were able to escape the chill of early northeastern spring by spending a bit of time in California, where we photographed Yosemite, Sequoia/Kings Canyon and Death Valley National Parks. Never have I experienced such an amazing variety of landscapes and climates in such geographical proximity. I then spent a rain-soaked week during my first visit to the gorgeous Pacific Northwest in late August photographing Washington’s Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks. I was in a New York state of mind come autumn and took advantage of beautiful  colors decorating the Hudson Valley and Finger Lakes regions in October.

Although the backlog of unprocessed images has never been more intimidating, my approach to photography remains unaltered. Quality work has always been more important to me than finishing processing a pile of images, and that is why some of the photos you may see below were not captured last year. Neither has it ever been about the necessity to upload a new image every day for display on photo sharing sites or posting on the social networks. It’s not about publications, contest wins, votes or likes. To me, photography has always been about filling a void in my soul by creating art for art’s sake.

On to my ten favorite images of 2013, in no particular order…

"Mesquite Sunrise," Death Valley National Park, California

“Mesquite Sunrise,” Death Valley National Park, California


"Under Leaden Skies," Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

“Under Leaden Skies,” Mount Rainier National Park, Washington


"Redbud Road," Merced, California

“Redbud Road,” Merced, California


"Manhattanhenge at 34th Street," New York City

“Manhattanhenge at 34th Street,” New York City


"Paradise Found," Kauai, Hawaii

“Paradise Found,” Kauai, Hawaii


"Magical Passage," Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona.

“Magical Passage,” Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona.


"Let Your Light Shine Down," Kauai, Hawaii

“Let Your Light Shine Down,” Kauai, Hawaii


"The Moulton Barn," Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

“The Moulton Barn,” Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming


"Night Race," Death Valley National Park, California

“Night Race,” Death Valley National Park, California


Everything Zen

“Everything Zen,” Bear Mountain State Park, New York


Which images are your favorites? How has your year been?

Thank you for continuing to support my work. I wish you very happy holidays and all the best in the New Year!


All images are ©2013 Alex Filatov Photography. All rights reserved.

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  • Richard Wong

    Stunning work, Alex. Cheers to a great 2014.

    • Thanks very much Richard, love your images as well. Hope you’re enjoying a wonderful holiday season!

  • Rob Tilley

    Fantastic selection of images Alex! Happy shooting in 2014.

    • Thank you so much Rob, looking forward to seeing your selection! All the best to you and your family in 2014!

  • jimgoldstein

    Great set of images Alex! Thanks for submitting it to my best of project.

    • Thank you Jim for putting in so much time and effort into this!

  • Wonderful set of images Alex! 🙂

    • Thank you my friend, I wish you the very best in 2014!

  • David Leland Hyde

    Hi Alex, You’ve had a good year. Congratulations on your marriage. I love your photographs of Kauai, especially “Paradise Found.” Kinda symbolic? Not so big on the barn that everyone does, but you did make it look different, which is a plus. I like very much what you did with “the Wave” and your rock and roll titles make me chuckle. I like the tranquility, repeating shapes and colors of “Everything Zen.” Here’s to a great 2014!

    • Thank you David, finally someone got where that title comes from! Funny that it immediately came to me after I took the shot so I couldn’t resist. Happy New Year!

  • Patricia Davidson

    Wonderful collection of images Alex! I wish you a Happy 2014!

    • Thanks so much Patricia, really appreciate it. Happy shooting in 2014!

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  • Gary Crabbe

    Great images, Alex. Love to Kauai and Manhattanhenge shots especially. Have a great 2014!

    • Thank you so much Gary, wishing you all the best this year!

  • This is a beautiful collection of images Alex from some of my favorite places! Congrats on all your fine work (and your marriage!) and may 2014 bring you continued success and happiness.

    • Thank you so much Russ, all the best to you this year as well my friend!

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