Top Photos of 2012

The incredible difficulty in selecting my favorite images from the past year reflects the wealth of photographs I have been able to capture while experiencing the changing seasons in some of the most amazing locations in North America. After spending a couple of gray winter months in New York City catching up on processing images shot during the holiday season in the Southwest, my beautiful fiancée and I gladly greeted spring in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. I returned to Moab for a week in late May when the desert sun was already strong. Cool alpine winds in August at Glacier National Park, Montana were a welcome relief from the hot summer days in the city. Before I knew it, another Zodiac had gone around as I watched the glory of autumn fade into the chill of winter at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

I have also been blessed with new and exciting opportunities. While shooting in Glacier and the Tetons I was working with the Sigma Corporation of America in exploring the full potential of their flagship DSLR, the Sigma SD1 Merrill, for purposes of nature photography (see the last three images in this post). A couple of unrelated magazine publications are to come – more details on that later.

Most importantly  – and certainly the biggest event in my life this year – is my upcoming wedding to the love of my life Sarah Jane on December 22 in New York City! A great photographer in her own right, she has supported me on every trip and is the inspiration behind many of the images that you know.

Anyway, here are the top ten, in no particular order…


"Thor's Hammer Sunrise," Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

“Thor’s Hammer Sunrise,” Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah


"Rainbow Over Wild Goose Island," Glacier National Park, Montana

“Rainbow Over Wild Goose Island,” Glacier National Park, Montana


"Spring Awakening," Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

“Spring Awakening,” Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee


"The Tribute in Light," New York City

“The Tribute in Light,” New York City


"The Mollusk," Antelope Canyon, near Page, Arizona

“The Mollusk,” Antelope Canyon, near Page, Arizona


"Glacier Starwalk," Glacier National Park, Montana

“Glacier Starwalk,” Glacier National Park, Montana


"Red Dead Sunrise,"  Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

“Red Dead Sunrise,” Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah


"Golden Teton Sunrise," Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

“Golden Teton Sunrise,” Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming


"What Dreams May Come," Glacier National Park, Montana

“What Dreams May Come,” Glacier National Park, Montana


"Two Medicine Lake Sunrise," Glacier National Park, Montana

“Two Medicine Lake Sunrise,” Glacier National Park, Montana


So which one is your favorite?

Happy holidays to you and your families, wishing you all the best in the coming year!

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  • Beautiful images Alex! Congratulations to both of you on your impending wedding! 🙂

    • Thank you very much my friend. Sending you and your loved ones the very warmest of wishes this holiday season!

  • Rachel Cohen

    A wonderful set of images Alex, all are superb! My faves have to be numbers 1,2,3,4,5 and 7!
    A huge congrats on your upcoming wedding!
    Best wishes on your new projects, successes, and the new year to come! 🙂

    • Thank you so much Rachel for your kindness and friendship. Have a very happy holiday season! All the best!

  • Gorgeous set of images Alex. Hard to pick a favorite, but I guess I would have to say “Tribute in Light”. Not only is it a great image, but it is full of meaning and so transitory.

    • Thank you Rob, glad you like the selections. Happy holidays to you and your loved ones my friend!

  • Phil Colla

    Congratulations on a fine set of images and a productive year, Alex!

    • Thank you so much Phil, I am absolutely blown away by your compilation!

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  • Love “The Mollusk”, Alex. The repetitive patterns and subtle contrasts suck you right in. Not that the others aren’t also great, don’t get me wrong — but that one is really striking. (Considering the number of images from the slot canyons being spilled out each year, especially so.)

    • Thanks a lot – it was one of those shots that once I pressed the shutter, I knew it’s gonna be a keeper. 🙂 We all love that feeling…
      You’ve got a great set yourself – wishing you more sweet shots this year!

  • Timages Gallery

    Fantastic series Alex. Congrats!

  • Just coming over from Jim’s List, slowly working my way through 🙂 Some stunning and varied images of a location that I dream of being able to visit one day.

    • Thanks John, appreciate it! You’ve got a great set as well!

  • Iza

    Beautiful landscapes. I love “What dreams may come”, the light, the color, the silky water…

    • Thanks Iza, much appreciated! There is definitely a special feeling to that image…

  • Tim Mulcahy

    Simply awesome work Alex. All the best in 2013.

  • David Wahlman

    Wow! Beautiful images! Thanks for sharing. I think I like “What Dreams May Come” best. So unique!


    preciosas todas sus fotos!!!1

  • smith

    Excellent set of images. Stunning. Special thanks to you Alex for sharing. Thanks. | Checkout silhouette portrait

    • Thank you for stopping by Roy, glad you like the images!

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