11 Best of 2011 from AdamBarkerPhotography

2011 was a spectacular year on all accounts. Foot upon foot of pow skied, fish from Wyoming to the Bahamas hooked, festivals in the far corners of the earth, ancient pathways crossed–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 in review and share some of my favorites from the past year.  As always, many thanks to my sponsors: Arc’teryx, Suunto, Mark Miller Subaru, Mountain Khakis, Manfrotto School of Xcellence, Clikelite Backpacks and Singh Ray Filters. Hope you all enjoy, and here’s to an even better 2012! (click on images to view larger versions)

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.

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.

3. Fire and rain over Warm Creek Bay, Lake Powell, UT.

4. Hazy skies make for ethereal and ancient interpretations of East Jerusalem, Israel.

5. First light envelopes Agua Canyon in a glow only Mother Nature could furnish. Bryce Canyon National Park, UT.

6. Ralph Lauren’s Double RL Ranch shows its true colors in crisp early morning light. Dallas Divide, CO.

7. Angler Geoff Mueller admires a healthy bonefish (caught and released) in Abaco Island’s skinniest of water.

8. Calm in the chaos of Hanoi traffic, Vietnam.

9. Bavaria’s finest color smiles upon a lone farmer’s shed in the fields near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

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

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

12 thoughts on “11 Best of 2011 from AdamBarkerPhotography

  1. The color in #9 (Bavaria) is heartwarming. Resting my eyes on the green, vibrant grass in the forefront contrasted with the faded wood cabin and pink clouds above just soothes the soul. Excellent work!

  2. Found your website after googling tilt/shift lenses then had to take a look at your best of 2011. These are great images. Especially love the bonefish. Did you use a wide angle lens? If you don’t mind the question, any tips on how to pull off a shot like that?

    • Thanks for stopping by Ray. The bonefish image was shot with my 16-35mm wide angle zoom (in an Aquatech housing). Tips on how to pull it off–lots of patience! Dial in your exposure (manually) and then shoot away, making educated guesses on composition. The angler leads the fish through your frame, and the keeper ratio is slim. Lots of luck is involved, but sooner than later you’ll get the hang of it!

  3. Thanks Adam! Great info. I’d love to play around with trying a similar shot some time. Does a dome port work best for a shot like yours with that lens? I looked it up one time and I seem to remember a dome port was recommended but I wonder if a flat port is OK too.

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