My Top Photographs of 2017

The votes are all in and counted, and here are my top photographs of 2017!

We had an amazing response! 14 people looked through my initial selection of 32 images and voted for their favorites here on the blog and through email. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to look through these photographs and voice your opinions! I also really appreciate all the kind words expressed along with the votes.  I’ve read them all and am very grateful for all your support.

As promised, to express my gratitude to all the voters, I’m giving away a 12×18 print to the voter whose selections most closely matched the winning top photographs.  And the winner is … Marie Drennan! Marie will receive a 12 x 18 print of her choice from among the 32 original selections. Congratulations Marie!

For this voting, there was a 5-way tie for the top 9th photograph, so I decided to expand the final selection to 13 images.  Here’s the list of the thirteen images that received the most picks, and the number of votes they each received:

1. Image #12, Saturday Night Pacific – Cape Perpetua, Oregon coast,  11 votes

2. Image # 18, Cloud Cover – Mount Hood, Oregon, 10 votes

2. Image # 24 , Hidden Treasures – Porcupine Mountains, Michigan, 10 votes

4. Image # 28, Gone the Sun – Ontonagon, Michigan, 9 votes

5. Image # 7, Cobble Beach #2 – Yaquina Head Marine Garden, Newport, Oregon, 8 votes

5. Image # 11, Yaquina Sunshine – Yaquina Head, Oregon, 8 votes

5. Image # 17, Falling to a River – Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, 8 votes

8. Image # 20, Upper Bond Falls #1 – Trout Creek, Michigan, 7 votes

9. Image # 13, I’m Comin’ Out – Spring Foliage of Oregon, 6 votes

9. Image # 22, Lake in the Clouds – Porcupine Mountains, Michigan, 6 votes

9. Image # 26, A Waterfall Glen – Porcupine Mountains, Michigan, 6 votes

9. Image # 27, Lake Superior Sunset – Ontonagon, Michigan, 6 votes

9. Image # 30, Fall Reflections – Side of the Road, Wisconsin, 6 votes

A well-rounded selection.  Most of my personal favorites are in this Top 13 collection. In case you are interested, my personal favorite is #12, Saturday Night Pacific.  I’m glad to see this photograph was popular with most of you.  My Marti even chose this one to be on the front page of her website.

I’ll be submitting this post to Jim Goldstein’s blog project shortly. Thanks to Jim and G Dan Mitchell for providing the original inspiration for putting together this list back in January of 2011, and helping to start this tradition.

Again, thank you so much for your participation. This has been really fun for me, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it also. Here are the top thirteen images:

 

Saturday Night Pacific

12. Saturday Night Pacific – Cape Perpetua, Oregon coast

Cloud Cover

18. Cloud Cover – Mount Hood, Oregon

Hidden Treasures

24. Hidden Treasures – Porcupine Mountains, Michigan

Gone the Sun

28. Gone the Sun – Ontonagon, Michigan

Cobble Beach #2

7. Cobble Beach #2 – Yaquina Head Marine Garden, Newport, Oregon

Yaquina Sunshine

11. Yaquina Sunshine – Yaquina Head, Oregon

Falling to a River

17. Falling to a River – Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Upper Bond Falls #1

20. Upper Bond Falls #1 – Trout Creek, Michigan

I'm Comin' Out

13. I’m Comin’ Out – Spring Foliage of Oregon

Lake in the Clouds

22. Lake in the Clouds – Porcupine Mountains, Michigan

A Waterfall Glen

26. A Waterfall Glen – Porcupine Mountains, Michigan

Lake Superior Sunset

27. Lake Superior Sunset – Ontonagon, Michigan

Fall Reflections

30. Fall Reflections – Side of the Road, Wisconsin

My Best Images of 2017

Happy New Year Everyone!

It’s that time of year for lists but with this one, I am asking for your vote in selecting my Top 10 Images of 2017.

In appreciation for your time, if your 10 selections most closely match the final top 10 from the voting,  I will send you a free a print of your favorite image!

I’ve posted 32 of my best photographs from 2017 below, in chronological order.  Please look through these and list the numbers (they are below each image) of your ten favorites in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

After the voting is done I’ll post the top ten on this blog, and submit the final group to Jim Goldstein’s blog project, where he’ll be showcasing the best images of the year from over 300 photographers. The voting deadline is this Wednesday, January 3rd, at 6pm Central time.

Enjoy viewing these images, and thanks for your input — I really appreciate your help!

— Harry Hitzeman

Ecola State Park

1. Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast

Moss Covered Trees

2. Moss Covered Trees – Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast

Seas and Clouds

3. Seas and Clouds – Cannon Beach, Oregon

Ridin' the Storm Out

4. Ridin’ the Storm Out – Cannon Beach, Oregon

Pacific Rainbow

5. Pacific Rainbow – Tillamook County, Oregon Coast

Cobble Beach #1

6. Cobble Beach #1 – Yaquina Head Marine Garden, Newport, Oregon

Cobble Beach #2

7. Cobble Beach #2 – Yaquina Head Marine Garden, Newport, Oregon

Cobble Beach #3

8. Cobble Beach #3 – Yaquina Head Marine Garden, Newport, Oregon

Golden Calm

9. Golden Calm – Depoe Bay, Oregon

Depoe Bay Afternoon

10. Depoe Bay Afternoon – Depoe Bay, Oregon

Yaquina Sunshine

11. Yaquina Sunshine – Yaquina Head, Oregon

Saturday Night Pacific

12. Saturday Night Pacific – Cape Perpetua, Oregon coast

I'm Comin' Out

13. I’m Comin’ Out – Spring Foliage of Oregon

Frosty Trees

14. Frosty Trees – Oregon Dunes, Oregon

Last Sunrise

15. Last Sunrise – Oregon Coast

My Favorite Falls

16. My Favorite Falls – Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Falling to a River

17. Falling to a River – Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Cloud Cover

18. Cloud Cover – Mount Hood, Oregon

Lower Bond Falls

19. Lower Bond Falls – Trout Creek, Michigan

Upper Bond Falls

20. Upper Bond Falls #1 – Trout Creek, Michigan

Upper Bond Falls #2

21. Upper Bond Falls #2 – Trout Creek, Michigan

Lake in the Clouds

22. Lake in the Clouds – Porcupine Mountains, Michigan

River Swoosh

23. River Swoosh – Porcupine Mountains, Michigan

Hidden Treasures

24. Hidden Treasures – Porcupine Mountains, Michigan

Rocky Rooty River

25. Rocky Rooty River – Porcupine Mountains, Michigan

A Waterfall Glen

26. A Waterfall Glen – Porcupine Mountains, Michigan

Lake Superior Sunset

27. Lake Superior Sunset – Ontonagon, Michigan

Gone the Sun

28. Gone the Sun – Ontonagon, Michigan

Waiting for the Cattle

29. Waiting for Cattle – Somewhere in Michigan or Wisconsin

Fall Reflections

30. Fall Reflections – Side of the Road, Wisconsin

Mirrored on a River

31. Mirrored on a River – Eagle River, Wisconsin

Fall Glory

32. Fall Glory – Eagle River, Wisconsin

 

New Mexico :: Georgia O’Keeffe Country

Sun Kissed

Sun Kissed

Tomorrow I’m heading over to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, to teach a week of Digital SLR Photography in Georgia O’Keeffe country. I look forward to spending time in that most beautiful landscape, sharing this passion with a new group of participants.

Juried Artist Exhibition Selection

Water Color

Water Color, Cannon Beach, Oregon

My image “Water Color” was selected for the Open Lens II exhibit at Gallery 7, Joliet, Illinois.

Open Lens II is Gallery 7’s 2nd Annual Juried Exhibit of Photographic Fine Art.  Over 535 images were submitted by more than 90 artists from across the country.  The exhibit features 68 images selected by 2 jurors with a Best of Show Award, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Awards, 6 Honorable Mention Awards, and Purchase Awards honoring more than 10 Artists and images.  The exhibit features an Opening and Closing Reception and is open for  viewing by the public and invitees over the course of the exhibit.

The Exhibit Opening Reception is today, June 4, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 9:00PM.  The exhibit runs through the July 15, 2010 Artists Closing Reception.

About Gallery 7

Gallery 7 is a Fine Art Gallery in the Rialto Arts District in Historic Downtown Joliet.  Located just one door north of the historic Rialto Theater, Gallery 7 features Fine Art Photography, Fiber Art and other artworks.  It is a collaboration of nine member and associate member artists.  The gallery is open 11 AM to 2 PM,  Monday through Friday, for receptions and by appointment.  Call 815.726.1840 for appointment openings.  Address:  Gallery  7, 116 N Chicago St, Suite 102, Joilet, Illinois.

Three Kings

Three Kings

Three Kings

This was an exciting trip to several iconic locations in north-central New Mexico.  I was blessed with beautiful weather and days of spectacular clouds and light while photographing Battleship Rock, Cerro Pedernal, Chama River, Chimney Rock, Plaza Blanca, Orphan Mesa, Mesa Montosa, and the brilliantly colorful Painted Desert made famous by the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe.

In this season of innocence and gratitude, I am grateful to have been able to photograph these timeless natural sculptures, and glad to be able to share these images with you.

My best wishes to you and yours!