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


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.

Water Color

Water Color

Water Color, Cannon Beach, Oregon

I wanted to write something clever and inspiring for this post.  I was even going to go so far as to quote Forrest Gump, and how his saying about chocolates also applies to landscape/nature photographers: “Life [landscape photography] is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

I was going to emphasize that the work is to be there, READY to receive what comes, to put yourself in a place and time to receive what the sky and weather and light and wind give you.  Just be READY!

But I had lunch with my son Harry III today, and he told me, “Dad, you don’t have to write anything.  Your pictures are worth a thousand words.”

So without further ado, I invite you to view my Oregon Set on flickr — Hood River, the Columbia River Gorge, and the Pacific coast from Florence to Astoria.  Waterfalls, mountains, lighthouses, crashing waves, beautiful sunrises and sunsets.