Her Favorite Photos of 2011

Her Favorite Photos of 2011

This past year has been an incredible journey and I am so pleased that we were able to capture even a portion of it in photos.  Trying to choose my favorite photos of the year was so hard, they represent so many great memories and picking just ten was tough.  I was able to narrow it down, but there are so many more “runner-ups” I wish I could include.  These ten photos are an attempt to sum up our year, but as I’ve learned there is no way to explain what we did this past year.

Publishing our travel photos on LivingIF requires compromises.  Due to bandwidth availability in the places we visit every photo you see is just a fraction (1/8) of the actual detail.  The highest resolution photos we post are in our Photo Galleries (where you will find “Best Photos” from each country we’ve visited).  This week is different though, we’ve presented our favorite photos of the year in High Definition, thinkCHUA displayed his Top 10 Photos of 2011, we showed our favorite photo of the year in He Said/She Said: Favorite Photos of 2011, and below are my Top 10 Photos of 2011.

To see a photo in high resolution click on it.  This will open a new window with a larger version; click on the  photo in the new window to reveal the detail of our photos.

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vendor in Dalat

Taken with the Nikon D90, 1/80 sec, f 4.5, ISO 400. Click on the photo to see in high definition.

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A vendor selling raw chicken at the market in Da Lat, Vietnam.  She requested to have me take her picture and gave me a wide smile when I showed her the shot.

The friendly smile of this vendor at the Da Lat market in Vietnam brightened my day and still serves as a wonderful memory of the Vietnamese people.  I loved wandering the markets in Vietnam camera in hand and talking with the vendors.  Even with their lack of English and my lack of Vietnamese I was able to make a connection or at least find out what it was they were selling and how to say it in Vietnamese. To see more photos of Vietnam click here.

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Red Shirt

Taken with the Canon Power Shot S90, 1/80 sec, f 2, ISO 100. Click on the photo to see in high definition.

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A young girl rides on her father’s shoulders during a red-shirt protest in Bangkok, you can see the democracy monument in the background.

Being in Bangkok during the red shirt protests made for an interesting experience, with road closures and huge crowds.  I captured this photo in amongst a large group of red shirts gathered at democracy monument.  It was difficult to see the people gathered along the road displaying pictures of loved ones that had been killed in previous protests. To see more photos of Thailand click here.

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Banteay Samre

Taken with the Nikon D90, 1/60 sec, f 4, ISO 400. Click on the photo to see in high definition.

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A small flower tucked in to the ruins of Banteay Samre in the Angkor Kingdom, Cambodia.

I love this shot because it highlights the detail of the Angkor Kingdom’s ruins, which was the highlight of touring these ancient structures.  We took our time at each temple and spent hours taking photos, wandering through each temple and taking a closer look at the carvings.  Because of the time we spent touring temples we were rewarded with many shots of the exemplary detail shown throughout the Angkor Kingdom.  To see more photos of Cambodia click here.

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storm coming in

Taken with the Canon Power Shot S90, 1/200 sec, f 4, ISO 80. Click on the photo to see in high definition.

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This photo was taken as a storm rolled in at Don Dhet, one of the islands in southern Laos’s famous 4,000 islands region.  We made it back to our bungalow just before it poured.

Laos was a place that had many unexpected surprises, one of which was the relaxed and gorgeous traveler hang out of 4,000 islands.  A highlight of our time on Don Dhet was an afternoon bike ride over to the nearby island of Don Khon.  On the way back to our bungalow we caught the perfect light and had the view all to ourselves.  To see more photos of Laos click here.

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monks in a boat

Taken with the Nikon D90, 1/100 sec, f 2.8, ISO 100. Click on the photo to see in high definition.

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A group of novice monks taking a sunset boat ride at the Song Zan Lin Si temple in Shangri-la, China.

This is one of those photographic moments you can only wish for.  We were taking a stroll after visiting the stunning Song Zan Lin Si temple and a group of young monks hopped into a boat to take a ride.  I love that they are just being boys in this picture, if you look closely you can see the second one from the right has a fake gun that he’s playing with.  Even though I have this image of monks as spiritual beings, but many of the younger monks are just kids and want to play just like other little boys.  To see more photos of Shangri-la, China click here.

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Panda 6

Taken with the Nikon D90, 1/160 sec, f 5, ISO 160. Click on the photo to see in high definition.

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A close up of a giant panda from the Chengdu Panda Base in southern China.

Visiting the giant pandas at Chengdu’s Panda Base was one of my highlights of our time in southern China.  We got there for feeding time and were mesmerized for hours watching the pandas munch away.  It is unfortunate that they remain in grave danger of going extinct as they are such cute creatures, but I fear that they won’t be around for our grandchildren, much less our children to see.  To see more adorable panda photos click here.

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Thousands of people gathered in Victoria Park for the candle light vigil for the Tiananmen Square protests.

Taken with the Canon Power Shot S90, 1/30 sec, f 2, ISO 800. Click on the photo to see in high definition.

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This photo was taken in Victoria Park, Hong Kong during the candle light vigil for the Tiananmen Square protests.

This photo had to make my top ten favorites, not only because it was a moving experience, but because this photo was printed in the New York Times travel section as well as featured on their website.  The thousands of people crowded into Victoria Park made for quite a photo set against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers.  To see more photos of Hong Kong click here.

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Taken with the Nikon D90, 1/20 sec, f 2, ISO 1600. Click on the photo to see in high definition.

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A little boy lighting a candle during the All Souls Day celebration in a local cemetery in Sagada, Philippines.

We spent Halloween in northern Luzon, Philippines and were in Sagada for All Souls Day, which is a celebration for those that have passed on.  Families head to the cemetery to light candles at the headstones of loved ones.  This little boy was lighting a candle at a family grave.  To see more photos of the Philippines click here.

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new friend

Taken with the Nikon D90, 1/130 sec, f 2.8, ISO 100. Click on the photo to see in high definition.

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An older man that joined me for breakfast at the largest market in Borneo held every Sunday in Kota Belud.

This affable gentleman, speaking no English, sat down next to me for a bowl of noodles at the Kota Belud Sunday market.  Despite not being able to communicate we shared each others company and exchanged many smiles.  At the end of the meal I asked him through charades if I could take his portrait.  He kindly agreed and I got this shot of my new found friend.  After showing him the picture I took he pointed at me and said “friend.”  I nodded and shook his hand before waving goodbye.

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older women

Taken with the Nikon D90, 1/250 sec, f 4, ISO 800. Click on the photo to see in high definition.

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These two pilgrims met up at the Jokhang Temple on the Barkhor circuit in Lhasa, Tibet as I snapped the photo.

As I captured this moment I got the sense that this was a long standing tradition of meeting each morning to walk the one kilometer Barkhor circuit pilgrimage together.  I loved getting up each morning we were in Lhasa and walking the circuit to watch the pilgrims.  Tibet still remains of the most beautiful and deeply spiritual places I have ever visited and one of my favorite destinations of 2011.  To see more photos of Tibet click here.

MY FAVORITE PHOTO OF 2011 WAS FEATURED ON WEDNESDAY, in He Said/She Said: Favorite Photos of 2011.  Also check out thinkCHUA’s Top 10 Photos of 2011.

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Comments

» Donna :
Dec 30, 2011

Amazing pix … I see in your choices people and personalities … all important in life. And you’ve captured them so well. While I have to admit to temples wearing a bit thin for me, I have never looked at any of your photos and thought, “Eh, just another picture.” They’re all fantastic!! How you can pick 10 out of tens of thousands, I don’t know. I have trouble picking out 100 from 1000! :-(

Good job! Looking forward to what the new year brings for you! Missed you at Christmas … sorry I missed your skype call … would have loved to see you and talk face to face.

Donna

LOCAVORista Reply:

Donna, I’m so glad you picked up on the people and personalities because I have learned more than anything this year that the people make the place. Each of the top ten photos are of people that I have met on this journey and even if it was in silence they taught me something.

Looking forward to 2012 as well, but it is tough to miss holidays and loved ones. WIsh I could have been in Minneapolis with all of you, miss you and sending my best wishes for the new year!

» BKA :
Jan 1, 2012

Very impressive……my two favorites would have to be the panda bear and the light vigil shot in hong kong……will be interesting to see how you will sort through and organize these for sharing with others…..our “snapshots/not photos” are all stored away in boxes, awaiting you to throw them away someday……the “pics” in your head will remain your favorites on into perpetuity, me thinks…….love you dad

LOCAVORista Reply:

Dad, labeling and storing pictures is a constant battle, but we look forward to looking back on our favorites once this current adventure is done. As far as your photos go, I can’t imagine throwing away the memories, but I agree with you my favorite memories and “pictures” are those that live in my memory!

» Scott :
Jan 1, 2012

Excellent shots! Thanks for sharing. My two favorites were the boy on All Souls Day and the older gentlemen in Borneo.

LOCAVORista Reply:

Scott, thanks so much for the compliments- it means a lot coming from you as I have admired your photographer’s eye for years. Thanks again for the Sydney walk tip, can’t wait to post my Sydney photos as I wouldn’t have gotten half of them if it weren’t for your tip. Happy New Year!

» cindy :
Jan 6, 2012

Loved all the photos. Couldn’t pick a favorite, but the Laos, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Borneo and Vietnam market woman were all really great.

Cindy

LOCAVORista Reply:

Cindy, thanks for the compliments I love capturing the people in the places we meet- especially at markets

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LOCAVORista: A curious adventurer exploring the culinary delights and local traditions around the world. Currently on a 3 year round-the-world trip discovering amazing cultures, must-eats and off-the-beaten-track destinations.

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