2012 Top Ten People & Animals

It’s the season for top ten lists. I know I’ve read at least five top ten 2012 movie lists in addition to all the other lists that have been featured on-line and in newspapers in the last month. Last year  was a signature photographic travel year for me with journeys to the Galapagos islands, Patagonia, Acadia and the Southwest all on my 2012 itinerary. I’m usually a looking forward guy and don’t spend a lot of time reflecting on the past. But as the year ended I thought I should spend a moment reflecting on the images I made in the past twelve months and that maybe I could learn some lessons that I could apply in the future.

As I reviewed the best of the 9,000 images I made in 2013, it made sense to divide them up into two categories; people & animals and landscapes. So I bring you my ten favorite people & animal images from 2012 with the top ten landscape images to come in the next posting.

Having a Snack

Having a Snack

Because they were used as sustenance by pirates and then by Nantucket whalers, tortoise populations were driven to very low numbers and some species became extinct by the early 20th century. fortunately, conservation efforts in the last fifty years have resulted in a rise in the tortoise census. Most tortoises seen by tourists are on Eco-farms or in the Darwin Research Station. There are large numbers of tortoises in the wild but in areas in which tourists are not allowed. This fellow is having a snack and the concentration of the image on the head and scaly arms provide a great portrait.

Among the Birds

Among the Birds

This was taken in a popular city square in Quito, Ecuador. There were hundreds of pigeons being fed by several youngsters who were having great fun running through the sitting birds in order to get them to fly and scatter. We were with a guide at this time and unbeknownst to me as I was taking these shots, a thief was eyeing my camera and was chased off by our guide. I like this image because it captures the delight of the boy and also shows the birds fleeing him.

Close to Mom & Dad

Close to Mom & Dad

I shot this on Gardner Bay, a drop dead beautiful beach in the Galapagos. On this day we counted 339 Sea Lions lounging on the pristine white sand. They hadn’t a care in the world and were completely nonplussed by us fifteen humans walking among them.

Giving the Raspberry

Giving the Raspberry

This young lady was being pushed around town in her stroller by her teenage brother when I saw her and asked to take a photograph. I took several and then suddenly she gave me the raspberry and I snapped this image. Could her eyes be any deeper?

Red Footed Booby

Red Footed Booby

Nothing prepares you for the startling appearance of these birds. The feet which attract the opposite sex during mating season, are redder than you thought possible. And the light blue and pink beak colors complement the red feet. Boobys are expert fishermen and spend most of their lives over the ocean alighting on land only to raise their chicks.

Chips Anyone?

Chips Anyone?

As a photographer, sometimes you just have to be ready and lucky. My wife and I were on a side street in a small Ecuadorian town when across the street this young fellow was eating and walking along side a large orange billboard. I raised my camera and took two quick shots and managed to place him walking into the image while eating a mouthfull….and looking directly at me. Perfect!

Come to Daddy!

Come to Daddy!

While strolling down the main street in Provincetown, MA on a Saturday night, we heard disco music coming from up ahead. When we turned the next corner we ran smack into a boisterous “Pink Party” spread over the street and the veranda of a local house.  The music was pulsating on the veranda and everybody was prancing up a storm in full pink regalia. We would have gone into the house but felt a little under dressed. It was crazy fun!

Stare Down

Stare Down

Here are a pair of Noddy Terns on a shelf in the Galapagos. These photographs are always serendipitous in that when the photographer snaps the shutter he is looking to get an interesting interaction between the two birds and doesn’t really know that he’s captured these striking eyes until he sees the image on a computer monitor.

Ecuadorian Woman

Ecuadorian Woman

The native dress of Ecuadorian women make them great photographic subjects. I shot this woman in the main square in Quito, Ecuador while she was enjoying a cup of ice cream.

My Three Sons

My Three Sons

Darwin called these marine iguanas the ugliest creatures on earth. Maybe so, but they are a photographers dream. The challenge for photographers when shooting subjects that have been shot thousands of times previously is to get images that are different and show the animals in a different way. I like the way these guys are lined up surveying the scene and using the proper camera settings blurs the background which allows them to stand out clearly.

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5 Responses to 2012 Top Ten People & Animals

  1. Cathy Sessions says:

    I can see why you have selected these as your top ten. Great photos…love the titles. My favorite is giving the raspberry. I remember that little girl well. The Ecuadoran people has such distinctive features…

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  2. Maureen Binder says:

    It must have difficult to choose only 10!! Nice!

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  3. John Landry says:

    Really nice work Frank!

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  4. Jim Ruff says:

    Frank, Wonderful images — my two favorites are the Chips boy (I love minimalist images) and the Ecuadorian lady. Looking forward to your top landscape images! I’m working on my Top 10 for 2012…..time goes so fast when one is having fun! Do you have a photo FB page? Mine is the same as my blog name — Beyond the Sunrise….I typically post 1-2 images per week with few words. JR

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