My 10 favorite travel photos from 2013

I can’t believe it’s time to say farewell to another year. Not a bad year of travel for me, though I only managed one trip overseas, a trip to London to attend the GPPLondon photo seminar. Otherwise, my travels kept me mostly in North America.

Still, I had some big moments. I switched from a Nikon DSLR to the Olympus OM-D mirrorless system with the purchase of the E-M5 in the spring and the addition of the E-M1 last week. (It arrived while I was on my trip to San Francisco, so it’s at home waiting for me to take it out of the box). I made the decision to become a more serious travel blogger, attending the TBEX conference in Toronto and joining the Professional Travel Bloggers Association.

And I began to put focus on improving my photography, including my post-processing skills. And not least of all, I got married in March.

Now, without further ado, here are my favorite travel photos from the past year:

10.  Coachella Valley, California (February)

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Photo by Joe Newman

This a spot just above Palm Desert, California, overlooking Coachella Valley. It’s an extra special spot because I I gave my wife her engagement ring there at sunrise the morning this photo was taken.

2. Turks and Caicos (March)

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

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We were married in March and went  to Turks and Caicos for our honeymoon. We stayed at a very cozy boutique resort on Providenciales, with a view of the ocean from our balcony. This is a sunrise shot of our beach.

8. Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park (August)

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I camped out in Rocky Mountain National Park in late August and set up for this sunrise shot about two miles from my tent. That’s Longs Peak and Upper Beaver Meadow catching a golden glow. Click here to order a print.

7. Toronto Skyline from Centre Island (May)

Toronto Skyline

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I’ve lived in the U.S. for more than 40 years but had never crossed the border into Canada until May when I visited Toronto for the TBEX travel bloggers conference. This is the post card view from Centre Island.

6. Dead Horse Point, Utah (August)

Dead Horse Point

Photo by Joe Newman

If you want to visit different cultures, go to Asia or South America. If you want to visit a different world, go to Utah, specifically Moab where you’re right next to Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. This picture is actually taken at Dead Horse Point State Park, looking over the Colorado River. Click here to order a print.

5. Westminster Palace, London (September)

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No trip to London would be complete without long exposure shot of a double decker bus going past Big Ben. Click here to order a print.

4. The Painted Ladies and San Francisco Skyline (December)

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San Francisco is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in America and while there are gorgeous views in many places, one of my favorite is looking at the skyline from the Painted Ladies, a row of Victorian homes on the west side of the city. Click here to order a print.

3. Manhattan (July)

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This is a view of the iconic Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Bridge Park. For some reason, whenever I look at this picture, I think of people sitting on benches watching the world end. Click here to order a print.

2. Old Royal Navy College, London (September)

Old Royal Naval College

You’d think that If I traveled all the way to London for a photography seminar, the one thing that would be certain is that I’d come home with lots of pictures. However, my trip to London was spent mostly in the classroom. However, I did get up early one morning so I could get to Greenwich Maritime in time for sunrise at the Old Royal Naval College. Click here to order a print.

1. Sunrise at Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park (August)

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Photo by Joe Newman

All of the pictures in this list have been published in previous posts on this blog, except this one. I had been saving it for a wrap up post about my trip to Canyonlands National Park in Utah but, at this point, it’s probably time to concede that it’s not getting done. Mesa Arch at sunrise is an iconic shot that almost every photographer who visits Canyonland gets. The one thing that you don’t get a sense of in this picture is how small the arch is — the opening is probably only about 30 feet across. If you plan on shooting the arch, get there at least an hour before sunrise or you may not have a spot in front of the arch. The morning we were there, there was no room to set up for the stragglers who arrived 10 to 15 minutes before sunrise. Click here to order a print.

I'm Joe Newman, multi-media story teller, non-profit do-gooder, amateur photographer, serious poker player, social media geek, avid traveler, bourbon drinker.

10 comments

  1. Cybele Moon   •  

    wow!!!!
    I love your photos.
    Cybele Moon recently posted…More journeysMy Profile

    • Joe Newman   •     Author

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Helen   •  

    LOVE these images, Joe! And thanks again for all the camera help. I went with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7. Can’t wait to travel with it!
    Helen recently posted…The Toronto Ice Storm in PhotosMy Profile

    • Joe Newman   •     Author

      Thanks, Helen! Looking forward to seeing your photos with the GX7.

  3. Nita   •  

    All the pictures are stunning! My favorite shots are Westminster Palace, Manhattan and the sunrise at Mesa Arch. Beautiful!
    Nita recently posted…Travel Moments – 2013My Profile

    • Joe Newman   •     Author

      Thanks, Nita!

  4. Frank   •  

    Wow, these are some kick-ass photos!! Didn’t understand any of the tech stuff in the first paragraph but I’m absolutely blown away by the photos. You should do a post on photography 101 for other bloggers.
    All the best for 2014, look forward to another list of your favorite photos.
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Joe Newman   •     Author

      Ha. Thanks, Frank. I like that idea for a blog post!

    • Joe Newman   •     Author

      thanks! I’ll definitely check out your travel photography competition.

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