The Year in Review: Top 10 Photos of 2012
Another year, another 60,000+ photos taken. Distilling them down to my 10 favorite was no easy task, but here’s my list!
January 2, 2012: Nearly 47,000 hockey fans pack Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia for the 2012 NHL Winter Classic, a 3-2 New York Rangers win over the Flyers. — ©MSG
With the NHL labor dispute ongoing and the current season in jeopardy of being cancelled completely, I’m reaching all the way back to January for a couple of my favorite hockey shots of the year. This one is fairly non-traditional in that it’s at a baseball stadium and you can hardly see the players. Like many of my photos, it’s all about atmosphere, evidence that you don’t always need the biggest lens to capture memorable images at sporting events. For more info about how I took the photo, see this blog post. [Canon 1Ds Mark II camera, 16-35mm f2.8 lens @ 24mm, f4, 1/100th, ISO 100]
January 17, 2012: New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist tosses his hockey stick to fans in celebration of his 20th win of the season, a 3-0 shutout of the Nashville Predators. — ©MSG
Henrik Lundqvist was awarded the Vezina Trophy for best goalie in the NHL last season, and I think this photo shows that his passion for Rangers fans matches his play. He finished the season with career highs in wins (39), save percentage (.930) and goals-against average (1.97). Many predict that when play resumes he will lead the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals and could bring the team its first championship since 1994. [Canon 7D camera, 400mm f2.8 lens @ f4.5, 1/400th, ISO 100, strobed]
January 28, 2012: Adam Nelson, the Madison Square Garden all-time record holder in the shot put, throws in the venue’s inaugural U.S. Open Track & Field event. — ©MSG
Adam Nelson had quite a memorable 2012, winning an Olympic gold medal without even competing. How? Earlier this month, retroactive testing of competitors’ urine samples retained from the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens by the International Olympic Committee revealed that shot put gold medalist Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine had been using performance enhancing drugs. Consequently, Nelson will trade in his 2004 silver medal for a gold. Gotta love modern technology (and old frozen urine!). [Canon 1D Mark IV camera, 16-35mm f2.8 II lens @ 16mm, f3.5, 1/640th, ISO 2500]
February 22, 2012: New York Knicks Landry Fields and Tyson Chandler go through their pre-game routine during player introductions. — ©MSG
Being on the basketball court during player introductions at Madison Square Garden never gets old. Such a cool experience. I recount my (near disastrous) first time on the Knicks court in this interview. [Canon 1Ds Mark II camera, 16-35mm f2.8 II lens @ 16mm, f3.5, 1/250th, ISO 800]
March 25, 2012: Fans of Japanese rock band L’Arc-en-Ciel at Madison Square Garden. — ©MSG
This was the first time a Japanese rock band headlined a show at Madison Square Garden. It may also be the first time a front-row fan at an MSG concert successfully pulled off a daring outfit with TWO giant bows. Kudos to her! [Canon 1Ds Mark II camera, 16-35mm f2.8 lens @ 16mm, f2.8, 1/5th, ISO 1600]
June 5, 2012: Rainbow over Niagara Falls.
In this era of everything Photoshopped, it’s hard to trust that any image is real. But except for a teeny tiny twig poking out of the water that I removed digitally, this scene is 100% as I saw it. North America’s largest waterfall? Check. Spectacular rainbow framing the falls? Check. Blue skies and puffy clouds? Check. Three perfectly situated birds? Check. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It was my first visit to Niagara Falls and certainly won’t be my last. [Canon 5D Mark III camera, 16-35mm f2.8 lens @ 16mm, f8, 1/1600th, ISO 400]
June 5, 2012: Cairns Birdwing butterfly at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory in Ontario, Canada.
Two of my favorite photos of 2012 taken on the same day? Thanks, Canada!
This walk-through exhibit features a mind-blowing collection of 2000 butterflies representing 40 species. You literally have to watch where you step to make sure you don’t crush one of these beauties. If you visit Niagara Falls, add this to your short list of side-trips. [Canon 5D Mark III camera, 70-200mm f4 IS lens @ 200mm, f5, 1/200th, ISO 320]
August 8, 2012: Corporate portrait on a rooftop in midtown Manhattan.
This one takes me back to that high school photography assignment where we were told to go out and shoot repeating patterns. It seemed like a boring and pointless exercise at the time, but I’ve since learned that patterns make an excellent background for portraits, such as this one. Hear that, kids? Listen to your teachers! [Canon 1Ds Mark II camera, 50mm f1.4 lens @ f2.8, 1/640th, ISO 100]
August 13, 2012: Judah celebrates his 6-month birthday.
There was no chance my son Judah (born in February) wasn’t going to make this list. It was tough to narrow it down to a single image, but I think this one is my favorite. Have you ever seen a baby so excited to be wearing old man clothes? I think not. [Canon 5D Mark III camera, 85mm f1.2 lens @ f2.0, 1/640th, ISO 320]
December 21, 2012: The Radio City Rockettes bring holiday cheer to kids at a hospital in New Jersey. — ©MSG
The Rockettes are best known for their eye-high kicks in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, but they also make time to go out into the community through the Garden of Dreams Foundation. This was a truly touching moment and representative of what the Garden of Dreams does for its partner organizations in the tri-state area. [Canon 5D Mark III camera, 24-70mm f2.8 II lens @ 50mm, f3.5, 1/200th, ISO 640, with Canon 580EX II flash]