My top 10 photographs of 2018

Welcome 2019 and Happy New Year to everyone. It is that time again when I reflect back in 2018 and pick some of my favorite photographs again. 2018 was a blast. Work-wise I worked on 4 movies (in one year!!!!), in terms of travel and adventures I visited two very different destinations. The cold continent of Antarctica and the desert in Sinai peninsula. Of course, I didn’t skip my beloved Cambodia and also Thailand, even though both were short visits. Obviously, I took a picture or two and this year I shot a lot of videos too. But this post is all about photographs so let’s get to it.

Sunrises in the desert are special. Musallem and Ahmed climbed up to a viewpoint on top of the mountain we climbed early morning. There they stand, proud Bedouin overlooking their beautiful homeland. I took a few single shots then I decided to create a panorama which I thought would capture the essence of the scene better.

Sunrises in the desert are special. Musallem and Ahmed climbed up to a viewpoint on top of the mountain we climbed early morning. There they stand, proud Bedouin overlooking their beautiful homeland. I took a few single shots then I decided to create a panorama which I thought would capture the essence of the scene better.

This photograph absolutely had to be here. It was taken in the galley of Bark Europe. Rensje is writing some food-related notes on the board with crayon. I was not waiting for this moment. I was just walking by and I happened to have a camera in my hand. I knew this was a special moment and I snapped a few shots. What makes me happy is the fact that Rensje loved the photograph even though she doesn’t like to be photographed. Pat on the back Rich :)

This photograph absolutely had to be here. It was taken in the galley of Bark Europe. Rensje is writing some food-related notes on the board with crayon. I was not waiting for this moment. I was just walking by and I happened to have a camera in my hand. I knew this was a special moment and I snapped a few shots. What makes me happy is the fact that Rensje loved the photograph even though she doesn’t like to be photographed. Pat on the back Rich :)

I rarely wear bright colored clothing. In case of photographing people in Antarctic landscape, the bright colors are a must. I had to gram Julie, one half of the “team orange” (hi Carlos) and positioned her next to the huge terminus of a glacier. The orange jacket stands out nicely against the teal/blueish background. Perfect.

I rarely wear bright colored clothing. In case of photographing people in Antarctic landscape, the bright colors are a must. I had to gram Julie, one half of the “team orange” (hi Carlos) and positioned her next to the huge terminus of a glacier. The orange jacket stands out nicely against the teal/blueish background. Perfect.

Apart from good light, being at the right place at the right time is essential in photography. So it happened I was up in the rigging when this whale couple surfaced on the side of the ship and blessed us with about 15 minutes of the most spectacular show one can see in Antarctica. I snapped a few shots and then just stared at event unfolding below me in awe. This was the most beautiful “welcome ceremony” throughout entire trip to Antarctica.

Apart from good light, being at the right place at the right time is essential in photography. So it happened I was up in the rigging when this whale couple surfaced on the side of the ship and blessed us with about 15 minutes of the most spectacular show one can see in Antarctica. I snapped a few shots and then just stared at event unfolding below me in awe. This was the most beautiful “welcome ceremony” throughout entire trip to Antarctica.

Angkor Wat is the obvious destination for people visiting Cambodia. But it is a very touristy and crowded place. There are hidden gems that are off beaten path and well worth visiting. Such as Prasat Bram. Although not as big and famous as Ta Phrom it certainly gives the bigger temple a run for their money. I had this place just for myself and it is even better in real than on the photograph. So that was perfect for this “Indiana Jones” selfie.

Angkor Wat is the obvious destination for people visiting Cambodia. But it is a very touristy and crowded place. There are hidden gems that are off beaten path and well worth visiting. Such as Prasat Bram. Although not as big and famous as Ta Phrom it certainly gives the bigger temple a run for their money. I had this place just for myself and it is even better in real than on the photograph. So that was perfect for this “Indiana Jones” selfie.

Phnom Kulen is a sacred place in Cambodia where a mighty Khmer Empire was established in 804 CE by king Jayavarna II. Luckily it was a low season and there were just a few local people around. I set up the camera in a tripod and I asked one guy to press the shutter on my signal. And off I went for a liberating dip in nice cool water. A welcome escape from Cambodian heat. Once I was under the waterfall I gave the signal and the shutter pressed by a lovely local dude made this picture. Not bad.

Phnom Kulen is a sacred place in Cambodia where a mighty Khmer Empire was established in 804 CE by king Jayavarna II. Luckily it was a low season and there were just a few local people around. I set up the camera in a tripod and I asked one guy to press the shutter on my signal. And off I went for a liberating dip in nice cool water. A welcome escape from Cambodian heat. Once I was under the waterfall I gave the signal and the shutter pressed by a lovely local dude made this picture. Not bad.

The Sheik. At the end of the first day in the desert, we came across a big group of Bedouin. We were invited for tea and we learned about the camel race that was about to take place the next morning. What a random and great opportunity for excitement and photography. And so was the time spent with these interesting people. I photographed the sheik of one of the Bedouin tribes. Since they were aware of our presence they were completely relaxed and easy to photograph. It was about waiting for the right moment and spot to press the shutter.

The Sheik. At the end of the first day in the desert, we came across a big group of Bedouin. We were invited for tea and we learned about the camel race that was about to take place the next morning. What a random and great opportunity for excitement and photography. And so was the time spent with these interesting people. I photographed the sheik of one of the Bedouin tribes. Since they were aware of our presence they were completely relaxed and easy to photograph. It was about waiting for the right moment and spot to press the shutter.

The camel race in the desert. One of the craziest experiences I had to date. A totally unplanned and random event in the desert that we joined one morning. Chasing the camels and their riders on 4WD in one of the craziest off-road drives of my life. Bouncing in the car like an ice cube in the shaker and trying to capture a reasonable photo sound crazy. I can say I lived through the Mad Max experience through the cinema screen as well as real life. I came out of the car beaten and bruised but thrilled and excited. Considering the circumstances, this photograph turned out pretty good.

The camel race in the desert. One of the craziest experiences I had to date. A totally unplanned and random event in the desert that we joined one morning. Chasing the camels and their riders on 4WD in one of the craziest off-road drives of my life. Bouncing in the car like an ice cube in the shaker and trying to capture a reasonable photo sound crazy. I can say I lived through the Mad Max experience through the cinema screen as well as real life. I came out of the car beaten and bruised but thrilled and excited. Considering the circumstances, this photograph turned out pretty good.

My favorite photo of the Sinai trip. Mussallem and his young son having a private “father and son” moment. Mussallem often brings his sons to hikes with customers so they can observe and learn. And when there is a time for them to go out on their own, they can dig into the experience they gain on trips like this. We often distance ourselves from people of different cultures, believes, a language which is unfortunate. We are all more alike than different. I think this picture proves it well.

My favorite photo of the Sinai trip. Mussallem and his young son having a private “father and son” moment. Mussallem often brings his sons to hikes with customers so they can observe and learn. And when there is a time for them to go out on their own, they can dig into the experience they gain on trips like this. We often distance ourselves from people of different cultures, believes, a language which is unfortunate. We are all more alike than different. I think this picture proves it well.

It is very hard to take a good photo of any Bedouin female. There are cultural and religious customs that need to be respected and I as a male I am not allowed to take a photo of females in most cases. Here and there you came across one that doesn’t mind and this was the case. A very nice older lady agreed to be photographed. I was not in the best position for this shot as there were few people in front of me but I snapped a general good shot and then I found this “picture in picture”. It is a heavy crop, but for online publishing, it works.

It is very hard to take a good photo of any Bedouin female. There are cultural and religious customs that need to be respected and I as a male I am not allowed to take a photo of females in most cases. Here and there you came across one that doesn’t mind and this was the case. A very nice older lady agreed to be photographed. I was not in the best position for this shot as there were few people in front of me but I snapped a general good shot and then I found this “picture in picture”. It is a heavy crop, but for online publishing, it works.

A honorable mention

I know this is just an ordinary shot of a cityscape. But Bangkok is not an ordinary city. At least not for me. This was my last night in Bangkok and I decided to visit one of may Bangkok’s rooftop restaurants. I timed the visit with sunset, and it is put together as a stitched panorama. It was nice and breezy night elevated above the bustling streets of the city. This view looks like planet Coruscant from Star Wars.

I know this is just an ordinary shot of a cityscape. But Bangkok is not an ordinary city. At least not for me. This was my last night in Bangkok and I decided to visit one of may Bangkok’s rooftop restaurants. I timed the visit with sunset, and it is put together as a stitched panorama. It was nice and breezy night elevated above the bustling streets of the city. This view looks like planet Coruscant from Star Wars.