Top 12 photos of 2022

It’s hard to pick just twelve.

I enjoyed photography in 2022 and decided to share my pick of favorites. It was not easy! 12 photos for 12 months – not one per month, but just the twelve that I felt were especially beautiful or interesting. See the full gallery – where I recommend clicking the “play” button to see them as a slideshow – and read on for some commentary about each one.

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Bar Island

Only possible at low tide!

It was raining gently when I woke on Wednesday morning in Bar Harbor, so I took my laptop to a cozy café for a couple of hours of catching up with my photo editing. Two cups of chai later I was heading back out with my camera, thinking today would be a good time to trek over to Bar Island – which is only accessible at low tide, by walking across the wide sandbar that connects it to the shore in the town of Bar Harbor. (This sandbar gives Bar Harbor, and the town, its name.) Somehow I thought I was being clever in picking this walk on this gloomy day, but several hundred other people had the same idea.

People stream across the sandbar to Bar Island from Bar Harbor, Acadia.
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Bar Harbor fireworks

An opportunity for a new type of photography.

I chose to spend the week of July 4th in Acadia National Park in part because I thought it would be fun to be in Bar Harbor for Independence Day.  Indeed, they hosted a fantastic fireworks display, down at the harbor.  The weather was absolutely perfect – clear skies, light breeze, warm temps.

I started the evening on the rooftop deck of the Bar Harbor Beerworks, which has an extensive collection of local brews along with decent pub-style food.  As the evening progressed, they started charging $$extra to remain on deck –presumably because it had a great view of the sky over the harbor, and there is surely some appeal to watching the display from a beer deck.  Instead, I checked out and headed down to the waterfront.  Although I arrived an hour early, the crowds had already staking out the best spaces on the grassy harborside park.  I squeezed into a nice patch of grass between two families and close to the harbor’s edge. Eventually there were many hundreds of happy people here.

I set up my tripod but then realized I’d forgotten the tripod plate — required to attach the camera to the tripod!  So I nested the camera in the soft camera bag, pointing roughly in the right direction, and waited.

The fireworks were spectacular, and lasted what seemed like a half hour.  Sitting this close, I could feel the concussive boom of each burst.

Fireworks in Bar Harbor (Acadia) on July 4th

I took nearly 300 shots, and whittled them down to five for the gallery.  Not too shabby for a first try!

Canon R5, ISO 200, f/10, 2-2.5s exposure. Shutter triggered remotely via Bluetooth from Canon’s iPhone app.  Post-processed with Lightroom, mostly Auto settings.