Best of 2009 – Landscapes (Part 1)

Looks like I will be posting the “Best of 2009” pictures till the end of the year! Kidding :) In all seriousness though, it did take me a long time to go through all of the pictures, pick the ones I liked the most, then have Lola look at them and give her opinion, after which I would repeat the process multiple times until I got to a reasonable number of pictures.

This year has been a landscape year for me, since I do not have as many wildlife photos. Landscape photography is very different than wildlife photography in many ways (I will write an article about it within the next few days) and I’ve learned a great deal while taking pictures of landscapes. I have also learned quite a bit about panorama and HDR photography, which are not that hard to understand, but quite complex to master.

Anyway, I do not want to bore you with all of this – here are my picks for the best of 2009 in landscape category. This is also the “Part 1”, because I have many more landscape pictures to share :)

Antelope Canyon

NIKON D700 @ 24mm, ISO 200, 5/1, f/10.0

1) Antelope Canyon 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper


NIKON D700 @ 27mm, ISO 200, 1/125, f/11.0

2) Badwater 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Lone Tree

NIKON D700 @ 48mm, ISO 200, 1/400, f/8.0

3) Lone Tree 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Maroon Bells

4) Maroon Bells 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper


5) Reflection 1920×945 Panoramic Wallpaper

Sand Dunes Rising

NIKON D700 @ 50mm, ISO 400, 1/640, f/10.0

6) Sand Dunes Rising 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Sand Dunes

NIKON D700 @ 45mm, ISO 200, 1/100, f/10.0

7) Sand Dunes 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper


NIKON D700 @ 50mm, ISO 220, 1/125, f/8.0

8) Sunset 1920×825 Panoramic Wallpaper


NIKON D700 @ 70mm, ISO 200, 1/320, f/8.0

9) Trees 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper


NIKON D700 @ 24mm, ISO 200, 1/160, f/8.0

10) Yosemite 1920×1131 Panoramic Wallpaper


  1. 1) KL
    January 24, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Hi Mansurov,
    I found your website while looking for information about learning photography, etc. Very nice website and I have already memorized all your lessons (waiting for more to come). Thank you for doing all these for budding photographers like us (i just got a DSLR camera in the last couple of weeks). I have a question: when you take landscape photos, do you all the time use polarizer? I was reading somewhere that polarizers do not work on cloudy/foggy days? So, what do photographers do then? Any comments/suggestions?

    • January 24, 2010 at 6:11 pm

      KL, thank you for visiting us and leaving feedback! :) I will definitely post a lot more info to make it easier for beginners to learn photography. I’m thinking about some post-processing tips next.

      As far as using a polarizer, I highly recommend reading my article on how to use a polarizer. In short, no, I do not keep my polarizer on at all times. In fact, I would highly discourage keeping it on the lens at all times, since it decreases the amount of light that passes through it.

      Polarizers work great against haze and they help remove reflections, if positioned correctly. Polarizers do work on any day, whether foggy or sunny if you are trying to get rid of reflections & haze. Obviously, they won’t make your sky bluer if it is a cloudy day :)

  2. 2) KL
    January 24, 2010 at 5:20 am

    I loved all the photos, except I have some reservations about the badwater. I am no photographer so please pardon my comments. But, in that photo color does not seem to be that rich and no particular part was attracting attention. Did you deliberately create that to emphasize “badwater”?

    • January 24, 2010 at 6:19 pm

      KL, thank you so much for your feedback! I should have provided some information on each picture before posting it. The “Badwater” image is from Death Valley’s “Badwater Basin” – one of the saltiest places on earth (it is also one of the lowest places on earth). It is a rare phenomenon to see water as shown in the picture, which is one of the reasons why I posted it :) The white stuff around the water is salt crystals and just like in Yellowstone, some bacteria grows in it, given the right temperature. Check out this article from Wikipedia on Badwater.

  3. 3) Abhinav
    January 24, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    loved all the pictures :)

    • January 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm

      Abhinav, thank you! I’m glad that you liked them :)

  4. January 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Very good photos! You’ve been to some very interesting locations at the right times of day, you make it look easy! :-P

    • January 24, 2010 at 10:42 pm

      Aaron, thank you! If you have your camera with you at the right moment, it will be easy! :) I missed so many good opportunities last year, just because I left my camera at home…

  5. 5) Vivek
    January 24, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    I am a newbie in the world of photography. Just got my nikon D40.. I njoy browsing your blog.. excellent photos! really appreciate your effrots ..and I am trying my best to learn from your photos and tips!
    Keep up the good work! :)


    • January 24, 2010 at 10:44 pm

      Vivek, thank you so much for your feedback! Hopefully, my articles will help you become a better photographer :) If you have any questions about anything, please let me know and I will do my best to answer them.

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