Best of 2011 – Landscapes (Part 1)

Happy New Year! The Mansurovs are back after a short holiday, with some photos to share from 2011. At the end of each year, I go back and start reviewing what I have photographed. It is a very long and painful process, because I have to sort through tens of thousands of images and pick the ones that I think are worthy of getting published as wallpapers on our website, in addition to being featured in our portfolio (I know, the images in the portfolio are very old, but I am working on updating it). While the process is very time consuming, if you have not gone back and reviewed your images from last year, I highly recommend that you do. It is a great exercise to re-evaluate your work and understand your weaknesses. You should be a better photographer now than you were a year ago, so see what you like and you don’t about your pictures. Are you seeing a significant improvement in your work? How do the images from last year compare to the images from the year before? Once you pick your favorites (which you should limit to 100 images max and don’t forget to flag them in Lightroom), invite your friends and family to look at your images. If you have any photographer friends, ask them to help you out with this. Tell them to be very critical and only pick the images that communicate with them. Let them vote on each images and give a star rating from 1 to 5. Walk out of the room and come back when they are done. Filter Lightroom by 5 stars and see how many images you are left with. Then ask your friends/family to tell you why they chose those particular images, find out what they felt about each photo. Also ask them what they feel is missing in each image they picked – perhaps there are some things they see that you did not see before. Trust me, this kind of feedback is invaluable. It is OK if the feedback is very harsh – you should welcome any criticism. In fact, you need to learn to be very critical of your work.

This is the first part of my 2011 landscape favorites. Please note that some of the images you will be seeing in the “Best of 2011” wallpaper collection have already been posted earlier last year in various articles, but in much smaller resolution. If you are looking for technical data, like Camera type, Lens and Exposure information, you will find it in the EXIF data. Enjoy!

Sunset Rainbow

NIKON D3S + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm, ISO 3200, 1/50, f/8.0

1) Sunset Rainbow 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Mono Lake Sunrise

NIKON D3S + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 42mm, ISO 200, 1/20, f/8.0

2) Mono Lake Sunrise 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Snow and Aspens

NIKON D7000 + 10.5mm f/2.8 @ 10.5mm, ISO 100, 1/160, f/8.0

3) Snow and Aspens 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Puerto Rico Flowers

NIKON D700 + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 36mm, ISO 800, 1/40, f/10.0

4) Puerto Rico Flowers 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Dead Horse Point Sunrise

SLT-A77V + DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM @ 20mm, ISO 100, 1/1, f/8.0

5) Dead Horse Point Sunrise 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Bridge over Waterfall

NIKON D3S + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32mm, ISO 200, 6/1, f/9.0

6) Bridge over Waterfall 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Glacier Mountains

NIKON D3S + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 28mm, ISO 200, 1/200, f/8.0

7) Glacier Mountains 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Canyonlands River

NIKON D700 + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 36mm, ISO 400, 1/200, f/8.0

8) Canyonlands River 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper


NIKON D3S + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 28mm, ISO 400, 25/10, f/11.0

9) Waterfall 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Hope you like these, more to come!


  1. 1) Ornella
    January 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Your photos are just wonderful. I am a fan.

  2. 2) Audrey
    January 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    absolutely stunning as always!

  3. 3) Pankaj
    January 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Just Brilliant, awesome, beautiful………

  4. 4) j.d.hunter
    January 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Love the pictures, BUT, your copyright/watermark is kind of annoying.

    • January 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      JD, is the text watermark I had in my 2009/2010 images better?

      • 4.1.1) Sudarshan Pol
        January 16, 2012 at 4:20 am

        I beg to differ with JD. I find your watermark very simple. It does not distract you from the image but it looks beautiful if you pay a bit of attention to it.

  5. 5) Tanya
    January 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Gives a (+)spirit ,wish to be able to use photoshop or a cheaper program like you &

  6. 6) ARMS728
    January 5, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Nasim, gorgeous pics. Thank you for inspiring me.

  7. 7) Omar Akram
    January 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Nasim, superb photographs!!!

    Just an observation, in the Canyonlands River photograph, there is a “white spot” which, even though is part of the landscape, seems out of place to me. I’m referring to the one in the lower left-hand corner of the photograph, among the green shrubbery. It stands out more because it’s in the darker part of the photograph; the ones in the brighter part don’t stand out as much.

    Now that I’ve said that, please do note that even with the “white-spot”, this photograph is infinitely better than anything that I’ve shot to-date :-))

    love your work!!

  8. 8) Yayan Eterang
    January 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Superb and Beautiful Landscapes Photos.. Thanks and Luv them Nassim..

  9. 9) Jane
    January 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Beautiful photos Nasim. Now I can add these to my rotating Windows wallpaper (all your images).

  10. 10) hassan
    January 6, 2012 at 6:14 am

    This are really great landscape photos, what type of lenses did you use and did you need to use Photoshop cs5 to get such an effect, I currently own a Nikon 35 and Nikon 70-300 vr and was wondering if i can use them for landscape photography.

  11. 11) j.d.hunter
    January 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Yes, text watermark is better . tks.

  12. January 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Just gorgeous pictures, obviously you have a feel for nature and express this in the subjects that you choose. Love the first canion shot, the deadhorse view. Peter

  13. January 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    The bridge over the waterfall is my favorite, gorgeous! Where was it taken?

    I think the watermark is just fine, and quite unobtrusive. Buy the photo if you don’t want one. :-)

  14. 14) Wilson
    January 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Awesome pictures! I particularly like the Rainbow and Mono Lake!

    The sunflower in the “Rainbow” is such a nice touch.

  15. January 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    mr. mansurov,

    Best of 2011 – Landscapes -ASTONISHING!!!

    would you mind indicate the settings of each photos? f? ISO? W/B? etc etc

    much respect here in abu dhabi uae!
    jsprmctngy AKA mack

  16. 16) J.T.
    January 18, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I took some pictures a few years ago at mono lake also and they did not come out as good as the one posted here. I even tried HDR and still the one here is 100x better. I guess I’ll have to go back in a few months and try it again.

    I’ve learned so much from all your postings!


  17. 17) IliasTrou
    January 27, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Beautiful pictures

    My personal favourite is glacier mountains . But overall , amazing pictures .
    The tension between the mountain and the clouds is astonishing !

    • 17.1) IliasTrou
      January 27, 2012 at 6:36 am

      And sunset rainbow . This picture makes me such a good calming mood .

  18. 18) Ryan
    February 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Love the Mt. Rainier NP waterfall / bridge shot!

  19. 19) DavidL
    March 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm


    I have Downloaded some of your pictures to view in aperture to look at your exif data to get some ideas and tips to go out and try on my camera to try to see what works and what doesn’t.

    Although it has what lens you’ve used, shutter speed, ISO aperture etc It doesn’t tell us how you set your picture control. Have you used standard, neutral, or vivid? Do you set your camera to auto contrast? Do you adjust the saturation? Where do you set your WB?

    Are you able to tell you readers this or would you rather need this private, as it is your intellectual property.

    By the way I Have a D7000. Unfortunately I bought the 18-105 Kit lens, but I have since bought the35mm f1.8 DX lens and use it for 99% of everything.

  20. 20) Anurag
    March 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Hi nazim ,
    I have noticed one thing that in all the pics you have shown ,most of them have the clouds very dramatic or very expressive is their any particular method of it or just the polarized lenses .plz let us know .
    Your fan

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