Best of 2011 – Landscapes (Part 2)

This is part 2 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. Summary of cameras used for the below images: Nikon 1 V1, D5100, D7000, D700, D3s and Sony A65.


Colorado Fall Colors

NIKON D7000 + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32mm, ISO 100, 1/320, f/8.0

1) Colorado Fall Colors 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper


NIKON 1 V1 + 1 NIKKOR VR PD-Zoom 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 10mm, ISO 100, 1/80, f/8.0

2) Canyonlands Sunset 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Fall Colors

NIKON D3S + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 28mm, ISO 400, 1/125, f/11.0

3) Fall Colors 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Fall Snow

NIKON D3S + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 42mm, ISO 200, 1/160, f/8.0

4) Fall Snow 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Fall Snow 2

NIKON D7000 + 40mm f/2.8 @ 40mm, ISO 100, 1/200, f/8.0

5) Fall Snow 2 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Grand Tetons Reflections

NIKON D7000 + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 28mm, ISO 100, 1/100, f/8.0

6) Grand Tetons Reflections 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Ying Yang

NIKON D3S + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 31mm, ISO 200, 16/10, f/16.0

7) Ying Yang 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Hot Pool

NIKON D7000 + 40mm f/2.8 @ 40mm, ISO 200, 1/640, f/11.0

8) Hot Pool 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Mountain Flowers

NIKON D5100 + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 28mm, ISO 100, 1/200, f/8.0

9) Mountain Flowers 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Petrified Dunes

SLT-A65V + DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA @ 50mm, ISO 100, 1/100, f/11.0

10) Petrified Dunes 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper


NIKON D5100 + 24mm f/1.4 @ 24mm, ISO 100, 1/125, f/8.0

11) Reflections 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Sunrise Colors

NIKON D3S + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 26mm, ISO 200, 13/10, f/8.0

12) Sunrise Colors 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper


NIKON D700 + 300mm f/4 @ 420mm, ISO 200, 1/125, f/6.3

13) Sunrise 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper


NIKON D3S + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 44mm, ISO 1600, 1/1, f/8.0

14) Waterfall 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

White Sands

SLT-A65V + DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA @ 20mm, ISO 100, 1/400, f/11.0

15) White Sands 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Hope you like these!


  1. 1) John Richardson
    January 27, 2012 at 3:22 am

    I just love Canyon Lands. Absolutely beautiful.

  2. 2) Mohd Rizal
    January 27, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Beautiful pictures, I wish I can be a profesional photographer some day.

    • January 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you Mohd! Work on your skills and I am sure with enough effort you can accomplish that goal!

  3. January 27, 2012 at 3:34 am

    All of them are mighty good, but the last one – White Sands – are drop dead gorgeus.

  4. 4) Suhaimi
    January 27, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Love ’em all!! You gotto teach us how to take landscape photos lol. Looking forward to your tutorial on that; just like you did on how to photograpgh birds ;)

    • January 27, 2012 at 3:57 am
      • 4.1.1) Suhaimi
        January 27, 2012 at 4:22 am

        I must’ve missed it, my bad lol. Thanks for that ;)

      • 4.1.2) Suhaimi
        January 27, 2012 at 4:29 am

        Yes I missed that 2010 post :\ only became Nasim’s follower towards the end of last year and still cannot manage to read all his posts and articles. Thanks for the link :)

      • January 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

        Thank you for your help Rune!

    • January 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you Suhaimi!

  5. 5) IliasTrou
    January 27, 2012 at 6:15 am


    Since you posted them , i suppose that you could allow me some comments that , i am perfectly aware , express my own personal taste .

    Colors and sharpness are a bit too perfect . Landscape is beautiful ( i envy you just for being there ) , technical aspects are very well taken care of … But i found them a bit boring . A different composition maybe would make the subjects more engaging .

    To be more specific with respect to certain photos of yours :

    Colorado Fall Colors : The shadow area in the foreground creates a harsh line that in my opinion does not give something to the overall composition . Main subjects are the yellow line pointing towards the top of the mountains in the background . The eye just don’t want to follow the shadow areas .

    Canyon lands sunset for some reason gives me the creeps .

    Fall Snow 1 is my personal favourite . Your composition has captured the awe imposed by the landscape . Depth of field illusion is beautifully created .

    Fall Snow 2 on the other hand , i have the feeling that the trees are dividing the pictures into two parts .I wouldn’t place them in the middle .

    Grand tetons reflections is too perfect . I would darken a bit the reflection .

    Green i like very much . I would name it ying yang . I like the movement dynamics of this picture . Green moving up following an arc and water going down . I like this picture .

    Hot pool : i am confused , beautiful colors and texture but … without feeling . I would try different composition . I have got a notion that the very strong almost horizontal line created by the sand makes it boring .

    Sunrise . I like the color combinations . Personally i would crop the sky a bit .

    Waterfall is too sharp , it looks fake .

    White sands . I love the texture of the snow . I like your composition . I would try different angles as well, maybe crop the sky and play with the flower and its shadow but … nice picture .

    These comments are posted with affection . And i perfectly understand that my comments reflect my own personal taste .

    My compliments to your site . It’s amazing . You have been very helpful to me .

    Couch – potato judge :)

    My personal favourites are Green and Fall Snow 1 .

    • January 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Now this is some awesome feedback, thank you so much Ilias! This is exactly what I am looking for from our readers and visitors – constructive, detailed criticism. I definitely need to work on composition skills, that’s probably my biggest weakness. I know how to take pictures, but I struggle quite a bit with framing and composition.

      Colorado Fall Colors: fully agree! It was meant to be a panoramic image (over 50 MP in size), showing the areas without shadows, but I could not crop it without cutting the clouds :(

      Canyonlands sunset: can you give some pointers on perhaps what I should have done? Is it composition that bothers you, colors or something else?

      Fall Snow 2: That was my intent to divide the picture like that. I wanted to create layers that are distinct and separate from each other. The sky, the snowy mountain peak and evergreen, the colorful aspens and the white ground. Do you think the composition would have been better if the trees were the last layer, meaning without the white ground? I believe I have a picture like that but for some reason I liked this one better…

      Grand Tetons: It is surprising that you think darkening the reflection would be better, because I actually brightened it up in Photoshop. It was much darker than the sky, so I thought that it looked a little unnatural.

      Green: Ying Yang is a great name, I renamed the picture!

      Hot Pool: Interesting view. I tried different compositions, but they were all asymmetrical and lost the essence (this hot pool was photographed in Yellowstone)

      Sunrise: I tried. If I crop the sky more, then it will become a panoramic image. Otherwise I will be either cutting the sun or the trees.

      Waterfall: Too sharp? That’s strange, because I applied the same level of sharpening to this image as I did to the rest.

      White Sands: I have many different compositions with this shot, but I picked this one because it was my favorite.

      What do you think about other pictures, specifically #12? The sky was pinkish in color, but I boosted it in Photoshop and I wonder if I overdid it or not :)

      Once again, thank you so much for your criticism, I truly appreciate it!!!

      • 5.1.1) IliasTrou
        January 28, 2012 at 4:52 am

        I am so glad you think this way . Now , i am a bigger fan of you .

        Canyonland sunset : There was a reason why i didn’t give you any clue about this picture . I didn’t know why this picture gave me the creeps . After staring at it for 5 minutes , i think i figured it out . At the lower left quarter of the image , it appears like a human figure crying out in agony .The small lakes there form his eyes , his mouth open wide and his nostrils .

        Fall Snow 2 : I wish i could provide you with a better way . I am not a good photographer myself . In this picture , i like the mountains and the clouds very much . Maybe i would cut this image into two or three pictures . I am not good in Photoshop , but i ll try to play a little and be more specific .

        Grand Tetons : i thought so . Well , from what i have heard and from my experience you have to break the symmetry , otherwise the outcome is boring , no matter how beautiful the scenery is . The reason for that from what i have heard is that human brain is very good in recognizing patterns . So a symmetrical picture is un-challenging . It’s like the brain thinks out loud : this is in place , this is in place , this is in place , good , NEXT picture ?! … . In your picture , there is a x axis symmetry , an y axis symmetry and the mountains are in the center . I ll place the mountains on the right one third . I would cover the rest two thirds with the trees on the left and i would cut the reflection in half so that the brain will make up the rest . I ll try to do it in photoshop . Forgive my impractical description .

        Hot pool : Exactly the same feeling , it’s so difficult to photograph it . Don’t know . One idea maybe is that the sand as solid has a greater visual weight and makes the picture a bit unbalanced on the foreground . But really can’t say .

        Waterfall : My thought was that , sharpness is a attention catcher , and in this picture it captures the attention in unimportant details of the picture . If everything in the picture is amazingly sharp , it’s like telling to the viewer that everything is important , which is not .

        White sands : Such an amazing picture . I like this picture but the reason i comment on it is that it is inspirational . Do this , do that , etc .

        In Sunset colors . I am not a big fan of overwhelming colors as you have probably guessed . Well , i guess it’s a matter of personal taste . Other people may be absolutely amazed by this picture . After all it’s a matter of taste .

        I have sent you an email with some interesting links about composition that i found really helpful and worked for me . The reason i don’t share them here is that i don’t want to appear as i advertise other photographers .

  6. 6) William
    January 27, 2012 at 6:18 am

    All of them are Superbe

  7. 7) Ravi R
    January 27, 2012 at 7:29 am

    White Sands ! Superb !

  8. 8) peter
    January 27, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Needless to say, but excellent landscape photos all.

    One very minor point of personal curiosity, why did you not remove/clone out the sunpots on the Canyonlands photo? It is an artificial effect caused by photo equipment, so why not remove them?

    • January 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you Peter! I intentionally left flare in that image, because I felt that it made it more interesting :)

  9. January 27, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Absolutely beautiful ^__^

    Thank you for not only giving us great instructional posts
    but beautiful works of your own artistic expression >__<

  10. 10) Jane
    January 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Beautiful shots Nasim.

    I’m not a pro and only an enthusiast, but I think there is value in taking and keeping photos even if there isn’t a magazine-cover-worthy composition to be had. The fact remains that you were in that beautiful spot and regardless of composition, the shot will allow you to remember how incredible nature was that day. If you had left these spots that you shared with us because there wasn’t anything there that could be composed perfectly, that would have been a shame.

    I really enjoy all of your work Nasim. Yes, some pictures are more interesting than others, but I would rather see them all and see what you saw on your travels vs. just seeing a couple of “the best” shots each year. Please continue to share!

    Just out of curiosity, do you sell your landscape photographs? I know that you and Lola do weddings, corporate events, etc. as part of your business, but is your landscape photography just for enjoyment or are you able to sell some of your images as well?

    Thank you again for sharing.

    • 10.1) IliasTrou
      January 28, 2012 at 5:55 am

      Totally agree with you Jane . I just tried to comment on things that interest me as well . I am a bit lost in terms of composition . I was trying to communicate in this blog rather than make a criticism .

  11. 11) Bryan
    January 27, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    WOW! stunning vistas, beautiful colours, what a way to commemorate 2011.

  12. 12) chingboi
    January 29, 2012 at 12:46 am

    >hi sir, i like your photos a lot…thank you for sharing your ideas on the web…it helped me a lot in my photos as well…im a beginner in photography…with limited resources (i got only 2 lenses) a kit 18-105mm and 50mm coz i only got limited budget…i once again thank you for sharing your knowledge in photography coz it fuels me a lot to keep on going and shoot…God Bless You!

  13. 13) Li
    January 29, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Hi, I just got a Canon 40D a month ago from my mom, it comes with a cheap kit lens. I don’t have any experience with camera and just now learning the basics. My questions might sound naive to all the fans here. I notice the waterfall picture has ISO 1600 and SS 1 second, how can it doesn’t have overexposure? I have only Picasa for photo editing so I have download and upload your pictures in order to see the infos, is there any way enable me to view the EXIF data faster? By the way, thanks a lot for the wonderful website, I have learned a lot from it, though I have to google to understand some teminologies sometimes.

  14. 14) Ridzuan Mohsin
    February 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    I really like your Sunrise Color photo, I am guessing you are using a Telephoto lens to take this photo. If you don’t mind sharing, what filter(s) do you use to produce this stunning image, I like the exposure on the Sun and the entire frame look balance. How do you take this photo?

  15. February 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    First of all your photos are amazing. The way you capture real places and make them look so surreal. I am designing a SVD for Saint Joseph’s Hospital. They are having an event in the Tetons and i would love to use your picture for the front of the card. With your permission of course. Please let me know if this is ok and keep up the great inspiring work!

  16. 16) Antonio
    June 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Absolutely amazing.

  17. 17) Anna
    October 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I like all of them , but last, snow is the favorite !

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