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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Top 10 of 2023


Congratulations to Ross Martin for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 17 votes - View Previous Winners


Iíve been reflecting back on photographs made this year, and the memories of those places and moments. In a world that feels increasingly stressful and crazy, Iím extremely grateful for time spent seeking beauty and inspiration in the landscape. Here is my personal top 10 from 2023. Iím looking forward to seeing what 2024 brings, and wishing each of you much joy in your own pursuit wherever in the world you may be.

Happy New Year everyone!






Fog added atmosphere to natural Catawba rhododendron gardens along the Appalachian Trail






Evening sun spotlights a section of late autumn mountainside in Great Smoky Mountains NP






I always love stacked layers of Blue Ridge mountains, and the black to white gradient in this composition was satisfying






Photographing in well-known spectacular locations is great, but there is something very meaningful for me to find a composition in humble Ohio close to my home. I loved the pumpkin color in this fall scene, and the strong graphics of dark tree trunks.






A long day of driving backroads in West Virginia led to the gift of this autumn scene just before sunset






Iíve been obsessed with composing tight shots of sections of waterfalls for years, and this one in North Carolina is my new favorite as it imparts to me a mystical and spiritual vibe






A single day in the Smokies this year was my most prouctive in 40+ years of shooting when misty clouds descended on the autumn forests and turned it into a foggy wonderland. This image sums up so much for me about what I love.






That same foggy day produced this wonderfully evocative scene in the higher elevations of GSMNP






I was taken by surprise when afternoon sun rays broke through the swirling mist for a few brief seconds






Particulates originating from the Canada summer wildfires provided nice conditions for the setting sun along the mountainous Tennessee-North Carolina border



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Dec 30, 2023 at 10:11 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Top 10 of 2023


Great collection of great images Ross! You had a good year! Steve


Dec 30, 2023 at 10:34 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Top 10 of 2023


ratherfish wrote:
Great collection of great images Ross! You had a good year! Steve


Thank you Steve, have a great new year!



Dec 30, 2023 at 11:14 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Top 10 of 2023


Beautiful work


Dec 30, 2023 at 12:54 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Top 10 of 2023


Wonderful image collection - very impressive work


Dec 30, 2023 at 05:16 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Top 10 of 2023


@newyork @junglialoh Appreciate the kind words, Happy New Year!

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Dec 30, 2023 at 05:22 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Top 10 of 2023


thanks for the effort and the sharing.

i really appreciate the layering and tonal quality in so many of your posted images.

thumbs up.

rob



Dec 31, 2023 at 12:17 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Top 10 of 2023


I really enjoyed this set. I understand the one post discussing the desire to find beauty close to home too.
Really nice!



Dec 31, 2023 at 01:47 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Top 10 of 2023


Well done, Ross. I'd be thrilled to have captured any of these but I especially like the "foggy wonderland". Hope your 2024 is even better.





Dec 31, 2023 at 04:32 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Top 10 of 2023


robfilms wrote:
thanks for the effort and the sharing.

i really appreciate the layering and tonal quality in so many of your posted images.

thumbs up.

rob


Thanks for telling me this Rob! Layering and depth in the landscape is something Iím strongly drawn to.

Happy New Year!



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rxgolf wrote:
I really enjoyed this set. I understand the one post discussing the desire to find beauty close to home too.
Really nice!


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psharvic wrote:
Well done, Ross. I'd be thrilled to have captured any of these but I especially like the "foggy wonderland". Hope your 2024 is even better.



Thank you both for the kind words! Hope your 2024 is excellent.



Jan 01, 2024 at 12:38 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Top 10 of 2023


All are very good, but I really love 1 and 7 with the subdued colours.


Jan 01, 2024 at 12:45 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Top 10 of 2023


I appreciate your feedback Harry! Hope you have a great New Year! If I remember right youíll be in sunny Mexico soon?


Jan 01, 2024 at 12:57 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Top 10 of 2023


Ross: This is a rich haul. I remember many of them from your posts. Well played!


Jan 02, 2024 at 10:46 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Top 10 of 2023


Rajan Parrikar wrote:
Ross: This is a rich haul. I remember many of them from your posts. Well played!


Thank you Rajan. 6 of these are posted in this forum section for the first time. The process of going through a yearís images and putting together my personal best/favorites was helpful to stoke the fires of gratitude, and I hoped others might enjoy seeing some of the scenes I feel blessed to have experienced.






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Jan 02, 2024 at 11:47 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Top 10 of 2023


Beautiful set Ross. #7 tickles my eyes, very nice. Happy New Year.


Jan 02, 2024 at 08:47 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Top 10 of 2023


You had a great year Ross. Love the introspection in your work and look forward to seeing more in '24


Jan 02, 2024 at 10:31 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Top 10 of 2023


DaleBerlin wrote:
Beautiful set Ross. #7 tickles my eyes, very nice. Happy New Year.


Thank you Dale, Happy 2024!



Jan 03, 2024 at 07:06 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Top 10 of 2023


dakel wrote:
You had a great year Ross. Love the introspection in your work and look forward to seeing more in '24


Really appreciate your positive words, Derrick!

Happy New Year



Jan 03, 2024 at 04:10 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Top 10 of 2023


Beautiful, lovely!


Jan 04, 2024 at 01:25 AM
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