I really enjoy the nature Utah has to offer. This picture was taken during the summer up Big Cottonwood Canyon at the sky resort Brighton. The beautiful Lake Mary is a perfect example of Utah's outdoors because it is exemplifies the beauty of the world that is only a few minutes away from your front door. I usually go up the canyon during the winter to ski so it was a completely different view of the canyon seeing it without snow. Utah's elegance is available no matter what time of year.
My seasons photo is from my backyard. From the front of my house you can see the valley and the Salt Lake and everything down below, and in my backyard you can see the mountains and Mueller Park Canyon. I guess I could say this place is special to me because I see it everyday. In the winter the mountains are covered in snow, in the spring everything is green, and late in the summer and in the fall the leaves are all orange, yellow and red. I thought this would be a great choice for my seasons photos because you can see the change in seasons.
In my opinion this is the top photo of 2012 for many reasons. For one, the lighting in this photo is great, it is just the right amount to illuminate the photo, but not so much that it overpowers the setting and time of day. The best part about the lighting here is how it reflects off the snow and creates a glow. The backdrop of the sky and the stars does even more for the lighting, it is soft and not too distracting. The wisp of snow coming off the top of the mountain also draws the viewer's eyes and creates an interesting dynamic. I also like the contrast a lot in this photo.