I took a slew of photographs in 2014 (around 700 on just my trip to Peru) and so many of them instantly became my favorites for various reasons. While having to choose just 10 to feature here is undoubtedly hard (in a first world problem kind of way), I decided to do so anyway. So without further ado, here are my 10 best photos from the last year (in no particular ranking order).
-Llama grazing at Machu Picchu
While the image doesn’t feature the iconic backdrop of Huayna Picchu (the famous mountain you see in just about every image of Machu Picchu), this one won me over all the same since it seemed so quintessentially “Peru.” I liked that this photo showed Machu Picchu in a slightly different way.
-Traditional Turkish tea at Istanbul Sofra restaurant
While I loved my meal at the relatively new Turkish restaurant, Istanbul Sofra, I was also thrilled with how my photos came out-the natural lighting was phenomenal. To me this glass of tea just looks so tempting and appealing-both to drink but also to entice you in wanting to book a plane ticket to Istanbul…tomorrow.
-Tombstone at Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery
What can I say except that I genuinely enjoy visiting historic cemeteries and Oakland Cemetery in the state of Georgia is just about as historic as you can get. Many of the tombstones there were absolutely gorgeous but I particularly liked how this photo came out since it looks like the top part of the tombstone is just “walking” through the magnolia trees.
-Late autumn at Cuyahoga Valley National Park
While nature photography is somewhat new to me, Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park provided ample opportunity for practice. I visited there late in the season but thankfully many of the trees were still in their beautiful autumn splendor.
-Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
It took me 29 years to visit the incredible Magic Gardens that are located in Philadelphia’s South Street neighborhood. If you think you know all there is to your city, think again because you’re probably mistaken as I was with this unique tourist attraction. You’re never too old to play the role of tourist in your city.
-Pillar of Hercules (Pennsylvania’s Laurel Caverns)
Caves are cool…word.
-Local Pittsburgh sunset
While I feel a tad bit lame for including this since it was not taken on my travels but rather from a bedroom window of my house, it was too gorgeous to not include it. Sadly, I haven’t seen anything as striking since then.
-Colombian style empanada and ceviche (Miami Culinary Tours)
Food photography is relatively easy when the subject you’re capturing (e.g. the food) is so delicious.
-Plaza de Armas (Cusco, Peru)
One of the reasons I love this photo as much as I do is that it perfectly symbolizes the history of Peru (well, in a rapid nutshell kind of way)-a statue of the Inca Emperor Pachacuti in the foreground, and in the background, Church of la Compañía de Jesus, a legacy of the Spanish conquistadors. So this photo depicts the “mixing” of countries, cultures, and civilizations.
-Art Deco district (Miami Beach, Florida)
While I wish the sky could have been bright blue in this picture instead of the pretty depressing looking gray that it is, I loved the fact that a vintage American car was parked right outside of this charming Art Deco building. And if you’re wondering what the things over the windows are, they’re called “eyelids.” Before there was that wonderful invention we know as air-conditioning, eyelids would help in keeping rooms (somewhat) cooler since they would help in blocking the sun.