Fave 5 from 2012 Part 4

Fave 5 part 4, a simple sunset
A simple sunset
With only two Thursdays left in 2012 it's time part four of my five favorite photos taken by me in 2012. These aren't the blog's most popular photos (which you can see on the right side), but are the photos that I enjoyed taking, working on, and looking at the most. The order picked is random, so today's shot is not the least-favorite or the most favorite shot of 2012.

Along with my photo picks of 2012 I thought I'd highlight five books that I really enjoyed. I mean to write more about the books I read, but am finding it hard to do. Two types of ratings I don't generally bother with looking at are for books and for music. They're so subjective that people can and do often times have opinions that very much differ from my views. So think of these not as reviews of the books, but more of why I liked them.

About the shot

Taken during what I'll call my "sunset phase" this shot reminded me sometimes keeping it simple is the best way. I get caught up in HDR brackets, seeing in black & white, or experimenting with infrared, that sometimes a shot doesn't need these extras to be pleasing. The silhouettes, the clouds, the reflection on the water all made this a memorable shot for me. When I first posted it I knew it'd make this list. I even made it the basis of a desktop that has been used for the rest of the year. 

About the book

Lost in Shangri-La
An amazing true story
I'm not sure if this was a recommendation from a friend who read it or just a book he had heard of, but I thought I'd give it a go. After all I have a history of reading a lot of World War II books lately, so what's one more? I often wonder what it would be like to discover a group of people stuck in time with no contact with the outside world. A plane crash gave survivors just such a chance. A story of survival and interaction with a people who had no idea what a plane was. Not your typical WWII book as there is no direct warfare mentioned just a story that comes out sounding a little like a sci-fi story.

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