Sunday, December 27, 2015

2015 Favorites

Here are my 10 favorite photos of 2015. (Click for a larger view.)

Mussels Missing the Sunset
At low tide the rock formations at this beach in Davenport, California offers some great foreground options.

I like photographing big, dramatic vistas and spend a lot of energy chasing them. But it's also very satisfying when I feel like I have successfully captured a more intimate scene -- like this minimalist shot of a sparkly, dewy field of grass.

Over the Pass
Speaking of dramatic vistas, it is hard to beat the scale of this view from the Wind River Range in Wyoming. This is a single shot taken with a wide angle lens, but I also created a six shot panorama that helps convey what it is like to stand in this incredible place. Note that the picture below was taken at the edge of the lake on the lower right the following morning, and the one after that was taken in the cirque in the upper left later that afternoon.

Morning Light at Lonesome Lake
As the sun rose behind me, the light crept down the face of Pingora Peak until it hit these trees along the shore of Lonesome Lake.

Cirque Lake
This gem of a lake sits at about 11,000' in the evocatively-named Cirque of the Towers.

Sunset colors explode across the sky over my favorite beach near Half Moon Bay, California. I used a longish exposure to try to make the streaks in the receding surf echo the feathery clouds.

Sand Painting II
The outgoing tide left these surprisingly regular patterns in the sand at Pescadero State Beach.

Merced Microcosm
This is the first of three shots that made my list of 10 favorites from an outstandingly fruitful (and thoroughly enjoyable) day in Yosemite. This is a closeup of the bank of the Merced river after a fresh snowfall and a cold night.

This is another view from essentially the same location as the photo above. I thought the snow-covered blades of grass in the foreground provided a nice contrast to all of the big geometry in the background.

I loved the way these backlit snowy trees caught the light. If you look closely you can see a couple of trails of sparkles from where the breeze knocked some of the snow off the branches.