Upcoming Exhibit at The Ansel Adams Gallery

Sunset over Yosemite Valley with Cathedral Rocks, El Capitan, and Horsetail Fall, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Sunset over Yosemite Valley with Cathedral Rocks, El Capitan, and Horsetail Fall, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be having another exhibit at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite from February 25th to April 7th this year. Called “Elements,” this show will include a mixture of new work and some classic images. It’s been two years since my last exhibit at the Gallery, so it’s great to have another opportunity to display my work there. It’s always a privilege to show my photography in this unique and historic venue.

Also, I’m honored that one of my photographs, Half Dome and Oaks in Flooded Leidig Meadow, has been accepted into the annual Yosemite Renaissance juried exhibit. This year’s exhibit features work by many wonderful artists, including friends Penny Otwell, Charlotte Gibb, Michael Gordon, Kay Pitts, and Kerik Kouklis. And I want to give a special shout out to three of our workshop participants, Kathy Barnhart, Fran Mueller, and Tony Siciliano, who all have photographs included in the show. Congratulations to Kathy, Fran, and Tony!


The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite for Android!

The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite app

I’m happy to announce that The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite app is now available for Android!

The Android version has all the same features as the iOS app, including in-depth descriptions of 40 locations, the locations filter to help you quickly find the best photo spots for any month and time of day, detailed maps and directions, photography tips, and much more. And it’s all fully functional without an internet connection.

Click here to view the app in the Google Play Store.


My Top Photographs of 2017

The votes are all in and counted, and here are my top photographs of 2017!

We had a great response this year: 370 people looked through my initial selection of 35 images and voted for their favorites here on the blog, Facebook, Google+, and through email. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to look through these photographs and voice your opinions! I also really appreciate all the kind words expressed along with the votes. I wish I could respond to every comment and email, but please know that I’ve read them all and am very grateful for all your support. And also, many thanks to my wonderful assistant Claudia who tallied all those votes!


My Best Images of 2017: the Nominees

(I’ve closed comments on this post, since the voting deadline has passed. You can see the final selections here. Thanks to all of you who voted!)

Happy New Year!

Like champagne, Auld Land Syne, and the Tournament of Roses Parade, it’s become a New Year’s tradition on this blog to pick my best images from the past year, and once again I’m inviting you to help me make these difficult choices. I’ve posted 35 of my best photographs from 2017 below, in chronological order. After you look through these, please post a comment listing your ten favorites.

You don’t have to list your ten favorites in any order, or even name them – just numbers will do. (The numbers are in the captions underneath the photographs. Also, you can click on the images to see them larger.) Once the votes are in I’ll post the top ten on this blog, and submit the final group to Jim Goldstein’s blog project, where he’ll be showcasing the best images of the year from over 300 photographers. The voting deadline is this Tuesday, January 2nd, at midnight Pacific time.


Merry Christmas!

Clearing storm by moonlight from Tunnel View, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Clearing storm by moonlight from Tunnel View, Yosemite

This photograph was made on a magical winter night two years ago, as the moon rose over Yosemite Valley while a snowstorm was clearing. As I wrote back then, I was glad to be a landscape photographer, because what other pursuit involves deliberately seeking out our planet’s most beautiful events?

But the most special moments in our lives are usually the ones we spend with the people we love. I hope your Christmas is filled with beautiful moments in the company of family and friends. To all who celebrate it, Claudia and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

— Michael Frye

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ross's geese at sunrise, San Joaquin Valley, CA, USA

Ross’s geese at sunrise, San Joaquin Valley, CA, USA

The Thanksgiving holiday is always a good time to pause from our daily routines and think about all the things we have to be grateful for.

For me, first and foremost, I’m thankful for my family and friends. I’m happy that my son has flown the nest and is doing so well, and I’m especially fortunate to have been married to the same wonderful, beautiful woman for over 30 years.

And I’m extremely grateful for all the support I receive from you, my readers. Your comments and emails help make writing this blog fun, and keep me motivated and inspired. Thank you!

Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you all have a lot to be thankful for!

— Michael Frye