Happy New Year! I hope you’ve recovered from your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Claudia and I are in surprisingly-cold Pasadena, California, visiting friends, and watching the Rose Parade a few blocks from our friends’ house.
Like champagne, Auld Land Syne, and the Rose Parade, it’s become a New Year’s tradition on this blog to pick out my best images from the past year, and once again I’m inviting you to help make these difficult choices. I’ve posted 40 of my best photographs from 2014 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 Saturday, January 3rd, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific time.
As always, I reserve the right to override the votes if one of my favorites gets panned. But I have yet to exercise this power — the last four years I went with the votes because my readers have excellent taste. 🙂
Thanks for your input — I appreciate your help!
— Michael Frye
1. Sunbeams and fog in a Sacramento Valley orchard, California
2. Sunset over marshes in the San Joaquin Valley, CA
3. Misty sunrise, Half Dome, Merced River, and clouds, Yosemite
4. Leaping sandhill crane, San Joaquin Valley, CA
5. Foggy sunrise, San Joaquin Valley, CA
6. White-fronted geese taking flight, San Joaquin Valley, CA
7. Ross’s geese and reflections, San Joaquin Valley, CA
8. Clouds and mist from Tunnel View, Yosemite
9. Oaks and redbuds in the fog, Mariposa County, Stanislaus NF, CA
10. Rainbow over Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View, Yosemite
11. El Capitan reflected in the Merced River, Yosemite
12. Reflections the Merced River rapids, Yosemite
13. Lunar eclipse sequence, April 14th and 15th, Trona Pinnacles, CA
14. Rainbow and sunbeams, Brasstown Veil, SC
15. Setting sun, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite
16. Alders and sunbeams, Redwood NP, CA
17. Sunbeams and corona in a redwood forest, northern California
18. Sunbeams at the mouth of Fern Canyon, Prairie Creek Redwoods SP, CA
19. Fog and waves at the mouth of the Klamath River, Redwood NP, CA
20. Sun setting over the Pacific Ocean, Samual H. Boardman SP, OR
21. Sunbeams and tufa towers, Mono Lake, CA
22. Rainbow and sunbeam over Mono Lake, CA
23. Sun rising through smoke from Tunnel View, Yosemite
24. Interior, Bodie SHP, CA
25. Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon rising at dawn, Mono Lake, CA
26. “Swayback” building at night, Bodie SHP, CA
27. Star trails over pinnacles, Trona Pinnacles National Natural Landmark, CA
28. Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy over sand dunes, Death Valley NP, CA
29. Meadow Fire burning in Little Yosemite Valley at night, with Half Dome on the left, Yosemite
30. Lightning over Bishop and the Owens Valley, CA
31. Late-afternoon sunlight in an aspen forest, Gunnison NF, CO
32. Aspen reflections, Uncompahgre NF, CO
33. Aspens in fog near Ridgway, CO
34. Half Dome and clouds reflected in the Merced River, autumn, Yosemite
35. Sun, mist, and oaks in El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite
36. El Capitan and the Merced River at night, with Vega (bright star) and the Lyra constellation, Yosemite
37. Half Dome, North Dome, and the Merced River at night, with illumination by car headlights, Yosemite
38. Moon setting on a misty night, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite
39. Moon rising above Yosemite Valley, Yosemite
40. Cloud formations, approaching storm, Mariposa, CA
Related Posts: 2013: My Top Ten Images; 2012: My Top Ten Images
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Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He is the author or principal photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite, Yosemite Meditations, Yosemite Meditations for Women, Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers, and Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters. He has also written three eBooks: Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom, Exposure for Outdoor Photography, and Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide. Michael has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and his images have been published in over thirty countries around the world. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, currently residing just outside the park in Mariposa, California.