My Best Images of 2019: the Nominees

Note: I’ve closed comments on this post because the voting deadline has passed. I’ll be posting the results soon!

Happy New Year!

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 44 of my best photographs from 2019 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 or twelve 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.


Merry Christmas!

Bridalveil Fall and El Capitan, sunrise, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Bridalveil Fall and El Capitan, sunrise, Yosemite

For Claudia and me, Christmas came a little early. We made another early-morning journey to Yosemite Valley today, and got to see and photograph a beautiful, misty, clearing storm. I feel so fortunate to have lived close to this amazing place for 35 years, and to see it in every mood and season.

Claudia and I hope your holiday season is filled with wonderful experiences with family and friends. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

— Michael Frye

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunlit dogwoods, autumn, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Sunlit dogwoods, autumn, Yosemite

Thanksgiving is a day for gratitude. While I think we should be grateful every day, it’s nice to take one day to be especially mindful of everything we have to be thankful for.

As I’m writing this I can look out my window and see five inches of fresh snow on the ground. After a dry, warm autumn, it feels as if the weather changed directly from summer to winter. This cold storm is going to cause problems for holiday travelers, but I’m thankful for the badly-needed rain and snow our state is receiving. Fire season is finally over, and further storms are on the way, bringing more beautiful moisture.


Interview with Matt Payne

Moon setting on a misty night, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Moon setting on a misty night, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite. I’ve photographed Yosemite Valley many times, but on this night several years ago I found something I had never seen before: moonbeams radiating through the mist in El Cap Meadow.

I had a great time talking with Matt Payne recently on his F-Stop, Collaborate, and Listen podcast. The episode was just released today, so you can listen to it on your favorite podcast platform, or directly on Matt’s website.

We talked about all kinds of things – my connection with Yosemite, early influences, the challenges and rewards of photographing the same place over and over again, obstacles to creativity, ways to create depth in landscape photography, and more. I hope you enjoy the podcast!


My Print Prices Are Going up Soon!

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

This is a friendly reminder that my print prices will be increasing on August 18th – just four days from now!

My matted, signed, limited-edition 16×20 prints will increase from $325 to $450. 20x24s will go from $475 up to $650, 24x30s from $750 to $975, and 30x40s from $1100 to $1350.


Over the Pass

Sun breaking through Mist, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Sun breaking through mist, Yosemite, July 2011

Tioga Pass will be opening fully tomorrow, July 1st – one of its latest opening dates ever. For the past week or so the pass has been open on a limited basis, from 10 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. each day, with no stopping or “recreating” allowed. But starting tomorrow it will be open 24 hours, with stopping and recreating – including photography! – permitted.