Out of Yosemite Conference

Moon rising next to Half Dome, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Moon rising next to Half Dome, Yosemite

The Out of Yosemite conference was so much fun. Exhausting, but well worth it.

It was an honor to teach alongside John Sexton, Alan Ross, Charlie Cramer, Bill Neill, Charlotte Gibb, Franka Gabler, Alex Noriega, Colleen Miniuk, Matt Payne, Jack Curran, Jennifer King, Harold Davis, Tim Cooper, and Michael Shainblum. All these people are talented photographers and educators, but what made this group extra special to me was the nice mix of older and younger generations, plus the connection with Ansel Adams and Yosemite’s photographic history.


Interview with Ian Plant

Stars, Orion, and zodiacal light over an eroded gully, Death Valley NP, CA, USA

Stars, Orion, and zodiacal light over an eroded gully, Death Valley

I’ve had a full plate for the last month or so, with several workshops, followed by the Out of Yosemite conference. The conference was really fun, and I’ll have more to say about it soon. But first I wanted to let you know that Ian Plant just posted an interview with me on his YouTube channel. I thought Ian had some great questions. We discussed how I began my career as a wildlife photographer, my night photography, whether I have a personal style, and the balancing act between photographing the things you like while finding an audience for those images. And we talked about how I made some of my photographs, like the Death Valley image above. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview; here’s a link.


My Top Photographs of 2019

The votes are all in and counted, and here are my top photographs of 2019!

We had a great response this year: over 360 people looked through my initial selection of 44 images and voted for their favorites here on the blog, Facebook, Instagram, 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 so many people included with their 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 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.