Best Photographs Of 2014

December 18th, 2014 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

2014 The Year In Review

The Year 2014 was one of my most prolific since I started photographing 39 years ago when my father, American wilderness photographer Philip Hyde, gave me a Pentax K1000… Many people don’t realize that I have two of my own portfolios of images on Philip Hyde.com at the bottom of the dropdown menu after 26 portfolios of drum and flatbed scans of Dad’s classic color transparencies, as well as black and white prints, originally captured on medium and large format film. For a brief background on my travel and adventures in childhood and after read, “About David Leland Hyde.” A big thank you to Jim M. Goldstein for founding and again hosting this showcase every year since 2007. See details for participation and enjoyment, “Blog Project: Your Best Photos From 2014.”

The year 2014 also proved fruitful for me in words, both spoken and written. Besides working on longer projects and posting two feature length blog posts a month, I began writing for magazines again after a hiatus of more than a decade. My feature article, “The Art of Vision: Learn to Connect with the Landscape Like the Great Masters Ansel Adams, Minor White, Philip Hyde and Others,” appeared in the march print issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine and under “Locations” on the website. Many expert photographers and writers praised the article for its emphasis on craft and seeing rather than technical concerns and equipment. Read the conversation and insight by these industry leaders in my blog post announcing the feature story, “The Art of Vision: Outdoor Photographer Magazine Article By David Leland Hyde.” I also gave the Keynote Speech at the Escalante Canyons Art Festival in October, which drew the largest attendance of all keynote speeches in the 11-year history of the festival. I also gave or planned for 2015 a number of other smaller speeches at Colleges and Universities.

All “lucky 21” of my top photograph picks this year were single image capture, though I do blend images to capture highlight and shadow detail when necessary. However, this year I have used no blends so far, no HDR, only a few masks, did not move or remove objects, except for detailed retouching and otherwise optimized the photographs only with curves and a few other minor layer adjustments. This is essentially how the classic straight photographers printed in the darkroom, but in the digital workflow I make editing adjustments with much more precision than possible with any film process.

This year I kept 21,154 images as opposed to only 8,142 in 2013; 10,525 saved in 2012; 5,783 in 2011; 3,684 in 2010 and 8,877 in 2009 for a grand total of 60,178 since I went digital. Part of the increase is due to exposure bracketing for images that may need it. Totals are not easy to find before 2009, except in some years when I made no photographs. By comparison, my father in his 60 +/- years actively photographing full-time, made an estimated 50,000 large format film photographs, approximately 80,000 medium format images and another 20,000 tests or family snapshots with 35 mm film. While Dad would make at most 10-16 images a day in a subject rich area with the expenses and limitations of large format, I sometimes make as many as one or two hundred images on a big day. I am highly selective at times, but I also like to work the angles. I’m not usually shooting away hoping to get a few good pictures by sheer odds, an approach my father poked fun at, the majority of my photographs are potentially saleable. That is what I plan to focus on doing more of with my own work in the next several years. I already sell as many of my own prints as Dad’s, but his darkroom vintage gelatin silver prints, Cibachrome and dye transfer color prints blow my little ol’ chromogenic or digital prints away in dollar volume.

See many of the photographs below larger in Portfolio One and my Sierra Portfolio on philiphyde.com now. Later you will see that I am just beginning to build my own website. To see more David Leland Hyde photography, see the blog posts, “Best Photographs of 2013,” “My 12 ‘Greatest Hits’ Of 2012,” “Best Photos of 2011,” and “My Favorite Photos Of 2010.” To find out more about limited edition archival prints see the popular blog post, “David Leland Hyde Archival Prints Pre-Launch,” or for sizes and prices go to Portfolio One or Sierra Portfolio.

Please help me improve by sharing in comments which two or so you like best and two or so that you like least…

1. Sunrise Sierra Wave Cloud Over Lone Pine, Sierra East Side, California. I drove six hours to Lone Pine arriving at 2 a.m., but awakened energized only four hours later, looked out and saw the entire sky was blazing red with a huge Sierra Wave Cloud directly overhead. I immediately drove East toward Death Valley enough to include Mt. Whitney, the mountains and the Sierra Wave Cloud in one frame.

1. Sunrise Sierra Wave Cloud Over Lone Pine, Sierra East Side, California. I drove six hours to Lone Pine arriving at 2 a.m., but awakened energized only four hours later, looked out and saw the entire sky was blazing red with a huge Sierra Wave Cloud directly overhead. I immediately drove East toward Death Valley enough to include Mt. Whitney, the mountains and the Sierra Wave Cloud in one frame.

2. Clearing Sunset Near Vista Encontada, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. I exceeded the national park speed limit to get to this unnamed stop after photographing Point Imperial with the sun still above the horizon. I set up my camera and tripod as quickly as possible as the light was fading to dark fast. The howling strong wind required me to make a number of exposures before I got a sharp one.

2. Clearing Sunset Near Vista Encontada, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. I exceeded the national park speed limit to get to this unnamed stop after photographing Point Imperial with the sun still above the horizon. I set up my camera and tripod as quickly as possible as the light was fading to dark fast. The howling strong wind required me to make a number of exposures before I got a sharp one.

 

3. Secret Cove, Ponderosa Pines, Lake Tahoe, Tahoe National Forest, California. This place is hard to find and a significant hike, more than two miles, from the highway. The interesting rock arrangements and opportunity to capture near, middle and far away scenic elements, kept me photographing here nearly all day.

3. Secret Cove, Ponderosa Pines, Lake Tahoe, Tahoe National Forest, California. This place is hard to find and a significant hike, more than two miles, from the highway. The interesting rock arrangements and opportunity to capture near, middle and far away scenic elements, kept me photographing here nearly all day.

4. Sun Rays Through Cloud Layers, Pacific Ocean, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, California. My friend Ralf and his daughter Mia and I were photographing her cousins and brothers surfing, when the sun, clouds and sunlight began to put on this epic show. I was using shutter priority to keep the surfers sharp, but shifted into manual, low ISO, small aperture settings for a series of landscape photographs.

4. Sun Rays Through Cloud Layers, Pacific Ocean, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, California. A friend of mine and his daughter and I were photographing her cousins and brothers surfing, when the sun, clouds and sunlight began to put on this epic show, while it was also getting dark fast. I had been using shutter priority to keep the surfers sharp, but shifted into manual, lower ISO, smaller aperture settings for a series of landscape photographs. That’s when the daughter started asking me about what tripods do for photographs…

 

5. Twilight, Mist Patterns, Round Valley Lake, Greenville, California. This photograph I made near dark and lightened it some in Photoshop. Images made around the dusk hour often exhibit shades of translucent blue like this.

5. Twilight, Mist Patterns, Round Valley Lake, Greenville, California. This photograph I made near dark and lightened it some in Photoshop. Images made around the dusk hour often exhibit shades of translucent blue like this.

6. Clay Rainbow Near Old Pareah, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah. No trip to the wilderness Southwest is complete without getting stuck in the sand and mud. I had to get stuck and unstuck by myself many miles from pavement to earn this photograph. Besides that, making the image was straightforward with just a little saturation added for spice, though I actually de-saturated the red after curves contrast made it a bit overdone.

6. Clay Rainbow Near Old Pahreah, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah. No trip to the wilderness Southwest is complete without getting stuck in the sand and mud. I had to get stuck and unstuck by myself many miles from pavement to earn this photograph. Besides that, making the image was straightforward with just a little saturation added for spice, though I actually de-saturated the red after curves contrast made it a bit overdone.

7. Logs And Reflections, Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California. This photo was among many I found walking around Manzanita Lake during the evening sun angle when the lake surface appeared to catch fire and glow with the most intensity.

7. Logs And Reflections, Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California. This photo was among many I found walking around Manzanita Lake during the evening sun angle when the lake surface appeared to catch fire and glow with the most intensity.

8. Lower Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah. I wanted to get into Coyote Gulch, but did not want to backpack overnight. This slot canyon and two others near it, including the Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch, provided plenty of interesting sandstone canyon sculpture without fighting the crowds at Antelope Canyon or The Wave in Arizona.

8. Lower Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah. I wanted to get into Coyote Gulch, but did not want to backpack overnight. This slot canyon and two others near it, including the Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch, provided plenty of interesting sandstone canyon sculpture without fighting the crowds at Antelope Canyon or The Wave in Arizona.

9. Dawn Mist And Canoe On Millpond, Graeagle, California. Woke up in the dark to make this one. The mist accumulating on the surface of the Millpond peaked just as I began to see and decreased with the progression of daybreak. I made a few exposures when it was darker with more mist, but the mist patterns in this were more interesting, while less lightening and noise reduction is needed on this image.

9. Dawn Mist And Canoe On Millpond, Graeagle, California. Woke up in the dark to make this image. The mist accumulating on the surface of the Millpond peaked just as I began to see and decreased with the progression of daybreak. I made a few exposures when it was darker with more mist, but the mist patterns in this were more interesting, while less lightening is needed on this image.

10. Old Mission, San Juan Capistrano, California. I made this one, as I do many photographs, from the tripod platform Dad built on the roof of our family Ford 150 Econoline travel van. You cannot see over the mission wall from street level.

10. Old Mission, San Juan Capistrano, California. I made this one, as I do many photographs, from the tripod platform my father built on the roof of our family Ford 150 Econoline travel van. You cannot see over the mission wall from street level.

11. Bicyclists Rejoice, Murals, Balmy Alley, Mission District, San Francisco, California. I agree with Nina Simone that an artist’s responsibility is to reflect the times. I show the general mood and place where the murals are, without recording any of them specifically, but rather, transforming their combination into a telltale scene. I intend to draw attention to the neighborhood and encourage people to go see this incredible, often political art. I clicked one frame before the bicyclists came happily along and idealized the composition. Riding bicycles will become more and more a sign of the times in the future.

11. Bicyclists Rejoice, Murals, Balmy Alley, Mission District, San Francisco, California. I agree with Nina Simone that an artist’s responsibility is to reflect the times. I show the general mood and place where the murals are, without recording any of them specifically, but rather, transforming their combination into a telltale scene. I intend to draw attention to the neighborhood and encourage people to go see this incredible, often political art. I clicked one frame before the bicyclists came happily along and idealized the composition. Riding bicycles will become more and more a sign of the times in the future.

12. Farm Workers, Strawberry Fields Near Oceano and Guadalupe, California. I stumbled upon this field of workers and others picking strawberries and cabbages on the way to the Oceano Dunes, some sections of the dunes are called the Nipomo Dunes and Pismo Dunes in each respective town the dunes reach across. By seeking out the wildest part of the Oceano Dunes I also discovered several other subjects I had been thinking of photographing in the future. The vantage point of the top of my van came in handy again here.

12. Farm Workers, Strawberry Fields Near Oceano and Guadalupe, California. I stumbled upon this field of workers and others picking strawberries and cabbages on the way to the Oceano Dunes. Some sections of the dunes are called the Nipomo Dunes and Pismo Dunes in each respective town the dunes reach across. By seeking out the wildest part of the Oceano Dunes, I also discovered several other subjects I had been thinking of photographing for some time. The vantage point of the top of my van came in handy again here.

13. Broken Windows Detail, Abandoned School, Mare Island, California. I’m seeing abandoned buildings and homes all over the West, in cities and in rural areas. I made this image from the public roadway, as the condemned school was on property owned by a private corporation who bought it from the US Navy. The school was on part of the defunct Mare Island Naval Base.

13. Broken Windows Detail, Abandoned School, Mare Island, California. More signs of the times. Watch your step in ruined buildings. Watch out above too. I have been dive bombed by birds, charged at by ferrel cats and made to jump by mice and rats. I notice abandoned buildings and homes all over the West, in cities and in rural areas. I made this image from the public roadway, as the condemned school was on property owned by a private corporation who bought it from the US Navy. The school was on part of the defunct Mare Island Naval Base. To see the photograph large

http://www.philiphyde.com/#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=3&p=27&a=0&at=0

14. Freeway Curves, Vallejo, California. I like the curves and shapes found in many of the giant concrete bridges, ramps, columns, buttresses and beams of our interstate highway system. Photographing freeways is dangerous and sometimes tough on the lungs in rush hour. Often high contrast separates the shadowy under sides of roadways from bright surroundings, yet shadows add curves and other interest.

14. Freeway Curves, Vallejo, California. I like the curves and shapes found in many of the giant concrete bridges, ramps, columns, buttresses and beams of our interstate highway system. Photographing freeways is dangerous and sometimes tough on the lungs in rush hour. Often high contrast separates the shadowy under sides of roadways from bright surroundings, yet shadows add curves and other interest.

15. Oakland Harbor From Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco Bay, California. This side of Yerba Buena Island is a challenging place to make photographs as there is no place to park and the construction crews for the new Bay Bridge want to keep people away from the construction zone. However, I managed to squeeze out a few images of Oakland across the Bay receding into the mist.

15. Oakland Harbor From Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco Bay, California. This side of Yerba Buena Island is a challenging place to make photographs as there is no place to park and the construction crews for the new Bay Bridge want to keep people away from the construction zone. However, I managed to squeeze out a few images of Oakland across the Bay receding into the mist.

16. California Highway One From Above, Big Sur Coast, Pacific Ocean, Los Padres National Forest, California. The color version of this is beautiful with a sapphire blue ocean and gold illuminated plants on the cliffs, but I feel the black and white version somehow transports us to another time with the help of winding two-lane State Highway 1. Climbing several hundred feet above the highway also gives this a unique perspective. I had to watch out for Poison Oak, which is prolific in Big Sur. In the end I was not careful enough and drove home with the rash on my face, forearm, ankle and calf.

16. California Highway One From Above, Big Sur Coast, Pacific Ocean, Los Padres National Forest, California. The color version of this is beautiful with a sapphire blue ocean and gold illuminated plants on the cliffs, but I feel the black and white version somehow transports us to another time with the help of winding two-lane State Highway 1. Climbing several hundred feet above the highway also gives this a unique perspective. I had to watch out for Poison Oak, which is prolific in Big Sur. In the end I was not careful enough and drove home with the rash on my face, forearm, ankle and calf.

17. San Juan River Canyons From Muley Point Overlook, Utah. Muley Point was one of Dad’s favorite photo stops. The dirt road and remote location weeds out many travelers. However, the views are great of Monument Valley and into the San Juan River canyons, offering all kinds of photographic possibilities.

17. San Juan River Canyons From Muley Point Overlook, Utah. Muley Point was one of Dad’s favorite photo stops. The dirt road and remote location weeds out many travelers. However, the views are great of Monument Valley and into the San Juan River canyons, offering all kinds of photographic possibilities.

18. Leaning Alders Abstract, Indian Creek Near Taylorsville, California. I made a number of variations on this, a few closer in, some including the shore, a few horizontals. This version stands out the most. The color version of this same composition looks nearly identical to the black and white, except for the large floating stick in the lower right that is brown in the color image. The Alder tree trunks are dark gray either way, as well as the water being the same slate gray in either color or black and white.

18. Leaning Alders Abstract, Indian Creek Near Taylorsville, California. I made a number of variations on this, a few closer in, some including the shore, a few horizontals. This version stands out the most. The color version of this same composition looks nearly identical to the black and white, except for the large floating stick in the lower right that is brown in the color image. The Alder tree trunks are dark gray either way, as well as the water being the same slate gray in either color or black and white.

19. La Jolla Caves, La Jolla Shores, California. A friend of mine’s kids were doing flips off rocks into the ocean at a place called Deadman’s, to the side and above La Jolla Caves. I photographed boys doing flips and a couple flops. Photographed the cormorants on the cliffs as well as the beautiful and frightening cave entrances at cliff base.

19. La Jolla Caves, La Jolla Shores, California. A friend of mine’s kids were doing flips off rocks into the ocean at a place called Deadman’s, to the side and above La Jolla Caves. I photographed the boys doing flips and a couple flops. I photographed the cormorants on the cliffs as well as the beautiful and a bit spooky cave entrances at the cliff base.

20. Burney Falls, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, California. I have wanted to visit Burney Falls for a long time to see if I could photograph it significantly different than my father did. He photographed it in all seasons, but his most known image of the falls he made in winter with the foreground deciduous trees bare and few leaves on any other shrubs. I was happy to find that there are many viewing areas and many angles from which to photograph the waterfall, including from downstream, from front, side and from several different levels above the 129-foot drop.

20. Burney Falls, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, California. I have wanted to visit Burney Falls for a long time to see if I could photograph it in a different way from the many my father did. He photographed it in all seasons, but his most known image of the falls he made in winter with the foreground deciduous trees bare and few leaves on any other shrubs. I was happy to find that there are many viewing areas and many angles from which to photograph the waterfall, including from downstream, from front, side and from several different levels above the 129-foot drop.

21. Spring Showers, Table Mountain, Sierra Foothills Near Oroville, California. Many of my best images I drive right by and then turn around to go back and make the image. This photograph was located on a part of the highway with narrow shoulders and steep drop offs on either side of the road.  This meant the nearest place to park was a good half-mile down the road. I felt this one was worth hiking a mile, but I also had to watch for some time the sun going in and out of the clouds to pick the best moment when the trees would be lit, but also when they cast at least some shadow, which I feel adds interest.

21. Spring Showers, Table Mountain, Sierra Foothills Near Oroville, California. Many of my best images I drive right by and then turn around to go back and make the exposure. This photograph was located on a part of the highway with narrow shoulders and steep drop offs on either side of the road. The nearest place to park was more than half-mile down the road. I felt this one was worth hiking a mile round-trip, but I also had to watch for some time, the sun going in and out of the clouds to pick the best moment when the trees would be lit, but also when they cast at least some shadow, which may add interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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37 comments

  1. Rachel Cohen says:

    Looks like you had an awesome year David! Wonderful set of images! Best wishes as we head into the new year! 🙂

  2. Thank you. Same to you Rachel.

  3. A wonderful collection of images. Most excellent. I really love the alders, broken window, freeway curves, window in Fallon, Big Sur, Burney Falls, and the Tahoe shot are my faves. Keep up the great work. Wishing you the very best for Christmas and the New Year. Cheers! 🙂

  4. Appreciate your flattering enjoyment and feedback, Gary. Happy Holidays and best to you too.

  5. pj says:

    You’ve been working hard! I’ve been watching your ‘best of’ for a few years now — it’s getting stronger all the time. Your own vision is really starting to shine through. Good stuff my friend. All the best for the holidays…

  6. PJ, It is a confidence builder to me to have you say my work is getting stronger from year to year. All the best and only the best to you too my friend.

  7. Number 7 is my 5. No, number 16. No…..

    Looks like it was a good year.

  8. I appreciate your comment, Monte. Wish you well.

  9. Eric Fredine says:

    I enjoyed seeing the diverse range of subject matter you’ve photographed David.

    Sun Rays Through Cloud Layers really grabbed me. I’ve found that many of my favourite photographs have been opportunistic. You weren’t ‘looking for it’ but took full advantage when the opportunity presented itself.

    San Juan River Canyons also really struck me. It has a striking graphic simplicity combined with a grand, detailed view of a surreal landscape.

    Dawn Mist and Canoe on Millpond was intriguing to me because I enjoyed the somewhat unconventional but effective composition. There are a lot of elements placed around the edge of the frame with a relatively empty space occupying the middle. I think of compositions like this as ‘quirky’ – difficult to achieve but very rewarding.

    All the best,
    Eric

  10. Thanks Eric for your thoughtful input. I never would have thought of “Dawn, Mist and Canoe on Millpond” as quirky, but now that you say it, I can see why. You’ve instigated me to think more about the composition. In some of the other photographs I made that morning, there was more going on in the middle. More mist at one point and if I somehow I could sneak well enough, there might have been masses of geese, as there were in a few of my early images, but with daybreak they moved off across the pond and through the woods to other nearby water. My mind on some level perhaps sees more in the middle of that image than you do because of all the traffic I saw there that morning. I chose this image over the others, perhaps partly, on a subconscious level, because its emptiness created a tension that made the outer edge elements stronger. Also, the emptiness of the middle may both symbolically and literally trigger the central emotion of the image. The peace, the tranquility, come at least partly from the openness, space and potential freedom of the boat on the quiet water. That’s one way to go with it, anyway. Best wishes for the next year in photography.

  11. Mark says:

    I really enjoy this time of year looking at everyone’s picks. Can I presume this was a “Year of Lines” for you? 🙂 A noticed a lot of strong compositional lines throughout this set. The shapes in the Broken Window immediately brought cartoon characters to mind… maybe because it is Saturday morning.

    Congratulations on your year David, and hope you have another great one in 2015.

  12. Hi Mark, I saw cartoon characters too, but I’m not sure whether it was Saturday morning. Lines? What lines? Some of the lines I see at the time and use to make my composition better. Other lines I notice later and cross my fingers saying, “I hope people will think I know what I’m doing.” Thanks for the compliments. Hope your 2015 is also great.

  13. It has been a very good year for your imaging, David. This is a fine collection and choosing favorites is not easy. But “Logs and Reflections” along with “Leaning Alders” really grabbed my attention as unique observations and your framing is excellent. In “Logs and Reflections” I especially enjoyed the repetition of similar shapes seen in the upper right and lower left.

  14. Steve, I’m grateful for your observations. I am so pleased that you and other people like those two. They are the two most native to my own vision, most exemplary of one aspect of my approach to photography.

  15. A varied and interesting compilation. Hard to pick favorites. I think mine would be #5 Twilight, Mist Patterns; #13 Broken Windows Detail and #14 Freeway Curves.

  16. Alexander, Thanks for stopping in and letting me know which you like. You’re certainly in good company with “Twilight, Mist Patterns, Round Valley Lake” as more than one major player in the art world has liked that one, but even if they didn’t you seem to have good taste based on your own work. 😉 The broken windows, abandoned buildings and freeway photographs I make are my way of capturing the times in which we live.

  17. Richard Wong says:

    Love seeing your progression as an artist this year, David. Really great stuff all around. I’m especially jealous of the migrant workers shot as I saw a similar opportunity several years back but regretted not stopping for it.

  18. Your comment means a lot to me, Richard. I’m not sure, but I imagine there must be field workers within a few hours drive of you, or put Guadalupe on your list next time you visit the Central Coast. I would like to do more photography of them too. I met a lady while photographing the Bay Bridge on Treasure Island this year who said she was doing a Kickstarter project and had already made arrangements with the Library of Congress to archive her project on migrant workers. She was filming and writing and looking for a photographer. She had a hispanic accent of some kind and went on about how their story is important and nobody is covering it. I agreed with her enthusiastically, but was turned off by her driving a large Mercedes, evidently living an affluent lifestyle and using Kickstarter for her project. I thought Kickstarter was for people who don’t have money, access to grants or other resources of any kind to fund their creative and business projects. I told her I’ve invested hundreds of thousands of my own dollars in my photographic endeavors and that I would love to photograph for her, but I can’t afford speculative projects. Nonetheless, it was an interesting conversation and gave me a number of good ideas, one of which germinated in Guadalupe six months later. Other people since then have confirmed that migrant workers or farm workers of any kind are a hot topic these days.

  19. Richard Wong says:

    The field that I wanted to shoot was off of Highway 46 or something like that, heading toward the Central Coast. Sounds like an interesting project but agree that if you are driving around in a $60k car you probably don’t need Kickstarter unless it is to start a company. I don’t even own a Mercedes and have no need for Kickstarter to fund my photography.

  20. Ah, yes, perhaps it was California Highway 46 that goes from Cambria through Paso Robles to Bakersfield? I used to travel that road several times a year going to college at Cal Poly. I could see there would be farm workers on the part I don’t know much between Interstate 5 and Bakersfield. Maybe I’ll run a Kickstarter campaign called, “Since I spent a fortune on legal fees that should have been unnecessary, as well as large format film scanning and printing of Dad’s work, you all buy me the new cameras and other gear I think I need to be a good photographer.” Pretty long name. I wonder if anyone would fund that or one by this lady if she were honest: “I drive a Mercedes, jet set all over North America regularly, have connections with Hollywood and other top creatives and live in the high rent area of San Francisco, but please donate because I’m doing something good for migrant workers.”

  21. Russ Bishop says:

    Congratulations on such a successful year David! Your vision is clearly developing as this fine selection of images shows.

    Wishing you Happy Holidays and all the best in 2015.

    Cheers,
    Russ

  22. Thank you, Russ. I wish you all the best as well. Hope you have a prosperous 2015.

  23. Kevin Ebi says:

    Congratulations, David, on a great year! I like how you included the road in the Sierra Wave image. It really balances out that scene. The Sun Rays and Burney Falls are also favorites of mine. I’m also a huge fan of Bicyclists Rejoice.

    Kevin

  24. Hi Kevin, thank you for your praise of my photographs. For you and other fans, keep in mind that for much less than most people realize, you can start an investment quality fine art collection. Look into it. I act as a resource and coach all the time. Prints made in numbered limited editions often go up in value substantially as they approach edition limits.

  25. Phil Colla says:

    I enjoyed seeing your best-of collection, very interesting and appealing images there. #19 is my personal favorite as I had made the same jump off Deadman’s in the past when I was young, and now photograph the same birds there regularly. Best wishes for 2015!

  26. Hi Phil, I appreciate what you’re saying about Deadman’s. It’s a special place for anyone, but I imagine growing up around there would have been fantastic. La Jolla in general offers a lot of interest for kids. Tanner, one of the boys, said he heard either those caves or some others in La Jolla can be accessed through a tunnel from the business above. Feel free to chime in here or write me an email if you know anything about this or have ever been in any caves under the streets of La Jolla.

  27. Greg Russell says:

    Wonderful images, David. You definitely had a good year, with some great results. I especially like the one from Muley Point, but they’re all quite nice, and your use of symmetry and curves is really coming out here.

    I hope you’re doing well my friend, and I hope you have a great start to 2015!

    Greg

  28. Thanks, Greg. Good to hear from you. Good luck and happy travels photographically, personally and professionally in 2015.

  29. Hugh Sakols says:

    I like 5, 13, and 14. I look forward to this time of year to see how your work has developed – beautiful! This is a great exercise for all of us. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Hi Hugh, I appreciate hearing from you this time of year or any other, but I understand what you mean. We all grow through this blog project and enjoy seeing each other’s work and growth. Good luck this year with backpacking all summer in the remote areas of Yosemite National Park. I’m jealous as heck. Have fun.

  31. Sarah Marino says:

    Hi David – It looks like you had a productive 2014 and visited some interesting places. It is also interesting to read about how many photos other photographers take in a year, especially those of us using digital now compared to the more deliberative process that a large format camera would require. The sun rays and spring showers are my two favorite images from your collection. Cheers for a happy, healthy 2015.

  32. Hi Sarah, Thanks for your visit and observations. Funny, when your comment landed in my notations, I had just looked at your blog post of your Favorite Photographs of 2014. I am planning to comment, but was interrupted. I admire your eye and writing that I’ve seen around the interweb in a number of places besides your blog. Best to you in all ways for 2015.

  33. What a great year you’ve had, David, WOW! Thrilled to hear it was your most “prolific” to date. How will you ever top it? Oh, I have a feeling you will! 😀 Out of the bunch you shared, I enjoyed them all, but felt drawn to #4, 6 (close to my home!), 12, and 16. My favorite though? Lucky #13 of the window. I can’t stop thinking about how those shapes could have possibly formed. I love the mystery and story. Looking forward to what you come up with in 2015! Cheers to another great one!

  34. Hi Colleen, thank you for your feedback. I doubt I will top 2014 any year soon, as I need to spend a little less time making images and work on other aspects and projects for a while. This last year ended up being more photographically productive because I happened to be in a number of places that I have always wanted to photograph more. I’m glad you pointed out the story aspect of the broken windows. Now that you mention it, many other photographs I’ve made of run down buildings and decay tell a strong visual story. That’s part of why I made them, but I hadn’t thought of it in those terms. I hereby raise a glass to your health and happiness in 2015.

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