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Best Photos of 2017 by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers

11 Jan

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Get ready to start 2018 off on the right foot with some creative inspiration. The results of my 11th annual Best of Photos project hopefully will provide just that by introducing you to photographers and their work from all over the world. Get ready to travel around the world in 100+ links.

For those who are new to my blog project, photographers taking part span the gamut of photo enthusiasts to professionals. The great thing about photography is that no matter what your skill level we all can relate equally in our love for the art of photography and visually exploring. With that in mind I encourage you to reach out to photographers whose work you enjoy to keep sharing & growing as an artist.  I am incredibly thankful that this tradition has been embraced and enjoy seeing how familiar faces have evolved their work & grown over the years.  I hope reviewing your best photos of the year and comparing them to years pasts keeps you inspired and aware of your progress as a photographer.

If you’d like to take part next year and be informed when submissions open for the “Best Photos of 2017? blog project add your name to my mail list. You won’t be spammed. I send out newsletters quite infrequently.

Thank to everyone who took part!  I invite you to visit each link below as I have and introduce yourself to many of the participating photographers.

Best Photos of 2017

  1. Jim M. Goldstein – Best Photos of 2017 by Jim M. Goldstein
  2. Randy Langstraat – My Ten Favorite Photos of 2017
  3. Michael Russell – My Top 10 Photos of 2017
  4. Phil Colla – Best Natural History Photos of 2017
  5. Greg Russell | Alpenglow Images – 2017 year in review
  6. Mike Matenkosky – My Favorite Photos from 2017
  7. Khürt Williams – 2017 Favourites
  8. Carl Donohue – Expeditions Alaska
  9. Kevin Ly – Kevin Ly | Best of 2017
  10. Martin Quinn – Quinn Images – Best of 2017
  11. Robin Mayoff – RHM Images Best of 2017
  12. Craig L. Howe – On the Move
  13. Johann A. Briffa – 2017: A Photographic Retrospective
  14. Harold Davis – Harold Davis—My Best of 2017
  15. Denise Goldberg – top photos :: 2017
  16. William Bean – Bill’s Blog
  17. Greg Clure – Best Images of 2017
  18. Rick Holliday – Best Images of 2017
  19. Peter Carroll – Peter Carroll – Favourites of 2017
  20. Mike Chowla – My 10 Best Photos of 2017
  21. Wendy M. Seagren – wendy seagrens best photography 2017
  22. QT Luong – 2017 in Review, Favorites, and Seasons Greetings
  23. Jenni Brehm – Changing Perspectives
  24. Rachel Cohen – Rachel Cohen Photography
  25. Brian Knott (FMKphoto) – 2017 year in review
  26. Shikha Shrivastava – My favorite photos of 2017
  27. Dave Wilson – Dave Wilson Photography – Best of 2017
  28. Larry Millican – Millican Photography
  29. Alexander S. Kunz – My Favorite Photos from 2017
  30. Mark Duffy – 500px
  31. Stefan Baeurle – Top 10 Favorites of 2017
  32. Adrian Klein – Favorite Photos of 2017
  33. Alan Majchrowicz – Photo Highlights 2017
  34. Russ Bishop – Russ Bishop Photography | 2017 – The Year in Pictures
  35. Todd Henson – Best Photos of 2017: My Favorites of the Year
  36. Peter Tellone – My 2017 Top Ten Best Images
  37. Aaron Hockley – thisGruntled – Best Photos of 2017
  38. Tony Wu – Favorite Photos of 2017
  39. T.M. Schultze – T.M. Schultze Website
  40. Andrew S. Gibson – My Favorite Photos From 2017
  41. John Pemberton – JPSquared – Images of 2017
  42. Scott Thompson – Scott Shots Photography’s Top 10 Tahoe photos of 2017
  43. ElDuro Tuco – ElDuro Tuco
  44. The DarkSlides – The DarkSlides
  45. Jon McCormack – From Ancient Cities to Endangered Animals – 2017 in Photographs
  46. Fred Mertz Photography – Fred Mertz Photography
  47. Richard Valenti – Richard Valenti Photography
  48. Jeff Hubbard – My Favorite Photos of 2017
  49. Andrew Scharlot – 2017 Best Pictures
  50. Deb Snelson – Favorite Photos of 2017
  51. Richard Wong – Favorite Photos From 2017 – Richard Wong
  52. Caleb Weston – Dubland
  53. Gary Crabbe / Enlightened Images – My Favorite Landscape Photos of 2017 – A Year-End Retrospective
  54. Tom Whelan – Nature Diary
  55. Robert Varley – Robert Varley
  56. Kyle Jones – Favorites from 2017
  57. Neil Creek – Neil Creek – Photographer
  58. tim fiddimore – North Devon 2017
  59. Richard Murphy Photography – Best of 2017
  60. Alan Dahl – Favorites of 2017
  61. Gabor Ruff – Natural History Photography – Highlights from 2017
  62. Kevin Ebi – Living Wilderness: Best of 2017
  63. Clint Losee – 10 Best Landscape and Scenic Photos of 2017
  64. Mark Hespenheide – Best of ’17
  65. Ilias Katsouras – Okrivadas
  66. David J Grenier – 2017 Top 12 Photographs
  67. J. J. RAIA – 2017 Jim Goldstein Project
  68. Rob Tilley – Best of 2017 – My Favorite Images of the Year
  69. Björn Göhringer – Top 14 From 2017
  70. Bernt-Inge Madsen – Bernt-Inge.com
  71. USKestrel Photography (Pete Miller) – My favorite images of 2017: A Different Perspective
  72. Milan Hutera – 2017 in Pictures
  73. Fred Murphy – Fred Murphy Photography
  74. Harry Hitzeman – My Top Photographs of 2017
  75. Andrew Thomas – Best of 2017 – Aerials
  76. Dean Foster – 2017: Year in Review
  77. Simon Ng – 2017 A Year of Water
  78. Michael Katz – Michael Katz Photography
  79. Drake Dyck – Top Ten (favourite) Images of 2017
  80. Jose Manuel Santos – The Magnificent Douro Valley
  81. Gary Buzel – Gary Buzel Studios
  82. Bryan William Jones – Top Photos of 2017
  83. Peter Knott – 2017 Favourites
  84. Kamala Venkatesh – Kamala Venkatesh
  85. Jason Frye – My Top 10 of 2017
  86. Jackson Frishman – Favorites of 2017
  87. Thomas Yackley – Top Ten Landscape and Nature Photos of 2017
  88. Mark Graf – 2017 – A Year of Despair and Dragons
  89. Kurt Lawson – 10ish Favorites of 2017
  90. Jorge Ramirez – Selection 2017
  91. William Neill – William Neill’s Light on the Landscape Photoblog
  92. Daniel Leu – Favorites – 2017
  93. Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston – Top 10 Favorite Images from 2017 ~ Journey of Light
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  95. Mike Christoferson – 2017 Has Come and Gone
  96. Carol Schiraldi – Best of 2017 – My Top Images
  97. Robin Black – My 10 best photos (or personal favorites, anyway) of 2017
  98. Bryn Tassell – Favourites of 2017
  99. Steve Luther – SkyVista Photography Best of 2017 Images
  100. George Stark – George Stark Images
  101. Josh Meier – Josh Meier Photography Best of 2017
  102. Werner Priller – My Favorite Images of 2017
  103. Peter Krogh – Best of 2017 Photographs by Peter Krogh
  104. Under Pressure Photography by Scott F McGee – Top 10 Photos of 2017
  105. Joseph Smith – 2017 Favorites – A Year’s Review
  106. Chuq Von Rospach – 2017 BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR
  107. Charlotte Gibb – Twelve Months – Twelve Photographs
  108. Holly Davison – Holly Davison Photography
  109. Colleen Miniuk-Sperry/CMS Photography – Favorite Photos From 2017
  110. Anne McKinnell – Top 10 Landscape Photos of 2017
  111. Jim Stamates – My Favs of 2017
  112. Neil Corman Photography – Ten Images from 2017
  113. Eric E Photo – Analog: 2017
  114. Phyllis Whitman Hunter – Phyllis Whitman Hunter Photography
  115. Catalin Marin – My favourite shots of 2017
  116. Catalin Marin – Corporate work – My favourite client shots of 2017
  117. Simon Ponder – Sponderpoints
  118. Greg A. Lato – latoga photography Favorite Photos of 2017
  119. Paul Rosenblum – Best Shots of 2017
  120. Patricia Davidson – My Top 10 Favorite Photos of 2017
  121. Tim Aston – Favorites from 2017
  122. Yosemite and Bay Area Photography by John Harrison – “My Best Nature
  123. Sue Shuey – Best Overall 2017
  124. Ron Niebrugge – My Photo Blog
  125. Michael Frye – My Top Photographs of 2017
  126. Jao van de Lagemaat – Jao van de Lagemaat’s Best images of 2017
  127. David Leland Hyde/Landscape Photography Blogger – Best Photographs of 2017
  128. Mike Cavaroc – Free Roaming Photography
  129. Patrick Endres – 2017 Favorites
  130. Alex Buisse – Best of 2017

Have a great 2018!

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Best Photos of 2017 by Jim M. Goldstein

31 Dec

I’m happy to report 2017 was a much better year than 2016 on many fronts. Family was healthy, we avoided experiencing the passing of family members, there was a fair amount of travel, a few great photos were taken and most importantly to me my boys continue to experience nature and ask for repeat camping trips.

In past years yearly recaps I’ve emphasized how much of my focus has shifted from taking nature photos to instilling a sense of wonder about and deep respect for nature in my two young sons. That continues to be the case.   I’ve never delved into it too deeply in past yearly recaps why my prioritization has shifted. In part it’s likely very obvious for some. That said I do want to call it out. I became a photographer because of my love for nature. If I hadn’t been so intrigued by nature I’d never have had a reason to pick up a camera. With the onset of social media and mobile phones with cameras I’m not sure that can be said of many young photographers today. More and more as I view photography online I wonder whether people are truly interested in their subjects (all styles of photography not just nature) or just trying to increase their follower stats because that’s the thing to do in this day and age. Perhaps my cynicism is getting the better of me after working at Borrowlenses where I dealt with photography talking heads & professional and aspiring professional photographers on a daily basis. An element of my becoming a jaded photographer I’m sure (kudos to my friend Richard Wong for writing that post). I’ll avoid going down the path of airing dirt for now as that’s a series of posts unto itself. Anyhow once my boys got old enough it was quite natural for me to want to go back to my roots enjoying nature over photography. I’d like my children to deeply respect and value our natural world. What would I be teaching them, about nature and in general, if I was always taking photos on our trips versus living the moment?

For that reason my yearly recap photos have and will continue to be split between family photos and everything else. While my boys are in their most formative years I’ll continue to put my emphasis behind experiencing nature versus artistically capturing it. The fact that my boys regularly tell me, often out of the blue, they want to go camping again means the world to me. I’m incredibly grateful one aspect of my professional outdoor photographer mind has not lost a beat and that is timing our trips for optimal conditions. This used to torment me as I’d leave my DSLR behind, but the more my boys reminisce and ask for more nature experiences the more I know I’ve made the right call.

Now that that’s out of the way… my favorite photos, in no particular order are below. Enjoy and thanks for taking the time to view this post and my blog in general.  If you happen to have a recap of your best photos of 2017 I invite you to submit it to my blog project, where I list the best photos of photographers who read my blog. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to get inspired at the beginning of the new year.

Best of  Landscape & Nature

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I took my boys to witness the total solar eclipse in August of 2017. We went off road to an isolated mountaintop with 360 degree views in eastern Oregon. My focus for the eclipse itself was on the experience with my boys, but we did star gaze a lot at night before the big day. In trying to explain how the earth moves I set up a quick star trail sequence to show the boys. This was the result.

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Water levels were near record levels this spring in Yosemite Valley. I made what has become a regular hike to Upper Yosemite Falls to take time-lapses of moonbows with my friend, Brian Hawkins. Like me, he seems to have enough screws loose to think this night hike is a good idea along with huddling in ice cold mist to capture this view.

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At the beginning of the year I timed a trip to Yosemite Valley to capture some long overdue winter star trail photos. This was a single 2+ hour exposure taken with my Canon 5D Mark II. Pictured is Three Brothers with star trails reflected in the Merced River.

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Another single 2+ hour exposure taken with my Canon 5D Mark II. Pictured is Upper Yosemite Falls as seen from the valley floor.

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For most of my family trips this year I’ve rented an SUV outfitted with a rooftop tent via PacificOverlander. I took this photo on the first night of one of my trips with the boys as we explored the Owens Valley. While they slept I snuck in this photo of our truck/tent under the Milky Way. If you’re unfamiliar with PacificOverlander it’s well worth investigating. I’ve had several amazing experiences and my boys keep asking me why I keep giving the truck back. They regularly have so much fun on these trips it would seem they’re sold on having a truck/rig like this of their very own.

 

Best of Family

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Taken on our trip to see the total solar eclipse, the boys enjoy hanging out in the tent atop our PacificOverlander SUV. This photo sits atop both my home and work desk. It’s probably my favorite photo of the year as it captures the raw joy my boys have on our camping excursions.

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I spoiled my kids with ice cream atop the Glacier Point lookout in Yosemite National Park. A moment I enjoy remembering through this quick snapshot.

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Wrangling family for a group photos is… a challenge. This is especially true when the boys enjoy making faces and test the patience of my wife. Every so often though a photo comes out just right. This was one that I took while we enjoyed a sunny day at a beach near Half Moon Bay.

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Not a technically great photo, but the fact it captures the raw excitement of my youngest son exploring new places makes it one of my favorite of the year. The had a fun time rock hopping at Olmsted Point in Yosemite National Park.

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Trains… my boys love trains. Given the opportunity they’ll always jump on a train and lucky for them the commuter train, Caltrain, is very close to where we live. Bright eyed and excited I couldn’t help but take this photo of my son as we started to roll.

 

Bonus Images / Honorable Mentions

I didn’t take this first image, but it’s impossible to exclude as it’s a great keepsake from a very fun trip. Below that you’ll see a short slideshow of images that might show a glimpse of the future. While I’m not actively taking serious photos in front of the boys they’ve none the less taken to photography on their own. If you’ve seen my past years “Best of” photos you’ll also see that my oldest son continues to enjoy being part of trick photos (forced perspective, rotated images, etc.). His best this year was “rock climbing” at Devils Postpile National Monument. Lastly my oldest also enjoyed getting drenched under a rainbow at Bridal Veil Fall in Yosemite this spring.
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Click to view slideshow.

If you’re curious to see how these compare to my “best of” images selections from years past I invite you to check them out: Best Photos of the Year by Jim M. Goldstein.

Wow! You made it this far. Thanks for taking the time to view all my photos. Keep tabs on my latest posts by subscribe to my blog or (ironically) follow me on social media. I’m not posting as frequently as I used to, but when I do it’s likely something you won’t want to miss. Also I do have a mail list if you’d like to subscribe (at my current rate I send out 1-2 email per year due to a hectic schedule).

 

 

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Blog Project: Your Best Photos From 2017

22 Dec

It’s that time of year again and if you’re a regular JMG-Galleries reader that means one thing…
it is time to kick off the 11th annual best photos of the year blog project. This is by far my most popular blog project with hundreds of photographers taking part last year (see Best Photos of 2016,  2015, 2014, 2013,  2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007).  It’s great to see the community of photographers that have developed around this blog project. As always I hope the exercise of picking your best photos helps improve your photography (10 Ways to Top Your Best 20xx Photographs).

So without any further delay here is how you take part to submit your best photos of 2016.

How to Participate (Read Carefully)

  1. Review & select your best photos from 2017.
    Note: Photo edit carefully narrowing down your results to your best 10 or 5 photos. Reference Pro Tips: Photo Editing with Gary Crabbe for pointers.
  2. Create a blog post on your website or a Flickr/500px set containing your best photos from 2017.
  3. Complete the form below by Tuesday JANUARY 2rd at 11:59PM PST to take part. The following Tuesday, or thereabout, I’ll post a link to all submitted sites and photos on my blog. Throughout the week I’ll also share the results across all my social media accounts.

Spread the Word!
Feel free to spread the word of this project on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, photo forums you frequent and/or your blogs. All who are interested in taking part are invited.


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Ten Times a Backup Power Bank Will Really Save the Day

16 Oct

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I Spy With My Little Eye: Macro Photo Gold

13 Oct

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31 Day Giveaway Spooktacular

02 Oct

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Pumpkin Photo Stand DIY

29 Sep

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Lizard Strikes a Pose for a Perfect Contrast

27 Sep

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Make a Macro Lens with Just a Drop of Water

27 Sep

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No Edits Needed for a Picture Perfect Moment

27 Sep

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