2010 Favorites

Posted on 30 December 2010

(Update 1/13/11: I have also posted a video version of the 2010 Favorites for those who might prefer to sit back and watch rather than scroll down the page. Hint: the image quality is better here.)

Since it is the evening of December 30… I guess it is time to finalize my page of 2010 Favorites, a selection of some of my favorite photographs from the past year.

I produce such a page each year as part of my year-end process of reviewing all of my raw files from the year – a huge task but one that always turns up a few photographs that somehow escaped my notice at the time I made them. It is also an opportunity to reflect on all of the places I’ve visited and the subjects I’ve photographed and people I’ve met. (For those of you with way too much time on your hands, you can also see my favorites from 2009 and 2008.)

As enjoyable as the retrospection is, actually selecting a manageable number of “favorites” turns out to be a very difficult task. After a first pass that I thought was fairly brutal… I found myself with nearly 60 favorites! In order to narrow them down at least a bit – but only a bit, as it turns out – I tried something new this year. About a week ago I put together a draft of the list and invited readers to tell me what they thought of the photos. Lots of folks chimed in, and I’m very grateful for your kind words and for your hard work! (In the end, I still probably posted too many. Ah, well!)

With that in mind, I have listed this year’s favorites in an order based on reader feedback. In order to make things a bit more organized I have divided the collection into two sub-groups, one for landscape and nature photographs and one for what I call human world photographs. Every photograph has a story, and regular readers know that I post a story with every photograph. I haven’t included that text here, but if you copy titles and use the search box you can go straight to any photograph about which you want more information.

Enjoy!

Morning Squall, South Tufa

Morning Squall, South Tufa

Sunset Virga Above Mount Dana, Tuolumne Meadows

Sunset Virga Above Mount Dana, Tuolumne Meadows

The Manifold, Star Trails - Zabriskie Point

The Manifold, Star Trails - Zabriskie Point

Abandoned Buildings, Eastern Sierra

Abandoned Buildings, Eastern Sierra

Ferns and Rocks, Artist Point

Ferns and Rocks, Artist Point

Evening Clouds Reflected in Melt-Water Pools

Evening Clouds Reflected in Melt-Water Pools

Fog and Trees, Yosemite Valley

Fog and Trees, Yosemite Valley

Aspen Grove, Bishop Canyon

Aspen Grove, Bishop Canyon

Aspen Color, North Lake

Aspen Color, North Lake

Big Sur Coastline at the Rocky Creek Bridge

Big Sur Coastline at the Rocky Creek Bridge

First Light, Tioga Meadows

First Light, Tioga Meadows

Edge of Gower Wash, Zabriskie Point

Edge of Gower Wash, Zabriskie Point

Fall Aspen Leaves, Sierra Nevada

Fall Aspen Leaves, Sierra Nevada

Abandoned Pier, Davenport

Abandoned Pier, Davenport

Shoreline Reflections, Tenaya Lake

Shoreline Reflections, Tenaya Lake

Winter Ferns and Log

Winter Ferns and Log

Dawn, Alkali Lake, Eastern Sierra Near Convict Lake

Dawn, Alkali Lake, Eastern Sierra Near Convict Lake

Last Light on Trees, Upper Young Lake

Last Light on Trees, Upper Young Lake

Pelican Trio

Pelican Trio

Photographer, Sabrina Basin

Photographer, Sabrina Basin

Shoreline Trees and Boulder, Morning

Shoreline Trees and Boulder, Morning

Sunrise Rainbow and Virga Above the Buttermilks

Sunrise Rainbow and Virga Above the Buttermilks

Yankee Point and Cypress, Carmel Highlands, Dusk

Yankee Point and Cypress, Carmel Highlands, Dusk

Lodgepole Forest, First Light

Lodgepole Forest, First Light

Crouching Marmot

Crouching Marmot

Late Winter Ferns, Muir Woods (Black and White)

Late Winter Ferns, Muir Woods (Black and White)

Morning Fog on Hot Creek, Mount Morrison

Morning Fog on Hot Creek, Mount Morrison

Upper Yosemite Fall and Lost Arrow, Autumn Storm Clouds

Upper Yosemite Fall and Lost Arrow, Autumn Storm Clouds

Young Trees and Pond, Dana Meadows

Young Trees and Pond, Dana Meadows

Coit Tower, Fog

Coit Tower, Fog

Portal, Wall, and Cable

Portal, Wall, and Cable

Umbrellas, Getty Center Garden

Umbrellas, Getty Center Garden

P, With Umbrella, Getty Center

P, With Umbrella, Getty Center

Lance Armstrong, Stage One, 2010 Amgen Tour of California

Lance Armstrong, Stage One, 2010 Amgen Tour of California

Moonlit Stairway, Wall, and Window

Moonlit Stairway, Wall, and Window

Garage Doors, Virgil Street

Garage Doors, Virgil Street

Parking Lot Near High Line Park

Parking Lot Near High Line Park

G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.

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  • Really great stuff here, hard for me to pick a favorite. Love the Mono Lake shot, as well as the urban shots. Great eye. Can’t wait to see your 2011 shots!

  • Thanks, Chris. I hope to make the selections and post a week or so before New Years day.

    Dan

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