Posted on 30 December 2011
It is always very difficult to select a set of my annual “favorite” photographs. I inevitably find that I have left out photographs that others like a great deal, and I know that I include some that I like but which may not appeal as much to others. And I always want to include more! :-)
With that in mind, here is a group of slightly more than twenty favorite photographs that I made in 2011. Criteria for inclusion, loosely and subjectively applied, included: a desire to include a wide range of my work, what others told me they liked, photographs that have positive personal associations for me, and element of randomness.
There is a story behind every photograph that I make. (As anyone who has talked to me about one of my photographs probably knows – I can go on… and on… and on… about any of them!) If you want to know more about any of the photographs, you can click on them to go to the original posts here at the blog. And I’d love to hear your reactions to the set, along with any questions you have – there is a place for comments at the bottom of the page.
I hope you enjoy my 2011 Favorites!
(There is also a gallery version of 2011 Favorites – which may be better for low bandwidth connections.)
Yellow Buildings, Shadows, Moving Clouds - Night photograph of two large yellow buildings, shadows, and streaks for clouds moving across the sky above the Mare Island Naval Ship Yard, California.
Central Valley Sky, Winter - Thin winter clouds drift about farmland, Central Valley, California.
Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Morning Haze - Black and white photograph of Golden Gate Bridge north tower, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and the East Bay Hills in morning haze.
Zabriskie Point Gully, Morning Light - Morning sun back-lights the dense pattern of folds in a small gully at Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, California.
Mesquite Dunes and Cottonwood Mountains - Soft and hazy late-afternoon light on Mesquite Dunes and lower Cottonwood Mountains, Death Valley National Park.
Dogwood Bloom and Leaves - An early dogwood blossom and leaves in Yosemite Valley, California.
Sandhill Cranes in Flight, Evening - Five sandhill cranes take flight above the Merced National Wildlife Area in evening light.
Four Tule Elk, Point Reyes - Four tule elk in the meadows at Point Reyes National Seashore.
Boulders, Cascade Creek - Granite boulders deflect the turbulent flow of Cascade Creek as it descends to the Merced River, Yosemite National Park.
Trees in Silhouette, Olmsted Point, Sunset - Trees at Olmsted Point are silhouetted agains a brillianlty colorful spring sunset sky, Yosemite National Park.
Trees and Granite, Morning - Morning light shines on the trees clinging to massive granite domes in the high country of Yosemite National Park.
Lamp Post, Brooklyn Bridge - A Brooklyn Bridge lamp post stands against a backdrop of several iconic lower Manhattan structures, New York City
Reflections, Metal Wall, WTC Site - A metal wall near the World Trade Center site reflects the colors of surrounding buildings and passers-by.
Small Trees and Plants, Granite Slabs - Small trees and plants grow in a thin crack among stained granite slabs, Yosemite National Park.
Broken Branches - The broken branches of a fallen tree on the ground in the back-country of Yosemite National Park.
Sunset, Lower McCabe Lake, Shepherds Crest, and Virginia Canyon - Afternoon storm clouds clear from the sunset sky above Lower McCabe Lake, Shepherds Crest, and Virginia Canyon, Yosemite National Park.
Dissipating Storm Clouds, Sunset - Sunset light on dissipating thunderstom clouds above granite slabs, Yosemite National Park
Fallen Aspen Branch, Snow - A small aspen tree branch blown down by an early fall storm rests on snow, North Lake, California.
Aspen Thicket, Bishop Creek - Bright yellow autumn leaves festoon a dense aspen thicket along Bishop Creek near South Lake, California.
Sierra Wave Clouds Above Owens Valley, Dawn - Sierra wave clouds building at dawn are reflected in the waters of an Owens Valley lake.
Rocky Creek Bridge, Sunset - Sunset light illuminates the Rocky Creek Bridge, winter surf, a natural arch, and a rugged section of the Big Sur coastline.
Golden Gate Bridge and Lunar Eclipse - The moon, in full lunar eclipse, passes behind the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Sunset Avalanche, Half Dome - An avalanche breaks loose from the edge of Half Dome as sunset light falls over Yosemite Valley.
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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