Best Photos of 2015 by Jim M. Goldstein

As is my ritual I’ve compiled my best photos of the year. Similar to last year much of my efforts have been focused on stoking my 5 year old son’s curiosity about nature.  It would be very easy to focus on my photography, but the reason I pursue outdoor photography is because of my deep appreciation for it. I’d like to pass that on to both my boys and with that in mind most of my outings this year were to share the experience exclusively with my son rather than my camera. That said unlike last year my best photos are not Instagram photos (jimgoldstein), but a mixture of DSLR and medium format film via a newly acquired Fuji GX617. Having taken a hiatus from film photography for over 10 years it’s been a great challenge to rexperience the joy and pain of it as I’ve begun sharing in a shot series Revising Film Photography.

To this years best photos in no particular order…

Early morning light falls on tufas at Mono Lake County Park/State Natural Reserve

Early morning light falls on tufas at Mono Lake County Park/State Natural Reserve

Sunset light with a partial Sun Pillar over the Minarets

Sunset light with a partial Sun Pillar over the Minarets

Brightly colored Aspen leaves rest on snow

Brightly colored Aspen leaves rest on snow

300+ foot Redwood trees reach to the sky as seen from the Founders Grove

300+ foot Redwood trees reach to the sky as seen from the Founders Grove

Brightly colored Aspen leaves cling to branches as Fall comes to an end in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Brightly colored Aspen leaves cling to branches as Fall comes to an end in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

A yellow Aspen leaf with water droplets rests on the snowy ground

A yellow Aspen leaf with water droplets rests on the snowy ground

Grant at 15 months of age.

Grant at 15 months of age.

Blake smiling under the Redwood Trees

Blake smiling under the Redwood Trees

5 year old celebrating a birthday in a colorful plastic ball pit

5 year old celebrating a birthday in a colorful plastic ball pit

1 year old boy makes a serious face in his high chair waiting for his birthday cake

1 year old boy makes a serious face in his high chair waiting for his birthday cake

An honorable mention…
My youngest son now has a matching photo to his older brother featured in my Best of 2011 photos.
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