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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Jim Goldstein is a professional photographer and author, based out of San Francisco, California who specializes in outdoor and nature photography. Passionate about nature and the environment Jim infuses elements of the natural world into his commercial, editorial and fine art work. For more follow Jim on Google+ | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Subscribe
  • http://www.reefbeasties.com/ Suzy Walker-Toye

    Great set of images Jim, love the one of B in the balls :)

  • http://www.latogaphoto.com latoga

    Looks like a wonderful year Jim! The lesson being…don’t mess with you’re boys and their birthday cake. :-)

  • Tina Schell

    Love your goal of sharing nature with your sons Jim – all the best to you and yours for 2016. Glad to have found you!

  • Ron Niebrugge

    That is a great collection of images Jim! Exposing your boys to nature is an effort that should pay dividends for decades to come!

  • http://blog.patulrichphotography.com/ Pat Ulrich

    Beautiful work as always, Jim! And it’s so great to hear that you are making such an effort to connect your children with nature. It really should be an essential component of everyone’s childhood. All the best for 2016!

  • http://www.stephanebon.com/ Stephane Bon

    A nice selection, especially the landscape’s pictures.
    All the best for 2016.

  • http://www.davewilsonphotography.com Dave Wilson

    Fantastic collection again, Jim! That for curating the “best of” list again too – loads of great links there again this year.

  • Lon Overacker

    Great collection of images Jim. Of course, the family ones always have the best memories! Thanks again for putting this together. Happy 2016!

  • jimgoldstein

    Thanks Lon! It’s always my pleasure.
    BTW I really enjoyed your collection of images this year.

  • jimgoldstein

    Thanks Dave. Always fun to do. Thank you for taking part again.

  • jimgoldstein

    Thank you Stephane!

  • jimgoldstein

    Thanks Pat. It’s been a lot of fun to see the world through their eyes. My best to you in 2016!

  • jimgoldstein

    Thanks Ron. I hope so. Again thanks for taking part again this year. Your images are always an inspiration.

  • jimgoldstein

    Thank you Tina! Glad you found me too. Have a great 2016!

  • jimgoldstein

    Thanks! I really enjoyed your photos this year. Great to see how the kids are getting bigger.

  • jimgoldstein

    Thanks Suzy and thanks for taking part this year. I know how hard it is to get in the zone with a newborn/infant in the house. BTW she looks super cute.

  • Jim Campbell

    Great collection this year Jim, and a wonderful reminder to grumpy old guys like me who probably didn’t take ten frames with people in them all year, of what photography is primarily about for most of the population!

    Also, thank you for doing the “Best of…” round-up again this year. Much appreciated.

  • http://www.reefbeasties.com/ Suzy Walker-Toye

    Thanks :)

  • http://www.statbd.com statbd

    You are capturing some great photo. Thanks for sharing this image with us. Would you like to share with us 2016 photo.

  • Christian Lange

    Wonderful work! Thanks for sharing! -CL http://christianlange.com

  • http://www.colorclipping.com/ Aliza Keya

    I know very well. All of your collection so great.

  • https://www.offshoreclippingpath.com/ Abdullah Allamin

    Fantastic collection of nice images.