Badlands Landscape Photography

Best of 2015: A Year of Photography

Happy New Year!

It’s time again to look back, take stock, learn from mistakes, and look forward. I am so incredibly blessed that I have been able to make space in my life to seriously pursue photography again. Reflecting on 2015, I’ve made some progress in my craft, and going forward I am looking to take a deeper dive into making more thoughtful imagery.

This past year, I spent time in Borrego Springs (California), Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park, Moab (Utah), the Oregon Coast, Hawaii, the Northern California coast, and the Eastern Sierra. In all, I tripped the shutter over 11,000 times on my Canon 5D Mark II in 2015. Now I have a new camera, a robust Canon 5DSr, that boasts twice the pixel depth of my old camera. I look forward to becoming acquainted with it in the coming months.

Now, for my annual review of my favorite images of 2015.

“Badlands”, January 13, 2015, Anza Borrego State Park, California
“Bridalveil”, February 27, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Pinnacle”, February 28, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Revealed”, March 2, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Morning Dance”, March 1, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Revelations”, March 2, 2015, Yosemite National Park
"Winter's Last Kiss", April 8, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Winter’s Last Kiss”, April 8, 2015, Yosemite National Park
"Light Touch of the Morning Sun", April 8, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Light Touch of the Morning Sun”, April 8, 2015, Yosemite National Park
"Black Oaks and Snowy Mist", April 8, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Black Oaks and Snowy Mist”, April 8, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Desert Dreams”, April 30, 2015, Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab, Utah
“Portal”, April 27, 2015, Arches National Park, Utah
“Peek-A-Boo”, April 26, 2015, Zion National Park, Utah
"Elements of Life", July 12, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Elements of Life”, July 12, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Lazy Afternoon, Tuolumne River”, July 12, 2015, Yosemite National Park
Haystack Solitude
Haystack Solitude, September 2, 2015, Cannon Beach, Oregon
“Serenity”, September 3, 2015, Cannon Beach, Oregon
“Mono Pastel”, October 14, 2015
“A Fall Storm Clears”, October 19, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Sentinels”, October 15, 2015, Eastern Sierra Nevada, California
“Autumn Tango”, October 16, 2015, Eastern Sierra Nevada, California
“Rock Stars”, October 21, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Fall Whisper”, November 3, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Royal Arches Dawn”, October 22, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Recline”, November 6, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Ready for Winter”, November 7, 2015, Yosemite National Park
"Winter Wonderland", April 7, 2015, Yosemite National Park
“Winter Wonderland”, April 7, 2015, Yosemite National Park

Charlotte Gibb is a contemporary fine art photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in landscapes of the Western United States. Her images are often taken in familiar places for the well-versed landscape photographer, but she prides herself on her keen eye toward the subtle and sometimes overlooked beauty of the natural world. Growing up among the beautiful mountains of Northern California, she considers herself a student of life, learning about people, nature, music, and photography along the way. But always, her life-long passion for the wilderness shines through it all. Charlotte earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and has exhibited her work in several solo shows throughout California. Her darkroom, long gone now, has been replaced with digital darkroom tools, and her style has evolved from a somewhat journalistic approach, to one that pays tribute to the natural world. 


  • Susan

    Haystack Solitude, Portal, and Morning Dance are my favorites of 2015. All are exceedingly beautiful work, Char.

    • charlottegibb

      I’m so glad you like Morning Dance, Susan. Gary just doesn’t get that one, and it’s one of my favorites. I stubbornly don’t respond to popular opinion much anymore. I like what I like. That’s how it should be, right?

  • Beth Young

    “Winter’s Last Kiss” and “Pinnacles” are my absolute favorites. They are ALL exceptional photographs, Charlotte! Your reverence for your subject really shows through!

  • eyeguy99

    Haystack solitude is breath-taking; one of the nicest images of the subject that I’ve seen. Ready for winter and winter wonderland were also beautiful. Your work really demonstrates your sensitivity to lighting conditions and subject matter that reflects those beautiful atmospheric effects.

    Look forward to seeing more of your work!

    • charlottegibb

      I have a feeling that 2016 is going to be a great year! I have a new camera, it’s snowing in Yosemite, and I have a trip to Japan on the books. What else could a girl want? Thanks so much for visiting my work! You have a very nice way of expressing yourself.

    • charlottegibb

      Hi Sally! So far, it is a pretty happy new year indeed! Thanks for visiting my work. I hope you’ll visit again to see what I do in 2016. Japan is in my near future, for example!

  • Doris Pistole

    Absolutely Stunning Photos!! Winter Wonderland is my favorite. Love the colors and calmness in the all the photos. I would very much like to learn from you.

    • charlottegibb

      I’m very glad to hear that you feel calmness when experiencing my photography! Mission accomplished!

    • charlottegibb

      You too, Gary! Maybe I’ll catch up with you one of these days! You certainly are on the move!

  • russbishop

    This is a lovely collection, Charlotte. There is such a painterly quality to your work that really defines your style. Wishing you all the best in 2016!

    • charlottegibb

      Why, thank you very much, Russ! It gives me enormous pleasure when anyone notices the effort that I put into my work.

  • Sankar Salvady

    Very pretty, and calming pictures, Charlotte ! The pictures from Yosemite are distinctly different from the ones I am used to seeing ! Wish you a another rewarding year behind the lens !

    • charlottegibb

      Thank you, Sankar! If my work stands out from the crowd, then there is no higher praise! Wishing you a successful 2016 as well!

  • Pete

    I really can not, in good conscience, pick a favorite although I really like ‘Bridalveil Fall’ . Your images inspire me to get out and make more pictures.

    • charlottegibb

      Hi Pete, we all need inspiration from time to time. Glad I could provide it for you. Bridalveil is one of my favorites too. It just won a place in the 2016 Yosemite Renaissance exhibit and will hang in the museum in Yosemite Valley starting in late February.

  • Sarah Marino

    This is a wonderful selection of photographs, Charlotte. I love the mood you capture in your work. My two favorites: Pinnacles and the flowing black oaks. Cheers for a great 2016!

    • charlottegibb

      Thanks for taking a look, Sarah! Wishing you the best in 2016 as well! I look forward to seeing what it brings!