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.
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.
Haystack Solitude, Portal, and Morning Dance are my favorites of 2015. All are exceedingly beautiful work, Char.
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?
“Winter’s Last Kiss” and “Pinnacles” are my absolute favorites. They are ALL exceptional photographs, Charlotte! Your reverence for your subject really shows through!
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!
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.
Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations and Happy New Year too!
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!
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.
I’m very glad to hear that you feel calmness when experiencing my photography! Mission accomplished!
Awesome works, Charlotte! Have a wonderful 2016!
You too, Gary! Maybe I’ll catch up with you one of these days! You certainly are on the move!
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!
Why, thank you very much, Russ! It gives me enormous pleasure when anyone notices the effort that I put into my work.
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 !
Thank you, Sankar! If my work stands out from the crowd, then there is no higher praise! Wishing you a successful 2016 as well!
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.
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.
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!
Thanks for taking a look, Sarah! Wishing you the best in 2016 as well! I look forward to seeing what it brings!