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Dec 30

My Favorite Photos of 2015

Every year I go back through the images I’ve taken and pick a selection of images that are my favorites from that year.  It helps to go through and see how my photography has progressed and to put a sort of ‘mini portfolio’ of the year together.  I’ve been really happy with the shots I’ve gotten this year, and it was very hard to narrow down my favorites from the year.  My initial cull brought me to 66 images, but I then further narrowed it to just 25 shots to present here.  There’s a wide variety of gear used, as many things were taken while I was reviewing equipment, showing that it’s really not the gear that matters in getting the shot, it’s simply your vision and your ability to record that light in the best way possible. Please note that these may not be my ‘best’ photos of 2015, but rather these are my favorite photos I took this year.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the site this past year.  We’ll have lots of great things coming up in 2016!  Enjoy!  Click on an image to enlarge.

Forest Sunrise - Sony A7R II with Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 @ f/11

Forest Sunrise, Hocking Hills, OH – Sony A7R II with Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 @ f/11

Columbus Before Dawn - Olympus E-M5 Mark II with Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 @ f/8, High-Res Mode

Columbus Before Dawn – Olympus E-M5 Mark II with Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 @ f/5.6, High-Res Mode

One World Trade Center - Sony A7 II with Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 @ 16mm, f/8

One World Trade Center, New York, NY – Sony A7 II with Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 @ 16mm, f/13

Pacific Sunset - Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 @ 10mm, f/11

Pacific Sunset, San Diego, CA – Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 @ 21mm, f/11

Tiger Woods - Sony A7 II with Canon FD 50-300mm f/4.5L @ 300mm, f/4.5

Tiger Woods – Sony A7 II with Canon FD 50-300mm f/4.5L @ 300mm, f/4.5

Hayden Run Falls - Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 @

Hayden Run Falls, Dublin, OH – Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 @ f/11

Bug on a Black-Eyed Susan - Sony A7 II with Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/5.6

Bug on a Black-Eyed Susan – Sony A7 II with Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/8

Fire and Ice - Samsung NX1 with Samsung NX 16-50mm f/2-2.8 @ 16mm, f/16

Fire and Ice, Columbus, OH – Samsung NX1 with Samsung NX 16-50mm f/2-2.8 @ 16mm, f/14

Morning Blossoms - Sony A7 II with Canon FD 85mm f/1.8 @ f/4

Morning Blossoms – Sony A7 II with Canon FD 85mm f/1.8 @ f/4

Snow Beacon - Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 @

Snow Beacon, Columbus, OH – Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 @ 44mm, f/8

Bow Bridge Gondolier, Central Park, New York - Sony A7 II with Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 @ 16mm, f/11

Bow Bridge Gondolier, Central Park, New York – Sony A7 II with Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 @ 29mm, f/13

In the Sandbox - Fujifilm X-T10 with Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 @ f/2

In the Sandbox – Fujifilm X-T10 with Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 @ f/2

Pacific Rocks - Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF

Pacific Rocks, San Diego, CA – Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 @ 24mm, f/16

Devil's Bathtub - Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 @ 16mm, f/11

Devil’s Bathtub, Hocking Hills, OH – Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 @ 16mm, f/11

Manhattan - Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 @

Manhattan – Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 @ 18mm, f/11

Dragonfly - Sony A7 II with Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8

Dragonfly – Sony A7 II with Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8

Deer in the City - Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II with Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 @

Deer in the City, Columbus, OH – Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II with Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 @ f/2.5

Under I-80 - Sony A7 II with Sony FE 28mm f/2 @ f/11

Under I-80, Akron, OH – Sony A7 II with Sony FE 28mm f/2 @ f/9

Foggy Morning - Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 @ 10mm, f/8

Foggy Morning, Columbus, OH – Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 @ 10mm, f/5.6

City Sunrise - Sony A7R II with Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 @ f/8

City Sunrise, Columbus, OH – Sony A7R II with Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 @ f/5.6

Under the Falls - Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 @

Under the Falls, Hocking Hills, OH – Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 @ 29mm, f/14

Pier in the Morning - Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 @

Pier in the Morning, La Jolla, CA – Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 @ 24mm, f/16

Manhattan Skyline - Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 @

Manhattan Skyline – Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 @ 32mm, f/7.1

Grand Central Terminal Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 @

Grand Central Terminal – Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 @ 16mm, f/7.1

A Rose for the Remembered Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 @ 16mm,

A Rose for the Remembered – Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 @ 16mm, f/18

 

About the author

Jordan Steele

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Admiring Light; Photographer; Electrical Engineer and Dad

8 comments

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  1. Tim S

    Great shots, Jordan. Thanks for all your Fuji and mirrorless commentary too.

    Happy New Year!

    -Tim

  2. John

    The second photo is interesting. I wouldn’t have thought of using 8 seconds of exposure time to blur water and clouds in high-res mode.

    1. Jordan Steele

      Thanks. It did result in some artifacts in the water and sky, but a 1 pixel Gaussian blur over those areas fixed any artifacts, and didn’t impact the final image since those areas were already blurred by motion.

  3. RWP

    Hi Jordan, this is such a nice collection of images…

    Best wishes in the coming year,

    RWP

  4. Tony Psaltis

    Hi Jordan. I am glad I found your blogs. I am a long time Canon shooter that lately has been intrigued by the mirrorless options. Lately, I’ve been investing in Fuji X system trying to make my gear less heavy/bulky. I enjoyed reading many of your blogs and subscribed to your RSS feed. Truly great collection of images.

    Tony

  5. Mark W

    Jordan – great photos! …and shots that cover a wide spectrum of genres (portraiture, landscape, and street photography).

  6. JohnZ

    Wonderful pictures?best blog I ever followed~
    Thank you for all your reviews and photos, and wish you a happy new year.

  7. JohnZ

    Wonderful pictures! ?in chinese font “!” became”?”?best blog I ever followed~
    Thank you for all your reviews and photos, and wish you a happy new year.

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