Three Seasons: Best Shots of 2015

Snow in Sedona
Snow in Sedona

I have a camping trip planned next week to the Colorado Rockies. I’m hoping to capture fall colors and crisp shots. In anticipation, I looked back over the year and pulled out my favorite shots of the year so far. Can you help me decide which is the best one?

Snow Clinging to a Prickly Pear Cactus
Snow Clinging to a Prickly Pear Cactus
293
Spring Sprigs
710
Flowering Century Plant
Red, White, and Blue
Red, White, and Blue
376
Arizona Lilac and Monarch
646
Devil’s Bridge, Sedona, Arizona
690
Amelia’s Summer Bubbles
864
The Mogollon Rim, Arizona
872
Red Cacti Blossoms on a Sunny Ledge
994
Bear Canyon Reflection
1135
Peony Poppies
1287
Beam Me Up
1328
Mushroom Cloud
1510
Butter-finger Bluff

70 Comments on “Three Seasons: Best Shots of 2015

  1. Omg.. I’ve been through 2 times now, I can’t decide , never being out west.. I have to go with the mnt shots first. , then I guess from those I gotta pick the RIM. . Have fun. Looking forward to seeing what u shoot. We r going to our Mnts this week end, to see the leaves:)

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  2. Oh wonderful! The leaves here in Canada have already fallen off the trees!! And the last camping trip was beginning of September – so jealous that it is still warm enough down there to go camping!!

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  3. A very good selection, Cindy, so it’s hard to choose. I don’t have mountains here in Norfolk, so they appeal of course. However, I have a thing about cactus plants, so your snowy prickles get my vote.
    Enjoy your trip, I am envious.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. Breathtaking collection. So many to choose from. I have to say ‘Beam Me Up’ is up there with my favorites though. That’s a great capture. Love all the ones from around Arizona, isn’t Sedona beautiful?

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    • John, I appreciate your thoughts. When the sun shone on the bluff, I could have easily reached out and grabbed a piece. (Butterfingers are my favorite candy bar.)

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  5. Ooooh, what a collection!! That Snow Clinging to a Prickly Pear Cactus one is most intriguing to me though, that is just super cool!

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  6. I will go along with my english friend Pete, and vote for the prickly pear cactus in the snow..But I’ll add that I have a personal dislike for vertical photographs. Otherwise, I may have chosen snow in sedonia. the detail on the lilac and monarch is spectacular, but the background was off. the composition on devil’s bridge is excellent.it reminds me of john ford, and i think of his lesson in horizons: “Horizons can be high or they can be low, but there must always be a horizon.”

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    • Hi Bill. Hhmm. A dislike for vertical shots. Ha, ha. Another way we disagree. Most all the shots were vertical. I know how you feel about John Ford, so it’s an interesting perspective about the horizon. The Devil’s Bridge shot: well, if the sun was setting in the north, it would have been a grand picture for which you would have approved. 😉
      I’m going to be driving through Ford country on Saturday. I hope I can find a horizon for you and I promise not to take a vertical shot. Okay, that’s a lie. Maybe one will strike your fancy. Can’t wait!

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      • it isnt an innate dislike, i have just been so conditioned by various aspect ratios of movies, that a vertical frame feels unnatural. do you remember this book? it was my introduction to vertical photography.http://www.amazon.com/Skyscrapers-History-Extraordinary-Buildings-Revised/dp/1579129420
        i have a theory which, like most of my theories, is probably a crackpot one, that when movie when from 1:33 to 1:85 and scope pulled the curtain out to an even wider aspect ration, we lost some of our vertical vision. there may be something in the idea that a lifetime of watching rectangular images has compromised our upwards gaze. but obviously it hasnt yours. your vertical images are gorgeous.

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        • I get your understanding now–I think it is a spot-on theory–like looking at squares all your life and someone makes you look at a circle and it’s foreign. I guess I like verticals because it goes against that horizontal grain. I hate cropping lines that clearly are vertical. I like shots that have your eyes go up and down or down and up or if there are chunks of of colors and textures in nature that command attention. Anyway, I will check the link. Thanks, Bill.

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        • I don’t have the time to write reviews very much. Especially for a mediocre or bad film. You are far more devoted to the cinema than I. I flog myself to write the novel. It’ll take me ten years, at this rate, to finish it. I have a few film reviews coming up for blogathon entries. Oh, by the way, are you still game to do the Lincoln guest spot for November? You do the old version, I’ll do Spielberg? Just an aspect, you don’t have to write a review. If you have changed your mind, no worries.

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          • How about if we take a look at film noir like your Criterion classic, Night and the City or perhaps Gilda, and I’ll look at L.A. Confidential as neo-noir and make the Gilda connection with Kim Basinger?

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          • i will have to decline on aesthetic grounds. i feel that if film is to be considered an art form, the genres must be as strictly defined as those in the fine arts. LA confidential is a $35 million GQ crime film, and has more in common with the Oceans 11 remake than with a noir. And Gilda falls more into the femme fatale sub-genre that sometimes , as in detour and out of the past, has noirish qualities, but not here. gilda is a slick, glossy romantic thriller from columbia studios, not a source of film noirs, which were the products of the second tier majors studios RKO. and Warner brothers as well as poverty row independents. If you are interested in more of a general femme fatales then and now comparison, leaving film noir out of the equation, i could take the 40’s and you could take the 90’s….and we could examine some of the similarites and differences, leaving the general discussion open to whatever films different people want to being into it, not confining it to two pictures only. would that work, or am i being too much of a snob?

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          • You are the biggest film snob I know, Bill. 😉 I love your idea. I don’t like restrictions and this topic is fascinating. Femme fatales it is. Can we open it up to “classical” and “contemporary”? That is, I hate being restricted to the 90s when there were stellar ones in the 70s and 80s, too, and a few new ones worth mentioning.

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          • sure. i just said the 90’s as an arbitrary secade. ill take 1930s-50’s, and you take 1960’s- present.. i think the 60’s was when the femme fatale began to undergo changes. what do you think?

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  7. alternatively, and what i think might be a more engaging idea as it relates to the whole, is to invite a few more guests into the initial postings, each one selecting one example from one decade. then the contributors can respond as they wish to anything, adding whomever or whatever they like into the mix. So I will take either the 40’s or 50’s. You take what you like, and other s who would like to guest will chose their decade. It could be called Evolution of the Femme Fatale…Would that fit your scheme?

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  8. Amazing photos Cindy. You have a real knack for composition. And you’ve inspired me to get outside and actually USE my new camera!!

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      • Anxiety is such a pain in the backside. I want to go out but my brain keeps making excuses not to go. Ahhh mental illness, always fun!!

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        • I find it relaxing, the quiet movement, the positioning, the thinking about the composition–and I find it near impossible to relax. Maybe you could post some? I’d love to see shots of Australia!

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          • There are a few photos on my site, under the photography button at the top of my site. I’ve posted a few photos of my surrounding area but I haven’t gone out in a while. Its just getting hot here now though so I’ll probably go out more and get some good shots. I love the camera I got, its one of the few pocket cameras with a viewfinder, which was a necessity for me

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  9. Fantastic photos, Cindy!

    Kind of a toss up between the snow crusted Cacti. The Monarch Butterfly. Amelia and the Peonies.

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    • I don’t know what it is about Peony Poppies. They just look fake. I’m instantly drawn to them. Kids, wind, and bubbles. Feels like summer. Thanks for your vote, Kevin!

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  10. ‘Night and the City’ (Dassin’s original) is a great noir, and it is shot in London! I must get the remastered version one of these days.

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  11. I love the prickly pear one, the reflection one and the one with the light through the clouds.

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  12. Amelia blowing bubbles. Who can resist a precious child as subject matter, Cindy.
    The red cacti blossoms on a ledge. Makes you wonder how you got up there!
    Flowering century plant. The details and almost a rare feeling I get when I look at this brilliant yellow image.
    All are beautiful, Cindy, though. 🙂

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    • Thank you! I agree, the innocence of blowing bubbles in the summer from and the soft cheeks of a child–it hits an emotional nerve with me and instigates fond memories from childhood.

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    • Hi Shelley! My granddaughter is the bubble blower. I love her cheeks. Congrats, by the way, with all your lovely accomplishments with the book. I tried to comment on last Sunday’s post, but it wouldn’t let me. Hope you will stop by from time to time. Cheers 🙂

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