2017 Best Nine: Nature, Landscape, Travel Photography

2017 Best Nine photographs from California

2017 BestNine photographs by Jeff Sullivan Photography.

There a site that can analyze your Instagram feed and arrange the nine most popular ones into a new image for you to share. Scroll to the bottom here to create yours:

Drop by my #2017BestNine on Instagram and leave a comment to let me know when you’ve uploaded yours, and I’ll go check yours out!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BdU4kyqjrJv/?taken-by=jeffsullivanphotography

The site will also let you create your #2016BestNine if you haven’t already done so:
Best Nine of 2016?

Last year I also created my #2015BestNine, as shown here:
Best Nine of 2015?

Another option you have is to include statistics on your account for the year:

2017 Best Nine photographs from California

2017 BestNine photographs by Jeff Sullivan Photography.

It says roughly 40,000 “views”, but they seem to actually be likes. If the views-to-likes ratio is similar on Instagram to what I see on Flickr, the views would be roughly 10X more, or 400,000.

I had a few more “views” (or likes) in 2016, but had to upload more photos to get them:

2016 Best Nine photographs from California

2016 BestNine photographs by Jeff Sullivan Photography.

Overall my audience growth is pretty slow on Instagram, and I still have a lot more views on Flickr, the photos get views for longer, and the strong keyword tagging and search features means that the photos get found occasionally for commercial licensing. Obviously Instagram’s parent company Facebook has tremendous resources to invest in Instagram, and with nearly 600 photos there already, I remain optimistic that I’ll see more of an uptick in activity on my photos on Instagram in 2018!

My most popular photo on Flickr, with 1,538,443 likes, 21,292 favs, 1023 comments:
Water Cuts Rock

My most popular photo on Instagram?  886 likes, 33 comments:


The stats themselves don’t mean much, obviously I’m focusing on my photography not social media or I’d have more Instagram activity.  If I produce compelling work, the rest will eventually take care of itself.  But with little times to spend on social media and photo sharing sites, it’s useful to pay attention to where what little time I do have is best spent. So I’ll continue to pay attention to where my photography seems to get the best reception.

Other ways to look back at my new 2017 images and fresh edits of older ones?  I collected my favorites in a post on this blog:
Top 10 Travel Photos 2017

I selected those from over 100 that I nominated during the year as I was taking them, stored in a 2017 Favorites album on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreysullivan/albums/72157676554197004

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Top 10 Travel Photos: 2017

Geyser Basin Milky Way and Meteor

Geyser Basin Milky Way and Meteor – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

This year was another productive one for landscape and night photography, with some nice results produced from Death Valley, California to Yellowstone, Wyoming.  Some of the nicer results produced from trips taken in prior years included results from several trips to Utah.  Two upgrades I made during the year that helped recover more results included Lightroom 6 and Photomatix 6.  See my recent post “Why Do Your Fall Images Look Better This Year?” for more on that.  I successfully avoided camera upgrades, but soon I’ll take critical looks at the latest Canon and Nikon models.

Death Valley sand dunes in sunset light, California desert

Death Valley Dunes in Sunset Light

Yosemite's El Capitan in the Fall, Yosemite National Park, alifornia

El Capitan and Fall Colors, Yosemite National Park

Sunrise and weather photography in Yosemite National Park, California

Light Rays in Yosemite Ground Fog, Yosemite National Park, California

Merced River Morning Light Reflection, Yosemite National Park, California

Merced River Morning Light Reflection, Yosemite National Park

Milky Way Over Fall Colors. Eastern Sierra, California. Astrophotography.

Milky Way Over Eastern Sierra Fall Colors

Surrounded

Lone aspen tree surrounded by a forest of aspen. Eastern Sierra, California

Yosemite Morning Sun Rays

Morning Sun Rays, Yosemite National Park, California

Storm Chasing in the Eastern Sierra

Storm Chasing in the Eastern Sierra, California

Star Trails With Vertical Milky Way Reflection

Star Trails With Vertical Milky Way Reflection, Sierra Nevada, California

Sunrise Rain Shower, Mono Lake, Eastern Sierra, California

Runners UpSunrise Rain Shower Reflection – Mono Lake, California

Geminid Meteor Shower, Nikon D750

Geminid Meteor Shower, Death Valley National Park, California


Another take on 2017 is the collection of most-liked photos I uploaded to Instagram:

New 2017 Results from Past Years

Snow Showers in Yosemite Valley

Snow Showers in Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Virgin River Narrows Downstream

Virgin River Narrows Downstream, Zion National Park, Utah

Bodie State Historic Park: Colors of Decay, Arrested

Bodie State Historic Park: Colors of Decay, Arrested

I have many more images that I considered for my favorite photos and moments of 2017, and I’ve collected over 100 of them in 2017 Favorites album on Flickr.

My Favorite Landscape / Travel Photos from Each Year, 2005 – 2016

Here are some of my collections from prior years.  It has been a great dozen years of adventure, I can’t wait to see what I can find to show you in the next 12!

2016 Favorites photo album on Flickr
2016 Top 10 Landscape/Travel Blog Post

2015 Favorites photo album on Flickr
2015 Top 10 Landscape / Travel Photos Blog Post

2014 Favorites photo album on Flickr
2014 Top 10 Landscape / Travel Photos blog post

2013 Favorites photo album on Flickr
2013 Top 10 Landscape / Travel Photos blog post

2012 Favorites photo album on Flickr
2012 Top 10 Landscape / Travel Photos blog post

2011 Favorites album on Flickr
2011 Top 10 Landscape / Travel Photos blog post

2010 Favorites album on Flickr
2010 Top 10 Landscape / Travel Photos blog post

2009 Favorites photo album on Flickr
2009 Top 10 Landscape / Travel Photos blog post

2008 Favorites photo album on Flickr
2008 Top 10 Landscape / Travel Photos blog post

2007 Favorites photo album on Flickr 
2007 Top 10 Landscape / Travel Photos blog post

2006 Favorites photo album on Flickr
2006 Top 10 Landscape / Travel Photos blog post

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2016

I've been chasing every meteor shower that I could see with my camera since 2009. This year's Perseid meteor shower was one of the best I've experienced so far.

These are "work in progress" shots, where I've saved the images with meteors in them, and brought those into one composite image.

http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/eastern-sierra-fall-colors-photo-workshops/ #nightphotography #astrophotography #photographyworkshops #easternsierra #california #canon #6D

   

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Space Debris 9:37 pm July 27

Originally shared by +Jeff Sullivan

Space debris enters the atmosphere near Mono Lake California at 9:37 pm July 27, identified as the second stage from the first Chang Zheng 7 rocket, launched Jun 25, reentered at 0440 UTC. A sonic boom (or sound from an explosion) arrived 9:45pm.

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#astrophotography #canon #6D #news #nightphotography #landscapephotography #space

 

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Space Debris 9:37 pm July 27

Space debris enters the atmosphere near Mono Lake California at 9:37 pm July 27, identified as the second stage from the first Chang Zheng 7 rocket, launched Jun 25, reentered at 0440 UTC. A sonic boom (or sound from an explosion) arrived 9:45pm.

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#astrophotography #canon #6D #news #nightphotography #landscapephotography #space

 

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Tranquility

A shot from my testing of the Canon EOS 6D body I picked up last month. I had been shooting it like I had been shooting my Canon EOS 5D Mark III for the past few years, but it turns out, as is often the case, that the newer camera deserves its own unique approach. There's no substitute for performing your own exhaustive research on your new cameras, so you can best integrate any extended capabilities into your workflow. My Bodie, Eastern Sierra and White Mountains/Bristlecone Pines workshop customers will be getting an earful in the next 2 weeks.

Even though the 6D is only about a year newer than the 5D Mark III, I couldn't do this with the older model. The 6D model is now a couple of years old, so I have very high expectations for what Canon can accomplish with the rumored 5D Mark IV model that may be coming this fall!

#Canon #astrophotography #landscapephotography
+Jeff Sullivan Photography www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com

 

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Hot Creek

This site in California's Eastern Sierra was used in the filming of the John Wayne movies "True Grit" and "North to Alaska".

#easternsierra #landscapephotography #California #Canon

 

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Mercury Transit of the Sun is Underway!

With a proper eye-protecting filter, the planet Mercury can be seen crossing the face of the sun today. This happens approximately 13 times per century. I'll have my photos available later, but in the meantime, here are some of my photos from the Venus transit of the sun on June 5, 2012, which won't occur again for another 100+ years!

I looked at my photos from the Venus transit to remind myself of appropriate practices and settings for the #mercurytransit , as discussed on my blog: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2016/05/09/mercury-transit-of-the-sun-coming-may-9/

#astrophotography #Canon #70D #venustransit

    

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Mercury Transit of the Sun, May 9, 2016

There will a a transit of Mercury across the face of the sun, as seen from earth, on May 9, 2016.  This article on timeanddate.com can tell you when the mercury transit may be available from your location.  It also provides links to information on proper eye protection!

When the planet Venus was scheduled to pass in front of the sun in early June 2012 I wanted to capture the event, but I didn’t want to simply record a dark spot in front of a bright one.  So I decided to place earth-bound objects in front of the sun to capture the Sun, Earth and Venus in the same shot.  And why not… the next opportunity to capture a Venus transit across the face of the sun wouldn’t come for another 105 years!

My setup for the Venus transit enabled me to shoot it at 400mm:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • EF 70-200mm f.4 IS L lens
  • 2X III Teleconverter
  • Solar film for photographing the sun

Since I was including foreground objects but wanted to catch Venus and the sun as well, depth of field was a concern, so exposures were captured at f/32, 1/500 second, ISO 200.  That’s with the solar filter reducing incoming light.

The setup I’m considering for the Mercury transit will enable me to shoot it at 640mm effective:

  • Canon EOS 70D
  • EF 70-200mm f.4 IS L lens
  • 2X III Teleconverter
  • Solar film for photographing the sun

This time I’ll may track the sun and go for a composite photo showing the path of mercury across it.  In that case I could use an f-stop like f/11 to reduce any image softening from diffraction, so something like f/11, 1/2000 second, ISO 100.

Be careful if you try to capture photos of this event.  The sun can fry your sensor, so don’t leave the shutter open in live view for long.

I’m going to go get a camera or two set up and focused now!

“After centuries of trying, only photographic technology could measure the ‘Transit of Venus’ and tell us our position in the solar system.”+Royal Observatory Greenwich
Here’s my first result:
Mercury Transit of the Sun: May 9, 2016.

Mercury Transit of the Sun: May 9, 2016. Canon EOS 70D, 300mm, solar filter.

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New Death Valley Images from 2015 Visits

I'm working on a detailed guide to photography locations in Death Valley, so I'm finding a lot of nice photos from there from the past 10 years that I've been exploring the park. I found quite a few nice locations and compositions in Death Valley in 2015. You can see many of my photos in a 2015 album on my Death Valley Workshops page on G+:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/116469806647181209109/116469806647181209109/posts

In most years I've been too busy to collect my Top 10 photos for the prior year, but this year I started off the year sick, so I caught up on ten years of Top 10 collections in my down time.

Here are my new "Top 10 From The Last 10" blog posts:

2015 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2016/01/02/top-10-travel-photos-2015/

2014 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2016/01/09/top-10-travel-photos-2014/

2013 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2016/01/07/top-10-travel-photos-2013/

2012 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2016/01/04/top-10-travel-photos-2012/

2011 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2016/01/02/top-10-travel-photos-2011/

2010 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2016/01/01/top-10-travel-photos-2010/

2009 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2015/12/31/top-10-travel-photos-2009/

2008 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2015/12/30/top-10-travel-photos-2008/

2007 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2015/12/30/top-10-travel-photos-2007/

2006 Top 10 Travel Photos
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2015/12/30/top-10-travel-photos-2006/

#landscapephotography #deathvalley #travelphotography #Canon

 

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