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Blog Project: Your Best Photos From 2018

It’s that time of year again, it is time to kick off the 12th annual best photos of the year blog project. I’m proud to say over the years that hundreds of photographers have taken part (see Best Photos of 2017, 2016,  2015, 20142013,  20122011201020092008 and 2007).  It’s great to see the community of photographers that have developed around this blog project. As always I hope the exercise of picking your best photos helps improve your photography (10 Ways to Top Your Best 20xx Photographs).

So without any further delay here is how you take part to submit your best photos of 2018.

How to Participate (Read Carefully)

  1. Review & select your best photos from 2018.
    Note: Photo edit carefully narrowing down your results to your best 10 or 5 photos. Reference Pro Tips: Photo Editing with Gary Crabbe for pointers.
  2. Create a blog post on your website or a Flickr set containing your best photos from 2018.
  3. Complete the form below by Friday JANUARY 4th at 11:59PM PST to take part. The following Tuesday, or thereabout, I’ll post a link to all submitted sites and photos on my blog. Throughout the week I’ll also share the results across all my social media accounts.

Spread the Word!
Feel free to spread the word of this project on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, Google+ (even if it is about to die), photo forums you frequent and/or your blogs. All who are interested in taking part are invited.

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Best Photos of 2018 by Jim M. Goldstein

2018 has been quite the year. You wouldn’t know it from my blog, but it’s been one of the most hectic years I’ve had in a long time. Much of that centered around establishing a new home base for my family, albeit in the same area. Uprooting a family of 4 in the SF bay area is not for the light hearted. Luckily everyone has been quite excited about our move, but it has taken up most of my free time. I’m happy to say that I’m starting to get my nose above water and eager to do a bit more photography.

Another development this year was my acquisition of the domain and the CALPHOTO California photographic condition mailing list associated with the domain. Interested in real-time photo conditions across California? Then be sure to join. CALPHOTO is comprised of a great community of people who share a common interest in photographing and preserving the beauty of our state.

With limited time this year I focused on trips for my kids versus dedicated photo trips. In years past I’ve mentioned how my focus was to foster a deep appreciation of nature and the outdoors with my boys and that has firmly taken hold. I am regularly asked when our next camping trip will be and what other cool places we can visit. I also get a great deal of joy from the kids when we’re driving around town and an epiphany hits that we haven’t been to Yosemite in a while. I suppose that adds to the prospect of more photography and photo trips as they’ve been picking up an interest in taking photos too.

That should give you an idea of 2018 in a nutshell. Here are my 8 best photos of 2018…


Fall Color Abstract

Redwood Circle of Life

Fresh Snow in Yosemite Valley

Rays of Sun in the Redwoods National Forest

Family Fun

Someone has picked up good tripod technique by watching his dad. He started doing this on his own randomly during our trip. He was insistent he use my tripod even if he was just resting his camera on top of it without a base plate.

Fun at the Trees of Mystery

Trees of Mystery Portrait

Holiday Photo Hijinks

Thanks for looking and have a great new year!

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Watch how I created this highly stylized composite portrait

I always tell everybody that with only 30 minutes of practice a day you can become a master at Photoshop, all you need to be is consistent. And I honestly believe that. Most people will probably put more time in than that, I know I did for sure! But as a bare minimum, 30 mins […]

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Best Photos of 2018 by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers

Fall Color AbstractI’m excited to share the results of my 12th annual Best of Photos project.  115 photographers from around the world (amateur and professional alike) have shared their best photos of 2018.  I’m always amazed at the quality of work shared and I hope it’s a source inspiration to you for the coming year.

For those who are new to my blog project, photographers taking part span the gamut of photo enthusiasts to professionals. The great thing about photography is that no matter what your skill level we all can relate equally in our love for the art of photography and visually exploring. With that in mind I encourage you to reach out to photographers whose work you enjoy to keep sharing & growing as an artist.  I am incredibly thankful that this tradition has been embraced and enjoy seeing how familiar faces have evolved their work & grown over the years.  I hope reviewing your best photos of the year and comparing them to years pasts keeps you inspired and aware of your progress as a photographer.

If you’d like to take part next year and be informed when submissions open for the “Best Photos of 2019” blog project add your name to my mail list. You won’t be spammed. I send out newsletters quite infrequently.

Thank to everyone who took part!  I invite you to visit each link below as I have and introduce yourself to many of the participating photographers.

Best Photos of 2018

  1. Jim Goldstein – Best Photos of 2018 by Jim M. Goldstein
  2. Michael Russell – My Top 10 Photographs Of 2018
  3. Dave Wilson – Best of 2018
  4. Joseph Smith – 2018 Favorites – A Baker’s Dozen
  5. Randy Langstraat – My Ten Favorite Photos of 2018
  6. Chuq Von Rospach – Chuqui 2018 Best Of Photos
  7. Rachel Cohen – Best of 2018
  8. Lucy Autrey Wilson – A Thousand Words
  9. Romain Guy – Best of 2018
  10. Alexander S. Kunz – My Favorite Photos from 2018
  11. Stefan Baeurle – Top 10 Favorites of 2018
  12. QT Luong – 2018 in Review
  13. Jenni Brehm – Best pf 2018 – Changing Perspectives
  14. Sean Bagshaw – My Favorite Photos Of 2018
  15. Johann A. Briffa – 2018: A Photographic Retrospective
  16. Exploring Light – 2018: A Year In Review
  17. Drake Dyck – Top Ten (favourite) Images of 2018
  18. Richard Wong – Fine Art Photography Prints – 2018
  19. Ramen Saha – 2018 – Ten moments
  20. Martin Quinn – Quinn Images 2018 Favorites
  21. TheDarkSlides – TheDarkSlides Best of 2018
  22. Denise Goldberg – top photos :: 2018
  23. Peter Carroll – Favourites of 2018
  24. Jeff Hubbard – Ten Favorite Photos 2018
  25. Gary Crabbe – My Favorite Landscape Photos of 2018 – A Year-End Retrospective
  26. Harold Davis – Harold Davis – Best of 2018
  27. Werner Priller – My Favorite Images of 2018/
  28. Phil Colla – Natural History Photography – Best Photos Of 2018
  29. Aaron Hockley – Tech Photo Guy: Best Photos of 2018
  30. Dan Baumbach – 2018 in Review
  31. Jao van de Lagemaat – Jao’s best images of 2018
  32. Pete Miller-USKestrel Photography – Favorite Images of 2018
  33. Shikha – Eastern Sierra – My favorite images of 2018
  34. Bruce Leventhal – Reflecting on 2018
  35. Christopher Sheppard – The Stories Behind My Favorite Photographs of 2018
  36. Alan Majchrowicz – Photo Highlights 2018
  37. Tom Whelan – Nature Diary
  38. Todd Henson – Best Photos of 2018: My Favorites of the Year
  39. Khürt Williams – Island in the Net
  40. Patricia Davidson – My Top 10 Favorite Photos of 2018
  41. Russ Bishop – 2018 – The Year in Pictures
  42. Jim Coda – Some of My Favorite Images from 2018
  43. Steve Cole – Birds Eye View of 2018
  44. Fred Mertz Photography – Best Photos of 2018
  45. Martijn van der Nat – Best of 2018
  46. Graf Nature Photography – Twenty Eighteen Wanderings
  47. Scott Thompson – My Top 10 Tahoe Area Photos of 2018
  48. Kyle Jones – 2018 Favorites
  49. Clint Losee – My Best Landscape and Nature Photos of 2018
  50. Caleb Weston – Caleb Weston – Dubland Media
  51. Greg Clure – Best of 2018
  52. Rick Holliday – Favorites from 2018
  53. J.J. RAIA – J.J. RAIA Best Photos of 2018
  54. Francis Gagnon – Francis Gagnon Best Photos of 2018
  55. Mike Chowla – My Ten Best of Images of 2018
  56. Carl Donohue – 2018 in photos
  57. Kurt Lawson – 10 Favorites of 2018: From Lava Rivers in Hawaii to Yosemite Snowstorms
  58. William Bean – William Bean
  59. T.M. Schultze – My Favorite Photographs of 2018
  60. Andrew Thomas – Aerial Adventures – Best of 2018
  61. Matt Conti – 2018 Top 20 Photos
  62. Daniel Leu – Favorites – 2018
  63. Carol Schiraldi – Best of 2018 from Carol’s Little World
  64. Alan Dahl – 2018 Favorite Photos
  65. Milan Hutera – 2018 in Pictures
  66. Kathy Barnhart – Flickr Sensing Light Best of 2018 Album
  67. Greg Russell – Alpenglow Images 2018 Year in Review
  68. Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston – Top 10 Favorite Images from 2018
  69. Kevin Ebi – Living Wilderness: Best of 2018
  70. Jackson Frishman – Favorites of 2018
  71. Greg A. Lato – My Favorite Photos of 2018
  72. Mike Shipman – Mike Shipman’s Best of 2018
  73. Beth Young – Best Photos of 2018
  74. Dale Grosbach – My Favorites – 2018
  75. Brent Huntley – Photography and Travel
  76. Charlie Russell – Best Wildflower Photos for 2018
  77. Bryan William Jones – Jonesblog
  78. Tony Wu – Favorite Photos of 2018
  79. Adrian Klein – 2018 Photo Retrospective
  80. Scott McGee – Top 10 of 2018
  81. William Neill – My Favorite Photographs of 2018
  82. Thomas Yackley – Yackley Photo
  83. Anne McKinnell – Best Photos of 2018
  84. Holly Davison – Top Ten of 2018
  85. Brian Knott – Brian Knott Photography 2018 Year In Review
  86. Anna DeStefano – Affirmation Photography’s Best of 2018
  87. Ingeborg Fernau – Magicalglow Photography Blog
  88. Emil Powella – Top 10 of 2018
  89. Elduro Tuco – Elduro Tuco
  90. Eric Chan – Favorites From 2018
  91. TP Chapman – Best of 2018
  92. Ilias Katsouras – Okrivadas
  93. Molly Dean – Best Photos of 2018
  94. Sarah Marino – 2018 Wrap-Up and a Few Favorite Photographs
  95. Michael Frye – My Top Photographs of 2018
  96. Jim Stamates – Memories of 2018
  97. Tim Aston – Favorites from 2018
  98. Samantha Decker – My Best Photos of 2018
  99. Bryn Tassell – Bryn Tassell favourites of 2018
  100. Mike Cleron – 2018 Favorites
  101. Carla Overduin – Best Photos of 2018
  102. Peter West Carey – Best Photos of 2018
  103. Simon C Ponder – SponderPoints
  104. Ron Niebrugge – Favorite Photos from 2018
  105. Steve Cozad – Best of 2018
  106. Björn Göhringer – My Top 15 Photos From 2018
  107. Neil Corman Photography – 12 Favorite Images from 2018
  108. Maurice O. Weaver – Best Photos of 2018
  109. Michael McCloskey – Best Photos of 2018
  110. Stephen L. Kapp – Best Photos of 2018
  111. Robin Black – Best Photos of 2018
  112. Kelly Castro – 10 FROM 2018
  113. Jeff Sullivan – My Top 10 Photos of 2018
  114. David Leland Hyde – Landscape Photography Blogger/Best Photographs of 2018
  115. Larry Angier – A collection of my best/favorites from 2016


Have a great 2019!

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This look inside the IIHS shows us what it takes to make crash test photography for cars

This video from the Insuurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) takes us behind the scenes to see their camera rigs for shooting video and stills of car crashes. The footage and photos they produce are used to help make vehicles safer in the event of a crash, but it’s also used a lot for other […]

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Photowalking and PhotoPlus

Boat House

For the past seven years I have been hosting one of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalks every year without fail. They are one of my favorite photography activities and I thoroughly enjoy meeting all the folks who come out to participate. Unfortunately this year we had some crazy weather going on here in Virginia to include a Nor’Easter and a hurricane. The combination was enough to cause me to pull the plug on our photowalk that was scheduled for Old Town Alexandria. We didn’t have an official rain date so I scheduled one for this past weekend at the same location where I was joined by several of the folks who had signed up for the original date. We were blessed with some beautiful sunshine and fall colors as we walked along the waterfront, up the cobblestone streets, and over to the Farmer’s Market at City Hall. It was a really fun morning and I appreciate all the folks who showed up to join me.

The photo above was actually shot through the window of the little boat house by Founders Park. I loved the look of the shop and since I am in to woodworking, it really struck a chord with me. It isn’t an HDR shot, just some editing with Topaz Adjust and Topaz Detail. Here’s a few more from the morning.

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Next week I will be heading to my first PhotoPlus Expo and I’m really excited about it. Having gone to a ton of PMA shows back in the day, I am looking forward to being back in the middle of a big photo expo and immersing myself in all the glorious photographic gizmos and gadgets that will make my photog life better. I’ll be popping up photos from the show on my Instagram account and maybe doing some live Periscope stuff too (just search Photowalkpro in the Periscope app and follow me). Be sure to follow me and check it out. See you in a couple of days!