Favorites of 2016

On the 5th anniversary of Jane’s Lens, many thanks to my family, friends and blogging community for your continued support and encouragement of my work. I appreciate it every day. And, I’m especially thankful to my husband Bob, who is by my side happily lugging, scouting and cheerleading. 

I hope you enjoy this collection of favorite moments. It’s great fun to go through a year in photos remembering the creative experiences that I deeply love. 

I wish you all a fantastic 2017 and that it is met with resilience, hope and  kindness. 


Rainy days in San Francisco are infrequent and when it happens, I am hopeful to find umbrellas and puddles throughout the city. On this afternoon, when I crossed Grant Street filled with lanterns, the sky brightened and this elderly woman gave me a gift with her orange umbrella.

Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8.  1/320 sec at f/6.3, ISO 640. Processed with Nik Viveza 2. 

City, Landscape, Rain, San Francisco, Light

Rainy Day, Grant Street


Our trip to Scandinavia this past year was enlightening. The natural beauty, the architecture and lifestyle are incredibly appealing. I saw this couple on their commute and captured it from our taxi, marveling at the ease with which they made their way through the city.

Panasonic Lumix LX-100 1/1250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200. Processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

travel, City, black and white, action,

Danish Commute, Copenhagen


The Farmers’ Markets are a wonderful part of San Francisco life. When I found this basket of beauties one morning, they were just begging to be photographed.

iPhone 6S, 1/125 sec at f/2.2, ISO 25

Close-up, Produce, Organic, San Francisco, still life,

Purple Artichokes


Fort Point is the turn for my morning run and no matter the weather, it is one of the most exhilarating moments of my day.  On this January morning, the mood was perfect. 

iPhone 5s, 1/850 sec at f/2.2, ISO 32. Processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. 

Black and White, Landscape, California, Water, Golden Gate

Golden Gate and Waves


This evening sunset at Lime Point State Park silhouetted the islands and trees and captured the quiet beauty of summer in the San Juans.

Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8. 1/8 sec at f/16, ISO 200. Processed in Nik Viveza 2.

Landscape, Sunset, Nikon,

Sunset Silhouette, San Juan Island


Helsinki, Finland is an architectural feast. The Helsinki Railway Station by Eliel Saarinen was a highlight. The afternoon sun washed through the station and I was taken by the lines and shadows in this beautiful landmark. 

Nikon D800 with 24-70mm f/2.8.  1/8 sec at f/16, ISO 250. Processed with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. 

travel, Finland, Architecture, black and white

Sunlight, Helsinki Train Station


Photography classes at the San Francisco Art Institute have many advantages and in this case, it’s the view from the main floor of the school. I was happy I had my camera as I was waiting for class to begin.

Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8.  1/125 sec at f/1o, ISO 200 

San Francisco, Landscape, Nikon, Photography

Evening, Telegraph Hill


Our first stroll around Helsinki was much needed after a long travel day. The late day light was perfect for this “industrial carnival”. 

Panasonic Lumix LX-100, 1/400 sec at f /5.6, ISO 200. Processed in Nik Analog Efex Pro. 

Landscape, Travel, Finland,

Waterfront Seat, Helsinki


Sometimes procrastination pays off. I let a vase of flowers wilt to realize their amazing beauty. I spent a day photographing the details of withered Calendula blooms and entitled the series, “A Flower’s Final Bow”. 

Nikon D800, 3.0s at f/16, 50mm Prime with Kenko Extensions.

Flower, Macro, Close-up, Nature, Nikon

Calendula Hula


Photographing close-ups is a meditative experience. Sometimes the “big picture” is small. 

Nikon D800, 70-200mm f/2.8, 1/100th sec at f/8. Processed in Nik Viveza 2. 

Close-up, nature, vineyard, Nikon

Grape Leaf, Autumn


I made this photograph for a class I took at SF Art Institute on Exploring Space. These blinds provide an endless source of  possibilities. 

Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8. 1/200 sec at f/5.6, ISO 160

Photography, city, nikon

Tangled, San Francisco


As many of you know, the Golden Gate is my muse. This image was a serendipitous moment of seeing. My husband was driving and I asked him to turn off the windshield wipers for the quick moment it took to capture her in the rain with my iPhone. Teamwork. 

iPhone 6s, 1/750 sec at f/2.2 ISO 25. Processed in Nik Viveza 2.

Golden Gate, San Francisco, Rain, Photography

Rainy Day Crossing


Autumn in Wine Country is one of my favorite times to photograph the vineyards. There are endless patterns and choices of composition. I almost dropped my camera when I saw this reflection on a sunrise photo shoot with my husband. It may also have been the lack of coffee… 

Nikon D800, 70-200 mm f/2.8. 1/40 sec at f/18, ISO 200

Landscape, Nature, Photography, California

Vineyard Reflections



The experience of capturing the Super Moon behind the Bay Bridge was a photographic highlight this year.  Given how fast the moon rises, it was a gratifying that this shot was successful . This image was featured by WordPress Discover which added to the thrill. 

Nikon D800, 70-200mm f/2.8. 1/25 sec at f/11 ISO 200 

Night, Photography, Nature, City, San Francisco

Super Moon and Bay Bridge


Thank you for reading!

Here are links to favorites from past years:











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  1. Your photos are gorgeous and I especially like the black and whites. I do not know which to pick as my favorite – -the bikers or the pillars. In any case, both are stunning examples of your work. 🙂

  2. Congratulations, Jane! To this great collection of 2016 and the five years behind. My favourites are number 1,2, 4 and 10 and 11 and I absolutely love your capture of the super moon. Excellent work. Wishing you all the best and lots of happiness, good health, luck and good motives in 2017.
    Dina x

  3. Congratulations Jane and well done on a great 5 years! Always such a delight to travel through your brilliant, bold shots and how lovely to know you have such a valuable Bob by your side.

    • Hi Patti, You are so kind -your thoughts mean a lot to me, thanks so much. And, you’re right, it sure is nice to have a Bob. 🙂 Hope all is well in your neck of the woods despite the rough week we’ve all had….

  4. It is an amazing collection, Jane! Some I missed during the year, so it was nice to have a second chance. Happy 2017 😊.

  5. A beautiful collection of work.

  6. Wspaniała seria zdjęć. Gratuluję.

  7. Gorgeous gorgeous photos. When I grow up I want to be this good! 🙂

  8. So many wonderful images Jane. Each one more memorable than the next, but your vineyard reflected in the water took my breath away, as it clearly did yours. Thanks for sharing these glorious works of art. Best wishes…Andrew

  9. A really beautiful collection Jane. Happy New Year. I’m a bit behind but catching up slowly. :-/

  10. These are all so amazing Jane! You truly have a gift. Someday I must learn photography. I just looked over my photos from Costa Rica and truly truly wish I knew more on how to use my camera. Your photos are gorgeous!!!!

    • Hi Nicole, You are so kind, thank you , and I’m happy you enjoyed my review! I must point out, however, that your photographs are quite beautiful as are your incredible travel stories. Wonderful!

      • Oh thank you Jane. I always am so disappointed when I get back from a trip and then look at my pictures. I have to spend a lot of time in Lightroom adjusting them but it is hard for me as I seriously could use some good photography courses to learn proper use of light and how to get out of auto and use manual. I took a class a few years ago but never practiced it as I just don’t seem to find the time. And then when I travel I’m in a rush all the time and just have to snap away to grab the shot and hope it turns out. It makes me realize how much effort and knowledge truly goes into a good photograph! Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

        • Hi Nicole, You are not alone! For me, it’s always nice to get it right in the camera, but that’s usually not the case. LR and Nik usually do the trick for me and I do enjoy the post-processing experience, but that’s because I have the time. 🙂 The good news is that our cameras have the capability to shoot great images in Auto and often, that’s all we need. It was many years until I shot in full Manual mode. Enjoy your travels and experiences- I love your take on life! 🙂

          • Oh thanks Jane. Yes it is a huge goal of mine to learn how to shoot in Manual. I just can hardly seem to get anything done right now with the kids and the dog and the blog! So it will be on the back burner for now. 🙂

  11. All are wonderful, Jane; always enjoy your photography! Favorite is probably the “Grape Leaf, Autumn”, but the a Super Moon is just as good, in a different way. 🙂

  12. These are some great images. I wish I had taken them. I am looking forward to seeing your 2017 experiences.

  13. What a feast of photography, Jane! 🙂 I especially like what you’ve done with raindrops and a blind and that wonderful old lady. Wishing you a fabulous 2017!

  14. Love your work!!! I love the way your eyes see things! Thanks for captured moments where the “blur” has been removed and we can see differently through you and your eyes! What a great gift. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you, Reluctant Poet, What a lovely compliment — you obviously have a way with words. 🙂 Much appreciated and happy new year!

      • Why thank you! You are too kind!! The words seem to find me? I loved your recap of 2016 but have to confess that your shots of the Bay Area and the Wine Country make me homesick for Northern California – ha (especially since I now live in Texas). I miss my day trips out of Sacramento to everything within a 2 hour radius. Leave in the morning and back by five.

        Your photos are very inspiring and bring a sense of contentment and excitement from being able to see what you saw. You, my dear, should (in my opinion) let more of the world see your work! Have you thought about making it available on some of the fine art websites and even allposters.com? You should check that website out and think of the possibilities of being able to share your work more with the world (Evening, Telegraph Hill; Vinyard Reflections and especially Super Moon and Bay Bridge)!

        I have often thought that the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is very true, but also that a picture can inspire a thousand words also. If you would ever consider illustrating some poems I would love to discuss that with you. I had a great assignment in 7th grade English. We had to illustrate two poems of a poet with photos (cutouts from magazines etc.). I’ve been in love with poetry, photos and art ever since. I think you might like a challenge to illustrate one of the poems I chose – Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” Let me know if you might be “Tempted” to try it?

        Thanks for the wonderful work and the joy it brings!!! Happy New Year to you too!

  15. Your photos are fabulous! Thank you for your inspiration. I really love your black and white shots (especially Copenhagen), the Evening at Telegraph Hill and the Vineyard Reflections. Wonderful!!! 🙂

  16. Great collection of images! What a wonderful year of experiences.

  17. Lovely collection – some wonderful shots there. All the best for 2017!

  18. A beautiful recap, but that “Rainy Day, Grant Street” & “Vineyard Reflections” is brilliant.

  19. Wow…an amazing collection of images Jane. Looking forward to see what you have in store for us in 2017.

  20. Wow, these are amazing captures, Jane! I love the bridge photos especially.

  21. It is my pleasure discovering you and your photography. Absolutely stunning images. Your descriptions are enjoyable, as well. Thanks for visiting me. We enjoy travel. If you haven’t made it to Croatia, I highly recommend it.

  22. So many beautiful shots, Jane. I hope to work harder on my photography skills this year; you will certainly be an inspiration!

  23. Wonderful collection, Jane! It is not easy to pick one of them for me…but maybe two? Grant Street and the marvellous vineyard….and….Thank you for always inspiring!

  24. What a wonderful collection.. Thanks.

  25. Great photos as usual.

  26. What a fantastic collection of shots!

  27. OMG FABULOUS shots…can’t zero in on any one….all brilliant!! Great eye!!

  28. You had a good year and made good memories. My faves from your portfolio is Grant St, GGB and the waves, and the window blinds (of course). The Shiseido sign on Grant St reminds me of a friend, whose sister only uses their products (cosmetics and fragrance).

    Have a great 2017!

    • Hi David, It was a good year to look back on– you’ve zeroed in on my top faves…thanks so much. Noticing the Shiseido sign is a real compliment because I know that you had to study that image to find it! Wishing you a wonderful year ahead filled with great moments and windows. 🙂

  29. I have not much to add to above praises. Great pictures. I visited some of the places you are showing photographs of and it’s always fun (and instructive) to see another look at the things one saw himself.

    • Hi Peter, Thanks! And it’s great that you have seen some of them in person. It is fascinating how people see things differently. Appreciate your visit here and best wishes for a terrific 2017.

  30. Gorgeous photos, Jane. The lanterns in Chinatown and the train station in Helsinki are my favorites. Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

  31. This is such a truly magnificent collection of images, Jane, and it is wonderful to see them all together here.
    Happy day to you!

  32. What a glorious selection of images Jane. Your black and white shots are so crisp! And I love the basket of the artichokes and the dying calendula flower. I look forward to seeing where your lens take us this year.
    Jude xx

    • Hi Jude, Thank you so much. I saw those scenes as black and white when I shot them and it was gratifying that they converted nicely in post. Happy you enjoyed my review. Much appreciated. Wishing your a fruitful and creative 2017!

  33. Stunning collection! Looking forward to see how you top it in 2017 😍

  34. Wow, Jane, this selection really blows me away! I love the diversity of your photography and how each one is a mini-masterpiece in itself!

  35. What a lovely cross section of your traveling eye!! Hard to pick my favorite.. one tie, hey all win!!! Happy New Year friend.. look forward to journeying with you again in 2017!

  36. What a breathtaking way to start a New Year, 2 move on,experience new thing’s, new people & places, these picture’s express Peace & love faces whether it hits you with Emotional happy tears.Enjoy new photos of the years.Life come’s with Beauty and fears, but when you come down to this world we live in, perfect balance we all win.We all have heart’s & how we live in a photo you cannot depart. Be strong with who you are, Beauty is rare.Just show the world you care..

  37. Great photos, Jane. Always fun to go through the shots from last year. Love that you write something for each picture. I’ll might try that next time I’m doing a “top 20-post” 🙂 Best wishes!

    • Thank you, Petter. I’m glad you enjoyed them and liked my narrative…I usually let the images “speak for themselves” but like to add commentary every once in a while. I look forward to reading yours! Happy New Year!

  38. Wow. Great Post. Rainy Day on Grant Street has been one of my favorites all year… but then there’s the amazing serenity and colors in the San Juan Island shot…and then what about the super moon coming over the Bay Bridge. Impossible to pick a favorite.

  39. As you already know I really love your photos of the Golden Gate, it is a pleasure to follow your work. I wish you a great nes year and looking forward to see your upcomming work.

  40. Truly outstanding collection of the best of the best…Love the bridge crossing in the rain. xxx

  41. Wonderful selection, Jane… I love your monochrome images – Golden Gate in the rough weather and Helsinki rail station stand out. And I love the Golden gate through the rainy windscreen, and the Supermoon shot! Looking forward to a new year of images

  42. Outstanding photos. I wish you a great 2017.

  43. Great photos! I really enjoyed the the chinese lamps photo! Surprisingly you opened my eyes to beauty of Helsinki railroad station! Never really sat there, only hurried trough, but next time I’ll go to Helsinki I’ll spend some time there. Happy New Year!

    • Thank you, Lepis. The saddest thing about that beautiful station is that they put a Burger King on one end surrounded by the gorgeous detailing of the building. 😦 Hope you get a chance to check out the station next time you are there. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!

  44. Amazing diverse collection, you´ve caught so many fleeting moments in time perfectly, very impressive!
    Have a great 2017 and keep em coming! Cheers, Ron.

  45. You know how I love your fantastic photographs, Jane. “danish commute” is a street photography knock-out👏👏! Thanks for sharing!

  46. These are wonderful! I really like the black and white one. Keep up the great work!

  47. Good stuff. From your photographs, I can see why Tony Bennett would sing “I left my heart in San Francisco” and Steve Perry would sing “Lights”. I follow a website called Monochromia for Black and White. (https://groupexpo.wordpress.com/) It only posts Black and White photographs. Was wondering if you had submitted any of your photographs as a guest contributor. Robyn Graham, another of my favorites, is a contributor.

    And a very happy New Year to you. Keep up the good work. Love your photographs.

  48. These are all exceptional, Jane, but I’m especially taken with “Rainy Day Crossing”.

  49. Jane — You just get better and better! What a great year of photographs. Am always inspired when I see your work. Hope you will visit us again this year.

    • Thank you, Jack! How nice coming from you and your keen eye. An interesting exercise to go back and assess the year. I do miss seeing everyone and I hope you and your family have a fantastic 2017. I look forward to seeing what is in front of your lens. 🙂

  50. What a gorgeous selection of images, Jane!

    Best wishes for the new year! I’m sure it will be full of more stunning photographic opportunities. : )

  51. Happy new year Jane wishing you all good things ☺❤️

  52. Congratulations on the milestone, Jane! Best wishes for a very successful 2017!

  53. Thanks for sharing your work with us! Look forward to next year’s postings. Happy New Year to you and Bob!

  54. Fabulous imagery, Jane. Have a great ’17. R

  55. Still love the super moon and the bridge and the wine country reflections…..but all in all, great work!

  56. All I have to say is “WOW” and I know why they are your faves! Happy New Year!! Suzie

  57. Love all the photos especially the vineyards reflection image!

  58. Beautiful work as always Jane. Especially partial to the opening shot in the rain, really special. All the best to you and Bob in 2017.

  59. Jane , Thanks for sharing . All goes well in the mountains , hope to connect in person again . All the best , Cynthia

    Sent from my iPad


  60. Your photos are always stunning, Jane! I just took another look at the Nik Collection and may need to make the leap! Happy New Year!

    • Hi Susan, Thank you- so glad you enjoyed my review. The best thing is that Nik is free (although I paid for it years ago….) . It’s pretty intuitive once you get started– and fun. Happy New Year!

  61. Terrific. I love the bike commuting one! Those Europeans have made bike skills!

  62. Thank you for sharing your great talent…

  63. Beautiful, wonderful photography!!

  64. Great and interesting pictures jane, my favorites are the first and the eleventh.

  65. You have had an excellent year, Jane! Love the Grant Street shot…and the orange umbrella.

  66. Great photos, keep on!!! PedroL

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