Favorites of 2019


On the 8th anniversary of Jane’s Lens, I am thankful to all of you for your continuing support and encouragement of my work. I appreciate it every day. 

A special thank you to my husband, Bob, who will drive with me for miles to get to a location, help lug equipment and marvel at sights right along with me. As a grand finale to the year, we welcomed our second granddaughter to the world. I know two little faces who will steal the show in the upcoming year!

I hope you enjoy this collection of favorites chosen for the creative spark I felt when making them and for documenting our fragile earth. 

 May 2020 be filled with kindness, unity and hope. 

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I am fascinated by the hills of San Francisco at night.  The colors and light in the windows give a warm sense of home and I wonder about the stories of the people behind them. Goodnight moon. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 90mm f/2 lens, 1/4 sec at f/2.0, ISO 1250

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

Sweet Dreams, San Francisco

 

I have wanted to visit the Palouse for years, a photographers’ mecca. Thanks to Bob for his idea to take a side trip this summer, we finally saw this stunning agricultural region in Washington. It was harvest time and I was thrilled to see this farm truck speeding along on the dusty road. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 90mm f/2 lens, 1/125 sec at f/16, ISO 200

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

Keep On Truckin’, The Palouse

 

Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur is a spot that should not be missed. The wave action against the textured rocks is mesmerizing, especially in the famous Keyhole Arch. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 90mm f/2 lens, 1/250 sec at f/11, ISO 200. Converted to monochrome in LR Classic. 

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

Keyhole Arch and Wave

 

It is rare that I cross the Golden Gate as a passenger and not pull out my camera. The bridge was enveloped in fog and would only peek out when we were very close. A short telephoto allowed me to compress the tower and the surrounding cables giving it a linear sense of order. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 90mm f/2 lens, 1/2000 sec at f/2.5, ISO 200

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

Golden Gate Fog

 

Glacier National Park is a visually stunning park. As we started on Going-to-the-Sun Road, we were worried about the thick fog. As we rose above the fog, we came upon this incredible vista of the mountains, Lupines and fog-filled valley. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 18-55mm f/2.8 lens, 1/125 sec at f/16, ISO 500, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod. HDR processing in Lightroom Classic. 

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

St. Mary Valley, Glacier National Park

 

There was much talk of the Super Blooms in California this year. Carizzo Plain National Monument is a treasure and this year’s bloom was, as Robin Williams said, “Nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!'” 

Fujifilm X-T2, 18-55mm f/2.8 lens, 1/100 sec at f/16, ISO 200, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

Carizzo Plain Super Bloom

 

Happiness is a yellow slicker, boots and a see-through umbrella. And walking in the rain. One of the best moments I’ve encountered on my morning run. 

iPhone X, 1/750 sec at f/2.4 ISO 16

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

Happiness Is…

 

I was lucky this butterfly decided to take a long rest, and at a good angle, on the grasses along the Sonoma Coast. It’s always positive to see our fragile insects flourishing.

Fujifilm X-T2, 18-55mm f/2.8 lens, 1/500 sec at f/5, ISO 100

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

Butterfly and Grasses

 

Last January brought the Super Moon. This shot, sans full moon but not its effect, was a memorable early morning moment. The conversion to black and white accentuated the brightly lit water. 

Nikon D800, 70-200 f/2.8 lens, 4.0 sec at f/9, ISO 125, Feisol Tripod

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

Full Moon and Golden Gate

 

The blues of Crater Lake always surprise me. This scene caught my eye – the calm, deep lake and the boat’s wake mimicking the reflections of the surrounding caldera.

Fujifilm X-T2, 18-55mm f/2.8 lens, 1/200 sec at f/16, ISO 200, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

Boat, Crater Lake

 

Big Sur at sunset. This image fills me with great memories, the feeling of nature’s quiet and the allure of the west coast. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 18-55mm f/2.8 lens, 1/500 sec at f/8, ISO 400, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

Big Sur Dream

 

Cannon Beach is a special place, mostly because good friends live there, but also for its dramatic beaches and the iconic Haystack Rock. I loved catching this couple on their walk giving a perspective of the immense size of their romantic backdrop. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 18-55mm f/2.8 lens, 1/200 sec at f/14, ISO 200, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod. Converted to monochrome in LR Classic. 

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

Haystack Love

 

This image captures the hazy sunset made more intense from a California wildfire near San Francisco – a not so subtle metaphor for the blindness and inaction on global warming.

Fujifilm X-T2, 18-55mm f/2.8 lens, 1/200 sec at f/14, ISO 200, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

Blinded

 

A young grove in Humboldt Redwood State Forest brings back the peaceful feeling that I have when walking with these giants. There is a sense of dizzying awe as you look up and appreciate these endangered trees. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 18-55mm f/2.8 lens, 1/10 sec at f/22, ISO 1000, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

Redwood Family

 

An early morning moonset that cast a glow over the city. A ribbon of fog cozied around the bridge as she showed off her colors and lights. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 90mm f/2 lens, 0.5 sec at f/7.1, ISO 400, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod. HDR conversion in Lightroom Classic. 

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

Blue Hour Bridge and Fog

 

I love to photograph people in museums and on this day, I couldn’t believe my luck.

iPhone X, 1/15 sec at f/1.8

San Francisco, Photography, Landscapes, California, National Parks, Nature, Fujifilm X-T2, Art

The Late Years

 

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” 

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

 

 

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134 comments

  1. i love the fact how your photography has the ability to evoke the sense of the place naturally ❤

  2. A nice selection. Thank you. 🙂

  3. Your photos are absolutely stunning to look at! My sister is into photography and she’s really good at it, but I’ve been trying to get her to expand from portrait to abstract, object or nature oriented photography. Her earning potential could be so much greater.

  4. wow! what a great collection!

  5. Unfassbar schön!
    Sensationelle Bilder, bin sehr beeindruckt.
    Schönen Gruß, Helmut

  6. “Blinded” is maybe my overall favorite for its color and originality. And the last one is too funny. You have quite a collection here – most people don’t get this many great shots in a decade.

  7. All great shots as usual Jane…can’t stop looking at that night shot of San Fran. Well done.

  8. A collection to be proud of. I look forward to seeing your portfolio in 2020

  9. A very big, happy sigh, Jane. These are gorgeous shots, which have soothed and nourished my creative soul! Congratulations on your 2nd grandchild, too! Another blessing. Now that I’ve seen your 90 mm lens in action, I’m tempted to take one out for “a spin.” Fabulous collection, Jane! All the best in the new year.

  10. Great choice of photos, Jane.

  11. Those are some amazing pics! Especially liked the “Redwood Family”. Did visit your site and Pinterest pages as well to see your collections. All the best!

    Thanks, for sharing.

  12. A wonderful selection of photos, Jane! All the best for 2020.

  13. All are beautifully captured, and very special.
    Congratulations to your second granddaughter, Jane! 🙂 🙂

  14. These are all so great! I especially love “Happiness Is…” Best to you in the New Year.

  15. Nice review of the year 2019👍

  16. You continue to provide me with new ways of seeing San Francisco. Thank you for all your inspiration. Happy New Year and may 2020 provide you with plenty of possibilities.

  17. All stunning, Jane! Look forward to seeing what you capture in 2020!

  18. I wish you a beautiful photographic year and continue to enjoy life and the pleasures it brings you

  19. These photos are fantastic. 💗

  20. You had a beautiful 2019, Jane. I have a feeling you’ll have another beautiful year. Among the favorites you’ve chosen, Sweet Dreams and Blinded easily the top, followed closely by the all of the GGB shots.

    O/T: I saw your Twitter embed regarding the firemageddon in Australia. It’s like the end of the world, literally. We had that kind of sky for a few days back in 2014-15. I’m thinking about writing a post regarding the AGW topic. I know how the post will begin – it’s the Jeff Goldblum line from Jurassic Park about how life (nature) finds a way. The other part is that the science has been settled … science is rarely settled or decided. If it was, this question would not be asked, “what if …”. Some of the topic is in my wheelhouse. My real question is who would read, and if they do, will it be with an open mind?

    • Hi David, Happy you enjoyed my review and those in particular. Thank you. Hopefully photography shines a light not only on beauty but also documenting the fragile earth. I think it’s great that you plan on writing on important topics. Keep on posting- people will read. Wishing you and your family a creative and inspiring new year filled with joy. 🌟

  21. What a lovely collection of your amazing work, Jane. Keep on striving this year

  22. Very much looking forward to the two little faces stealing much of the show. You’ve heard it before, but they grow SO FAST! Enjoy every precious moment. As I’ve enjoyed following your vision of places I adore! Your images are always special.

    Far too many to mention that sent my heart strings a twittering. The perfect iconic shots of The Bridge! I remember house sitting for someone on Potrero HIll with a patio overlooking the Oakland Bay Bridge probably back around 1972… the lights outlining the hills in all the City’s moods.

    I’ve seen many a pickup heading out across dirt roads leaving a trail of dust, but your composition is simply incredible. Can’t help but wonder at the contribution Bob must supply to be at the right place at the right time. But it’s likely a partnership. At least so it seems. I’ve been in Western WA, but didn’t know of this area called the Palouse (a photo mecca no less?) How perfect to catch it during a Super Bloom.

    And you did Crater Lake proud! Finally a distinctive shot of the lake. I’ve always thought of it as a one-trick-pony, but you’ve done something unique and I’m still going back to figure out what it is. 😀

    The Golden Gate fog is simply stunning, too. You catch her in all my favorite moods.

    Then, last, but certainly not least, is the Monet…It’s such a perfect composition. Too perfect to be staged. You were unbelievably lucky (but prepared) to capture that brilliant and hilarious moment.

    Looking forward to your sightings in the coming year. Very. Much. You inspire me.

    • Gunta, You have made my morning with your kind and thoughtful reactions to my review. I really appreciate your support over the years and love your positive outlook on life. Thank you so much! Wishing you many happy adventures, creative moments and joy in the upcoming year. I look forward to seeing what you find with your lens. 🌟

  23. Jane, you have such an incredible eye for photographs that speak to those of us lucky enough to see them!

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  25. This is truly a wonderful collection Jane. The opening shot is spectacular, but then scrolling I see that they are all special. You are truly talented.
    May 2020 be all you could wish for.
    Alison

  26. That’s a fantastic collection, Jane! Each one is a gem. You’ve set yourself a high bar for 2020. Looking forward to another year of your images.

  27. Happy New Year Jane. These photos should be in a favorites list…they are amazing captures. Congratulations on a second grandchild. We are all smitten with Eliza and can’t wait to meet the new addition to our crew.

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  28. How wonderful, Jane. Please, carry on in 20/20! 🙂

  29. A beautiful collection, Jane, wonderfully narrated and soooo many favourites. Well done indeed. Inspirational, truly! Very best, Rob 🙏 📷

  30. There are so many gems here, Jane…the minimalism of Golden Gate Fog, the maximum gorgeousness of Glacier NP, Happiness is…, the first and last images, which are so perfect, Blinded, the Redwoods, the Blue Hour….what a year! Great work, and please extend my thanks to Bob, OK? We need him. 😉

    • Ha, Lynn, love your last line. You are so sweet. Happy you enjoyed my review– and I really appreciate your thoughts on them. Thank you very much.
      I hope you are having a great start to the new year and I can’t wait to see what your eagle eye finds. 🌟

      • I’m currently getting much-needed help from a fellow blogger, sorting out a long-standing Lightroom catalog mess. Talk about a fresh start! I think sometime in the next few days my folders may finally be “descrambled.” Let’s hope I can keep them that way. 🙂 I know you’re having a good start, with the family goings-on. It’s great that you all are not far from one another, enjoy!

  31. Ok, I see why these are your favorites!

  32. 🎉🎉🎉 These are amazing…..you must have had a tough time selecting. The first is still my favorite! Hope all is well ❤️

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  33. Always appreciate your fine work and posts Jane wishing you another creative and productive year…happy 2020 ☺️🤓 sending peace ☮️ and joy ~ smiles Hedy

  34. Congratulations on baby No. 2. Enjoy your new little one. Congratulations as well on your bloganniversary. That last picture is an amazing shot.

  35. Happy anniversary, Jane, and an inspiration collection of photographs! Thanks for sharing! Marcus

  36. Every single image here, Jane, I just stared at filled with such wonder and awe. Gorgeous art you have captured through your lenses. This world is such a glorious and beautiful place, if we just look and see. I fail at words to express how your photography effects me. Just wow! Happy New Year to you and congrats on the 8 year blogging anniversary!! xo

    • Thank you so much for your positive reaction to my review, AmyRose. Photography really can help people to see and if just one of my images gives a new perspective, I feel like I’ve succeeded. Warm wishes to you for an inspiring, creative year ahead filled with joy and kindness. ☺️🌹

  37. Wow! A wonderful collection for the year.. They surely should make your great helper smile too.

  38. Fantastic gallery, Jane. Congrats on your 8 years. 👏🏻 The one taken in the museum made me do a double take. At first glance I thought the lady in the middle was Ruth Nader Ginsburg. 😅 Happy New Year.

  39. Jane, many congratulations on 8 years, I am a great fan of your photography. Here, I especially like Keep On Truckin’, The Palouse; Golden Gate Fog; Big Sur Dream; and Blinded. Looking forward to more. Adrian 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Adrian. I really appreciate you sharing your encouraging response. I, too, look forward to more of your terrific work in the coming year. Hope you’re having a great start to the new year!

  40. These are all beautiful. All the best to you for 2020!

  41. Oh, some stunning images, Jane…from the landscape of the Palouse to ‘Street’ in the shape of that wonderfully noticed oldies at the Monet!

  42. It’s an impressive collection. We look forward to more this year.

  43. Wonderful collection over the years. Happy 8th anniv and happy 2020!

  44. Some awesome work here Jane. Love your opener and the blinds. Of course the Monet shot is classic Jane timing. All the best to you, Bob and your growing family in the new decade

  45. Beautiful, Jane. And the Emerson quote is about the best you possibly could have chosen. So, sometime in 2020 you and Bob and Kathy and I should all go to Point Reyes together. Deal? We will have lunch at the Inverness Park Market. Best pastrami sandwiches in the world. Period.

  46. Inspiring review Jane. I really must paint Keep on Trucking as I had intended to do. Sounds like a good new year’s resolution 😊

  47. Always love your photography and these are no exceptions. The Palouse and that shot on the bridge deserve to hang in a gallery. And I can’t argue with the last quotation. Happy 2020 Jane, have fun with those grandies!
    Jude xx

  48. LOVE! A wonderful review of the year, Jane. It must have been hard to choose from so many of your marvelous photos. 🙂
    Looking forward to seeing what 2020 has in store. ❤

  49. hi jane, a very great selection of favorites that introduce us from 2019. i like everyone very much.
    greetings robert

  50. Beautiful Jane! Happy Healthy New Year !! 🥂☃️❤️

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  51. Beautiful!

  52. Congratulations on reaching your 8th anniversary, Jane, and another fruitful year. I’m very fond of the striking simplicity of Golden Gate Fog and the colours of Blinded. Here’s to a great 2020!

  53. This is a beautiful portfolio of your recent work, Jane. I wish you all the best in the new year.

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