My Top 10 Photos of 2017

   It is once again time to post my 10 favourite photographs – this time from 2017. I do this every year as it is a very good exercise (and not always easy) but also so I can participate in Jim Goldstein’s annual Your Best Photos project. His collection of these posts is a great place to find new photographers you may have been unfamiliar with before.

   If you click on a photo you’ll be taken to a larger version in my Image Archive. I’ve also linked to corresponding blog posts that contain these images if you want more information about the location or to see other photos from that area. These photos aren’t in any specific order though I am still enjoying the first one a lot as I probably wouldn’t have attempted to make it in previous years. Sorting images for my calendar often gives me a head start on this list. While it did help this year for some reason the images I chose as my favourites are fairly different this time around. This is partly due to the variety I want to show in my calendar as well as I try not to include any human made elements in those photos.

I hope you enjoy this years selections and am curious to hear if you have any particular favourites.

My Favourite Photos of 2017:

walking over the floating bridge at sasamat lake
1. Sasamat Lake

(Port Moody, British Columbia)
Blog post: Sasamat Lake on a Fall Day

fall foliage and mount shuksan from huntoon point in the north cascades
2. Mount Shuksan from Huntoon Point

(North Cascades, Washington State)

adult barred owl strix varia perched
3. Barred Owl (Strix varia

(Langley, British Columbia)
Blog post: Adult Barred Owl (Strix varia)

mount cheam fraser river fall leaves agassiz
4. Mount Cheam and the Fraser River

(Agassiz, British Columbia)
Blog post: Mount Cheam and the Fraser River in Agassiz

fall foliage reflection in rolley lake
5. Fall Reflections at Rolley Lake

(Mission, British Columbia)
Blog post: Fall Reflections at Rolley Lake Provincial Park

sailboat in burgoyne bay saltspring island
6. Sailboat in Burgoyne Bay

(Saltspring Island, British Columbia)
Blog post: Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park Farm Buildings

dogwood tree flowers eddies white wonder
7. Dogwood Flowers

(Langley, British Columbia)
Blog post: Dogwood Flowers – Eddie’s White Wonder

vancouver trade and convention center and coal harbour
8. Vancouver Convention Center & Vancouver’s Coal Harbour

(Vancouver, British Columbia)
Blog post: Vancouver Convention Centre

sunshine on mount webb in chilliwack lake provincial park
9. Spotlight on Mount Webb

(Chilliwack, British Columbia)
Blog post: Rainbow at Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

sunset at the white rock pier
10. Sunset at the White Rock Pier

(White Rock, British Columbia)
Blog post: An Evening at the White Rock Pier

   Ooops – there is an eleventh photo below! I included this one as an extra photograph because I like it and it also represents something new. I haven’t tried to photograph an airshow since I had a rangefinder camera with film in it in the 80’s – so it was time to try again! Thanks, in part, to the autofocus on my Canon 5D Mark IV, this experiment turned out quite well.

Canadian forces snowbirds in formation over white rock
Canadian Forces Snowbirds

(White Rock, British Columbia)
Blog post: Canadian Forces Snowbirds Over White Rock

My top 10 photos from last year can be found here: My Top 10 Photos of 2016.

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17 Responses to “My Top 10 Photos of 2017”

  1. Mark says:

    Well, congrats for putting this together so early Michael! 🙂 Leave that camera in the closet for the rest of the year now.

    British Columbia must be such a fantastic place to live, to provide an endless supply of inspiration. Beautiful series for 2017!

    • Michael says:

      I usually don’t shoot a lot in December so I think the list is safe for now. 🙂 I do love BC for that reason – a wide variety of scenery in a relatively short distance from where I live is a great thing!

  2. Michael, it seems were both busy culling image and preparing posts for the same purposes. I love you selection of images especially the “Spotlight on Mount Webb”.

    My selection are here:

  3. Michael,

    Great year-end list as always. As I mentioned, # 1 is my favorite. The simplicity, composition, subtleties, and scale make it a striking image.

    Best wishes for 2018!


  4. Gary Crabbe says:

    Great images, Michael. A good 2017 for sure! I especially love the owl, the Sasamat Lake, the fall reflections, and the city scene is quite compelling as well. With the exception of the jets and city shot, the overriding adjective for your work is very “peaceful.” Wishing you all the best for 2018!

    • Michael says:

      Thanks Gary! I hadn’t really thought of an overall theme when I chose these but I agree that peaceful fits quite well with most of them. Hope you have a great 2018 as well!

  5. Another nice collection this past year, Michael! My favorites are # 1 Sasamat lake and #3 the barred owl. I hope we can get together soon, maybe do some shooting in your neck of the woods this time.

  6. Michael – enjoyed viewing your collection very much. Congratulations on a wonderful group of photographs! My favorite is probably #1, but I also liked the Vancouver Convention Center image. 🙂
    Peaceful, tranquil – qualities I have also found myself drawn toward recently.

  7. Michael,

    Appears to have been an excellent year for photography for you! Great variety of subjects here.

  8. Rob Tilley says:

    Great Selection of images Michael! I really need to get up to Vancouver some time. If I make some plans I will contact you.

  9. Russ Bishop says:

    This is a nice varied collection, Michael. The owl and Mount Shuksan images are standouts for me. Wishing you all the best in 2018!

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