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My Best Images From 2014


Here are the very best images I have to offer you, from the 5,000+ that I captured during the course of the past twelve months.  They include both digital and film photographs — all from high-end rangefinder cameras, various film-based point-and-shoots, and iPhones (the specifics are in the captions of each image).

For those that are interested in how my photography has grown since last year, here are my best images from 2013.














389 thoughts on “My Best Images From 2014

  1. suchled

    A great selection. I think I got most of them during the year. I chose five. Feb – The river at Edwards Ferry. March – Potomac River. April – Feather and bloom. May – Osprey. Sept – Drive to work. Of them all I choose the Osprey. All are fantastic but a lot are reflections of natures beauty and man’s creation but the Osprey relied upon the instant reaction of the photographer.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Thank you, John!

      I enjoyed taking photos of the ospreys you’ve seen here; however, they sure are tough to photograph. They are extremely skittish and will generally fly off if you approach closer than 150-200 feet. Thus the use of 560mm lens, which gives me significant stand-off capability. Even then, focusing with a manual lens at that distance is tricky, as is tracking the subject. The whole experience gave me renewed respect for the top-flight wildlife shooters.

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  2. V-Light

    Great collection! Every photo is lovely and 2014 seems like it was a really productive year for you. I wish you an even better 2015 and keep sharing your beautiful photos with us 😀 Many greetings from Austria! ~ Alex

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  3. elizabethbreston

    Stunning! I love Montana and appreciate the opportunity to see the landscape so exquistely captured. Interestingly, a few of my favorites were taken with your iPhone. You have such a gift. I love photography but have found that my constant need for reading glasses has lessened the thrill a bit. 🙂 Thanks for posting.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Thank you, Elizabeth! We love pretty much all the Rocky Mountain states, including Montana.

      You aren’t the only one that likes the iPhone shots — I had one published in the March 2014 issue of SpinSheet Magazine (https://exploratorius.us/2014/02/25/just-published/), and had another featured as the opening image in the inaugural West Marine 2013 calendar (https://exploratorius.us/2012/12/10/winner-in-the-first-annual-west-advantage-rewards-photo-contest-calendar/). I continue to promote iPhones as being capable of producing amazing images, so long as you are careful with the exposure and post-processing of them.

      I use reading glasses as well, but haven’t let that slow me down a bit!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Well, heck yeah! I visit Virginia frequently, it’s the least you could in return! 😉 Kidding aside, thanks for stopping by and commenting — I appreciate it.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      You and me both! We were driving north on Route 32 out of Tetonia and began to see clouds stack up with some nice light play, so I stopped the rental car, hopped out, and just took a few iPhone panoramas before we continued our exploring. Wonderful area…


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      You’re very welcome. It’s refreshing for me as well; I hadn’t shot B+W in at least 15 years and was shocked at the results that I was able to obtain with it.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author


      You’re not allowed to STEAL, though you are allowed to enjoy. They may be used — but not abused or altered, or for commercial purposes, or for profit. Any use must be attributed to me.

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  6. jmpod

    There are some wonderfully rich images here….what I love most is that many of them are taken during an ordinary moment in your day – “commute to work” etc…that’s really the best part…

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Thank you very much for your kind words.

      Yes, they are all taken throughout the day. Unlike many other photographers out there, I don’t shoot just during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset — I work with the light that I’m presented with, even during the noon hours.


  7. style2swank

    These images are beautiful….I am from Baltimore, MD and loved that you captured MD in it’s beauty. MD gets such a bad rep majority of the time, that it is good to see it showcased differently. Thank you. Love to love my home

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  8. johnberk

    I’m happy you are working so hard to capture all the beauty our world has to offer, your photos trigger emotions and provide me with a feeling for the beauty. Nature calms us down, even if we feel depraved by our fast lifestyle fueled by ambition. We have to protect it with all sentient and living beings.

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  9. The Satori Saga

    Just beautiful photographs. The iPhone seem like a great alternative. Pics taken o iPhone has come out just lovely. I loved the ridge, Mary land – the skies are too dramatic especially during the sunset and it’s captured just right from your perspective.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Hi Amrita! Thank you for your kind words.

      If you haven’t yet discovered them, WordPress has all sorts of helpful articles on getting started with your blogging, which you can find at the following links:

      If you’re wanting to improve your own photography, I have over 20 postings to help with that, which you can begin reading here:

      Have fun and don’t get discouraged!

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    1. The Coffee Crazed Writer

      I’m going to do a post with a picture I took of my cat, Mikey. I think the picture is really good, but if you could take a look at it and tell me how to improve next time it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


    2. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Done. Cat photos are always a challenge, but the best thing to do in the future is to take care and make certain that the eyes are in focus (I’m speaking of the Death Glare image). And that applies to any portrait — everything else can be out of focus, but the eyes need to be sharp. To get that, just pick your focus point to be the inside corner of the nearest eye, and it should turn out great.


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