• Tim Schallberger
    Tim Schallberger
    This one is probably my favorite from this year as it was than just driving up to a spot and setting up. For a couple of years now I have been wondering what kind of shot of the rare aurora I could get from the Mt Bachelor cone and on June 22, the numbers were loing really good so the time had come to see. In the summer-time Mt Bachelor closes their gates early in the afternoon so I would have to bike in approximately a mile with my gear and then start an hour + climb up the flank of Mt Bachelor and then finally scrambling up the backside of the "cone". The "cone" is an ancient lava cone covered in loose lava rock which made the final stretch a 2 steps forward one step back process. But, by sunset I had made it to my perch for the evening and patiently waited. And by pure serendipity, a partial moon would be setting at the same time lighting the foreground landscape.
  • Bob Randall
    Bob Randall
    This is my favorite night sky shot in 2015 because of the subject matter ( Mt. Shasta) and the unplanned way that I came to the shot: It was a bit like finding a $100 bill lying on the ground. I was driving up to Portland, Oregon on July 23rd for a family visit and had stopped at Castle Crag State Park around 5 pm for a hike up to explore the Crags.
  • Sergio Garcia Rill
    Sergio Garcia Rill
    This is my favorite photo of 2015. I to this at Moss Lake in Enchanted Rock Natural Area while on my way to Big Bend National Park for the Perseid meteor shower. While I like the photo itself, what makes it my favorite of the year is that this was my first solo camping trip and it wasn't a "Car camping" trip, but I had to hike a little over 2 miles in the summer Texas heat to reach the camp site which was in itself an achievement since I'm not the most fit person on the planet