I just got done publishing my 4 goals for 2017 post and it got me thinking about the images I’ve taken over this past year. With 2016 winding down, I thought it might be appropriate to take a moment and share my 5 favorite images that I took during this past year. In the process, I’ll talk a little bit about the background of each image. So, without further ado, here are my 5 favorite images from 2016!

5) Weathered

This image was taken on the morning of May 27th in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. The image is really quite simple in composition: a weathered fence post with the Great Smoky Mountains standing tall in the background.

I really love the feel of this image and the texture that’s present in the fence post. The post, leading into the field, with the mountains in the background, in my opinion, really conveys the scale of this amazing landscape.

4) Grazing

Grazing, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

This one was shot a couple of days before the previous one, on May 25th, 2016. Like #5, this one was also shot in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

I really enjoy the striking contrast between the field of grazing horses and the mountains in the background. In addition, I really like the warm tones of the grass in comparison to the cooler tones of the background.

3) Cammerer

Cammerer fire tower, Mt. Cammerer, Great Smoky Mountains

I took this image on May 24, 2016. The building in the foreground is a fire lookout located on the summit of Mt. Cammerer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee (noticing a trend here). There are a number of things I like about this image.

For one, The fire tower has a lot of texture to it, which I feel helps convey some of the age and character of this unique building. The background shows mountains as far as the eyes can see and even has some of that smoky haze that the Smokies are famous for. All in all, however, I think one of the big reasons I like this image so much is because of the memories of the hike up to the summit of Cammerer!

2) Kentucky Fog

Kentucky Fog. Photographed in Red River Gorge, Kentucky, by Adam Thompson.

Not only is this one of my favorite images of 2016, it’s one of my favorite images that I’ve taken of all time! I shot this on September 25th, 2016 during a foggy sunrise on Chimney Rock in The Red River Gorge National Geological Area, Kentucky. What can I say? I’m a sucker for the look of fog shot on a long exposure. There’s just something so mysterious and alluring about a landscape covered in fog. The fact that there was a bit of color in the sky for the sunrise certainly doesn’t hurt!

1) Passing Storm

Passing Storm

This brings me to my absolute favorite image from 2016. I shot this on October 7th, 2016 from an overlook in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee (hey, I’m a big fan of the Smokies). The seemingly never ending view of mountains is enough to make a great image on it’s own, but on this particular day, there was a storm passing over the Smokies. If you’ve never watched a storm system move over the mountains, all I can say is that it’s certainly a sight to behold!

How About You?

What’s your favorite image that you shot in 2016? Why not share a link with us in the comments below!