Photo: Overlooking the hills of Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County, California

Now that the holidays have passed, the New Year is well under way, and my recent post, My Favorite Landscape Photos of 2016 is slowly fading into the sunset, I decided this might be a good time to look back at my Favorite Cellphone Photos of 2016. These were all shot with my Samsung Galaxy S6 cellphone and processed using the Snapseed App. I often use borders and a different watermark to help easily distinguish my cellphone images from my ‘real’ photos that I take with my Nikon or Sony cameras. I also think of my cellphone shots on a more personal level, usually sharing them on my personal Instagram account, where you can clearly see the different look and feel of these images when compared to my Pro Instagram account.

They say that the best camera is the one you have with you, and if all you’re carrying is your cellphone, then it’s absolutely true. Also, if you’d like to try using the Snapseed app for processing your photos, you can download it from the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store.

As usual, I’d love to hear if you have any favorite image(s).

Featured Photo: (Above) #1: Overlooking the hills of Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County, California

Image: Big Sur Coast, Monterey County, California
#2: Big Sur Coast, Monterey County, California


#3: The two troublemakers of different species: Brandon and Dakota

Image: Raindrops on plants, Pleasant Hill, CA
#4: Raindrops on plants, Pleasant Hill, CA

Image: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California
#5 Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California

Image: Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California
#6: Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California

Image: Rural traffic jam, Point Reyes National Seashore, California
#7: Rural traffic jam, Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Image: Couple walking on beach at sunset, New Brighton State Park, California
#8: Couple walking on beach at sunset, New Brighton State Park, California

Image: Sunrise over boat at Playa Del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
#9: Sunrise over boat at Playa Del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Image: sleeping cat
#10: Sleeping cat; Dakota

Image: Close-up of a ladybug
#11: Close-up of a ladybug

Image: Trees in fog, Briones Regional Park, California
#12: Trees in fog, Briones Regional Park, California

Image: Rock detail, Point Reyes National Seashore, California
#13: Rock detail, Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Image: The headlands at Point Reyes National Seashore, California
#14: The headlands at Point Reyes National Seashore, California


#15: Two troublemakers of the same species; Dakota & Milo – new members of our family this year.

*** Thank You so much for looking. Of course, I’d love to know if you have any favorite image(s). If so, and you’d like to leave a comment below, that would be awesome.



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Gary Crabbe is an award-winning commercial and editorial outdoor travel photographer and author based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, California. He has seven published books on California to his credit, including “Photographing California; v1-North”, which won the prestigious 2013 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal award as Best Regional title. His client and publication credits include the National Geographic Society, the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, TIME, The North Face, Subaru, L.L. Bean, Victoria’s Secret, Sunset Magazine, The Nature Conservancy, and many more. Gary is also a photography instructor and consultant, offering both public and private photo workshops. He also works occasionally a professional freelance Photo Editor.

Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Hall Kelley says:

    I prefer the “as shot” version.

  • Diane Barros says:

    Gary,
    All of your images are great, I am fond of Yosemite, I have enjoyed photographing there myself years ago. Your image of Yosemite Falls, I would say is my favorite image that you have taken. great work. I look forward to seeing more of your work. Oh, and the sea shore image is captivating..
    Diane

  • Susan Neiswinger says:

    Favorite is #3: The two troublemakers of different species: Brandon and Dakota. 😍 I love #12: Trees in a fog.
    Your feature photo is gorgeous! (#1 Overlooking the hills…) and I’m partial to the little moo cow out for a stroll in the lush velvety green countryside. Great photos, all of them. Thanks for sharing!

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