Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari


Jim Goldstein’s Best Photos Project

Storm Textures

From my submission to Jim Goldstein’s Best Photo Project. Every year Jim gathers up the best images of photographers on the web and publishes a list, linking to the individual’s site or blog. I have participated every year since 2010.

Click on the link above to see the list. Be sure to check out the great images from some great photographers. Thanks to Jim Goldstein for doing this great service.

In the best light…


Best of Twenty Sixteen

Cattails In Early Spring

2016 was not a particularly productive year for me, so I limited my selection to ten images. We start the year in March with this marsh scene in black and white. “Cattails In Early Spring”

The Claw


May brought with it a few good aurora storms this one was on the 8th.

“The Claw”


Storm In A Pond


A photo drive through the countryside on Canada Day gave me these two stormy shots.

“Storm In A Pond”

Storm Textures


And this one: “Storm Textures”

I like the painterly look to the clouds in the sky. As I recall, I enhanced the grain to give it a rougher look and a more film like feel.

Rain Or Shine


August had me shooting a wedding for friends. Their reception was in an outdoor tent in a backyard. The thunderstorm did not deter the celebration.

“Rain Or Shine”

Into The Night 


September was the month of the harvest moon. We were late getting out and by the time I was situated the moon had lifted from the horizon. I was still able to capture this shot of a working swather and the moon.

“Into The Night”

Sky Canvas


Throughout the year, I saw many sunsets and a few sunrises. Most of them were great to see. I’ve posted quite a few this year and I don’t know it this was my absolute best, but it was one that I liked a lot.

“Sky Canvas”

Earl's Combine Troubles


Good friends will let you take pictures of them when they are working, even if things aren’t going so well. About this time the fourth combine had gone down. Luckily most were minor difficulties.

“Earl’s Combine Troubles”

Dusk Dust


It was a particularly late harvest in 2016. This shot was taken in late October and the crew worked well into November with a bit of cleanup in December even.

“Dusk Dust”

Sky Line


My final shot in this group comes from November. I was standing outside of the restaurant in Airdrie where we were about to have supper. I looked up at the sunset and saw the jet trail being lit by the same golden tones as the clouds.

“Sky Line”

I hope you have enjoyed my photography as much as I have presenting it to you. Thanks for looking and reading. All the best to you in the New Year!

In the best light…

Best Photos Blog From JMG Galleries

Every year Jim Goldstein gathers up the year’s best from photo bloggers from around the world and publishes them in one big post. He’s done his blog project annually since 2007.

Best Photos of 2015 by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers

Best Photos of 2014 by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers

Best Photos of 2013 by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers

Best Photos of 2012 by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers

Best Photos of 2011 by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers

Best Photos of 2010 by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers

Best Photos of 2009 by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers  – My first year

Best Photos of 2008 by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers

Best Photos From 2007  by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers

Thanks to Jim for this huge commitment.

In the best light…

Best Of Twenty Fifteen

My best, In the order that they were taken. I did a lot of post processing on older images, which I did not include. Only images shot in the last year are being shown.

Sherri In The Snow

January 6 – Sherri In The Snow – After shovelling snow off of our sidewalks, I ran in the house to grab my camera and flash to take this shot of my wife Sherri.

Sky Waves

March 24 – Sky Waves – Heading north out of Ft. Providence, NWT, I noticed these strange clouds and quickly grabbed a shot.

Ahead Of The Crowd

May 9 – Ahead Of The Crowd – There is always a wealth of photo opportunities for automobile aficionados at the Didsbury Show and Shine. I often take a snap of a sign or other owner provided info on a vehicle, to correctly identify it later. I didn’t have any ID on this car and had to do an extensive search on the internet to determine that this was a 1937 Pontiac.

Iris Garden

May 23 – Iris Garden – Flowers are great subjects and for me, backlighting only improves them. Blooms were in abundance at the Reader Rock Garden. Located across from the Stampede Grounds, it’s one of the lesser known inner-city parks.

The Lions Sleep Tonight

May 23 – The Lions Sleep Tonight – Later that same night, we relocated to Crescent Road where I shot this great view of the Centre Street Bridge and it’s iconic Lions

To The Horizon

September 25 – To The Horizon – Harvest time in Central Alberta near Trochu. A John Deere combine works the field. By it’s position near the top of a rise, the main body of the harvester is shown above the horizon, as is the dust cloud trailing behind.


October 3 – Gudrun – On Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk our leader, my friend Gudrun showed us through the Calgary community of Bridgeland.  We stopped for a moment and I took the opportunity to make this impromptu portrait.


October 17 – Remember – Another photowalk, this time hosted by my friend Neil Zeller. We started out at the Peace Bridge and worked our way down to Poppy Plaza, where I captured this image.

Simmons Building

December 8 – Simmons Building – In the city for an appointment and a gallery opening later, we had a couple of hours between. I decided to head over to the East Village to scout about. I saw the old painted on signage and had to get a shot.

Aurora And Moonset Over Carstairs

December 20 – Aurora And Moonset Over Carstairs – I was just getting ready for bed when I checked the Aurora forecast. It looked good, really good, so I went out. Not much was happening when I got, away from the street lights. Not much happened the first hour and I thought I got skunked, but decided to wait. Am I glad that I did, the next two hours were amazing but by 3 AM I had to turn in, even though it was still going on.

These were what I chose to be my best from 2015. I hope you enjoyed them.

In the best light…

Best of Twenty Fourteen

Hello 2014

There’s nothing like starting the year off with a bang. We went out for a drive the evening of New Year’s Day and I was able to capture this lovely sunset.

I’ll take you through the past year chronologically if you will just bear with me.