My Best Photos of 2016

My Best Photos of 2016

Year 2016 is coming to an end so it’s a time of summaries. 2016 was a great year for my photography & travels. I visited 3 places I planned to visit for years (Japan, Cuba and Madeira island) and took a lot of amazing images. In this list you will find photos that I think are the best of them (or maybe my favorite ones?). Clink on the blue link to read more about each photo: story behind the place & photo, camera info as well as post-processing details.

Photos below are in no particular order although I will start with my favorite from 2016, which is…

1. Bamboo Forest in Kyoto

Probably one of my best photos ever taken, this photo shows famous bamboo forest in Arashiyama, one of the districts of Kyoto, early in the morning before any tourists arrived there.

2. Mt. Fuji hiding in the clouds

When I was in the area of Mt. Fuji, most of the time it was hidden in the clouds. But when it appeared during sunset it was truly amazing! With beautiful colors and wonderful soft light on its peak.

Mt. Fuji

3. Ponta de Sao Lourenco

Ponta de Sao Lourenco is a beautiful peninsula in the east part of Madeira island. Unlike other parts of Madeira which are full of lush green trees and remind of tropical forest, Ponta de Sao Lourenco is very rugged, almost desert like with 180 meters high red and brown cliffs. It offers nice (but sometimes a bit demanding) hike with some spectacular views over Atlantic ocean and endless photo opportunities for landscape and fine art photographers as there are plenty of huge rocks standing out of the sea that look spectacular with right sunset or sunrise light or when treated with long exposure.

Ponta de Sao Lourenco

4. Courtyard in Havana

I found this beautiful courtyard in one of the museums in the Old Havana. Huge fallen pot immediately attracted my attention and so I composed this image in such a way it stays in the central part of the image. The place was full of beautiful details, textures and geometric shapes which made it sheer pleasure to photograph it.

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5. Magical Forest

Shiratani Unsuikyo forest on Yakushima island in Japan was one of the most magical and impressive locations I’ve ever visited and photographed. Few thousand years old cedar trees, green moss and countless streams make this place look like taken directly from fairy tales. Despite the fact I saw no elves or gnomes I really enjoyed it and also took a few great images there so the list couldn’t go with at least one of them.

6. Mt. Fuji before sunrise

Another photo showing Fuji-san. Even though it was spring already this sunrise was freezing cold. But it was worth getting up early to see Mt. Fuji in its full glory.

7. Cuban woman smoking cigar

Year 2016 was also great because I tried some other types of photography. I started to experiment with artificial light in my tiny home studio and during my travel to Cuba I spent good amount of time trying to take street photos. And there were a couple of street photos I really liked. Below you can find one of them. It’s a posed photo but I think it’s still really nice.Cuban woman smoking cigar in Havana8. Love

I photographed this tender moment in Nara, Japan. I think no more words are necessary here.


9. Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto, Japan was on my to-photograph list for a few years now. So when I finally visited Kyoto I couldn’t wait to take pictures there. But first attempt was a failure. Despite being very late in the evening there, there were still crowds of people what stopped me from taking any good pics. On the second occasion I was more successful (or lucky) and managed to take photo below.

Fushimi Inari Taisha

2017-01-17T19:42:23+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Posted in: blog|
  • Wojciech Toman

    Year 2016 is coming to an end so it’s time of summaries. I’d like to start with a list of my best photos taken this year, which you can find on my blog:

  • Ludwig Sörmlind

    Fantastic photos as always!!

  • Wojciech Toman

    Thank you 🙂