Selecting my top 10 photos from 2013 is one of the hardest things I’ve done in the past few months. But as I scrolled through the more than 10,000 photographs in the 2013 folder in my Lightroom catalog, I realized a few things:
- I should have moved from “auto” to “manual” mode way before March 2013! Although I found it frustrating at first, controlling everything from aperture, to focal point, to exposure time, to ISO and more allows much greater scope to create “in camera” the photograph that I envision.
- Using a film camera at least every once in a while has the advantage of making me slow down to really think about subject and composition, and it carries over for months after going back to digital format.
- Experimenting with different techniques and purposefully developing new photography skills helps keep things fresh and interesting. This year I tried three things that were new to me. First, “in camera” multiple exposures (not happy with my results, may try again some day). Second, making photographs with intentional camera movement (not everyone in our family likes the resulting images, but I like the additional creativity this mode brings to my work and I’ll keep working with ICM well into the future). And third, I tried some night photography, including some composite star trails (mistakes here can waste hours of your time, but I’m encouraged by my initial results and will keep working on this skill set whenever location and night sky conditions permit).
- Nature continues to be my most preferred subject matter and I make photographs primarily to share the inspiring landscapes and intriguing details that I’m so privileged to see on a daily basis here in Calgary and Canmore.
Enough with the introspection! Now for my best photographs of 2013…
That’s it for me! You have until 11:59 pm PST on January 4, 2014 to take part in the Your Best Photos From 2013 Blog Project organized by Jim Goldstein. I look forward to being inspired by and learning from all the other submissions.