Looking Back

As 2013 draws to a close, I can’t help but look back on what I’ve done  with regards to my photography.

For those  of us that take photography seriously, I think we are always trying to learn, and grow.  I’m no different than anyone else and take my share of crap images.  Sometimes it’s because I’m lazy, other times I didn’t match my gear to what I was trying to photograph.  And if you’re like me, you try to learn something from these teaching moments.

I’d like to think that my photography has evolved, at least a little.  There’s one  thing I know I’m doing differently, and that is, I’ve backed way off on the HDR post processing.  Not that HDR is a bad thing, I just think that I’ve overdone it a bit.

One of the other things that I think has changed with my photography is the emotional reaction people have when I share one of my photos.  Since I share photos across several different websites, I get a pretty good sampling of people from across the world.  The only I time get any real negative comments is when I overcook an HDR image.  So, I must be doing something right!

Another thing that I’ve done this year is get serious about shrinking my photography gear.  With my latest camera acquisition, I should be able to leave the DSLR at home for almost anything I do.  I say almost because I’m still not sure about airshows.  More time with my Olympus OM-D will tell, but until I’m sure, I’ll hang on to the Canon 60D.

I put together a short slideshow of some of my favorite images of 2013.  There’s no special order to them, and I used several different cameras to create them.

If I had to pick my top 5 for the year, it would be these:

Silver Lake Pond

The Cabin

Mono Lake, South Tufa Sunset

Hopefully you’ve been able to grow and evolve with your photography as well. Whether it is in learning the fundamentals or a new post processing technique, my advice is to keep at it, don’t get discouraged if you don’t get it right away. There are a lot of good resources available online, and many of them are free, you just need to do the research. And, you can always post your questions here or on my Facebook page!

That’s it, until next time, Happy Shooting!