2013 Through The Lens.

The past year has been outstanding for me. Physically, I don’t think I’ve ever been in better shape, even better than when I was racing mountain bikes. I can thank my time hiking in the mountains for that. And running, lots and lots of running.

Photographically, I’m happier with the images I’ve captured than ever before. I find myself shooting less, yet coming back with more. I’m developing a more critical eye towards what I photograph, knowing exactly what I want to capture and how I want to capture it. Fewer images from any given outing means less time in front of the computer too. A trend I hope to continue in the coming year.

Now the hard part.

Trying to come up with 12 favorite images from the past year though, that was tough. Not so much coming up with favorites, but narrowing it down to only 12, that was a challenge. Making the task even harder for me, when I set out to compile this list I had one self-imposed rule – Β only one image from each of the last 12 months.

Β So here they are, my favorite 12 images from the past year.

What’s Missing?

I purposely didn’t call this a “Best Of” list because that’s all very subjective and I’ll leave it up to you to decide what you feel is my best image from 2013.

So what’s missing? Is there a particular image I’ve shared over the past year that you think should have made the list?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Finally, to all my fans, subscribers, and those just passing through, I’d like to wish you all the best in the coming year.


42 thoughts on “Looking Back – My Favorite Images from 2013

  1. Happy New Year to my wonderful friend and teacher who I never fail to learn from. You inspire me every day, and I thank you for that and for always encouraging me to experiment more with my camera :). May 2014 be full of health, happiness, and more wonderful photographic opportunities than ever!!

    1. Thank you Cindy. It sure looks to me like whatever meager knowledge I’ve shared is being put to very good use. Your photos get better and better every time you share them πŸ™‚

      Happy New Year (a little late) to you and your family. I hope 2014 is very good to you.

  2. These are sunning and I enjoyed looking at these images again.
    All the best for 2014. May you continue to be fit, and to astound us with your beautiful images.

    1. Thank you. That is my favorite view in New Hampshire. And one of the easiest ones to get to too. I’m still trying to realize the image I have of it stuck in my head though. But I am pretty happy with this one πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks Sreejith.That October photo is the result of my first attempt at a long exposure of autumn leaves on a stream. So many people do it that I’ve shied away from trying it myself. I am very pleased with the way this one came out.

    1. Thanks David, and Happy New Year to you and your family.

      Yes, very difficult. Deciding to include only one photo from a given month made it even harder. There were a couple of months I could have gotten all 12 from. πŸ™‚

  3. Two of my favorites are waterfall on the Cocheco River in downtown Dover, NH at night and Christmas Fire. Looking forward to more beautiful pics. Have a great New year!

  4. I missed out on a lot of the year, and I’m finding it really fun to read through your blog and catch up. What a year, indeed! Congratulations on all of your successes. How come your cardinal didn’t make the 2013 list? And did you say which magazine cover it landed on? So cool.

    1. Yes, I read your recent post. Sounds like you’ve had a very busy year. The cardinal didn’t make the cut because it was taken in 2012(maybe ’11). It is going to be on the back cover of next months(Feb. ’14) issue of Ranger Rick Jr Magazine, put out by the National Wildlife Federation. I’m going to be a hit with the 4-7 year old crowd, I just know it! πŸ˜€

  5. All these images are wonderful and I know from following your blog there are many more. Thank you for showing me a beautiful part of the world.

    1. Thank you Lee, you are so right. Even excluding images I’ve shared over the past year that weren’t captured in 2013, it was a very productive year for me.

      I’m happy to hear you enjoy New Hampshire the way I see it πŸ™‚

  6. What a year it has been, Jeff. You’ve presented many unforgettable images, but your October offering is my person favorite. May this new one bring you all the rewards that you hope for.

    1. Thanks a lot Gary. I was very happy with the way the October image came out, though it was purely accidental at first. The currents on the water were so slow it was impossible to visualize what the leaves were doing, and how many different currents they were following. When the first preview popped up on my LCD though, I get very excited with the possibilities.

      All the best in the New Year!

  7. Nice choices, as I was looking at this in my e-mail I thought that April was my favorite, so I came here to tell you so. I looked again at the full post, and April is still my favorite. All the best to you in 2014 πŸ™‚

    1. Happy New Year to you as well. I’m very happy with the April photo too. Even though it still isn’t the way I want to capture that view. There’s an image in my head… πŸ˜‰

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