Top 56 Shots of 2013

Top 56 Shots of 2013

Top 56 Shots of 2013

I’ll keep this short and sweet:

Here are my personal top 56 photos from 2013.

Presented in no particular order…

Nepal

Rainbow in Nepal’s Himalayas

 

Siberian Snow

Siberian Snow

 

 

Belgium Houses

Houses of Bruges

 

Blue in Nepal

Blue in Nepal

This was an early morning shot of climbers hiking up to Thorong La Pass in Nepal. Altitude was approx. 16,500 feet.

 

Auto Rickshaw and Cow

Auto Rickshaw and Cow

This shot was included because I think it says a lot about India in one frame: trash on the streets, a lone cow at night, and an autorickshaw passing by. Evidence of a chaotic day in the midst of a peaceful night.

 

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

 

Bruges

Bruges

 

Ghent

Ghent

 

Brussels

Brussels

This was picked because I love the way the colors turned out from shooting these buildings during dusk.

 

Brussels Light

Brussels Light

Basically no Photoshop on this shot; it’s all natural light in Brussels.

 

Candles in Nepal

Candles in Nepal

 

Clock Tower in Ghent

Clock Tower in Ghent

 

Ghent

Ghent

 

Ghent

Ghent

 

Ghent in Motion

Ghent in Motion

Ghent Wheel

Ghent Wheel

 

A Day in Nepal

A Day in Nepal

This is one of my absolute favorites from this year because I feel it says so much about rural Nepalese life.

 

Grand Place, Brussels

Grand Place, Brussels

 

Ghent

Ghent

 

Looking Down in Hong Kong

Looking Down in Hong Kong

 

Ice on Lake Baikal

Ice on Lake Baikal

An HDR shot of Ice on the great Lake Baikal. Although I’ve generally shied away from it this year, HDR was the only way to bring out the brights and darks in this high contrast scene.

 

Sunset and Ice on Baikal

Sunset and Ice on Baikal

Really happy with this one. I laid prone on the ice for this shot.

 

Istanbul

Istanbul

Istanbul. It’s a bit of a retro look, edited in a film style which I’ve become really attracted to this year.

 

Istanbul on Film

Istanbul on Film

I feel relaxed when I look at this image. Perhaps it’s because film was used to shoot it (?) and it therefore gains all the vibrant feelings inherent to shooting with film (as opposed to digital’s generally flat tendencies).

 

Istanubul Evening

Istanubul Evening

 

Bridge and Istanbul

Bridge and Istanbul

 

Khabarovsk Church

Khabarovsk Church

Shot on a -30 degree night in Siberia. It was cold, but Khabarovsk turned out to be one of my favorite cities.

 

Khabarovsk Lights

Khabarovsk Lights

 

Lion in Blue Hour

Lion in Blue Hour in Krasnoyarsk, Russia

 

Monkey Temple

Monkey Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Morning in Kathmandu

Morning in Kathmandu

 

Looking up in Istanbul

Looking up in Istanbul

The negative space makes this shot one of this year’s personal favorites.

 

Motorcycle in Kathmandu

Motorcycle in Kathmandu

 

View from Upper Pisang

View from Upper Pisang

I sadly dropped my 50mm f1.2 lens on the way to shoot this sunrise picture. Oh well.

 

Ice on the Lake

Ice on the Lake. More of Lake Baikal from early 2013.

 

Khabarovsk, Russia

Khabarovsk, Russia

 

Vladivostok, Russia

Vladivostok, Russia

 

Poon Hill, Nepal

Poon Hill, Nepal

This spot is rumored to host the best sunrise view on Earth. Obviously, it did not disappoint.

 

Prayer Wheels in Nepal

Prayer Wheels in Nepal

 

Festival in Delhi, India

Festival in Delhi, India

 

Long Exposure on Koh Samui

Long Exposure on Koh Samui

The video tutorial for this shot can be found here: Sunset on Koh Samui

 

Shopping in Brussels

Shopping in Brussels

 

Smoking in Brussels

Smoking in Brussels

One of my weakest areas in photography is taking pictures of people. I need to work on this in 2014.

 

Stars over Poon Hill

Stars over Poon Hill

This is probably my single best shot of 2013. At the very least, it’s the one that required the most effort. I hiked up to Poon Hill and stayed up there all night freezing while shooting the stars over the Himalayas.

Worth it.

 

Stretching over Kathmandu

Stretching over Kathmandu

 

Sunrise over Poon Hill

Sunrise over Poon Hill

 

Sunrise over Kathmandu

Sunrise over Kathmandu

 

Blue Hour in Tallinn, Estonia

Blue Hour in Tallinn, Estonia

 

Tower in Bruges in Blue Hour

Tower in Bruges in Blue Hour

 

Trees in Belgium

Trees in Belgium

 

Triple Exposure

Triple Exposure

I rented a Canon 50mm f1.0L lens and experimented with some triple exposures for fun. The results were pleasantly surprising.

 

Long Exposure of Mountain in Nepal

Long Exposure of Mountain in Nepal

 

Dramatic Light in Istanbul

Dramatic Light in Istanbul

 

Wheel in Ghent

Wheel in Ghent

 

Women in Istanbul

Women in Istanbul

 

What’s Next in 2014

In the coming year I want to continue to get back to basics. I want my pictures to evoke the memories of being there in that place and in that time. I’d love to take pictures that work as pictures on their own without the need for excess amounts of photo editing. While digital is here to stay, I think shooting film can help accomplish that task.

Film provides inspiration to take the most evocative pictures possible; capturing scenes that only exist for a fleeting moment, shooting them via a finite medium that requires the photographer to make decisions, rather than the “throw enough shit at the wall and something will come out” style inherent to the digital format. Not to say I’m giving up my nice digicam any time soon; just that I’m trying to take hold of the lessons learned through nearly two centuries worth of film photography.

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