This was certainly not easy picking the best images from 2013. I decided to pick 5 images, here goes!
A Time For Reflection
Wow what a year 2013 has been for me, As I entered 2013 I was semi retired working from home, looking after my 2 young daughters whilst my wife went out to work. Not ideal but needs must, and believe me if you knew what hell we as a family had been through over the last 10 years… well im not even going there, its a very long story – And all ill say is
Cherish every second with your loved one’s, live life to the max, you never know what’s just around the next corner.
I got into Landscape Photography in January 2012 and it was a slow start to be honest, a lot of reading and a hell of a lot of perseverance, practice and sheer determination. I would defiantly not say im a professional landscape photographer (I would consider a professional photographer as someone who makes a living from there work) and I defiantly don’t make anything!! I’m an enthusiast for the love of the great out doors, and I just so happen to take my camera with me and try to capture the amazing sights before me in the best possible way I can to share with others.
From the months of January – April I was out walking and taking photographs 2-3 times a week, but mid April 2013 I was offered a job that I couldn’t resist. It potentially had the capability to motivate me back into a somewhat normal person with a normal lifestyle. I was somewhat optimistic, apprehensive but never the less excited to be getting back into work after 8 years at home, so I jumped at the opportunity and ive not looked back!! I love it. (not as much as photography of course)
Work kind of killed my photography outings, I devoted all the summer months to work, working 21 days away from home and then 3 days at home. I spent those 3 days with my family, and then the cycle would repeat.
Summer went, I think I went out all of 10 times with my camera, and of course all from work (North Wales) when we had a lull….
Lack of photography was killing me.
I kept on telling myself that this is what normal people do. I found my previous 12 months of relative freedom kicking me, laughing I got on with my life, photography had taken a back seat once again in my life.
I have taken many images in 2013, not just of Landscape Photography but of my family too as I look though my Lightroom archive I can see a total of 1670 images in my “Landscape” folder and 3336 in my “Family” folder, so I do take other photos as well.
Top Five Landscape Photography of 2013
Its been hard trying to choose the best images, so I’ve decided to break it down into the top 5 and hopefully Ill choose the best one from these following 5.
5th Place – Morning Millstone, Curbar Edge, Peak District
Shot in January 2013 – I remember it well it was a really cold fresh morning on Curbar Edge. A car was abandoned on the lane, crashed in fact on the thick ice that had formed from a small stream seeping onto the road. There was no one at the car so I carried on and parked in the car park and walked at dawn along Curbar Edge. I had never been onto Curbar, always onto the opposite ridge. Baslow Edge. So when I found this millstone I couldn’t resist it. I bet it has been photographed many times. I just love the lights on in the villages of Curbar and Calver. The ground frozen white with the moody sky, this is why I have placed it at number 5.
You can see more images from this mornings outing in an article I published A Morning on Curbar Edge In The Peak District
4th Place – Morning Mist, Peak District
What I love about landscape photography is the unexpected. Yes I know you can plan a shoot and work out when is the best time to get your shot, but I also love being in the right place at the right time and that is exactly what this next shot is. Taken at the end of January near to Crowdicote on the border of Staffordshire and Derbyshire in the Peak District just before mid day.
I was very lucky to get this. I was also lucky to have a Landrover Discovery 3 to get me around! Without it I wouldn’t have got this shot, the roads were impassable in places with 20ft drifts on some of the major roads. I actually nearly carried driving past but im glad I stopped. Its not very often you see Yellow mist, but the yellow was from the sun as it was low in the sky casting some lovely conditions. So I stopped and took some shots with my zoom lens and im glad I did as this was the result. Totally unexpected but totally worth it!! I really do love how the River Dove is in the foreground with the mist moving up and over the far bank. I was extremely fortunate that day!!
3rd Place – Winnats Pass Sunrise, Peak District
Taken on a weekend break, I arranged to meet up with a fellow photographer on the top of Winnats Pass in the Peak District. It was a glorious morning. I remember getting stung by the nettles which lined the ridge line I followed to get to the best advantage point. Winnats Pass is a common photography location, but to get it in the right conditions is rare opportunity not to be missed. I think I did it justice!
I loved watching the sun peak over the horizon casting light onto the mist below, giving of some truly wonderful light, combined with the wonderful red sky it was a great morning and I came away feeling good.
2nd Place – Twr Mawr Lighthouse, Wales
I guess working in North Wales has its advantages! Newborough Forest is an hours drive from work so after studying the weather I was over the moon to finish early. Most work colleagues go to the gym or rush home to get there tea, but more than not end up in the local pub for the evening drinking. I get called a “Camera Geek” or “Weirdo” for wanting to go for a walk with my camera!! I just shrug it of. I get to view stunning views like Twr Mawr Lighhouse on Llanddwyn Beach at sunset.
Landscape Photography is also a great way of keeping fit. I personally lost over 4 stone in weight by walking the hills with my camera. You can read about my visit to Twr Mawr Lighthouse in a blog I wrote.
1st Place – Axe Edge Moor, Peak District
It seems that the majority of these images were not planned, well that’s correct 5th, 4th and this image were not planned. Yes I was out scouting and I had planned to shoot on the Roaches this particular morning, but when I arrived the Roaches were in thick fog. So I drove down towards Buxton. As I got close to Axe Edge Moor the fog started to clear and the morning sky lit up in fiery reds. I was caught of guard, so I had to act quickly.
The sky was stunning, to this day it is the best sunrise I have ever witnessed, truly mesmerizing combined with the white snow and the mist moving around I was in heaven! This is why I have placed this as the best image of 2013.
You can read a blog entry about Snow in the Peak District
Its been hard picking the top 5 images for 2013. My daughter came into my office whilst I was writing this article and we had a good debate over what she would have picked… none of them the same as my choices, because the 5 images I picked have a personal connection.
I know how hard they were to capture, I know how much effort was needed and how lucky I was to be in the right place to witness Landscape Photography at its best.
I wish all of my readers a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous 2014.
Thanks for reading all of these images in this article are for sale for digital marketing or print format via my online galleries.