Which is best? My 20 favourite photos of 2013.

Last year, I did a round up of my favourite photos of 2012, this is my roundup of my favourite photos of 2013.

In 2013, I took just over 18,000 photos, with the vast majority (and all of my favourites from this year) being on my Canon 5D mkII, with either a 50mm f1.8 lens or a 24-105mm f4 lens.

Which do you think is best?

A very young programmer, Manchester Raspberry Pi Jam, Feb 2013
A very young programmer, Manchester Raspberry Pi Jam
Looking up Low Pike, Lake District, UK
Looking up Low Pike, Lake District
A sticky ascent up Beinn Eighe, Torridon, Scotland, March 2013
A sticky ascent up Beinn Eighe, Torridon, Scotland
Search & Rescue Helicopter, Stuc a Choire Dhuibh Bhig, Torridon, Scotland
Search & Rescue Helicopter, Stuc a Choire Dhuibh Bhig, Torridon, Scotland
Climbing Beinn Alligin, Torridon, with Loch Maree in the background, Scotland, UK
Climbing Beinn Alligin, Torridon, with Loch Maree in the background, Scotland
Avoiding mud, Buttermere, Lake District
Avoiding mud, Buttermere, Lake District
Scale Force, Buttermere, Lake District
Scale Force, Buttermere, Lake District
Scrambling up Haystacks above Buttermere, Lake District, UK
Scrambling up Haystacks above Buttermere, Lake District
Buttermere, Lake District
Buttermere, Lake District
Aeoniums,  St.. Agnes,  Isles of Scilly, UK
Aeoniums, St.. Agnes, Isles of Scilly
Troytown Beach, St.. Agnes,  Isles of Scilly, UK
Troytown Beach, St.. Agnes, Isles of Scilly
Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Mountains by night, Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Mountains by night, Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Camping in Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Camping in Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Unclimbed mountains by night, Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Unclimbed mountains by night, Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Shepherds tend to their flock, Near Karavshin, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan, October 2013
Shepherds tend to their flock, Near Karavshin, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan,
A Seal, San Francisco, USA
A Seal, San Francisco, USA
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco at Dusk, November 2013
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco at Dusk
Zhelyo grapples with a tough hold, Manchester Climbing Centre, Manchester, UK
Zhelyo grapples with a tough hold, Manchester Climbing Centre
A misty boxing day walk, Winchester, UK
A misty boxing day walk, Winchester

Plans for 2013

With reference to my round up of my 2012 resolutions and aims, here are some for 2013:

  • Develop my photography skills

I recently had various compliments on photos I’ve taken, which is always very gratefully appreciated. However, having a nice camera does not make someone a good photographer, and I need to reduce the ratio of dud-photos to good-shots and work out how I can improve my skills further.

Taking photos (Photo by Steve Kemp)
Taking photos (Photo by Steve Kemp)
  • Develop film-making skills

I need to do more film-making and editing. I’ve already a few ideas of how to improve, now I just need to put them into action!

  • Public speaking

I want to get better, more confident, and more natural when it comes to public speaking, in particular, I want to learn to modulate my voice – speaking clearly, forcefully, quietly, and clearly, forcefully and loudly are skills that I wish came naturally to me – unfortunately like most people, raising my voice means shouting, and lowering my voice means whispering. This doesn’t have to be.

  • Learn to cook

There’s a difference between feeding oneself effectively, and being able to serve a meal to friends. I’m quite good at the former, but I aspire to the latter.

  • Develop upper body strength

Hiking and cycling have helped my leg muscles become quite strong, but I still have the arms and hands of someone who works in front of a keyboard everyday.

  • Do more cool stuff.

2012 involved doing lots of fun, cool things. 2013 should be just as good, if not better. Find out what’s fun, what’s achievable, and give it try.