The Best of 2013

03rd January 2014
The first few months of last year were a bit slow for me from a photography point of view but things have been pretty good since mid-March thankfully.

I enjoyed getting stuck into climbing photography during the spring and early summer, and the slight pressure of an end-goal to achieve was certainly a positive influence. That goal was Ireland's first climbing calendar, an obscure publication but something that I've gotten plenty of satisfaction from. It was hard work but mostly of the enjoyable kind. All going well I'd like to do it again for 2015, with some different ideas in mind.

I spent 3 months of the year living on the Loop Head peninsula in SW Clare, and it was superb. Before the end of June it was an area I didn't know very well so it was a refreshing few months getting out with the camera. It's always nice to have a new area to work on, especially one that's intrinsically beautiful - between the landscapes, weathers and wildlife there was no shortage of material to be inspired by.

There were plenty of other great moments when conditions came together while I stood somewhere with a camera too. Below are some of my favourites from the year, excluding any rock climbing images I was holding back from the site before the calendar came out. I've heaps more landscape and wildlife pictures that aren't on the site yet either - they'll be up here some day!

Splash! - This is an image from November 2012 that I didn't know what to do with for awhile. In the end all it needed was the right crop to centre the sun.
Reaching for the Sea - I came to this point to remake an image from years ago but found it better when I looked the opposite direction.
Atlantic Fury
Emerald Energy - I spent half of a gorgeous spring day watching Aileen's break off the west coast of Clare. Waves are some of the most beautiful forms in nature and though it wasn't at its biggest that day, it was certainly shapely!
Concentric Circles - A common, but beautiful, hedgerow plant in early summer.
Summer Woodland
Purple Haze - Every May image sharing websites are awash with pictures of bluebells. I like this one for it's more abstract feel and that gorgeous golden light.
The Rocky Shore - This was one of my first evenings after moving to Clare. It was the first of many special ones.
Heat Haze
Ripples - Glass calm conditions in the Shannon Estuary during the summer gave me one of my favourite ever wildlife images.
Electric Sky - Another one of my all time favourites.
Small Copper - There's nothing technically brilliant about this image but I love the colours and the sense of delicacy.
Emerald Explosion - One of hundreds from a four hour stint watching waves bounce off each other at Loop Head.
Alpine Magic - A gift from a day that disappointed us earlier. Poor snow conditions meant we were unable to do the route we had in mind but at least the scenery wasn't bad.
The Giant's Tooth
Moveen West
Sunburst - A nearly missed photo opportunity in the depths of Kerry.

Thanks to all those who supported me during the year - by sharing advice and ideas, buying prints and calendars and inspiring me with images of their own. I'm constantly learning, re-learning, and trying to be better. Roll on 2014 and all the new opportunities!

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