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Top 12 of ‘13

Top 12 of ‘13

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Entering the last week of the year, it’s a natural impulse to look back and think about developments during the past fifty-one weeks, about goals met and missed, about skills acquired and others that still defy mastery, about places visited and others yet to be explored.

2013 was the year my interest in photography turned from a hobby into a commitment: a pursuit that I take seriously, that I think about deeply, that I practise regularly.

This year was the first time I’ve taken a week off work and gone on a trip with the sole purpose of taking photographs: a self-indulgent activity but one which gave me enormous pleasure.

The formative influences on my photography this past year have been my friends Denise, Don and Jeff, with whom I went on photography trips to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and the Palouse area of Washington State.

This was the year I delved into infrared (IR) photography and learned about faux colour IR processing. In this area, a major influence has been Mark Hilliard, whom I met for the first time in October and who has become a valued friend and mentor.

In April, I met another one of my heroes, spending a delightful day shooting with Teri Lou Dantzler, whose artistic genius I have admired for years.

2013 was the year I launched this website, my first, an endeavor which never would have gotten off the ground without the help of Denise and Don, and had the temerity to launch a weekly blog, an audacious conceit which I remain unsure my photography can support.

Yet I must admit that I have found the challenge of publishing a weekly blog post invaluable in keeping me focused on my photography, in giving me a reason to get out and shoot regularly and in making me contemplate how to explain vision and technique that go into the images I create with my camera. The purpose of my weekly blog is to share what I learn as I develop my photographic skill and vision; the positive feedback that I have received on my posts from other committed amateurs has been an indispensable support in ensuring that I keep meeting my self-imposed weekly publishing deadline.

I can’t really tell whether, during the past year, my photography has moved forward, backward, sideways or, indeed, gone nowhere at all. Whichever it was, it doesn’t overly concern me: I enjoy photography so much that I don’t allow myself to get weighed down fretting over such considerations. What matters is the enormous pleasure I have derived from visiting these places and taking these photographs.

These, I think, are the best twelve images I created in 2013.










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Palouse Falls by Shaun Moss

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  1. JB December 27, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    A very strong set of images Shaun. You should be very proud.

    • shaunmoss December 27, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

      Thank you, John. I always appreciate your feedback and value your encouragement.

  2. Ray December 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    Besides that you posted some great images throughout the year, I really enjoy reading your blog Shaun. Like with every other photographer (pro or amateur) that I follow and admire, I draw inspiration and learn from the work you post. I’m a fan.

    • shaunmoss December 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

      Ray, thank you so much for this wonderfully kind comment. I feel humbled by it. It encourages me to keep plugging away at this blog – though I sometimes fear that I am talking to myself – to know that there is someone like you who reads it and gets some value from it. Thanks, again.

  3. Stephen Ellis December 28, 2013 at 1:26 am #

    Very nice work Shaun. Glad to have been in your presence for one of those shots!

    • shaunmoss December 28, 2013 at 1:55 am #

      Steve: Thanks. But, by my recollection, you were there for at least two of them and maybe three. Himalayan blue poppies at Longwood Gardens in February, green and yellow landscape in the Palouse in June, plus I’m pretty sure you were there for the orange truck in the Palouse, too.

      I enjoyed all the times we shot together this past year, including West Virginia in October. Let’s plan a few more in 2014…

  4. Mark Hilliard December 28, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    Shaun, a most beautiful and appropriate set of images to mark 2013! Your skill, technical savvy and artistic vision are remarkable to see as you grow them! I have enjoyed our time this year and hope to shoot with you many more times in 2014!

    • shaunmoss December 28, 2013 at 1:59 am #

      Thank you, Mark. You deserve co-billing for the Mail Pouch Barn IR shot, of course, as you substantially processed that image. That was a real eye-opening learning experience for me, just processing that image with you. I’m still thinking about it, taking in the level of detail in your processing approach.

      It was a great pleasure shooting and discussing with you and Jamie in West Virginia in October. I hope we get the chance to shoot together some more in 2014. I know you come up to the MD/VA/PA area to shoot barns and covered bridges, so let me know when you’re around and I’ll do my best to meet up with you.

  5. Vickie December 28, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    These are beautiful images, Shaun! I’ve been following your blog for several months now and I’ve learned alot. As a true amateur, I admire your vision and your constant quest to try new things. Now that I have more time, one of my new year’s resolutions is to get out of my comfort zone and try some of your techniques for myself.

    • shaunmoss December 29, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

      Thank you so much, Vickie, for these kind and encouraging words. I’m so glad you find my blog posts useful: that was my purpose in launching it – to share what I learn with other enthusiastic amateur photographers. And good luck with trying some of these ideas!

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