13 Accidentally Good Photographs from 2013

It’s not too late to do a little year-end reflecting, is it? I say the New Year REALLY starts tomorrow. Deal?

I got my first DSLR camera just over a year ago (thanks to input from you guys I chose the Canon Rebel t3i) and right from the beginning I decided to start shooting in manual mode at least part of the time.

I took this online class from creativeLIVE on the mechanics of my actual camera, but I decided not to take a formal photography course. Instead, I just started to fool around.

The result? Hundreds of seriously terrible photographs, and a small handful of good ones. Looking back over our photos from 2013, I picked 13 that I love – and that I think show a wee bit of improvement in this craft that continues to challenge and confound me.

Here they are:

2013 Best Of01

2013 Best Of02

2013 Best Of03

2013 Best Of04

2013 Best Of05

2013 Best Of06

2013 Best Of07

2013 Best Of08

2013 Best Of09

2013 Best Of10

2013 Best Of11

2013 Best Of12

2013 Best Of13

In 2014 I’m hoping to teach myself a lot more about post-processing (look at me, throwing around big words like that), and practice taking photos of more than just my kids’ cute faces. A sunset or still life every now and then wouldn’t kill me.

Happy New Year, friends!


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6 Responses to 13 Accidentally Good Photographs from 2013

  1. Margaux January 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    Hey! Lets go on a photo walk. I need to get back into more thoughtful photos and fewer snap and goes. Chihully?

    • Sarah January 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

      Oh, I would love that! I have so much to learn…….

  2. Erica @ expatriababy January 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    I just got a new camera, and I too am going to be focusing on camera-related nonsense in 2014! Hooray! I really like the third picture of girl powers, the one where the light is falling really beautifully on her face. Lovely!!

    • Sarah January 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

      Thank you! That one was such a happy accident and I love it, too. I can’t WAIT to see all that you and your new camera do in the coming months!! ;)

  3. Kristen @ Motherese January 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    These are terrific, Sarah! Learning how to take decent photographs is one of those fuzzy goals of mine that I never actually do much about, but seeing these lovely pictures of your family is lighting a fire under me. Thanks for the inspiration! xo

    • Sarah January 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

      Thank you, Kristen! It really is satisfying to see improvement – which I suppose is true of any new pursuit or hobby, huh?

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