Best Photos Of 2013

Happy Bee
This year has been, well a quiet one for me and my camera. I’ve taken thousands of photos but not a hell of a lot I’m happy to share. But still it’s that time of year where the very excellent Jim Goldstein runs his popular “Your Best Photos from 2013” blog project and I still have a few photos I want to show off.

First one above is of a stupidly happy bee completed covered in pollen from the many flowers available to be feasted on in the Melbourne Royal Botanic Garden.

Flash mesmerised spider
Jumping spider being temporarily blinded by a ring flash. This year is the first time I’ve used a ring flash and there’s still a lot for me to learn here.

Large Butterfly
I spent a long time chasing this butterfly around until it finally landed to give me a clear shot.

Spider hiding in a cacti flower
Spider hiding within the petals of a cactus flower.

Moth waiting it out
Small moth hanging out on some purple flowers.

Spider having lunch
And finally a jumping spider enjoying lunch. I was very pleased with this shot as it was a very blustery day and many months before I had the ring flash.

Finally in an effort to bring back some creativity and inject some new ideas into my photography I’ll be doing a 365 project for 2014. It may well drive me insane but at least it should be entertaining. No specific theme, just an excuse to keep myself in the game.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on Jim Goldstein’s blog for when he publishes the list of participating blogs as many excellent photographers send in some utterly amazing work.

Best Photos Of 2012

Gold on blue

This post is part of the very excellent ‘Your Best Photos From 2012” blog project run by Jim M. Goldstein, a very worthy project to be involved in to get your photos seen and also to see amazing photos from other photographers from around the world. This show cases some of the ones I feel are my best for the year of 2012.

The one above is by far one of the best macro shots I’ve ever managed to take out in the world. A confluence of luck, timing and strategy all came together to make this one happen. The bright blue background was not added in post but rather is a piece of blue card held behind the insect as it rested on the wire.

2012 was a big year for me photographically. Half way through I finally bit the bullet and switched from Olympus to Canon – a very painful and expensive change but unfortunately the Olympus love affair with very small cameras left me without an upgrade path (the otherwise very technically excellent OM-D EM-5 is too small for me to hold comfortably).

Part of the switch was going to a full frame sensor (Canon 5D Mark 3) and I’m still going through the exceptionally large learning curve with this. As a result of this and a few other life changes it feels like I’ve taken less photos this year or at least I’m being far more fussy about which ones I’m willing to share.

Explosion of Light

This was a fun long exposure shot of the Santos City Of Lights event during the Brisbane Festival.

Waiting... waitingThis is a macro shot of a White Crab Spider waiting for an unwitting victim to come along.

Streaming plasma

I had a fun time capturing macro shots of a plasmaball in the dark and using them to learn more about post processing in Adobe Lightroom.

Fade to black

A silhouette shot of the Brisbane city skyline at dusk that happened almost entirely by accident.

Mayfly Yoga

A mayfly that posed beautifully for the camera.


I did a really fun series of LEGO minifigs in the fog shots using dry ice. This is by far my favourite one so far.

The sky burnsThe sky turns into a gorgeous burning pit of roiling clouds.

Just RestingThe shed skin of a huntsman spider sites serenely in a bright orange flower.

Sitting in the darkFinally a macro shot of a tiny insect taken using a new technique using a portable softbox and turned out better than I could have hoped.


Over the weekend I went for a photo walk in the City Botanic Gardens. Despite getting up early in a futile bid to beat the heat of the day I was soon overwhelmed by a high temperature and humidity (I am by nature a creature of far cooler climes than my current hometown).

As a result I only took 34 photos, most of them of this little guy who very patiently put with this annoying creature sticking a macro lens mere centimetres away from its face. I love the way this shot turned out and how it really shows what you can achieve with a shallow depth of field on a macro lens.