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My Best Images From 2013


20130302-02044Here they are…

The very best I have to offer, from over 4,000 photographs that I captured over the past twelve months.

Enjoy, and be sure to click on any of the photos to see a larger version with enhanced detail!

69 thoughts on “My Best Images From 2013

  1. ehpem

    Great set of photos, many I remember well from your posts. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes up next year!
    I hope you have a much less eventful and very healthy new year.


  2. Cindi

    Your favorite images, presented like this, are so complete and powerful! I could look at them for hours – in part because I lived in Maryland for so many years and recognize many of your subjects, but also because I truly respond to your artistic eye. Happy New Year from Norway!


    1. Cindi

      I lived in the Columbia area from the early 90’s until January 2007 when I moved to Norway. Lots of trips to the Eastern Shore and DC when my girls were growing up. My youngest daughter lives in Parkville now and I consider Maryland my U.S. home. We plan to move back there one of these years!


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      You’re very welcome! The 4,000 were actually the images that I kept; the real figure was closer to 12,000 to 15,000 for the entire year, but I bracket every shot and cull a good 2/3rds of all the images I initially shoot.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Thank you for the kind words. For 2013, I used the following:
      1) Sony NEX-5R
      2) Apple iPhone 4s
      3) Apple iPhone 5s
      4) Sony Alpha a7 (just in the past few days since Christmas)

      It just depends on what I’m doing at the time and what gear I have with me. Ideally I’d like to have the Sony Alpha a7 with me at all times, but that’s not practical 24×7. So on those occasions when an image presents itself and I don’t have the big camera, I use the one I do always have with me — my iPhone.

      I see you were an AMI member back in the past — did you ever present anything at the annual AMI award shows?


    2. David R Banta

      Hilarious Mitch!…I don’t get to this site as much as I should (obviously) and I was totally unaware of this message function. Thanks for getting back to me. I loved AMI…I was a corporate photographer for a hospital for ten years…that was when I was involved. When I left the job, that was the end of my involvement. I was never “hot” enough into it to achieve that, but I loved the imaginative animation especially. From what I’ve seen, iPhones combined have great cameras and I would like to have one for the same reason, but I’m retired and cheap…I use a flip-phone…hehe!


    3. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Well, well — a voice from long ago! 🙂

      Good thing I rolled back the cut-off for comments. For a long while I was cutting comments off after one month because of the in-bound flood of spam. But I recently dropped that to see if the spam would return, and so far it hasn’t.

      I’ve expanded my shooting platforms this past year and am including film again. I’ve been doing long-term equipment evaluations with used gear, figuring out what lenses I like with which bodies (the Sony a7 fried just five days after opening the box, so I don’t have that any more), and gradually winnowing down the candidates into just the “desert island” pieces. I’m not retired yet, so I figured I’d do it now to get it out of my system before the economic realities of retirement hit me. 😀


    4. David R Banta

      Is the Sony thing just a glitch…used?…weird…would have been my next choice…thinking mirrorless is a good move for me…Panasonic is coming out with a new full-frame mirrorless…need to wait a few years anyhow…stuff keeps getting better and better and cheaper…well, some…the beauty of retirement is, you use what you’ve got and get out of the equipment addiction. Thanks for getting back to me!


    5. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Nope, not used. It was brand-new, in-the-box. My wife bought it for me as a Christmas gift and it worked beautifully until it fried itself. Just one of those things…

      From what Sony posted online a number of weeks ago, it sounds like the entire industry will be going full-frame even down to the bargain levels — which is fine by me. Full-frame is where I want to be with all my cameras, so the look is fairly consistent between each of them. I don’t need all the bells-and-whistles that the top flight models have, I just need a full-frame sensor and manual controls.


  3. Findlater Photography

    Thanks for stopping by our blog and liking one of our posts. It must have taken forever to whittle these down from 4,000! My standout from this group is the B&W bridge photo (near the top). I love how the angle shows the sheer size of the bridge and how the bridge leads you through the photo. I’m not normally a fan of having grasses etc in shots because I think the idea has become cliche, but it really works in your image. Great work, I look forward to seeing more in the coming year.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      You’re welcome; you have some nice images there.

      The actual image count for the entire year was somewhere between 12,000 to 15,000 images (or more), because I bracket at least three exposures for every shot. And each image is usually shot several times — different angles, different light metering, different compositions, etc. A one day tally after shooting is usually 1,200 to 1,500 images. And for any shoot that I do, I cull about 90 percent of the photos and delete them, otherwise I’d quickly run out of available drive space.

      Thanks for the comments on the bridge image; I normally don’t like grasses in an image like that either, but there wasn’t any getting around them in this case. Ultimately, I liked the end result and was comfortable with posting it.


  4. Cardinal Guzman

    This is an awesome collection of photos and a reason to be proud! Lots of interesting sites and situations.

    I have one critique detail on one of the images. In this photo:

    there’s a bush on the right side that is a bit bright and it steals the attention by leading the eye there. It could have been a good idea to darken that area a bit. Except from that little detail, I’m very impressed by all the photos.


  5. dafins1961

    Mitch. Your ability aside, I love your subject matter. You somehow manage to capture every subtlety needed to make the perfect photo. My jaw is slack with appreciative awe…thanks, God bless, Anthony.


  6. artinstructor

    WOW – I am so happy you stopped by my blog – your work is so fun – love the colours and the compositions. You are a painterly photographer. I’m going to say ‘Wow’ again. Thanks for the treat.


  7. sueslaght

    Mitch as I look though this post and your stunning photographs I am humbled by you following my blog. Thank you and I look forward to learning from you as I follow your posts. Welcome to the adventures. 🙂


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      I like following the blogs of other fellow photographers and creative spirits — to see what others are doing and sometimes they’ll spark ideas for my own website. Thank you for the kind words!


    2. sueslaght

      You are most welcome. I think I fall more into the creative than the photographer category and I will say my blog is a combined effort with my husband often behind the camera. At any rate here’s to sharing stories an photos!


    3. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Hear, hear! And to the spouses that assist us!

      Cindy frequently offers up good suggestions for content, things that could be improved, photo ops, etc. My site is very much a partnership with her!


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