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Best of 2014

Ansel Adams said…

“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop”

Not sure these images from my Flickr account in 2014 qualify, but going by the number of people looking at them I think they’re in with a good shout.

City of Light
City of Light was my most popular photo of 2014 on Flickr, attracting over 37,000 hits… WOWZA!!

Bokeh Morning
Bokeh Morning attracted over 6,500 hits.

Heavenly Light at Easter
Heavenly Light at Easter nearly hit the 10K mark with 9,522 views.

Galaxies in the Rainbow...?
Galaxies in the Rainbow…?

You get the picture now with the hits, these top 12 are chosen by you…except number 12, which is my favourite.

The Tower Bridge Gateway
The Tower Bridge Gateway

The London Gherkin & The Chimney Pots ...great name for a band
The London Gherkin and The Chimney Pots …great name for a band

Mammatus Cloud action over #Leeds after the #thunderstorms
Mammatus Cloud action over Leeds after the thunderstorms

Punch Hole in the Clouds with Crepuscular Rays
Punch Hole in the Clouds with Crepuscular Rays

The Abbey
The Abbey at Kirkstall

Old abandoned gas station
Old abandoned gas station

The Bokeh Big Bang of Nature
The Bokeh Big Bang of Nature

…And finally number 12, my favourite photo of 2014

Me & my Girls

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Pride & Joy #family #selfie

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Lumia Landscapes

Firstly let me say a few weeks ago I was total Apple product ‘Fan-Boy’, but as a Photographer, the camera element of the iPhone never really lived up to my expectations, I wanted something I could really play with the settings, and although camera phone technology is moving on so fast at the moment, so much so I thought it’s not going to be long before this kind of phone hits the market and allows us photographers to really capture ‘DSLR’ quality images. but now it seems that time has already come with the Carl Zeiss lens and PureView technology Nokia are implementing with their Lumia range of phones, it’s a true camera-phone built with Photographers in mind, the great manual controls of up to ISO 3200, +2 and -2 exposure values and white balance adjustments. So with a little playing and tweaking of these settings, do they really enable you to get DSLR quality photographs?

I managed to get hold of one with a little help from the Team at Nokia Connects, they armed with the New 925 Lumia with its 8.7 MP camera to see what my photography skills could make of it. Once it arrived I started to do the usual random shots, but then I decided to set a ‘theme’ to capture over a period of weeks, my aim was to photograph the different spaces I travelled within the beautiful Yorkshire Landscape, which is at times so vast and unending, but at other times so microscopic, so I’ve also attempted to photo-document the space it sits in as well to convey an appreciation of this vast scenery.

The results are mostly panoramic vistas (inspired by the work of Ansel Adams) using the in-built Panorama Software, and then taken into the Window Phone Creative Studio app which has tons of neat little features for the final adjustments.

I hope you like the final images, as I had a total blast taking them with this Lumia 925 phone, so much so that I can hardly put it down, and its seems I’m ‘converted’ to this micro-camera technology and have now started leaving the DSLR at home when I’d normally take it with me on ‘any’ of our travels.