In 2012 I had my “a photo a day” project which made it easy for you to follow my photo journey. In 2013 things were “less organized”; so I am taking the time to recap my personal photography highlights of the past 12 months – for you as well as for me…
My New Year started with a trip along New Zealand’s East Coast (North Island) where I did not only see the last sunrise of 2012 as one of the first persons in the world, but I also witnessed one of the most dramatic looking sunsets on January 1.
With all those photo impressions from the beginning of the year at the East Coast I decided to reanimate my Instagram account which lived in the shadow ever since I got curious and registered myself in June 2012. I started with 15 uploads in February and reached a personal best in September with 60 image additions.
Thanks to the wonderful tool Statigr.am I can now easily present you my most liked and commented photos of 2013 on Instagram:
…I posted 320 photos on Instagram
…I won 600 followers and followed 500 interesting togs myself
…I received over 21,500 likes and 2,500 comments
…I have been featured around 70 times after learning how to use hashtags on IG :)
Also in February 2013 I kicked off my new blog on WordPress after my Posterous Blog vanished into thin air thanks to Twitter. One of my first posts over here was the announcement that my Auckland Festival of Photography submission had been chosen by an international jury to be included into an exhibition showcasing 42 images of Auckland photographers in Pingyao, China. Still thrilled!
April & May
Throughout April and May I explored several locations to photograph Auckland’s skyline. I summarized the best spots (in my personal opinion) in Auckland Skyline: Photo Locations – a post for which I could probably soon come up with part 2 as I’ve scouted new places of interest which also display the Harbour Bridge.
June was one of the most exciting months of the year for me. I had the chance to photograph the Auckland town hall organ and got locked into the town hall over a long weekend.
August & September
In August and September I created the new hashtag #landscapegroundshot and started using it on Instagram and Twitter to promote my ongoing photo project New Zealand Grounds.
I thought I'd use my 300th photo upload to spread the word about "my" tag #landscapegroundshot. I'm keen to "collect" low angle pics focusing on small details of the ground which people might perceive as insignificant even though they actually add to the charm of a location or are part of a complex ecosystem (especially when it comes to plants and minerals). I grew a passion for landscape ground shots while travelling through New Zealand. A few of my photos can be seen when tapping #landscapegroundshot. There are also some first submissions from other IGers 😃 Unfortunately Instagram doesn't allow me to add the hashtag to someone else's photo – I tried because I have seen some great ground shots on many profiles that I follow. Anyway, feel free to give it a try or forward the information to someone specialized in ground shots. I might even feature some of my favourites on my profile – with full credit of course. Thanks for reading till the end! By the way: the photo above shows the Farewell Spit, very North of New Zealand's South Island.
While I already joined photography courses and participated in a few meetups of local photography clubs to mingle with likeminded people I never went to a Photo Walk. The annual worldwide Photo Walk initiated by Scott Kelby was about to change that in October this year. I joined the official walking group – a combination of professional and hobby photographers – and set out to explore Auckland’s Karangahape Road (K’Road) on a 2 hour self-guided walk.
Another pretty exciting month: Shortly after I joined the photo network Twenty20 to promote my best Instagram photos and make them available for purchase, I have been featured twice on their homepage and received enough audience votes in order to get my work published in their very first book about mobile photography.
Also in November I published my longest blog post ever: Thoughts On Google And How It Can Jump Start Photography Inspiration. It will probably be my longest blog post for years, haha. I got inspired to write this text after taking the online class Understanding Media By Understanding Google offered on the fabulous Coursera eLearning platform.
I guess my Professor was right when he said that the mobile revolution is changing our reading behavior and makes us less receptive as soon as the written word count hits a certain number (congrats if you made it till here today). I think that’s a pity! No other post of mine required so much thinking, research and writing time; still it’s the least read, liked or commented post on my blog. Just saying… I am still proud I wrote it all together and got my own thoughts sorted a bit.
On December 11th, Mr ae.i and I celebrated a small anniversary: Our first two years living and working in Auckland. In honour of the occasion I published a blog post about all the different lighting schemes of the city’s Sky Tower over the past 48 months (I managed to capture 19 different ones).
The end of December is going to be fun too! While you are reading this article I am travelling through Australia, discovering the Great Ocean Highway on a trip from Adelaide to Sydney in a campervan. Photos to come in January 2014 – promise!
For now, I’d like to thank each single of my followers here. I really appreciate your likes, comments and support throughout 2013 and I hope to see you all back in the coming year. Have a great holiday; enjoy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, Festivus or simply the season. I wish you all the best for 2014!