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2013 Favourite Wildlife Photographs

The tail-end of lunch - 2013 © Christopher Martin
“The Tail-End of Lunch” from the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Provincial Park
Canon 5DIII + 500mm lens:  1/1250 of a second at f/4 on ISO 1250

Last year was a good year for wildlife.  I had some really great encounters with animals in Brackendale, Cabo San Lucas and the Khutzeymateen on British Columbia’s west coast.  Closer to home, I enjoyed a lot of time on the Prairies and in the mountains photographing .  These hikes and drives were rewarded with nice images of birds, bears and a moose that made it into this collection.

If you are interested in the list of 32 selected photographs, please CLICK THIS LINK to open the gallery’s webpage.  Continue reading below if you want to know a bit more about my goals in 2013 and how they are evolving for the new year.

"Wapiti Water Shake" in the Banff National Park
“Wapiti Water Shake” in the Banff National Park
Canon 5DIII + 500mm f/4 lens: 1/640 of a second at f/4 on ISO 1600

Water launch - 2013 © Christopher Martin
“Black Water Launch” from the Khutzeymateen Inlet on northern British Columbia’s west coast
Canon 5DIII + 500mm lens: 1/1600 of a second at f/4 on ISO 1600

When reviewing my wildlife images from 2012 last January, I said my goals for 2013 would be the same.  At that time, I said my goals were to improve my approaches to wildlife (to minimize disruption and increase the chance to observe natural behaviour), improve my technique (better sharpness and quicker response to animal movement) and create images that tell a more complete story about the animals (more engaging and interesting).  I did work on those throughout the year and I can see improvements in my imagery as a result.

A Bald Eagle's winter flight - 2013 © Christopher Martin
“Winter Flight” along the Squamish River in Brackendale in British Columbia
Canon 5DIII + 300mm f/4 lens: 1/1600 of a second at f/4 on ISO 800

Increasingly I am also trying to bring more artistry into my wildlife compositions.  Overall, I have been happy with the results of that effort.  I’m excited about this new year.  Drawing more creativity and beauty into the photographs I make is the path I will stay on for now.  With our children growing up and more willing to occasionally head out early and stay late, I am really looking forward to enjoying more and more of these encounters with my wife and our son and daughter.  That is the most important goal for me in 2014.

Shadow Pelican - 2013 © Christopher Martin“Shadow Pelican” before dawn in Los Cabos, Mexico
Canon 5DIII + 500mm f/4 lens: 1/8000 of a second at f/4 on ISO 3200

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19 responses

  1. Great pictures. Beautiful blog you have.

    January 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

  2. elmediat

    Takes the breath away. Just superb compositions.

    January 14, 2014 at 10:10 pm

  3. Great detail , beautiful color rendering , well done .

    January 14, 2014 at 3:01 am

    • Thank you Marx. I’m glad you enjoyed the set.

      Cheers,

      Chris

      January 18, 2014 at 11:33 am

  4. You inspire me to do better. Wonderful images!

    January 13, 2014 at 6:59 pm

  5. Fantastic gallery.

    January 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

  6. A super collection of wildlife shots.

    January 13, 2014 at 12:32 am

  7. Looks like you had an amazing year. Loved viewing your gallery. Looking forward to seeing your work in 2014!

    January 12, 2014 at 7:43 pm

  8. That’s a truly remarkable gallery. A remarkable year indeed.

    January 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    • Thank you Lyle. You shared great images throughout 2013. I really enjoyed following your wildlife encounters too. I hope 2014 leads to many more of those great encounters for you.

      Cheers,

      Chris

      January 14, 2014 at 9:54 am

  9. Great images! I like how they are set up like a calendar on the web page.

    January 12, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    • Thank you Jane. I’m glad you enjoyed paging through the gallery.

      January 14, 2014 at 9:55 am

  10. Wonderful images!

    January 12, 2014 at 11:03 am

  11. They are amazing!!!

    January 12, 2014 at 8:52 am

  12. herrlich!

    January 12, 2014 at 6:06 am

  13. These are stunning!

    January 12, 2014 at 4:06 am

  14. Beautiful,stunning capture 😉

    January 12, 2014 at 2:01 am

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