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Dec 26

My Favorite Photos of 2013

Another year has gone by, and I want to thank those of you who have come to my site for your support.  Admiring Light has grown a fair bit over the past year, and I’ve made a fair bit of changes in my own photographic world.  I transitioned from predominantly shooting Micro 4/3 to predominantly shooting with the Fuji X series, though I still shoot and enjoy my Micro 4/3 gear.  I’ve gotten a chance to review a ton of great gear, including 9 new cameras and 11 new lenses (with a 12th lens review coming in the next day or two), and most importantly, I got to shoot a lot more this year.  I was somewhat disappointed with my shooting in 2012, but I feel great about the images I was able to capture in 2013.

As I did last year (and will probably continue to do in the future), I have selected some of my favorite photos of the year.  Some may not be my absolute best, but they are photos that I like from what I’ve taken this year.  What follows are my favorite 25 images I took in 2013.

Click to enlarge.  These are (predominantly) in chronological order.

The Dock Before Dawn - Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4

The Dock Before Dawn – Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4

Sitting - Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Leica 25mm f/1.4

Sitting – Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Leica 25mm f/1.4

Footsteps - Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4

Footsteps – Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4

Column Tunnel - Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8

Column Tunnel – Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse - Fujifilm X-E1 with Zeiss Sonnar 90mm f/2.8

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse – Fujifilm X-E1 with Zeiss Sonnar 90mm f/2.8

Fern - Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4

Fern – Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4

Butterfly - Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4

Butterfly – Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4

Vows - Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 OIS

Vows – Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 OIS

Xander - Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 OIS

Xander – Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 OIS

Hay Bales Under a Stormy Sky - Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic 14mm f/2.5

Hay Bales Under a Stormy Sky – Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic 14mm f/2.5

Bee - Olympus Pen E-P5 with Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro

Bee – Olympus Pen E-P5 with Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro

Egret at Sunrise - Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Canon FD 50-300mm f/4.5L

Egret at Sunrise – Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Canon FD 50-300mm f/4.5L

Homeless Man - Fujifilm X-M1 with Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8

Homeless Man – Fujifilm X-M1 with Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8

Bald Eagles - Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II

Bald Eagles – Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II

Columbus - Fujifilm X-M1 with Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8

Columbus – Fujifilm X-M1 with Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8

The Grotto - Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 OIS

The Grotto – Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 OIS

Sunrise in Columbus - Panasonic GX7 with Olympus 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II

Sunrise in Columbus – Panasonic GX7 with Olympus 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II

The Devil's Bathtub - Hocking Hills State Park, OH - Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8

The Devil’s Bathtub – Hocking Hills State Park, OH – Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8

Lower Falls, Hocking Hills State Park, OH - Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8

Lower Falls, Hocking Hills State Park, OH – Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8

LeVeque Tower, Columbus, OH - Olympus OM-D E-M1 with Olympus 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II

LeVeque Tower, Columbus, OH – Olympus OM-D E-M1 with Olympus 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II

Bench - Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4

Bench – Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4

Capitol Statue - Fujifilm X-E2 with Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 + SpeedBooster @ 39mm f/0.85

Capitol Statue – Fujifilm X-E2 with Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 + SpeedBooster @ 39mm f/0.85

Christmas - Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4

Christmas – Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4

Sunset - Sony A7 with Zeiss FE 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar T*

Sunset – Sony A7 with Zeiss FE 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar T*

Christmas Light - Fujifilm X-E2 with Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 + SpeedBooster @ 39mm f/0.85

Christmas Light – Fujifilm X-E2 with Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 + SpeedBooster @ 39mm f/0.85

About the author

Jordan Steele

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Admiring Light; Photographer; Electrical Engineer and Dad

4 comments

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  1. Gonzalo

    Very nice collection Jordan, and hopefully you will have an even better one next year! “Bench” is my personal pick!

  2. flamenco

    Sunset my clear favourite! Been following your site religious the past year, from Singapore no less!

    Great work, thank you!

    One glaring omission though, that superb New York street photo that one could walk almost into!

    Happy New Year to you & yours !

  3. Keith Emerick

    Nice collection of images displaying the qualities of the various bits of kit.
    Just discovered your website after buying a Lumix GX1 on ebay to replace my much loved GF1. Your site was recommended by the seller…and very good it is too.
    Nice to see informed comment about Micro 4/3s and even better to see that the reader isn’t swamped with numbers, data and graphs.
    Happy New Year.

  4. Jari

    Thank you for sharing this delightful collection of photos. I’m honestly more than interested to see some of them as big prints and close up personally.

    I don’t know if it means anything, but the photos that I really liked – most were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 or other Micro Four Thirds gear. The photos that really grabbed my attention in this set aren’t necessarily visually and technically more pleasing, but the idea and content behind them wage better for the smaller mirrorless sibling.

    Cheers and let’s see what happens next year.

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