2013 Highlights and My Top 4 Images

January 02, 2014  •  9 Comments

Well that's another year gone, and so I need to set new challenges and goals for 2014.

Looking back over the last year I've enjoyed some amazing encounters with wildlife. To start, last Winter took me to the Cairngorms and a solo trek into the mountains in search of Ptarmigan. That stood out as I had never seen these birds before and in an environment quite challenging was unforgettable. To be up there alone with the Ptarmigan and snow was a great experience.

Another highlight was my trip to Iceland. Although it was just for a couple of days, I was able to capture my target bird, the Red-throated diver. Iceland is a photographers paradise with stunning landscape and wildlife. I plan to return for a longer stay next time.

I also planned to get some kingfisher images so was able to have a close encounter with diving kingfishers and came away with some shots I am pleased with.

Other mini expeditions include: Barn owl, Tawny owl, Black Grouse lek that also stand out!

The most memorable encounter last year had to be on the Isle of Mull. I went there primarily to photograph the otters and eventually came away with some memorable images. You can read an in depth account of that trip at http://www.markmedcalf.co.uk/isle-of-mull---sea-otters

It's been a good year as its the first time other organisations have been interested in my photography. These include some commercial stock agencies, BBC, Wildlife Trust, Getty. I plan to try and give my images more exposure during 2014 using the different platforms like Facebook and Twitter, entering competitions etc...but don't want it to take away from the immense pleasure I get from being out in the wild and capturing, trying to capture something unique!

Below are, in my opinion, my best images of 2013. It maybe because of the memories behind them, and not their technical/artistic merit, but I like them. Anyone reading this, I would ask for your feedback please and drop me a note in the Guestbook of this website. Can you tell me what you think is the best image from the four below....much appreciated, and thank you for reading

All the Best,

Mark.

Up CloseUp Close

Will Ya Rub Ma FeetWill Ya Rub Ma Feet

HidingHiding

BaptismBaptism

 


Comments

Nick Edge(non-registered)
I'm an otter junkie myself so has to be the otter - there's a lovely comical look on its face and the detail is outstanding. I've never managed to get a shot of one that's dried out and fluffy. The detail on the puffin is also stunning and a real riot of colour. Great work.
Danielle, North London(non-registered)
Excellent photos and true talent. Love all 4 of these photos, especially the Kingfisher and the story behind the Otter!
Teaghan brown(non-registered)
Just been looking at your wonderful pictures . My name is tig and aunty audrey has just shown me them. I don't know which one is my favourite cos they all so wonderful. My mum loves the otter and wants to tickle his tummy
Melissa Robinson(non-registered)
Love the puffin ! Amazing
Audrey. Crosby , Liverpool.(non-registered)
Love them all. But being a mum, have to say the Otter. He is just adorable. Love looking at it. Thank you mark.
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