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,