Best 3x3 of 2013

As a yearly custom shortly after New Year, I'm bringing you, what I personally believe, are my best 3, Architectural, Aviation and Travel photography images.

Before we start, I would like to share the number of keeper images I have in my 2013 Lightroom library; 10.281

This number is again close to where it used to be pre 2012; which was my first year shooting with the Nikon D800. Since this megapixel monster (36 million megapixels), I've noticed a considerable reduction in the number of images I shoot, more than likely due to the amount of storage needed for all the data.

As I started using the amazing smaller size Fujifilm X series cameras in 2013, I'm clearly worrying less about the storage and enjoying my personal photography projects more! Comparing both camera systems; I've shot over 7500 images on the Fujifilm X-E1 and X-E2, while I have less than 2500 clicks on the Nikon D800. The Nikon was mainly used for client shoots and Aviation photography; something the X-E1 is still lacking in!

1 Moon rise over the Burj al Arab, Dubai (UAE) shot with the Fujifilm X-E1 at the very end of 2013, this is possible my favourite image of the year. 

Moonrise over Burj al Arab, Dubai

2 Vasco da Gama bridge at the blue hour, Lisbon (Portugal). Getting up very early can be very rewarding! Shot with the Nikon D800. 

2013 Pic(k) of the week 14: Vasco da Gama bridge at the blue hour

3 Sydney Opera house, (Australia). My best image of this Architectural wonder now comes from the little Fujifilm camera as well! 

Sydney Opera House by night from Farm Cove

1 Those magnificent men and their flying machines, Hahnweide, (Germany). Mikael Carlson flying his Bleriot XI made an amazing impression on me. This is clearly one of the images I want to print large in 2014!

2013 Pic(k) of the week 38: Those magnificient men in their flying machines

2 Tanta Ju, 74 year old JU-52 going strong, Hahnweide (Germany). Another one from this amazing vintage aircraft show in Southern Germany

2013 Pic(k) of the week 37: Tanta Ju, 74 year old JU-52 going strong

3 Spitfire Mark XiVe - mean machine, Duxford (UK). Just like Hahnweide, Duxford is a must see if you are interested in vintage/warbird aviation photography. 

2013 Pic(k) of the week 34: Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Mean machine

1 The most famous tree of New Zealand, Wanaka (New Zealand). Shot with a pre-production Fujifilm X-E2 camera, this image got a lot of attention online. It quickly became the signature image of the 3 week trip down-under.

The most famous tree of New Zealand, Wanaka, New Zealand

2 Bench at Lake Tekapo, (New Zealand). Another landscape/travel image made with the X-E2. 

Bench at Lake Tekapo

3 Scenic drive through the Provence (France). A paragliding trip cancelled due to bad weather, turned into an un-expected travel photography trip. This is the only travel image made with 
the Nikon D800 that made it into the top 3. A testament to how useful the Fujifilm X-series cameras are for Travel.

2013 Pic(k) of the week 22: Scenic drive through the Provence, France

Needless to say that all images above are also new additions in to my Architectural, Aviation and Travel photography portfolio!

Remember; " it is not the camera that makes the picture, it is the person behind it"