Photography has been a burgeoning hobby since I purchased a used Canon EOS 350D in 2014 while living in Lesotho. The spectacular mountain vistas, unique culture, and incredibly vivid night skies were all the motivation I needed at the time. The model itself was released in 2006 so by 2022 it was certainly time for an upgrade. With so many options and form factors it wasn’t an easy decision. A full-frame, mirrorless sensor seemed like the way to go. And with that, the consumer level Canon EOS RP became mine. This nifty little powerhouse packs quite a punch and I’ve been more than satisfied with the purchase. Adding a 400mm telephoto and 35mm STM (f1.7) lens to the inventory only enhanced what could be done with the night sky or to observe the stunning macro qualities of nature, such as small wildlife and vegetation.
“Fix it in post”
Probably the biggest revelation came when I began to appreciate the value of shooting images in RAW format as opposed to the compressed alternative, JPEG. To sum it up, RAW images store all the information the sensor is able to capture when snapping a photo. The file sizes are much larger and with good reason. When developing a digital photo, the more data you have to work with, the more flexibility you have to adjust the levels that comprise the image. Exposure, temperature, color balance, saturation, and much more can be fine tuned to give you the artistic expression you desire for any particular snap. I mainly use Lightroom Classic/Mobile for such purposes. As cameras have evolved so has this software. Masking, healing, even motion/lens blur can be adjusted to fix any aberrations. With the introduction of AI it has only gotten better. Topaz Labs has an incredibly powerful software that can truly work magic when restoring old photos by removing noise/compression via means of upscaling. Here’s one example of that:
Now for my favorite shots of 2023, broken into 6 categories:
Thanks for reading and happy new year! Cheers to a safe and prosperous 2024.