The oopoomoo Team – 2013 Year in Review – Sam and Darwin

Rather than try and pick our best images for the year (what does ‘best’ mean anyway?), we thought we would share with you images that reinforced lessons for us:

Lesson 1: Film is still fun and nothing beats getting it right in the camera!

©Darwin Wiggett - Cochrane in fall with a Fuji GA645 camera using Fuji 160 film

©Darwin Wiggett – Cochrane in fall with a Fuji GA645 camera using Fuji 160 film

Lesson 2: Toy cameras such as the Holgas give unpredictable but funky results. Forget Instagram, this is the real thing! ;-)

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett – Holga film camera with Ilford XP-2 400 film

The boneyard - Holga camera with fuji film. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

The boneyard – Holga camera with Fuji 160 film. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Lesson 3: Short telephoto lenses are perfect for intimate landscape photography!

©Darwin Wiggett - Waterton National Park

©Darwin Wiggett – Waterton National Park

©Darwin Wiggett - telephoto landscape.

©Darwin Wiggett – telephoto landscape.

Lesson 4: Wildlife does not have to fill the frame to make interesting environmental portraits.

©Darwin Wiggett - Jasper National Park

©Darwin Wiggett – Raven in Jasper National Park

A surprise in the woods ©Samantha Chrysanthou

A surprise in the campground – ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Lesson 5: The object doesn’t really matter — but composition and light are king. There’s magic in the everyday!

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett – Criss cross

coffee dregs

Coffee Cup – ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Lesson 6: We love long exposures during the day.

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett – from the Buicks and Badlands workshop

Lesson 7: Sometimes having fun and experiencing nature is way more important than photography!

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett – Waterton National Park

Lesson 8: Shoot a variety of things to avoid a creative rut and keep working on your photo skills.

Build creative muscle by shooting a variety of subject material! ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Build creative muscle by shooting a variety of subject material! ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Old pine in snowstorm

Bastion in the storm. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Lesson 9: The value of projects is not to be underestimated for feeding your creative soul!

Light on grass and dead spruce

Last Light (shot for the Pressed Landscapes Project) – ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Rocky creek bed

The Creek Bed (shot for the Pressed Landscapes Project) – ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Lesson 10: Shoot what’s important to you.

©Darwin Wiggett - Darwin and Brando - shadow dudes.

©Darwin Wiggett – Darwin photographing Brando – the shadow dudes.

About the Author

I am a Canadian landscape and outdoor photographer who loves long hikes in the woods, yummy food, hairy dogs, good company and pure wilderness.

4 Comments

  1. hiro
    December 30, 2013

    Great photos, Sam and Darwin. Stones or AC/DC releases the same R&R over decades but you guys are more like the Beatles, I think. I mean I see variety of photographic approaches. A happy new year and looking forward to seeing more photos here in oopoomoo blog 2014.

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  2. Ian McGillvrey
    December 30, 2013

    Great lessons and awesome images to go along with them guys! I love the shots under lesson 5, especially the one of the sky. I’m partial to number 7 too, that was a great trip with the two of you this summer. It’s an inspiration to see how you are constantly pushing yourselves and learning new lessons. Keep up the great work!

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  3. Peter Carroll
    December 30, 2013

    Wonderful work! Loved the lessons learned… “There’s magic in every day” and “Build creative muscle by shooting a variety of subject material”… right on!!!

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  4. John Fujimagari
    December 30, 2013

    Lessons learned. I learned that you are both excellent creative teachers!

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