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Best Photos of 2021

When we start out in photography, we photograph things. Flowers. Buildings. People. But there comes a point for most of us when doing that isn't enough, and the really exciting stuff happens when we start photographing ideas.

If 2020 was an unusual year, this year was perhaps more so. With the continued pandemic resulting in cancelled international travel plans, almost all of my photography was done within a mile of my front door: at the park, in the local cemetery, or in my garden. Whilst in some ways this has been restrictive, this has challenged me to focus much deeper on ideas, and on finding fresh ways to give the things I photograph their best expression.

Here are my Top 10 Photos Of 2021. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Mallard - London, UK

A hummingbird? A glittering snake? No, a mallard on my local pond! A truly stunning bird and proof that, in times when we might be craving the exotic, we should never overlook the commonplace. The light was perfect in the late afternoon, as the low sun filtered through the trees across the water. As the duck surfaced, water droplets hung off its bejewelled neck. Under-exposing and spot-metering bring out the details and gives this a dark 'studio' background.

Atlantic Grey Seals - Norfolk, UK

I call this 'Magic in the Moonlight'! At the start of my week in Norfolk this past November guiding for NaturesLens Photo Tours, I observed a pair of grey seals sharing an intimate moment at low tide. A little after sunset, the milky evening light reflected in the wet sand and highlighted the shapes of the seals, locked in their embrace. Horsey Beach holds t