I'm glad to see the back of it frankly. A bad year for my family and I, a very bad year.
We learnt around March time that my mother had cancer, and despite the excellent work done by the doctors and nurses at the various hospitals in and around Sussex, she passed away in November. She was followed mere weeks later by her mother and my nan. Both are greatly missed, and a huge hole has opened up in my life. We are all looking to 2014 to be a year of happiness and positivity.
So photography-wise, I haven't really been in the mood this year, particularly towards the end of 2013. I was lucky enough to be able to sell some shares in October, allowing me to purchase the Panasonic Leica f/1.4 25mm lens. This is equivalent to the traditional "nifty fifty" beloved of many photographers, and opens up a new focal length to me which I've previously shied away from. In particular, it offers some very nice bokeh effects on Micro Four Thirds, which are similar to f/2.8 on a full-frame camera.
What does 2014 hold for photography? More shots with that lens for a start! Currently I've only been out a couple of times with it, but I'm already loving the way it renders images. Subject isolation is also wonderful from it.
The Southwick Camera Club (which I'm a member of) are doing a Photo 365 this year, which I'm part of. Obviously today is the first day. I upload my images to the group on Flickr, but probably won't be putting them on DA - that's because I use this site for my "good" stuff!
Later on in the year, I'll also be taking part in the second Brighton Photomarathon. Last year's was great fun (my journal here), so I look forward to participating again within such a limited ruleset, really focusses the mind.
Have a great year everyone.