Summary of 2014 and our favourite images of the year

First, we would like to thank you all for your continuous support and for taking moments from your valuable day to view our imagery and read our essays. We especially want to thank you for finding time to write a few words of commentary and for sharing your stories and experiences. We read every comment and try to reply to them all.  

If there were words to describe 2014 they would be: transformation, search and renewal. It was the year when we had to “Stop. Breath. Start Again.” We are glad we did.

Now we are confident that a time of doubt and self-reflection is a necessary element of growth as an artist and photographer. After all, the worst enemy of creativity is content and easefulness.

As we did last year, Kasia and I went through our photos and decided to choose our favourite images of the year. Here they are:

Kasia’s images:

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The Grand Canyon, Fuji X100T

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Bodie, Fuji X-Pro1 & XF 14mm F2.8

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Bodie, Fuji X-Pro1 & XF 14mm F2.8

17-Mile Drive, Fuji X-T1 & XF 50-140 F2.8 OIS

Barkerville, Fuji X100S

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Barkerville, Fuji X-T1 & XF 14mm F2.8

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Alcatraz, Fuji X100T

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Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Fuji X100S

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The Palouse, Fuji X-T1 & XF 55-200 F3.5-4.8 OIS

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The Palouse, Fuji X-T1 & XF 55-200 F3.5-4.8 OIS

 

Olaf’s images:

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Westminster Abbey, Mission, Fuji X-Pro1 & XF 14mm F2.8

Waterton Lakes National Park, Fuji X-T1 & XF 14mm F2.8

The Cowboy Trail, Fuji X-T1 & XF 55-200 F3.5-4.8 OIS

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Chilliwack, BC, Fuji X100S

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Alcatraz, Fuji X-T1 & XF 14mm F2.8

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Death Valley, Fuji X100T

Death Valley, Fuji X-T1 & XF 50-140 F2.8 OIS

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Monument Valley, Fuji X-T1 & XF 14mm F2.8

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Barkerville, Fuji X-T1 & XF 14mm F2.8

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The Palouse, Fuji X100S

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The Palouse, Fuji X100S

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The Palouse, Fuji X-T1 & XF 55-200 F3.5-4.8 OIS

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Port Moody, BC, Fuji X100S

 

Camera of the year: Fuji X-T1 – for its huge viewfinder that allows you to compose and mould images unlike any other camera. Also, its full manual controls put you in the front seat as the photographer (we just cannot go with the X100/S/T every year). 

Lens of the year: Last year it was the wide-angle XF 14mm F2.8. This year without a doubt it is the XF 56mm F1.2 lens. It is one of the finest lenses we have ever owned. Not only does it allow you to photograph in near-dark conditions, its bokeh is natural and poetic. We also like its size and weight. It is a joy to shoot with.

Book of the year: “Road to Seeing” by Dan Winters. It is a well-written autobiography with beautiful imagery and priceless thoughts about the purpose of seeing, how to find it and what’s really important in this visual journey we are all on. We highly recommend it.    

Plans for 2015: Pushing our own boundaries of seeing. We want to go outside our comfort zone. There will be more failures but we are sure that the outcome will be imagery unlike anything we have done so far. We trust we will achieve it together.

Truly Yours

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2014 © Olaf & Kasia Sztaba Photography. All rights reserved.

23 thoughts on “Summary of 2014 and our favourite images of the year

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  2. Olaf and Kasia,
    Many, many thanks for sharing your philosophy, art, and experiences through your blog. Every post is enjoyable and useful.

    Two things
    – I hope you have printed these favourites
    – The Port Moddy shot at the end is one of the finest photographs I have seen in a very long time. Beautiful composition. So absorbing. A crime not to print this one.

    Have a beautiful 2015
    Stephen

  3. We can only hope that your 2015 new departure is as successful as your 2014 has been, full of travel to interesting places and great images. Please continue to take us with you. Both of you have a great talent and a strong voice and reliving the paths you have taken is something I look forward to greatly.

  4. Thanks, family for this great pictures. Alao from my wife, regards and a healthy life for both of you and a whole lot of tremendous pictures.
    regards, peter and irma

  5. Thank you for sharing your images and your thought provoking commentaries throughout the past year. Your work inspires me and your words serve to sustain my photographic journey. Best wishes for the new year.

  6. thanks for sharing. I made no trips to The Palouse this past year. Quite unusual for me. I enjoyed seeing your images once again.

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