2013 Roundup: Best photos of the Year

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2013 was a rather slow year for concert photography for me. I even took in some concerts and festivals without shooting them – something that doesn’t usually happen. I still managed to shoot some amazing shows and even crossed off a couple names on my “bands I need to capture” list.

Here’s a handful of photos that captures some of the shows and events that happened this year…

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2013 Roundup: Best Music of the Year

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2013 was an odd year musically for me. Usually, there’s an album or two that I can easily identify as being the best album of the year (subjectively, of course). But this year, I struggled to come up with an album that really drew me in with repeated listens or hit me with an emotional impact that I always look for in music. While I would love to say that this is because there were so many albums that I had a connection with that I couldn’t decide a single “winner,” it’s probably because that album just didn’t happen this year.

Does that mean that this was a disappointing year for music? Hardly – there were a lot of great albums that were released this year. The biggest story of 2013 was that we saw the boundaries of metal get blurrier – a direction that will only continue in the future .

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Creating Accessible HTML Tables Without Knowing HTML

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Part of the benefits of using a content management system like WordPress is that users don’t need to rely on anyone else to update their content or have any knowledge of HTML, the language of the web. This works great in most situations, but what happens when there’s some nuances that users aren’t able to do themselves without having an intermediate knowledge of HTML?

A recent problem arose, where users needed to create some tables on their page, but to maintain a level of accessibility. The default WordPress editor doesn’t even have a feature to create tables.  Sure, we could install TinyMCE Advanced and have users generate tables that way – but it still doesn’t give the tables the accessibility features that are required.

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Flickr Picturefill – A Responsive Image WordPress Plugin

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When redeveloping my personal site for the umpteenth time, I decided that instead of a portfolio type site, I’m getting back to blogging. The easiest content for me to publish is photos – they come much more natural to me than words a lot of the time. So, my goals for this site quickly became:

  1. Post high quality photos
  2. Keep the site responsive
  3. Ensure that mobile visitors aren’t bogged down with huge filesizes
  4. Keep things simple

The first item is the easiest bit. But responsive images have been a hot topic over the last year – while there’s a number of ways that you’re able to implement them on a site, a “best practice” has yet to really emerge.

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Gentlemen of the Road – Phosphorescent

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This past weekend, Mumford & Sons’ touring festival came to Simcoe, Ontario (my hometown), and I was there to take a few snaps.

One of day one’s featured acts was Phosphorescent, the moniker given to Athens, Georgia’s Matthew Houck.

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Gentlemen of the Road – Willy Mason

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This past weekend, Mumford & Sons’ touring festival came to Simcoe, Ontario (my hometown), and I was there to take a few snaps.

Opening day one was American singer-songwriter, Willy Mason.

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Gentlemen of the Road: Simcoe Stopover

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This weekend (August 23rd and 24th), I’ll be down at the Simcoe Fairgrounds covering the Gentlemen of the Road tour here in Simcoe. It’s not often that an event of this magnitude comes down this way, so it should make for quite the celebration.

I’ll have my camera and smartphone with me, so I’ll be posting photos from the weekend here once they’re ready. Follow me on Twitter if you want to follow things a bit closer.