My Best Images From 2019

By on December 26th, 2019 in Photography

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Every year Jim Goldstein invites his readers to his blog project, Your Best Photos From 2019. This is my fourth time participating in his project. I am appreciative to Jim Goldstein for continuing to support these end-of-year efforts.

From a health and emotional perspective, 2019 was a challenging year for me and this is reflected in the number and types of images reflected in my Adobe Lightroom Catalog. I battled Graves Eye Disease and the loss of my father. With regular daily and monthly trips into Philadelphia, and the need to walk from one treatment centre to another, I had many opportunities to practice street photography but less time, and with the stress of the treatments, less energy for landscape photography. Not all my trips into Philadelphia were health-related. Bhavna and I discovered that Philadelphia has excellent restaurants and parks.

2019 was also brought health challenges for my youngest who left for college in September. We made an emergency trip to Ohio just days after my surgery and brought her back home to heal. An emotional support animal, Camilla the cat, was recommended to help with recovery so we brought home Camilla, a rescue cat. She has brought joy to the whole family.

I tried something new, attending a few Warbler photography workshops with Ray Hennessey. Being out in the forests and woods of South Jersey, listening to the winds in the trees and the cacophony of birds call was excellent therapy for what was happening in my life. I’m happy that 2019 is over and eager to do a bit more wildlife photography in 2020.

Having an intense dislike of cold, I normally hibernate for the winter, but this year I endeavoured to embrace the opportunities that cold weather bring. I still dislike cold, but layers of Patagonia winter wear helped keep Jack Frost from doing damage.

In 2019, instead of purchasing a Fujifilm X100F which has been on my want list for a few years, I upgraded from a three-year-old iPhone 7 to the new iPhone 11 Pro. I immediately kicked off an iPhone Photography Project 365 to learn how to use my new gear.

The images below are captured on either my FujiFilm X-T2 or Apple iPhone 11 Pro.

Red Mill Museum and Main Street Bridge, Clinton Township, New Jersey | 26 Jan, 2019 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
4 Mar, 2019 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Historic St George's United Methodist Church | 17 Apr, 2019 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Love Park | 21 Apr, 2019 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Blue-winged Warbler | 27 Apr, 2019 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
Prothonotary Warbler | 19 May, 2019 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
My wife and kids took me out for Father’s Day Lunch at The Dandelion | 16 Jun, 2019 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Camilla | 22 Sep, 2019 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
three amigos | 12 Oct, 2019 | Apple iPhone 11 Pro | iPhone 11 Pro back triple camera 6mm f/2
14 Dec, 2019 | Apple iPhone 11 Pro | iPhone 11 Pro back camera 6mm f/2

11 thoughts on “My Best Images From 2019”

  1. I am quite sorry to read of the hardships life has dealt you this year - and it's great to see that despite all this, you kept photographing. That photo of your Father's Day lunch creates instant cravings of course 🙂 but my real favorite is the first photo - there's something about the motion of the water and the flow of it all. Very nice! I wish you all the best for 2020 in healing, your business, and your photographic endeavors.

  2. I'm glad to see the range of photography you were able to create even given the difficult times you worked through. I very much like the black & white Historic St George's United Methodist Church, great lighting. And I like the composition with the Prothonotary Warbler. I wish you well in 2020, Khürt!

  3. Hi Khürt. I am sorry you lost your Father this year. You still managed to do a lot of great street photography while you were getting your physical eye worked on. Your mental eye is still very sharp. Here's to a great 2020. - TM

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