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.
Daniel Brinneman12th July 2020 at 2:22 PM
If I ever come to New Jersey again, I want to visit that red mill. Hopefully the weather is good.
Khürt Williams12th July 2020 at 3:03 PM
I’d be happy to join you for a photo trip to the Clinton Red Mill. There is a reason this is one of the most photographed spots in New Jersey. The Clinton downtown is good for eating as well.
Daniel Brinneman12th July 2020 at 4:47 PM
I’ll keep that in mind.
Robert Smith7th February 2020 at 1:32 AM
Superb pictures. I love all of these
Alexander S. Kunz18th January 2020 at 11:53 PM
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.
Khürt Williams20th January 2020 at 10:15 AM
Thank you, Alexander.
Khürt Williams20th January 2020 at 10:17 AM
Thank you, Alexander.
MichaelStephenWills27th December 2019 at 8:24 AM
A collection to be proud of, Khurt, working through life's events as well. Congrats.
Khürt Williams28th December 2019 at 11:02 AM
Thank you, Michael.
Todd Henson26th December 2019 at 8:04 PM
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!
Khürt Williams10th January 2020 at 8:22 AM
Thank you, Todd.
T.M. Schultze26th December 2019 at 2:24 PM
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
Khürt Williams26th December 2019 at 2:31 PM
Thank you. All the best to you in 2020.
Emilio Cordova26th December 2019 at 12:12 PM
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