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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

Every year at Jim Goldstein invites his readers to his blog project. This is my third time participating in his project.

I’m proud to say over the years that hundreds of photographers have taken part (see Best Photos of 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007). It’s great to see the community of photographers that have developed around this blog project.

Brent Huntley runs Photography and Travel and for the first time this year, I will be submitting to his project.

I was more organized this year, but due to a job change, the breakage of my camera, and a new challenging chronic illness. I was not with a camera as often as I wanted. But this summer I finally replaced my broken Nikon and decided to jump to the Fujifilm X interchangeable lens camera system.

Some of the images are from my iPhone, a Canon 5D Mk III that I borrowed from a friend until I made my buying decision, and from my Fujifilm X-T2.

Bhavna and I realized that our kids are older (the last one turned 18 last month) and don’t need us to be just a few minutes from home. I convinced her to do something we both wanted to do, take a hot-air balloon ride. Many of the images are from the Finger Lakes area of New York.

View from the 17th Floor of the Hilton at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia | Apple iPhone 7 | Apple iPhone 7 back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 @ 3.99 mm | f/1.8 | ISO20
Waiting for the ferry at the Paulus Hook Terminal in Jersey City, New Jersey. | Canon EOS 5D Mark III | Canon EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM @ 24 mm | f/4.0 | ISO50
Van Horne Park Trail, Skillman, New Jersey | Fujifilm X-T2 | Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm | f/5.6 | ISO250
Bhavna enjoyiing the sunset on Seneca Lake at Two Goats Brewing in Hector, Nw York. | Fujifilm X-T2 | Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 25.7 mm | f/5.6 | ISO200
Upper Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trail, Ithaca, New York | Fujifilm X-T2 | Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16 mm | f/10 | ISO200
Upper Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trail, Ithaca, New York | Fujifilm X-T2 | Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16 mm | f/16 | ISO200
Portage Railroad Bridge and Upper Falls in the Letchworth State Park, Castile, New York | Fujifilm X-T2 | Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 25.7 mm | f/5.6 | ISO640
Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen, New York | Fujifilm X-T2 | Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 22 mm | f/11 | ISO200
Mile Point Bridge, Watkins Glen Gorge Trail, Watkins Glen, New York | Fujifilm X-T2 | Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 20 mm | f/9.0 | ISO200
Watkins Glen Gorge Trail, Watkins Glen, New York | Fujifilm X-T2 | Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16.5 mm | f/9.0 | ISO200

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Every year at Jim Goldstein invites his readers to his blog project.

... to list the years best photos from my readers and social media followers. I've run this blog project every year since 2007 and each year I've been blown away by the quality of images and the number of participants. This year I will be collecting participants details via this form. If you're a new participant you can see past years results.

Here are my favourite images from 2017. I wanted to narrow these down to 10 but ... I just couldn't. All of these images have special significance for me. They are not technically great images but they are the ones with the most emotional impact.

Bhavna pondering the meaning of Entranced By the Northern Impaled Necrowizards Blasphemous Incantation Admist the Agonizing Abomination of the Lusting Necrocorpse. Hopewell, New Jersey | Nikon D5100 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G @ 35 mm | f/4.0 | ISO6400
Mo performing with Outsourced at the Green Knolle. Bridgewater, New Jersey. | Nikon D5100 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G @ 35 mm | f/2.0 | ISO2200
PJ's Pancake House. Kingston, New Jersey. | Nikon D5100 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G @ 35 mm | f/4.0 | ISO6400
Latin Lessons. Princeton, New Jersey | Nikon D5100 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G @ 35 mm | f/2.8 | ISO6400
Brick Farm Market, Hopewell Township, New Jersey | Apple iPhone 7 | Apple iPhone 7 back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 @ 3.99 mm | f/1.8 | ISO200
October Morning on Blue Spring Road. Montgomery Township, New Jersey. | Apple iPhone 7 | Apple iPhone 7 back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 @ 3.99 mm | f/1.8 | ISO20
Bhavna and our niece Raina. Morristown, New Jersey. | Nikon D5100 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G @ 35 mm | f/4.0 | ISO2800
Helping the Bucks clouse out one chapter of their lives. Yes, that's a picnic table. Skillman, New Jersey | Nikon D5100 | AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR @ 24 mm | f/25 | ISO100
DSLR selfie with Bhavna and Frank. at Montgomery Fun Fest in the Princeton Airport, Skillman, Montgomery Township, New Jersey | Nikon D5100 | AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR @ 18 mm | f/4.0 | ISO100
Last night before the Montgomery Township Independence Day Fireworks at the Montgomery High School, Montgomery Township, New Jersey | Nikon D5100 | AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR @ 18 mm | f/4.0 | ISO900
Before the Lamberville and New Hope fireworks. Looking down from Goat Hill.. New Hope, Pennsylvania and Lamberville, New Jersey | Apple iPhone 7 | Apple iPhone 7 back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 @ 3.99 mm | f/1.8 | ISO20
Civial War Trust Memorial Day Re-enactment at Princeton Battlefield Park, Princeton, New Jersey | Nikon D5100 | AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR @ 22 mm | f/4.0 | ISO100
In the spring, I was in the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds, Pennsylvania, with some friends for the Jalopy Showdown. We watched as these cars (and motorbikes) raced aroud the restored fairgrounds and race track dating back to the 1920's. | Nikon D5100 | AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II @ 46 mm | f/4.5 | ISO160
Bhavna posing for me at the Roaring Rock . I used the Brenziner technique to create this image. Sourland Mountains, Hillsborough, New Jersey | Nikon D5100 | AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G @ 85 mm | f/1.8 | ISO100

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