2020, an unusual year

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by movingfinger, Jan 10, 2021.

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    Given the peculiarity of 2020, I put together a photographic slideshow of how it evolved through my own personal photographs. It's a combination documentary/travelog and personal holiday-letter consisting of a smattering of photographs I took over the year (well one I didn't take that includes me), in chronological order, with a bit of text and some music. I didn't get the idea to do this till Dec 31, 2020 so none of the photogrpahs were taken with any intent of such a documentary. It begins with the photo above. Should you care to see it, you can view the entire show HERE. Click on 'slideshow' on the top right. It takes about 9 minutes.
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    It's more important than ever to keep your manure together
  3. There's also something to be said for keeping it simple ...

  4. I did care and did enjoy the slideshow - thanks for posting.

    "Unusual" year - that's putting it mildly. I managed some 22,000 images with my main camera alone (almost exclusively wildlife) - with an about six-months break from the end of February to the end of August. Two-thirds of that time I didn't have access to the camera and the other third, I didn't feel like taking it out for a walk. Non-wildlife-photography was almost nil in 2020 - there was no traveling for fun and no desire or motivation for any type of street or documentary photography.
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  5. Well I'm sorry to hear this. I hope your motivation and the ability to get around returns in 2021. I have a camper trailer, I love being out on the open road, I live with easy access to two big cities (WashDC and Baltimore) and I love street and environmental portrait photography, and yes, I felt the suggested restrictions were somewhat overblown. Also I'm becoming more and more 'retired' with no work requirements. So thus I was unable to keep myself from being too sequestered. I was up and about with my camera at least to some extent.

    Again, may 2021 be better for you Dieter and for all of us who enjoy taking photographs (and everyone else for that matter :)).
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  6. Thanks for the tour... looking forward to the next annual slide show. Ten sleep is an intriguing location and I’d love to capture the Milky Way in an image besides the ones in my mind and my eyes alone.
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  7. I know absolutely nothing about astro-photography so the two astro-photos I got in 2020 (comet Neowise and Milky Way w/shooting star) were pure serendipity. Some light in an otherwise dark year?

    For Neowise: Where I live, midway between WashDC and Baltimore, light pollution is rampant. On a whim, on the last day it was said to be visible in the evening sky, I drove a few miles west to some farm country but still polluted. I scanned to the northwest (happily away from DC and Balt) an extended 'fist' above the horizon (where it was said to be) with a 200mm lens on tripod mounted camera. After much frustration, son-of-a-gun, there it was! I zoomed to 400mm, still managed to find it, and clicked away at various shutter speeds, ISOs and fstops.

    For Milky Way: There's an org called the International Dark-Sky Association and they list Cherry Springs State Park in northcentral PA as one of the best (as in free of light pollution) places in the eastern US. I stopped by there but being so popular and recognized for astro-photography there are rules and restrictions that given my rank amateur status I didn't care for so I went to Lyman Runs State Park, less than 10 miles away, instead (how much worse can light pollution be just 10 miles away). Fortunately one of my nights there the sky was clear, the weather great (late Oct), and I couldn't sleep. So at 1AM I went outside my camper trailer, in my PJs, pointed the camera straight up and shot away using guidance I'd gotten from a friend who is into astro-photography (the big thing being a 30sec exposure recommendation, long enough to get light, short enough so star motion is barely visible). The shooting star was absolutely magical in real life, in the photograph I'm disappointed.
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  8. Sanford lifted his game.

    Gone somewhere...sort of a strange place.
  9. Like a most people I stayed close to home a lot this year. Canon EOS T5i / Canon EOS 55-250mm IS STM lens


  10. @movingfinger

    I'm one of those people who often skip through photo series, Youtube video's and (sax) sound recordings or just quit when I feel I've got the sense of them and expect pretty much 'more of the same'. But I was absolutely captivated by your slideshow from beginning to end. Both by the excellent quality of your photos (any kind) and also by the sheer diversity of your photos. I really liked and admired them, whether they were landscapes, nature, wildlife or street photos. Your range of photographic interests and talents is impressive.

    I'm mostly a 'people' photographer so I do admire your ''personal contact up close and personal " style of your people & street and photography. It always makes a world of difference.

    For anyone who's not yet seen the slideshow, I highly recommend it!

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  11. @movingfinger really nice photos!

    The Northern tier of Pennsylvania, I suppose in the central part of the state, is indeed one of the darkest places in the CONUS. I was up there along the Pine Creek, near Slate Run over the summer and was treated to a clear, moonless, star filled sky. Only made on exposure with my Hasselblad but fell victim to the dew. Had no idea what I was doing but easily coulda/shoulda made other exposures... big fail my bad.

    BUT my buddy & I set reclining lawn chairs out in the yard of the cabin he & his family had rented for the week, We sat out there sipping craft beers and watching the sky for several hours that night. First time I ever saw satellites moving across the sky. In general, I move around quite a lot and travel both domestically & abroad fairly often, but this night was one of the most fascinating I've had in all my (64 to date & counting) years of living. Sadly, we only had the one night as we'd been invited up to hang out with ur friends for just two days and had to get back to the "real" world.
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  13. @movingfinger I clicked on the link but the Zenfolio said the file was gone.
    Love the bird pic above.
    Here's one from the bike path along the Santa Ana river. The local hiking trails all through So Cal were all shut down. The river rides down to the beach kept somewhat sane.

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