Chuck’s Photos of 2018

It’s Christmas Eve, and I take this time – in-between last minute shopping and the like – to look back on how my photos did this year.  There were some successes and there were some should-have-been successes – as well as some pictures for Competition Season 2019.

But these photos are tones I feel really spoke to my 2018 experience.  And it’s a nice recap.

So let’s warm up the cameras and re-focus on what happened this year, shall we? 😀

American Dreamtime: Solarcan 368. Solarcan pinhole camera, 10-month exposure. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.


Ah yes.  My attempt at long-exposure photography, as this picture took ten months to capture.  A shot at St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, this picture captured the sun’s arc over the summer, fall, winter and early spring.  And it became my first picture in three years’ to get BACK on the walls of the Harriet May Mills Art Center at the New York State Fair.  I’ll take that when I can.

Ladies make their own entrances. Nikon Df camera, Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 lens. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

I don’t often shoot with human models, but when I do, I get the best response.  Thanks to my model friend Muse, we captured this image of struggle and defiance.  And it did nicely at Historic Albany Foundation’s BUILT charitable auction.  So that’s a plus as well.

Infrared Horizon 787. Soviet infrared color film, Rolleiflex Automat MX camera. (c) 2018 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

This snagged a ribbon at Durham, which is nice to know – and it also became my first-ever sale at the Albany Institute of History and Art’s fundraising gala.  Total win all around.  Plus, it’s nice to know that the Rolleiflex can still get amazing pictures like this.

Empire State Plaza Fireworks, 2018 edition. Nikon Df camera, Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.


With a lot of planning and a tremendous amount of determination … I snagged this picture from this awesome angle.  Photographing the Empire State Plaza fireworks is always fun, and I’m glad I was able to get this incredible shot.  Much thanks to the New York State Office of General Services and the Golub Corporation for their help.

Washington County, 2:30 am. Nikon Df camera, Irix 15mm f/24 lens, flipped to black and white with Google Nik Silver Efex Pro. Photo (c) 2018 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

My favorite shot of 2018.  Plus … a blue at Altamont.  A blue at the Big E.  A blue at Durham.  Any more blues and it can play in a club in New York City.

Romance on Gondola 23. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

I’m keeping this picture available for Competition Season 2019 … especially for any categories that involve photos taken at fairs or carnivals.  Aww ain’t they cute?

Half Moon and Full Rainbow. BlackBerry camera phone. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

I’ve already sent a print of this to my metallic printer in Anaheim, so be on the lookout for this beauty next year.  Sometimes if you’re in the right place at the right time… you get the right photo. 😀

CP Holiday Train over Cohoes-Waterford Bridge 2018. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 lens. Photo (c) 2018 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

This is what planning will get you.  After capturing this shot of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train in November … I’m already marking my calendar for when it returns in 2019.  I have so many ideas on how to get the best picture possible for next year … and this feels good.  Really good.

Outside the Stable. Nikon Df camera, Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 lens. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

At some point in time I should contact my horse farm friends and ask if they can let me photograph their stallions and mares and colts.  But for now … I’ll just take shots like this from my recent Vermont vacation.

Drop Off Laundry Service. BlackBerry KEYone camera phone. Photo (c) 2018 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.


And my final picture is this quick shoot and you’ll miss it shot of a crow who accidentally flew into a wash-and-fold emporium.  Hee hee hee…

And next year … who knows?  There’s more photographic possibilities out there, and maybe the picture I’m not thinking about today … will be one of my hammer pieces in 2019.  That would be swank.

I’ll take that every single day.