Chuck’s Best Photos of 2019

So I do this every year around this time … I go through all my photos from the past year, some that have won awards, some that didn’t but I still think they’re awesome, and I recap them in this year-end blog special.  Hopefully I’ve captured your favorites from the past year as well.  That would be nice. 😀

So let’s start with –

AFTER THE RAIN

After the Rain. Nikon Df camera, HELIOS-81 50mm f/2 lens on extension tubes. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Not only did this picture join the “Triple Blue” club – three blue ribbons in competition – it was my first picture to ever receive a people’s choice honor, which it did at Durham this year.  Not bad for crawling on the ground and trying to get that super-tight macro shot.

88 MINUTES IN CHINATOWN

88 Minutes in Chinatown. AGFA Clipper Special f/6.3, with Kodak Verichrome Pan AND Kodak Gold Instamatic 200 film. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

One of my “two films in one camera” experiments, taken on a rainy evening in New York City.  This was a fun experiment, and I hope that I can improve on this type of photography in 2020.

FIVE TICKETS TO RIDE DAY AND NIGHT

Five Tickets to Ride Day and Night. AGFA Clipper Special f/6.3 camera, Kodak Instamatic Gold 200 film (two rolls) and Kodak Verichrome Pan B&W film. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Then again … why wait for 2020 when you can capture a splitfilm picture like this in 2019?  This one’s already claimed a second place at Durham, and who knows what it can earn in next year’s Competition Season?

THE BEEMER

The Beemer. Rolleiflex Automat MX camera, Infrared CIR 120 color film with yellow filter. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

This image sorta got lost in the mix, but it’s a nice run with color infrared film.  And believe it or not … that car is STILL parked on the sidewalk in front of that body shop.  Go figure.

BROKE DOWN ON MAGGIE’S FARM

Truckin’ on Maggie’s Farm. Nikon Df camera, five images combined in HDR construct. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

So I followed a tip that a Grateful Dead VW Super Beetle was parked under a pine tree in Old Forge, New York.  One picture later, it earned a blue at Durham.  That’s cool, man … Way cool, man …

CP HOLIDAY TRAIN IN CROWN POINT

CP Holiday Train arriving at Crown Point, N.Y. Nikon Df camera, Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens. (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Yes, I’m still trying to get that awesome Canadian Pacific Holiday Train shot, and this year’s attempts were better than last year’s.  And you know that next year will be even better.  Trust me on this.,

ROOT GLEN 2019

Root Glen 2019. Nikon EM camera (2), Kodak 200 Color Plus film. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.
Root Glen 2018, Lenticular Print. Nikon EM camera (2), Kodak 200 Color Plus film. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

This is one of the four images that I’m locking in for the Austrian 3D photo contest this coming spring.  It’s got great depth of view, and you know I can always count on the Root Glen at Hamilton College to help me through those tough moments in life.

MITTSU NO YUKI

三つの雪 (Mittsu no yuki). Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 55mm 1:3.5 lens with extension tubes (c) 2019 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

My macro photo of three snowflakes didn’t have as much success as I wished, but it did get a ribbon at the Big E, so I’ll take that.  This year I want a better, more awesome snowflake picture.  I really, really do.

CONTACT

Contact. Nikon Df camera, Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens, ISO 6400, 30 seconds on f/2.4. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Finally, I want to wrap up 2019 with two amazing photos from my nocturnal shots at The Old Game Farm in Catskill.  This one was an improvisation; I put on a head lamp and tried to align the light with the Milky Way.  Looks like I did so.

NIGHT OF THE SIMIAN

The Night of the Simian. Nikon Df camera, Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens, 6400 ISO, 30 seconds at f/2.4. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

And finally, my first-ever “limited edition” artwork, which was made available only for members of the Class of 1985 at Hamilton College – or at least the first 15 who donated to the #BecauseHamilton fundraiser.  By the way … see you all in June for the 35th reunion.  Carissima, bros…

I know that 2020 will be a more proficient and adventurous time with my cameras.  Who knows what might occur?  Who knows what shot I might get?

All I know is that the shot that could be the top one of 2020 … is just one shutter click away.

And all I have to do is click that shutter. 😀