Chuck’s Best Photos of 2022

With tomorrow being a WHCL “Nightowl Radio Show” playlist, and Saturday designated as a “What’s Up in the Neighborhood” blogroll recap, this is essentially the last day of 2022 for me to share my personal recap of ten Chuck Miller-captured photos and my feelings about capturing them. So if you’ll indulge me on this wee little recap … Thanks.

AS SEEN FROM SCREVEN COUNTY

As Seen From Screven County. Nikon Df camera, Maksutov MC MTO-11CA 1000mm F10 mirror lens, 30 images shot in 10-minute intervals. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

This was, without question, my favorite photo of 2022. The journey to Baldwinsville to capture the image. The five hours in a field, shooting at the moon with my super-heavy lens. And this image becomes my fifth-ever “triple blue” award winner (three blue ribbons in competition). So proud and honored by this image. All the planning paid off.

A BICOLOR SUNFLOWER

A Bicolor Sunflower. Google Pixel 6 Pro camera. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Look at that sweet shot. Not just any sunflower in a field, but one of those hybrid sunflowers with the burnt orange inner petals. And it won a blue in its first-ever showing, a last-minute swap-in at the Durham Fair this year. So there’s that as well.

BENNINGTON COUNTY, 15°F

Bennington County, 15°F. Nikon Df camera, Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 lens. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

A Christmas Eve capture along the Walloomsac River. No way was I going to let this shot get away. You know this is earmarked for Competition Season 2023.

ST-LAWRENCE CROSSING

St. Lawrence Crossing. Nikon Df camera, Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 lens. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Three years to wait for the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train to return. And my best capture to date … came on my first trip into Canada in nearly six years. Although I may never enter this photo in competition, I still enjoy its serenity and peace.

METEOR OVER GRAVE OF PRESIDENT CHESTER A. ARTHUR

Meteor over grave of President Chester A. Arthur. Nikon Df camera, Irix 15mm f/2.8 lens. (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

So much worked against me on this. Clouds in the distance. Light pollution. And a subpar showing from the tau Herculids meteor shower. But I did get this one image, so … I’ll take it.

A ROOFTOP CELEBRATION

Rooftop Celebration. Nikon F2S camera, Kodak Ektachrome film, Nikkor 55mm f/1.2 lens. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Yep, camped on top of the Kenmore Hotel and capturing the 4th of July fireworks show – with the St. Mary’s Church steeple in the foreground and the Corning Tower at the side. My second-ever “Best in Show” capture, picking up its BIS at Durham 2022. Love this shot. Love love love love it.

THE GUIDES

The Guides. Nikon Df camera (2), Nikkor 50mm lens (2). Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this is the first true “stereoscopic” photo with my Nikon Df setup that really, really convinced me I could make this work. Both images are synchronized perfectly; the background is distant, and it just looks tremendous. Keeper for sure.

EDOSOMWAN ADMIRES HIS HANDIWORK

Edosomwan Admires His Handiwork. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 lens. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

That’s not four different people in the frame. That’s Sudbury Five centre Zeke Edosomwan completing a power-slam at the 2022 NBL-TBL All-Star Classic dunk contest. At the time, I had photographed Edosomwan with a rapid barrage of photos … this allowed me to combine the images into a nice little flow.

THE SARATOGA, CORINTH & HUDSON CROSSING

Saratoga Corinth and Hudson Crossing. Pentacon Six camera, AGFA Scala 200 film. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

This was one of the few times the Pentacon Six camera actually DID what it was supposed to do. That camera honestly frustrated me to no end, and still does today. But when it’s on point … it can capture a blue-ribbon winner, which this Big E blue winner claimed. So I’m good with that.

YOU MISSED A SPOT

You missed a spot. Google Pixel 6 camera. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

This has to be one of the most menial jobs at a fair – washing the Budweiser Clydesdale horses so that they look spectacular. And you have to get all the nasty bits out of the horse’s tail and coat. I haven’t decided if I will save this for Competition Season 2023 – but it will always remind me that no matter how hard your day job might be, at least you’re not picking manure bits out of a horse’s ass. Or maybe you are, I don’t know.

So what does 2023 hold in store for me? More photographic adventures, for sure. Definitely a Solar eclipse in October. More CP Holiday Train chasing in late November. A lot of stereoscopy once springtime arrives. And more fun throughout.

You want to join me on this journey?

Come along.

See you in 2023.