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32 - Storm Surf at Diamond Beach — Iceland  © jj raia

Storm Surf at Diamond Beach — Iceland © jj raia

Since this web site began about 16 months ago with the 18-day trip to Iceland, 100 posts have gone live with the inclusion of at least three times as many photographs. Naturally, not every one was a stellar image, nor were they meant to be, especially when describing some shoots that resulted in disappointment in either conditions, subjects, or even failure to execute properly as a photographer. But marking the 100th Blog Post on this newer site is not only a milestone, but also a time to reflect on these past months to mention a few noteworthy events and images.

The first noteworthy event, which also initiated the blog on this new site, was the Iceland trip in May of 2019. The Homeless in Iceland Diet (Click Here) was the first blog post here and chronicled the daily life and images as I traveled around the country, living out of the rental SUV (homeless), and subsequently losing five to seven pounds in the process (diet). (Click Here to go to the previous web site with about 250 photography postings) or Click Here to go to the first in the series of daily journals as events unfolded during the trip to Iceland.


The second notable event was the beginning of the Throwback Thursdays Series and reviewing some notable images from the archives of film. It is unfortunate that only some of those chromes were scanned, and there are hopes to scan many more in the future if a new scanner drops down from the heavens someday. But for now, there are plenty of them left to fill most Thursdays for the remainder of this year. Going through them is a nostalgic trip down memory lane and those earlier times when most of my photography centered around New Jersey, the northeast part of the US, and for about ten years before switching over to digital in 2012, other areas of the country when I took some one or two week trips out west.


The third significant change to the site was learning some basic skills in iMovie and creating a series of short videos that arose out of a 2019 Intimate Encounters exhibit   The first of each month has added another video to the series on You Tube, with a few more still remaining.


The final event, the one most consequential and cataclysmic, was and is, the world-wide appearance of the Covid-19 virus. Medical measures were in place to stop the spread, yet sadly, hundreds of thousands of deaths resulted as it continues to rage throughout the world. Among the other casualties were the loss of millions of jobs and businesses, educational disruption, and the general freedom of our unrestricted movement, just to name a few. It seems everything has changed, and populations needed to adapt to the new, hopefully temporary, normal.

Within the narrower scope of photography, compared to the much broader and more important issues faced throughout the world, these societal changes were cause for the cancellation of photo trips, tours, and workshops throughout the world. Meetings of various groups of photographers could no longer be in person, were adapted to the new reality, and began to use the technology available to carry on via computer and internet. This broadened the scope of possible presenters to include those outside the immediate physical vicinity, and allowed for the expansion of audiences as well, through the cooperation of associations and clubs. But sadly, the personal interactions on which society thrives, during in person meetings, all had to be curtailed. Adaptations continue, and life will continue to evolve as this infection runs its course and, through science and medicine, is defeated. But that may take quite some time as the spread of this disease had only gotten worse in many countries, including our own.

Photography, as well as all other forms of human interest, has probably been a mechanism of escape for most folks, and our hibernation may have allowed for deeper study or acquiring new skills in our chosen interests. Hopefully, this time has been put to good use by each of us.

I know that I have grown in technical skills, through the help of friends having similar photographic interests and a willingness to share their knowledge, as well as a broadening awareness of other photographic styles through a few presentations by the members of a small group to which I belong. Each member of that group has a unique vision, and offers helpful advice to the others from their perspective. I am proud to be among such nurturing friends.


Considering the images that have been included during these first 100 posts, the image at the top has to be the ultimate, personal favorite during this time period, for the determination to get the shot, but more importantly, the shot itself (Click Here to read about getting that shot). Everything that went into its creation, being there on that unique black sand beach in Iceland, as well as the image processing afterwards, has a deep personal connection. As mentioned several times in earlier posts, any adversity encountered in “getting the shot” should not be considered by other viewers of the image, since it should be judged solely on the individual’s perception of the image itself. But it can have a profound personal connection with the photographer since all the situational conditions, considerations and emotions, all of that “baggage”, cannot be disconnected from the image itself. Any perseverance and/or determination should be left out of the equation for others. And so that photograph hangs on a wall within my home where I can view it easily and often, and relive those experiences and emotions involved with its creation.

The rest of the favorites of mine follow below, placed in no particular order of preference. Most were taken after this site began in May of 2019, others were among the chromes of the Throwback Thursdays series, but all were featured at some point in one of the 100 previous blog posts. The one common thread that runs through the images below is the deeper, personal engagement I had at the time they were taken; feeling that sense of wonder of what was before the lens, even though it may have been a simple still life.

Feel free to communicate your preferences if any, both within or outside the listing, or more importantly, some choices with which you totally disagree. Feedback is not easy to come by, and would be thoroughly welcome even more so lately with the continued hibernation on account of the Covid-19.

Thanks in advance to any of you who might take the time to add a comment.

Stay Safe!!

j.j. raia

 


 

31 - Snæfellsjökull at Dusk — Iceland  © jj raia

Snæfellsjökull at Dusk — Iceland © jj raia

29 - Grazing under Vindbelgjarfjall — Myvatn, Iceland  © jj raia

Grazing under Vindbelgjarfjall — Myvatn, Iceland © jj raia

47 - Berg and Duck — Jokulsarlon, Iceland  © jj raia

Berg and Duck — Jokulsarlon, Iceland © jj raia

48 - Jokulsarlon Sunset - Iceland No-1  © jj raia

Jokulsarlon Sunset – Iceland No-1 © jj raia

Monet Wisteria — Wake County, NC © jj raia

Monet Wisteria — Wake County, NC © jj raia

Kayaker and Clearing Fog — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

Kayaker and Clearing Fog — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

Approaching Storm — Corolla, NC g© jj raia

Approaching Storm — Corolla, NC © jj raia

Hack Window — New Hope Valley RR, NC © jj raia

Hack Window — New Hope Valley RR, NC © jj raia

Oculus Study No.3 — jj raia

Oculus Study No.3 — jj raia

Reflections — NC Museum of Art © jj raia

Reflections — NC Museum of Art © jj raia

Linden Elementary School © jj raia

Granite Detail — Sequoia NP, CA © jj raia

Granite Detail — Sequoia NP, CA © jj raia

Foggy Marsh — Cape May County, NJ © jj raia

Foggy Marsh — Cape May County, NJ © jj raia

Fishermen in Fog — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

Fishermen in Fog — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

Foggy Flight — Jordan Lake, NC  © jj raia

Foggy Flight — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

1 - Five Cherry Leaves  © jj raia

Autumn Cherry Leaves

Orchids — Original Combined © jj raia

Orchids — © jj raia

Bonsai Cedar - Delaware Watergap, PA © jj raia

Bonsai Cedar – Delaware Watergap, PA © jj raia

Tri-State Rock - Delaware Watergap NRA, PA  © jj raia

Tri-State Rock – Delaware Watergap NRA, PA © jj raia

21 - Dawn Light — Currituck NWR, NC © jj raia

Dawn Light — Currituck NWR, NC © jj raia

Rain Curtains at Dawn — Corolla Beach, NC © jj raia

Rain Curtains at Dawn — Corolla Beach, NC © jj raia

Majestic Dawn — Corolla Beach, NC © jj raia

Majestic Dawn — Corolla Beach, NC © jj raia

Morning Reflections — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

Morning Reflections — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

High Water — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

High Water — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

Misty Morning — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

Misty Morning — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

9 - Autumn Berries — Great Dismal Swamp SP, NC © jj raia

Autumn Berries — Great Dismal Swamp SP, NC © jj raia

Wisteria and Maple Buds No. 1 — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

Wisteria and Maple Buds No. 1 — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

Spring Buds — White Oak Marsh, NC © jj raia

Spring Buds — White Oak Marsh, NC © jj raia

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Meadow of Loosestrife — Troy Meadows, NJ © jj raia

 

 

 

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