My Favorite 12 from 2020

I put my beloved original Fujifilm X100 up on a shelf in 2014 and walked away from photography until December 24 2019, that’s when the spark to go shoot again finally hit me. That spark hit me hard enough to have a shiny new Fujifilm X-T3 and a bag of lenses in my hands by January 2020.  

So I set off in 2020 with a new found motivation and was able to complete a personal photography project, got some images published in magazines and commercial work, and found a new kind of photography I had new tried before. Here’s my favorite 12 images I made during 2020, in no particular order. 

Fujifilm X-T3 | XF 35mm f2

Ok, I know I said these were in no particular order, but this is probably ranks up as one of my favorite images I’ve been able to make with a camera. There was some fog that actually moved in to the city creating a nice atmosphere, a big city feeling but an eerie isolation with the lone biker. Not to mention an awesome amount of grain. Sold this particular lens in exchange for the older XF 35mm f1.4, I love this image, but don’t care for the focal length while shooting street so it’s used to take pictures of my pets.

Fujifilm X-T3 | XF 56mm f1.2

A color version of an image from my Life Between the Shadows project. I can remember the morning sun looking back at this image. I really liked this image because I’ve mostly been a black and white shooter, I just prefer them over a color option, so I worked more on my color photography this year and I like that glow from the morning sun. Sold this lens too, it’s a magnificent lens, but was only getting used for images of my pets. Though, this is the second image from my Top 12 from a lens I didn’t care to use, maybe I should rethink using focal lengths I don’t care for.

Fujifilm X-T30 | XF 50mm f2

My daughter, my pup, and it’s black and white. I really liked the dark silhouette and dramatic skies, looks amazing on a metal print. Sold the X-T30 and the XF 50mm f2.

Fujifilm X-T30 | Viltrox 85mm f1.8

Documenting history, the pain and emotion in her face and a real message. And Fujifilm Acros at work. SOOC. Sold the Viltrox 85mm f1.8 that this image was taken with.

Fujifilm X-T30 | XF 50mm f2

My first street photography image that I was really happy with. I like the cut of light that she’s walking in, the reflection of her glasses and her hair blowing in the wind.

Fujifilm X-T30 | XF 50mm f2

A guy sits alone on a stool at Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island, a local coney dog stand that has been around since the Influenza Pandemic of 1918, a sign of the times. Before 2020, this place was always so packed that the front windows fogged up during the colder months from the crowd.

Fujifilm X-T3 | XF 35mm f1.4

It was a different night. Stranger messages me on Instagram and says he has a light up Halloween mask, so we met up and made things happen. I liked how this one turned out.

Fujifilm X-T3 | XF 56mm f1.2

Tiny Tank, he’s easy enough to love just looking at him isn’t he? But as a photograph I like it for the personality in Tank’s face, the lighting balance from the natural light let in from just the front door being open…and that bokeh.

Fujifilm X-T3 | XF 23mm f2

Another big city feel shot, and the second day we actually had a little atmosphere in the city. A slight Dark Knight hospital scene feel to it, maybe I’m reaching?

Fujifilm X-T30 | XF 35mm f2

Yes, I like taking pictures of my dog(s). But I also like the look in her eye, the unconventional composition, lit with just a simple off-camera speed light that was purchased when I got that original X100, and a cheap umbrella with my garage wall as a background.

Fujifilm X-T30 | XF 50mm f2

My first street portrait, and rather than having to approach him, he came to me. Ned is a…character. But I like the lighting on him, and it was taken on the 4th of July so the shirt is fitting. An interesting talk Ned had with me.

Fujifilm X-T3 | XF 23mm f2

My favorite image from my Life Between the Shadows project. With Fan Ho being a big influence on my photography, this image had the most “Fan Ho” vibes to me. Also, Acros film simulation at work again, SOOC.

Had a great time shooting again, and I’m happy I shot for the entirety of 2020. What do you think about my top 12 images?

You can find more of my street photography on Instagram @dan_adams_snaps