This collection holds sets of photos that I use on an ongoing basis and are not specific to any one year.
Miscellaneous/random shots which I did not include as part of any other set of photos. Each set in this collection contains the designated calendar year of such photos. These photos are almost entirely from cell phone cameras and do not go further back than September 2004 when I began using a cameraphone for the first time.
Come along and discover with me what this year has to offer in photographic opportunities.
This was the year of the return. I began the gradual return to a somewhat normal life which included attending various events—most memorably: media duty for women's ministries retreats, annual church retreat, annual statewide convocation (Camp Meeting), and eight regional town hall meetings around the state followed by the main constituency session. More memorably, however, was the loss of my mother and processing how that affected me, and also the loss of my stepdaughters' father and how that affected them.
There's really not much more I can say about 2020 other than: Continued Covid Crap.
There were certainly a few more outings that pretty much only comprised our family members and following safety protocols as best we can. We enjoyed several different trail hikes and nature areas and some outdoor holiday light exhibits. And let's not forget the baby shower my wife photographed at the historic Alfond Inn at Rollins College in Winter Park where I was treated to a serving of filet mignon that just might have been the best thing I have ever put in my mouth!
It should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that I ended up extremely light weight for this year. Besides the Miscellaneous album, the only other album is the Ernie Haase and Signature Sound concert I attended. That concert, doing video services for a convocation, and a trip to Strawberry Festival in Plant City were basically the only major events I attended before quarantine began. I also found myself remotely managing media playback for several Zoom virtual events. 2020 will also be remembered for being the year I perfected my ability to hard cook eggs and make deviled eggs!
Oh, and 2020 is, of course, also the year I went over the hill and celebrated my 50th birthday, as well as my 10th wedding anniversary.
I'm discovering that I don't create nearly as many albums any more because my wife does most of the picture-taking these days. Maybe I'll find a way to remedy that for the future. But for this year, the obvious highlight was a summer trip for the 50th anniversary celebration of Lori's aunt and uncle in Tennessee and being able to include sightseeing excursions to the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, The Ark Encounter in Kentucky, and Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.
I definitely missed not having a spring excursion this year with my fellow communication workers in the southeastern states, due to that department no longer existing at my office and me now working in the Service Center. Budget constraints really negated any real significant vacation this year. The majority of my annual accrued vacation benefit was used to extend the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, plus some time off in the summer to care for my wife recouping from a surgery (yes, she’s fine). I’ll update this caption if I remember something else, but the only significant photographic memory I can presently recall is once again gathering my family at my parents’ house in Tampa for Thanksgiving Day.
2017 was a weird year. The majority of it was spent wondering how my employment would carry on. The first six months was interim status as my office tried (and failed) to overhaul my former department into a new one with new leadership. Eventually, when a contract team of workers was brought in, my proposal to transfer to the print shop of our service center was granted, so I've begun all new responsibilities. With spring came a splendid trip to Charleston, SC, resulting in what will be the last of my annual spring-time destination trips hosted by the Southern Union Communication Department, because I am no longer a communication employee. The family beach trip in July was also a wonderful memory.
This year's favorite photographic moments include the reaction on the face of my wife, Lori, when she realized she had received a brand new Canon 70D for her birthday; an impromptu visit to The Spaghetti Warehouse restaurant in Ybor City (near Tampa) when, as it turned out, it was their very last day in business (sad face); a flight on the Orlando Eye on International Drive; and perhaps most importantly, a shot of the historical building (formerly a hotel) in downtown Orlando where I signed the short sale papers to officially be rid of my condo property that was horrifically upside down on the mortgage.
This year, I completed my two-year project of migrating all my old Gallery-powered photo albums to Flickr (which is mirrored through my self-operated front end at photos.albj.net). If you were one of those who had bookmarked photos.dtpbylee.com to peruse my albums, you'll want to use the ALBj link instead. Other highlights of 2015 include a splendid visit to Savannah, Georgia, for the annual spring advisory meeting, attending InfoComm at the Orlando Convention Center, hearing the Gaither Vocal Band live at the David Jeremiah Stand Up tour at Amway Arena, and an all-day office social event to The Holy Land Experience attraction in south Orlando. But the biggest highlight was successfully arranging a road trip with my wife and both her daughters to San Antonio, Texas, for the 60th General Session of the Adventist Church. The trip spanned over my birthday and was a marvelous gift to myself!
Two of my best memories for 2014 are the relocation of my office from Winter Park to Altamonte Springs and Thanksgiving at my parents' home when we at last managed to have all of my wife's family (her daughters, parents, and sister with her family) over to Tampa for the day. This year also included one last stint of time at Daytona Beach for annual Southern Union meetings since we're moving to Florida's west coast for several years beginning 2015.
This year, I began migrating from the Gallery-powered, self-hosted web site to Flickr. Probably should've used Flickr in the first place. This year's highlight was a trip to Memphis, Tennessee, including a visit to Graceland, during an annual meeting I attend for work.
Finally realizing that the quality of the photos out of newer iPhones is as good or better than the Olympus pocket camera I used to carry all the time, I'm beginning to shoot full sets of photos more intentionally once again. 2012 highlights include a marvelous trip to Callaway Gardens in Georgia, primarily for meetings but with plenty of time for sightseeing, and a surprise anniversary getaway weekend my wife arranged to Disney's Port Orleans Resort—it was a big surprise to me.
Purchasing my first true house (as opposed to my condo) was 2011's big event. Having married a shutterbug wife who has her camera out far more often than I do, from 2011 forward, there will likely not be as many full albums as in previous years. However, I do still frequently shoot images with my iPhone which don't end up in a full album. Thus, the number of photos in the "Miscellaneous" albums from now on will likely be larger than before.
A new year, and a new start, building a new life, resulting in my marriage to Lori on 08/09/10 at 11:12 am. This was the final year I posted photo albums to my old Gallery-powered web server at home. I've posted to Flickr ever since and finally completed moving all those old albums to Flickr (which, by extension, includes the album mirroring on my self-operated front end at photos.albj.net).
My biggest memories of 2009 were traveling to San Francisco in January for the 25th annual Macworld Expo and my first-ever overseas trip in July for a little more than a week in the United Kingdom—plus some big decisions for 2010.
A June trip to southern Missouri for my younger cousin's wedding in Branson was a lovely trip, although the hands-down photographic highlight of the year was driving to the Rocky Mountain National Forest for a couple hours of sightseeing before flying home after an annual convention. Late this year also saw the acquisition of a Nikon D90 for work—a vastly superior camera to the D100 used previously.
After three different Sony Ericsson phones, this was the year I finally abandoned that brand in favor of an Apple iPhone. Cameraphone quality began getting better and better with each successive iPhone upgrade since then.
This year, I got even more prolific with fun/silly photos this year for two reasons: I had traded up my mobile phone for one with a 1.3 megapixel camera, and also bought an Olympus Stylus 720SW (sold the C-5050 on eBay). The 720SW is a pocket-sized waterproof camera that I carried with me almost everywhere, at least up until my first iPhone which had a camera almost as good.
Two weeks in St. Louis and the months of looking for a condo dominate this year's memories. After getting nailed three times by the 2004 hurricanes, Orlando caught a bit of a break in 2005, even though to this point, the year saw the most named storms in recorded history.
Highlights of this year include a trip to Puerto Rico, the infamous 2004 hurricane season (which affected Orlando more than the record-breaking 2005 season), the last of a nearly annual series of trips to Washington State, and my office's purchase of a Nikon D100 which is the camera used in some albums from this point until 2008 when we acquired a Nikon D90.
Early this year, I had purchased an Olympus C-5050 and began shooting photos a lot more often. This was also about the time a gang of my friends started getting together much more frequently, providing more opportunities to keep snapping. By the end of the year, I purchased a used G4 Mac tower, had a friend help me install the Gallery photo engine, and starting organizing all my albums to share with family and friends without having to worry about paying for large amounts of storage and hosting space. (Of course now that is no more, as all the albums have been moved to Flickr and a self-operated front end at photos.albj.net)
Just two little albums of a Washington State visit and crazy underwater engagement photos. I suppose 2002 was either boring, or simply the calm before the storm (of photography) before I acquired my own first digital camera.
2001 saw a few more outings with the office camera for vacation photography.
Summer 2000 is when my office at last acquired a Nikon CoolPix 990 and began the transition from shooting film to shooting digital. Choosing this camera for my office was a direct result of having been loaned a CoolPix 950 (predecessor model) to use during the General Conference Session in Toronto.
It would be three more years before I'd buy a digital camera of my own, and I was too paranoid to use the office camera for personal reasons. It came with me to D.C. because it was a trip for a convention (followed by some sightseeing at the Capitol area). But, by the end of the year, I felt more comfortable having it out and actually did take it on a personal trip.
I never liked burning up film, so prior to year 2000 (when I began having greater access to digital cameras), I never took many photos other than during major vacations. 1999's northwest trip was the last vacation in which I shot 35mm film.
1998 was the beginning of a brief stint of annual trips to Washington State, the first time being for my brother's wedding which was immediately followed by a couple days in San Francisco.
Sure, I had snapped the odd photo from time to time prior to this year, especially from high school and college photo classes. But 1997 represents the first event—an October vacation to New England—where I intentionally planned a series of photos to become an album.