Pandemic Moments: Life in Birmingham, MI

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As we been  moving through our lives during the pandemic, I’ve been shooting a series of pictures I call, “Pandemic Moments: Life in Birmingham.” I didn’t set out to document the virus or first responders. Knew shelter in place was going to be a while. Instead of being stagnant, thought this would be a great time to take my photographic skills to the gym, sort of.

Being a pilot, I read a report by the NTSB that studied airline crashes over the past 10 years. It stated part of the problem was current pilot training; it involved too much focus on cockpit computers, relying on the autopilot and not enough flying the airplane.

After more than 35 years I took a 40 year old, Nikon, fully manual lens off the shelf and combined it with a state of the art Canon digital camera. The lens is a 500mm  Mirror. Back in the day it was an innovative, light telephoto. Its signature was its unique out of focus look, unseen before. It would take highlights and make them look like doughnuts. In the editorial world, it was so different many photographers were buying one to see what they can do with it artistically.

Being a telephoto, it would keep my social distance, and then some. The method to my madness was to sharpen my skills and hopefully make a few pictures in the process. It expanded into an album of random people or wildlife I came upon during my daily morning and evening walk.

Looking at the Positives of the Pandemic, I’m not only feeling good about my experiment, but the impact it had on people looking for something to make their day, to smile and see the beauty of their neighborhood. It also makes me realize how much I love what I do and it keeps my skills at a level that makes me competitive.