2021 Favourites

My 5 favourite photos from 2021 and a mix of my other favourites below.

2021 was a year of two halves for my photography. Australia’s isolation from the rest of the world and success in suppressing Covid led to the first half of the year feeling somewhat normal and I felt more comfortable doing some animal and portrait shoots again.

Then the Delta outbreak hit in the second half of the year and we went back in to lockdown. All my work dried up, including my food shoots (my main source of income), and I couldn’t leave my local area for months.

I also moved just before the lockdown but that worked out well in the end as it meant I had a new area to explore for my photography during lockdown.

The lockdown was difficult; I found it much harder than what we’d been through previously and going for a walk along the foreshore with my camera each day was one of the things that helped get me through it. We had some beautiful sunsets during that period and focusing on the natural beauty of the lake really helped to keep me sane.

Once the lockdown lifted things picked up a little; I was able to resume some food shoots but a lot of the restaurants I had shot for before didn’t survive this lockdown unfortunately. It took a big toll.

Towards the end of the year my photograhy group was able to start meeting again which was fun and it’s continuing to grow. And despite work drying up, I still managed to sell a number of my calendars and prints throughout the year which was good as well.

Here’s hoping 2022 will be a better year all round as we start to move in to a new stage of the pandemic.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2021

Valentine Photowalk & Sunset

It was my photo group’s last shoot of the year yesterday. It was a bit of a crazy shoot – we went to Valentine for the sunset, only to get hammered by a storm which sent us scurrying for cover and ended the shoot early.

Then on the way home, the sky absolutely exploded with colour. It was one of the best sunsets of the year and typically I’d left my camera in the car! At least I managed to get a few shots with my phone.

It was a pity that we missed the sunset at Valentine as it would have been spectacular there too but oh well, another time. And it was definitely an interesting way to end our photowalks for 2021! 😀

Photos © CJ Levinson 2021

Swansea Sunset 08/12/2021

Wednesday night’s beautiful sunset. I almost missed the sunset as I was busy most of the day but managed to run down to the Swansea foreshore for the end of it.

I didn’t have my tripod or most of my gear with me so all of these were shot handheld at 6400 ISO. The files still look very good – it’s amazing how advanced cameras are now in low light.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2021

2022 Calendar Now Available

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie 2022 Calendar

My 2022 calendar is now available!

The calendar is A4 sized and features 12 images taken around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie during the last year.

I’m very proud of the calendar. This year has been challenging with the the way so much of our lives has changed with Covid but photography has been my constant throughout. Finding the natural beauty in my local area has helped to keep me sane and I’m very happy with how the photos have come out.

Each calendar costs $25 in Australia, including postage. I’m also happy to send overseas.

If you would like to buy one they’re available below or through my Etsy store. 🙂

Photos © CJ Levinson 2021