• Charles Martinez

My Top 10 Photos of 2020

Updated: Jan 16

2020 was definitely a tough year for many of us and for small business owners like myself, it prevented us from doing business as normal. Because of the pandemic, I felt it was best to shutdown my services and it unfortunately led to a lot less photos for the year. Despite a tough year, I was able to get out and get some great shots! So here is the Top 10 Photos that I took in 2020! (In no particular order).

1. Rocky Mountain Arsenal Golden Light

Nikon D850 | 18mm f/3.5 | 1/2000 sec ISO 200

This is one of my favorite landscape shots of the year taken at the beautiful Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge located just outside of Denver, CO. The lighting, the green grass, the clouds, the lone tree, the birds, everything about this shot just looks heavenly to me. I am super proud of this image and I hope you all enjoyed it as well. If you would like to see this on your wall, you can purchase a print here.

2. Jordan - Senior Session

Nikon D850 | 50mm f/2.8 | 1/1000 sec ISO 100

This was one of the few clients that I actually worked with in 2020 and I think her senior photos came out amazing! I think the golden light and the golden field looks perfect as a way to symbolize a great accomplishment. Besides the light, Jordan killed it with the posing and the outfit, especially for someone who hasn't modeled before. The only thing that bothered me about this shot was the fact that the smoke from the fires in Colorado covered up the mountains and they can barely be seen. Other than that, this is such a great shot from 2020. This was taken at Flatirons Vista Trailhead in Colorado.

3. Rainbow on The Plains

Nikon D850 | 70mm f/4.5 | 1/1000 sec ISO 125

Now this shot is memorable because it was unplanned. You never know when you are going to get a perfect scene and this was one of those moments that was a dream for a photographer. I have never captured a rainbow before and to see this one so big and colorful with no obstructions was truly amazing. This shot was taken at the Pawnee National Grassland located in Northern Colorado. There really isn't much out there besides open fields and a few buttes, but it is a nice getaway from the city or the suburbs. You can purchase this print here.

4. Victoria - Lifestyle Shoot

Nikon D850 | 50mm f/1.8 | 1/2000 sec ISO 500

This is from a shoot with my cousin Victoria, who helps me out whenever I need to test some new gear or try some new portrait concepts. She did awesome with this shoot and the thing I like most about this image is the fact that I nailed the focus on her eyes. This is one of the first portraits that I was able to take with my Nikon D850 which was a big investment for me as I look to improve my work. After getting this shot, I was so excited to take more portraits in 2020, but that didn't really happen because of the pandemic. So I didn't get to practice many portraits with my new camera. I look forward to capturing more sharp and stunning portraits soon! This shot wasn't really taken in a special location, just a small clubhouse near where I live. (The location doesn't have to be pretty in order to take a stunning portrait).

5. Clear Denver Skies

Nikon D850 | 70mm f/4.8 | 1/400 sec ISO 200

This is a shot that I will always remember, because it was taken shortly after stay at home orders were given in Colorado and around the country. Until the pandemic began and people stopped commuting everyday, I never realized just how much pollution there actually is. I have never seen the city skyline so clear before (From this location anyways). This really opened my eyes and has given me more of a reason to favor renewable energy as well as electric vehicles. We all must do our part to keep our planet clean and leave it in good condition for future generations. This shot was also taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

6. Savannah and Raul Proposal

Nikon D850 | 70mm f/3.2 | 1/400 sec ISO 4000

This may be my favorite image of 2020, just because it was a happy moment in a time where so much seemed to be going wrong. It was nice to get out (with a mask) and capture a surprise proposal for my cousin and her now Fiancé Raul. I knew this day was coming and when Raul sent the text about his plan, no pandemic was going to stop me from being there for two of my favorite people. I am glad I got to capture the moment for them! There is also a video of the proposal that you can check out here.

7. Full Moon

Nikon D850 | 300mm f/6.3 | 1/4000 sec ISO 1250

I have taken many shots of the moon, but they were never the best and there always seemed to be clouds in the way. I finally got a nice clear shot of the moon with my kit lens that came with my old Nikon D5300. I hope to invest in a better telephoto lens soon, but my kit lens sure did the job for this one mounted on my Nikon D850. The detail in the moon is so clear. I believe this was the Full "Buck" Moon in July and what's even better is that I captured it right from my backyard. Just a nice clean and simple shot of the moon. You can purchase a print here.

8. Summer Road

Nikon D850 | 18mm f/3.5 | 1/200 sec ISO 200

This scene looked perfect as I was driving down this road. The green trees, the leading lines and the gradient in the sky made for an amazing shot. This location is definitely on my list for a portrait shoot in the future. I want to keep this spot a secret because I don't want it getting too busy, but if you book your next shoot with me, maybe you can have this location as your background! Click here to book and let's get you on the schedule for this summer! I should also have this shot available for purchase soon!

9. Sunflower Field

Nikon D850 | 35mm f/5 | 1/200 sec ISO 160

I spent hours looking for sunflower fields last summer and I finally found this field in Brighton, CO. I honestly can't remember exactly where these were but I am so glad I finally got a cool shot of the sunflowers at sunset. There are usually larger sunflowers out near the Denver International Airport, but I did not find those last year. Sunflowers are a must see for all photographers every year and I will definitely be out to find them again! Just look at the rows and rows of sunflowers. So stunning! This is another great idea for portraits that I hope to do someday. I will hopefully have this shot up on my store soon as well!

10. Boulder Flatirons

Nikon D850 | 25mm f/4 | 1/250 sec ISO 250

Finally, this shot taken out near the flatirons in Boulder, CO. I went for a drive hoping to see a nice sunset and I would say this qualified. Clouds add so much more to a landscape shot and combined with the flatirons in Colorado, this made for a colorful image that shows the beauty of my great home state. You can purchase a print of this shot here.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my favorite images of 2020! I look forward to the rest of 2021 and capturing more memorable shots as we get out of this pandemic. Thank you for your support and I look forward to being your photographer soon!


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