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Location: Smyrna, Tennessee, United States

As the title implies, I am Brent K. Moore. I married MariLynn Simons on Sept. 25, 1999. we attend Stewart's Creek Church of Christ. We have five pets, a dachshund, Slinkie, a malamute, Juno, and three rabbits, Ebunny and Ifurry, and now Houdini.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Brent's 2017 Self-Aggrandizement Photography Post

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Back with probably no demand whatsoever, it has become my yearly tradition early in the year to look back at all of my photos and crunch the numbers to see how everything did. In years past, I've written all the boring stat stuff first. This year, I'll show the year's top photos first and then you can skip over the boring numbers at the end.

Brent's top photos of 2017:

There are several reasons why I might include a photo here. Some of the photos may look they don't belong in a "best of the year" post, but they may be important to me for other reasons. Some of these are my favorite composed shots of my favorite subjects. Some of these are interesting effects while overcoming challenges to get a usable photo. Here we go in no particular order:

I had four photos make Flickr's Explore, which is one of the top photos of the day:

Cheatum Springs General Store
Cheatum Springs General Store

Westphal Hose Co. #5 - Martinsburg, VA
Westphal Hose Co. #5 - Martinsburg, VA

Ravenswood Mansion - Brentwood, TN
Ravenswood Mansion - Brentwood, TN

Cold Spring School - Portland, TN
Cold Spring School - Portland, TN

Other favorite photos of the year:

Aug. 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse - Nashville, TN
Who could forget about the eclipse?

Dolphins are awesome.
MariLynn and I were at Fort Walton Beach when we saw dolphins do this.

Work in progress: Nashville Walls Project - Lee Estes
An abandoned grain silo in The Nations area of Nashville received a facelift with a 160 foot tall painting of local resident Lee Estes. On Memorial Day, artist Guido Van Helten, in the bottom left corner, was nearly finished. Bonus fun fact: Mr. Estes is the gradfather of a high-school classmate.

Roxy Theater - Franklin, KY
For the Lucky timing shot of the year, I was photographing this late 30's movie theater in Franklin, KY when a late 30's Chevy sedan drove by.

Landmark: Edmund Pettus Bridge - Selma, AL
On our way to Florida, we went out of our way to see this National Historic Landmark, which was the site of the Bloody Sunday during the civil rights marches in Selma.

Heigold House facade - Louisville, KY
A few years ago, I found this mesmerizing video, but I was particularly interested in the house facade where the rest of the house was missing. After some internet sleuthing, I found it on the East side of Louisville. It faces mostly north, so it is tough to see sunlit. I got there at the perfect time, late in the day in summer. Five minutes later, the sun disappeared behind some apartments.

Other 2017 accomplishments:

I had a couple of published photos this year. My photo of the controversial N.B. Forrest photo along I-65 in Brentwood appeared on the Stephen Colbert show. Also in Brentwood, a lady wanted to buy a photo from a local park. I didn't have one, but my company had me at an event down the road, so I was able to get one for her along the way.

There is a website which lets you track how many counties in America you have visited. Someday, I'd like to visit every county in America, but at the end of 2017, I have been to 497 counties, which makes up 15.82% of America. I visited new counties in VA, WV, MD & PA on the way to my nephew's wedding. My family went to Kentucky Kingdom, and we took a roundabout way home to see new counties in IN & KY. Finally, I added a couple of counties in AL on the way to the Florida panhandle. I visited a total of 9 states this year.

Now that the best photos are out of the way, what can Brent bore everyone with?

This may be the part where you stop reading. I am a professional number cruncher, so this kind of thing is my cup of tea and probably not yours. I record it for posterity sake.

In 2017, I took more than 21,000 photos. About 20,000 were of my son. (Not really.)

Most of my publishing-worthy photos are uploaded to flickr. I now have a total of 9,668 of which about 400 were uploaded in 2017. These photos have been viewed collectively 11,625,320 times. During 2013, Flickr changed what's considered a "view" making more things count than what used to. As a number cruncher, this irritates me, so 1.3 million views in 2017 doesn't mean as much as it used to. (By comparison, in 2012 I had about 500,000 views.)

2010 was the first year of my website, SeeMidTN.com. While my hit counter only shows 6,754, I could be a little disheartened. Apparently a lot of people are finding content on my website via google searches and not seeing the home page. My webhost's stats show last year I had 21,345 unique visitors who made 38,577 visits viewing a total of 99,368 page views with 426,370 total hits (the stats exclude the 100,000 hits by robots / spiders / crawlers). the website used 12.28 GB of bandwidth. 40.4% of visitors used Windows which is going down a little every year. 51,7% people browsed with Chrome and 2 people used the older Nokia PDA browser. I set up a Facebook account which now has 91 followers and a twitter feed with 74 followers. These were set up as a set-it-and-forget-it tools that re-post my other content, but still has room for growth.

In 2015, I set up a Pinterest page which for the most part pins my popular flickr photos. I also have a couple of boards where I pin my favorite photos taken by others, so this is going to skew the data of my original content. Pinterest tells me I have 937 pins on 15 boards. My most popular pin was the Acme Feed & Seed neon sign which has 132 re-pins, 60 in 2017.

The highlight of my website is the daily blog. Blogger.com's count of page views reports I had 325,927 page views in 8 years, with about 45,000 in 2017. I wish I could find the page where Google lists the searches people typed in to find me. Mostly, so I could look at the weird ones. Yesterday, one person typed in "olive pit allergy" and got to my site.

I also have a YouTube channel. Most of my good videos are recordings of my dad's early music groups, but nothing uploaded in 2017. All-time, I have 654,311 views with about 24,300 in 2017. The most popular video has always been "What a Friend we have in Jesus" which was recorded in a 2007 reunion concert of 70's chorale students. That video has 37,799 views all-time but only about 100 in 2017. A new stat they offer: In 2017, My videos have been watched for 25,305 minutes, making an all-time total of 217,373 minutes. The longest watched video is a recording of "Salvation has been Brought Down" recorded at the Diana Singing, at 40,000 minutes.

This year, I'm adding info about MariLynn's youtube channel, which blows mine away. She has a lot of fun with her Tarantulas on it. As of the end of 2017, she has 2,621 subscribers! She has 465,815 views for a total of 2,098,287 minutes