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Yellow leaves

A bit saturated but I like it. I’m not a fan of fall but I love the colours. I love the red, orange and yellow of the dying leaves. What comes later – the cold, the grey, the blah — of winter; that I don’t like.

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The Rock Brook was dry

I had no idea how little rain fall we had in New Jersey this summer until I took a trip out to the Rock Brook in Skillman. I wanted to get some long exposures images of the water I normally see flowing in the brook but my wife wanted to pick up our produce from the Honey Brook CSA. I promised her that we could get my photography done, stop in at 365 Grandview for the Montgomery Friends of Open Space sponsored “Hike for Kids”, and still make it to the CSA. We headed out to Hollow Road with our daughter deciding at the last moment to come along.

No long exposure photography at the Rock Brook on this occasion. The brook was dry and filled with leaves. But I love the colour of the leaves. I had left my Nikon in my car but I think this was fortunate. I didn’t get to do any long exposures but I made good use of the available light offered by the day. I used the vividHDR app on my iPhone 6 to capture these images. I may have over done the effect a bit. Yes, yes, I did.

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. Apple iPhone 6 (0mm, f/0, 0 sec, ISO0)

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. Apple iPhone 6 (0mm, f/0, 0 sec, ISO0)

Normally my daughter doesn’t like posing for photograph’s. Especially when I’m the photographer. But she seemed willing, yet not eager, to pose for a few photos on the rocks.

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. AppleiPhone 6H iPhone 6H (0mm, f/0, 0 sec, ISO0)

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. Apple iPhone 6 (0mm, f/0, 0 sec, ISO0)

The little water that occupied the brook was filed with leaves.

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. Apple iPhone 6 (0mm, f/0, 0 sec, ISO0)

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. Apple iPhone 6 (0mm, f/0, 0 sec, ISO0)

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. Apple iPhone 6 (0mm, f/0, 0 sec, ISO0)

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. Apple iPhone 6 (0mm, f/0, 0 sec, ISO0)

Exploring Hopewell

I arrived on time. I’ve eaten and walked around Hopewell a number of times so I assumed that it would be easy to find the corner of Mercer and West Broad St. That’s where the group had agreed to meet.

I parked on East Broad and walked toward the western end of the street. I couldn’t find the cross street and neither could the residents seated at the Boro Bean enjoying a mid-morning coffee. Someone suggested I continue heading west. Mercer St. might be near the end of Broad at the liquor store. I found the group headed the other direction and crossed the street to introduce myself.

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. NIKON D5100 (35mm, f/4, 1/1250 sec, ISO100)

We walked back toward Model Street which leads back toward an old railroad station, Hopewell Station.

Along Model Street, we discovered this home with a beautiful garden. When I left the car I decided to take just my camera and one lens; my Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G. I wanted to have just the minimum needed. But with the 35mm I was challenged to fit the house and garden in the frame.

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. NIKON D5100 (35mm, f/1.8, 1/1600 sec, ISO100)

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. NIKON D5100 (35mm, f/1.8, 1/640 sec, ISO100)

I decided to shoot a set of images of the house and garden and then later I could stitch them together in Adobe Photoshop. So … that’s what I did. I used a technique popularized by Ryan Brenziner. I’m still learning how to use it effectively.

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. NIKON D5100 (35mm, f/1.8, 1/500 sec, ISO100)

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. NIKON D5100 (35mm, f/2.8, 1/1000 sec, ISO100)

Hopewell Station is on Greenwood Avenue. The station was built in 1876 by the Delaware and Bound Brook Railroad and added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1984. It’s not a large station, but I could imagine that in the past many of the towns business leaders must have taken that train to New Brunswick or New York City. We explored the outside of the building before walking back toward East Broad Street.

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. NIKON D5100 (35mm, f/4, 1/500 sec, ISO100)

We walked along East Broad Street stopping along the way to look at some of the items for sale. A few residents had items out for a yard sale. As we walked along two vintage fire trucks drove by headed to the play ground for the Hopewell Harvest Festival.

The Hopewell Harvest Fair is a wonderful event, bringing together residents, businesses, and community organizations for a day of old-fashioned fun and entertainment.

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. NIKON D5100 (35mm, f/4, 1/800 sec, ISO100)

Sports & Specialist Cars is on the corner of East Broad Street and Princeton Avenue. This beautiful vintage car was parked in the same lot with more modern sports cars from Lotus.

We stopped at The Brick Farm Market where some of us bought lunch and cold drinks. The walk ground dispersed soon after that.

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Image by :Khürt L. Williams. NIKON D5100 (35mm, f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO100)