What’s in my mug?


NIKON D5100 (85mm, f/1.8, 1/80 sec, ISO100)

Rojo’s Roastery
Papua New Guinea kimel estate AA.
wet process
var: mondo novo, blue mountain, typical,arusha, caturra, catimor

I’ve drunk a lot of coffee from Rojo’s Roastery lately. Since I now work in the Trenton area, my commute is a little longer, I leave home a little sooner. Driving over to Buy the Cup in Rocky Hill has been a bit more challenging. The Rojo’s Palmer Square shop is on the way so I’ve stopped in when I run out of coffee. Right now that seems to be the middle of the week usually on Wednesday or Thursday.

But I’ll have to make some time to visit Buy the Cup this weekend. Vitali probably misses me.


KYOCERA Finecam M410R (30.6mm, f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO200)
By: yama_hokkaidoCC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Equality does not mean we all share the same capabilities, it means we are all worth the same regardless of our drastically unequal capabilities. It is because we are so radically unequal in ability, background, and opportunity that treating one another as identical bearers of intrinsic worth is so important.James Shelly

But what do you do when the grasshoppers feel entitled to the work of the ants? Or the grasshopper thinks it can do the work of the ant and vice-versa?

Duke Estate


NIKON D5100 (55mm, f/22, 20 sec, ISO100)

Despite severe allergies and feeling tired from another photo event the previous day, I decided to join a group of photographers for a walk through the Duke Farms estate in Hillsborough. I popped one Zyrtec, one Singulair, and squeeze a mist of Nasonex in each nostril and drove the ten minutes to the estate. Once again I met with Ed and Prasanna, our leader Loren, and a few other people from my last photo walk.

The first stop along the path was the waterfall feature. On the last photo walk, Ed and Loren had talked to me about Neutral Density filters. I learned that an ND filter is essential for creating that creamy white water look in photographs of waterfalls and rivers. After some online research I purchased a Hoya 55mm Neutral Density ND-400 X, 9 Stop Multi-Coated Glass Filter from B&H to use on my Nikon 18-55mm f/5.6 lens. I used it for the first time today. What do you think of the result (above)?With some trial and error I took a 20 second exposure of the waterfall at f/22.


NIKON D5100 (55mm, f/22, 20 sec, ISO100)

Above is a closer crop of the image.


NIKON D5100 (29mm, f/16, 1/50 sec, ISO100)

I didn’t take many photos on this photo walk. I had too much fun being outdoors and enjoying the company of other photogs. Perhaps I’ll come back in a few weeks when the trees have more flowers.


NIKON D5100 (45mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO100)

Some of the images were post-processed in Silver Efx Pro and Color Efx Pro.


NIKON D5100 (18mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO100)