The New Jersey state offices are closed for Columbus Day. I consult for the New Jersey Courts so I a holiday as well. After helping out my wife’s office with some networking issues I drove up to one of my favorite spots in Skillman. I parked at the Rock Brook along Hollow Road. I brought only my iPhone and my tripod. I have a smartphone holder clamped to the center column of my tripod. I normally use it to hold my iPhone when I am doing long-exposures using the Trigger Trap app and dongle. But it also works nicely to hold my iPhone so I can use as the primary camera. That’s exactly what I did. All the images below were captured on my iPhone 6 with either the native camera app, vividHDR or Slow Shutter. I imported the TIFF images to Adobe Lightroom, applied profile correction, and a Hazy Pop matte filter.

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  • Camera—iPhone 6

I was surprised by the amount of leaves on the ground. The trees were still mostly green and the air temperature was moderate so I was surprised that that many leaves had fallen from the trees. The leaves were soft, not crunchy as I had expected from how brown they were.

It was quiet as I made my way down to the water.

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  • Camera—iPhone 6

As I approached the edge of the brook, leaves and trees gave way to the multitude of rocks that give the brook it’s name. There were few leaves on the ground here. Mostly grass that found a way to thrive between the rocks. I could hear the water flowing nearby.

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  • Camera—iPhone 6

I imagined that in a few weeks as the cooler air and dwindling sun light causes more leaves to change colors and fall, the rock bed will be covered in orange and red.

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  • Camera—iPhone 6

While I setup the tripod near the “falls” I saw a few frogs hopping around. This one decided to keep me company. I very carefully set the tripod up so that I could get a close. I wish had one of those Moment zoom lenses for the iPod. It took a few tries before the frogs was comfortable with my presence and sat still long enough for me to grab a few shots.

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  • Camera—iPhone 6

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  • Aperture—ƒ/2.2
  • Camera—iPhone
  • Focal length—4.15mm
  • ISO—32
  • Shutter speed—30s

The “falls” is just a stack of large boulders that have formed a natural damn in the brook. The water pours over the rock and I shot these images using the Slow Shutter app to give the water that silky smooth look you get when shooting long exposures on a DSLR.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/2.2
  • Camera—iPhone
  • Focal length—4.15mm
  • ISO—32
  • Shutter speed—15s

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  • Aperture—ƒ/2.2
  • Camera—iPhone
  • Focal length—4.15mm
  • ISO—32
  • Shutter speed—15s

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  • Aperture—ƒ/2.2
  • Camera—iPhone
  • Focal length—4.15mm
  • ISO—32
  • Shutter speed—15s

While the SlowShutter Cam captured the “falls” I looked around. I noticed this stack of rocks. I guess someone was downhere before me and decided to add some artwork. I like it.

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  • Camera—iPhone 6

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  • Camera—iPhone 6
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