Ken Lockwood Gorge

UPDATE (28 May 2021): These images were created and presented as HDR images created in Photomatix for the original post. After learning to use some of the features of LuminarAI, I uploaded new photos. The images were treated with the Long Exposure template and then automatically cropped in CompositionAI.

Loren Fisher setup a meetup at the Ken Lockwood Gorge, through the Somerset Photography meet up. I had never been to the gorge. I didn’t know what a Gorge was. Loren explained it to me.

Ken Lockwood Gorge
Ken Lockwood Gorge | Sunday 23 March, 2014 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8 | 0.4 sec at f/22 | ISO 100

Ed, Prasanna and I carpooled from Skillman. We stopped in Somerville and had a leisurely lunch at Hurry Chutney.

Ken Lockwood Gorge
Ken Lockwood Gorge | Sunday 23 March, 2014 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8 | 0.5 sec at f/22 | ISO 100

While Saturday — the day before — was warmer and sunny, today, Winter came back. We were all dressed in layers from head to toe. Some of the photographers forgot to bring gloves, but fortunately, Loren had some extras in the back of his truck.

Ken Lockwood Gorge
Ken Lockwood Gorge | Sunday 23 March, 2014 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8 | 1/4 sec at f/22 | ISO 100

The sky was all grey. Soft lighting would prevail. I had rented a Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5 expecting I would get many wide-angle shots. However, this area still had snow and ice on the ground, and there was minimal greenery. Most of the other photographers decided to do long exposure photography. Ed had brought his neutral density filters with him. He was able to get some very long exposure images. Prasanna and I were a lot less prepared for that sort of photography.

Ken Lockwood Gorge
Ken Lockwood Gorge | Sunday 23 March, 2014 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8 | 1/4 sec at f/22 | ISO 100

The most prolonged exposure we could do without blowing out the image was ¼ second at f/29. I still think we got some great shots.

Ken Lockwood Gorge
Ken Lockwood Gorge | Sunday 23 March, 2014 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8 | 1/320 sec at f/2.8 | ISO 100
Ken Lockwood Gorge
Ken Lockwood Gorge | Sunday 23 March, 2014 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8 | 1/25 sec at f/11 | ISO 100
Ken Lockwood Gorge
Ken Lockwood Gorge | Sunday 23 March, 2014 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8 | 0.5 sec at f/22 | ISO 100

I tried to extract more colour from the images. I wanted to make them look warmer and more “spring” like than the weather indicated.

Ken Lockwood Gorge
Ken Lockwood Gorge | Sunday 23 March, 2014 | Nikon D5100 | 8-16 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 8.5 mm | 1/5 sec at f/22 | ISO 100

I didn’t use the Sigma 8-16mm as much as I thought I would. At one point, I took it off and shot exclusively with my Nikkor 35mm f1/.8. Maybe it was just my familiarity with this lens, but I feel the images are sharper and livelier.

Ken Lockwood Gorge
Ken Lockwood Gorge | Sunday 23 March, 2014 | Nikon D5100 | 8-16 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 13 mm | 1/4 sec at f/22 | ISO 100

I enjoyed the hike, and I expect to return in the spring when the trees have some leaves and the air is warmer.

Ken Lockwood Gorge
Ken Lockwood Gorge | Sunday 23 March, 2014 | Nikon D5100 | 8-16 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 8.5 mm | 1/3 sec at f/22 | ISO 100

If you live in New Jersey or are just travelling through and have some time, drop by the gorge.

From left: Unknow, Khurt, Loren, Prasanna, Ed
From left: Unknow, Khurt, Loren, Prasanna, Ed | Sunday 23 March, 2014 | Nikon D5100 | 8-16 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 16 mm | 1/4 sec at f/22 | ISO 100

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