The weather was just right. Not cold, not hot. After photographing the turtles sunbathing on the Delaware and Raritan Canal, I drove to Hopewell to sit and enjoy a cold beer at the Dog Run Bar.
This morning's weather was simply delightful – a perfect balance that avoided the extremes of cold and hot. It was one of those rare mornings where I couldn't help but feel grateful for being outside, soaking in the pleasant atmosphere. With my camera in tow, I headed to Carnegie Lake to capture the thrilling races, the oars slicing through the water with grace and power. The day was full of promise, and I wanted to savour every moment.
After capturing the lively scenes of the races, I couldn't resist the charm of the turtles sunbathing lazily nearby. These little creatures seemed to embody the essence of relaxation, basking in the warm sun with a contagious sense of tranquillity. My camera clicked away, preserving the serene scene for posterity.
Leaving the turtles to their sun-soaked bliss, I ventured to the Delaware and Raritan Canal, where people indulged in the peaceful art of fishing. There's something meditative about fishing – casting the line and waiting patiently for a catch, surrounded by the soothing sounds of the canal. I couldn't resist capturing these moments, finding beauty in the simplicity of people connecting with nature.
As the morning unfolded, I felt a growing thirst, and my thoughts turned to Brick Farm Tavern. At the Dog Run Bar, I relished a refreshing beer while basking in the outdoor ambience. The tavern's setting provides the perfect backdrop to unwind and enjoy life's simple pleasures.
I noticed a familiar face at a nearby table. It was my friend David, and his adorable baby accompanied him. How could I resist the opportunity to say hello and exchange warm greetings? The joy of reconnecting with old friends, especially amidst such a wonderful day, is a feeling that's hard to describe.
We exchanged stories about life, parenthood, and the simple pleasures of a day like this one. His baby gurgled and giggled, filling the air with infectious happiness. It was a heartwarming scene, reminding me of the beauty that lies in the connections we make with one another.
After catching up with David and admiring the adorable baby, I eventually settled into a comfortable spot at the Dog Run Bar. With a cold beer, I took a moment to reflect on the day so far. It had been a day of tranquillity, simple joys, and human connections – a reminder that life's true treasures often lie in the little moments we encounter.
I was there for the grand opening in 2006 and all the anniversary celebrations since then. I hope to celebrate with Alex, Tom, and Sean for as long as Troon keeps making beer. Congratulation on six years of the best beer-making in the state. Thank you.
Typically the Brick Farm Tavern hosts a ticketed event with a Troon-only beer fest (with food) at the bar or under the tent. Troon usually releases exceptional bottled barrel-aged stouts and variants of previous ales for their anniversary celebration. This year was a little different. This year's anniversary release was a hazy IPA, and our festivities were limited to the grass outside the dog-run bar.
The air was still full of excitement. Some early Troon "Jabronis" occupied a table near the fire pits, chatting, catching up, and wishing each other happy holidays. I love this little community. Happy New Year, my jabronis.
This is the part of the year when the air is damp and cold and the skies are cloudy all-day. There is minimal colour in the dimly lit surrounds. Why bother making colour photographs? I have decided to photograph in black and white for as long as the winter weather lasts. How long will that be?
This is my second time shooting Kodak Pro Image 100. I used Kodak Pro Image 100 last fall.
NOTE: I’ll begin this experience report with a brief disclaimer. It’s been less than three years since I returned to shooting 35mm film after switching to digital photography over 20 years ago. I’ve inundated myself with as much film education as possible between web articles and advice from experienced film shooters. But, since my prior experience with film is decades old, this review is from a rather novice point of view.
The photographs from the 36 exposure roll of Kodak Pro Image 100 that I exposed a few weeks ago during our visit to Brick Farm Tavern and East Broad Street have finally been developed and scanned. The Dark Room sent me a link earlier this week.
This is my second time shooting Kodak Pro Image 100. I used Kodak Pro Image 100 last fall, mostly while attending an outdoor beer garden hosted by Flounder Brewing Co. At that time, I was using the Minolta X-700. This roll was exposed using my Minolta XD-11 and Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm f/2 lens.
The Minolta XD-11 is a 35mm film SLR camera produced by Minolta in Japan from 1977 to 1984. The Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm f/2.8 was a popular lens among photographers who valued its excellent optical quality, compact size, and lightweight design. It was designed as a high-end camera, offering advanced features and excellent performance for serious photographers. The XD-11 has a solid, all-metal body that is durable and well-balanced. It features a bright viewfinder that shows the entire frame and provides a clear, accurate view of the scene. The viewfinder also displays the aperture, shutter speed settings, and a battery check indicator. The camera has a wide range of exposure control modes, including manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, and program modes. It also features a unique "aperture-preferred automatic" mode, allowing the photographer to set the aperture and let the camera automatically adjust the shutter speed for proper exposure.
The XD-11 has a fast and accurate through-the-lens (TTL) metering system that uses a silicon photodiode sensor to measure light. The metering system provides accurate exposure readings even in difficult lighting conditions, and it also features a centre-weighted averaging mode for more precise metering. Other features of the XD-11 include a self-timer, multiple exposure capability, and a depth-of-field preview button. It also has a metal focal plane shutter that can operate at speeds up to 1/1000th of a second. The Minolta XD-11’s compact size and rugged construction make it a popular choice for photographers who want a high-quality, easy-to-use and reliable SLR camera.
The Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm f/2.8 is a compact and lightweight lens produced by Minolta in the 1970s and 1980s. It is designed for Minolta manual focus SLR cameras such as the XD-11 and is known for its excellent optical quality and durability. The lens has a 45mm focal length, which provides a slightly wider field of view than a standard 50mm lens. It has a maximum aperture of f/2.8, considered fast enough for most lighting conditions, and a minimum aperture of f/22. The lens has a smooth and precise focusing ring, allowing easy and accurate focusing.
The lens's optical construction consists of five elements in four groups, which helps minimise distortion and produce sharp, contrasty images with good colour saturation. The lens also has multi-coated optics, which reduces lens flare and ghosting and improves overall image quality. The lens is compact and lightweight, making it easy to carry and use. The lens barrel is made of metal, which adds to its durability and longevity. The lens also has a built-in sliding lens hood, which helps to protect the lens from glare and damage.
I tried capturing the same images I exposed on my Fuji X-T2 that day. Swapping back and forth between the two cameras was challenging, so I enlisted Bhavna's help. I would hand her one camera, and she would return the other. This is one of the few times I have exposed an entire roll of 35mm film in one weekend. Out of a 36-exposure roll, I got back about 32 usable images. My only regret is that I didn't get better-quality scans or make some prints. I could send the negative back to The Dark Room to get prints or scan the negatives using my Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner.
Kodak Professional Pro Image 100