Griggstown Lock on the Delaware & Raritan Canal is about one kilometre south of the Griggstown Causeway and about 7.4 km, a 10-minute drive, from my home in Skillman. The Kingston Lock is approximately 7.4km to the south. The Millstone River runs more or less parallel to the D&R Canal, with many more twist and turns along the way. I captured this set of images with my Fujifilm X-T2 + Soligor 35mm f/2.8 Wide-Auto M42 vintage lens, a recent purchase, using an in-camera Kodachrome II film simulation recipe. Except for perspective correction, all of the images are otherwise untouched straight-out-of-camera.

The asphalt, crushed stone, and dirt surface of the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park Trail, part of a transportation corridor between Philadelphia and New York, follows the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath that dates to the early 1800s. The New Jersey portion of the trail starts in Trenton, runs along the Delaware River for almost 117 kilometres, before ending at Landing Lane, just north of George St. in New Brunswick on the outskirts of Rutgers Universit. The trail follows the outer eastern edge of the Princeton University campus and passes through Kingston, Griggstown and East Millstone. The waterway is tree-lined supporting many types of wildlife, including bald eagles, herons, and ospreys, as well as smaller bird species. Walleye, bass, and shad thrive in the Delaware Canal.

Points in Griggstown or Princeton offer canoe rides along the water-route. During heavy rains parts of the trail become impassable from floods. Flooding effectively cuts me off from areas of New Jersey to my east and north, especially if the Millstone River is also flooded.

This is a second entry for Frank Jansen's Tuesday Photo Challenge - Lock.

Griggstown Delaware Canal Lock — FujiFilm X-T2 + Soligor 35mm f/2.8 Wide-Auto M42 @ 35 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 17, 2019
Griggstown Delaware Canal Lock — FujiFilm X-T2 + Soligor 35mm f/2.8 Wide-Auto M42 @ 35 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 17, 2019
Griggstown Delaware Canal Lock — FujiFilm X-T2 + Soligor 35mm f/2.8 Wide-Auto M42 @ 35 mm, 0.002 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 17, 2019
Griggstown Delaware Canal Lock — FujiFilm X-T2 + Soligor 35mm f/2.8 Wide-Auto M42 @ 35 mm, 0.003 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 17, 2019
Griggstown Delaware Canal Lock — FujiFilm X-T2 + Soligor 35mm f/2.8 Wide-Auto M42 @ 35 mm, 0.004 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 17, 2019
Griggstown Delaware Canal Loc k— FujiFilm X-T2 + Soligor 35mm f/2.8 Wide-Auto M42 @ 35 mm, 0.002 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 17, 2019
Bridgetender's House — FujiFilm X-T2 + Soligor 35mm f/2.8 Wide-Auto M42 @ 35 mm, 0.003 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 17, 2019
Delaware Canal Trail — FujiFilm X-T2 + Soligor 35mm f/2.8 Wide-Auto M42 @ 35 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 17, 2019
Delaware Canal Trail — FujiFilm X-T2 + Soligor 35mm f/2.8 Wide-Auto M42 @ 35 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 17, 2019
Delaware Canal Trail — FujiFilm X-T2 + Soligor 35mm f/2.8 Wide-Auto M42 @ 35 mm, 0.005 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 17, 2019
Griggstown Delaware Canal Lock— FujiFilm X-T2 + Soligor 35mm f/2.8 Wide-Auto M42 @ 35 mm, 0.008 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 17, 2019
Fishing for Bass — FujiFilm X-T2 + Soligor 35mm f/2.8 Wide-Auto M42 @ 35 mm, 0.003 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 17, 2019

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lock by jansenphoto

Locked onto love!

I've photographed the area around the Kingston Lock in the [Delaware & Raritan State Park])https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/maps/KingstonTrailsMapFinalDraft.pdf_ many times in the past. The photos included here are nothing new in term of subject matter, and the composition varies slightly from previous captures. I chose to photograph using the Dramatic Classic Chrome Film Simulation Recipe created by Ritchie Roesch. I chose to do this in preparation for another project proposed by Ritchie. Except for cropping and perspective correction, all of these images are as-is from the camera.

A lock is an enclosed chamber in a canal, dam, etc., with gates at each end, for raising or lowering vessels from one level to another by admitting or releasing water.

My daughter, Kiran, thought that using the homonym, loch, was stretching things it a bit too far, given that loch means lake in Scottish Gaelic. I argued that the Kingston Lock Controls water flow through the Delaware & Raritan Canal which runs alongside Lake Carnegie, the common name for Loch Carnegie. I lost the argument.

The sky was overcast with 100% cloud cover. The Kingston Lock is about 4 kilometres from my home in Skillman. There were no shadows to be found, but the images have a great deal of contrast between light and dark areas. I parked in the empty parking lot, grabbed my tripod, slipped on my headphones and walked over the lock. I like to listen to music, one of several EDM playlist in iTunes, when I out on private photo walks by myself. The music calms me and helps me focus.

In the early 18th century, the Lenape Native Americans who lived in this part of what would eventually become New Jersey sold 4 km2 of land to Jediah Higgins, who established the town of Kingston. The small village is located on the Lenape Assunpink Trail, crossing the Millstone River at what would later be named the King's Highway. Kingston is the only area of New Jersey that exists within the borders of two counties, Middlesex County and Somerset County.

Its location on the main road, King's Highway, connecting the colonies made Kingston a major transit stop for stagecoaches and numerous inns and taverns were established. The Kingston Lock, which included a toll house that had one of the first telegraph offices in 1846, is number 8 of 14 built along the 73-kilometre D&R Canal, portions of which today are part of the D&R Canal State Park.

Eventually, after the paving of US Route 1 in the 1920s, commercial traffic moved further east, and the canal was closed in the early 1930s.

Kingston's historical importance is well recognised with entries on the State/National Register of Historic Places, including:
- Kingston Mill Historic District
- Kingston Village Historic District
- Lake Carnegie Historic District
- Princeton Nurseries Historic District
- Delaware and Raritan Canal
- Withington Estate/ Heathcote Farm,
- King's Highway (Upper Road/Lincoln Highway) Historic District
- Rockingham State Historic Site

Kingston Lock in the D&R Canal State Park, Kingston, Somerset County, New Jersey— FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16 mm, 0.003 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 16, 2019
Kingston Lock in the D&R Canal State Park, Kingston, Somerset County, New Jersey— FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 16, 2019
Kingston Lock in the D&R Canal State Park, Kingston, Somerset County, New Jersey— FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 36.5 mm, 0.008 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 16, 2019
Kingston Lock in the D&R Canal State Park, Kingston, Somerset County, New Jersey— FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 16, 2019
Kingston Lock Bridgetender House, Delaware and Raritan Canal, Kingston, Somerset County, New Jersey— FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16 mm, 0.004 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 16, 2019
Kingston Lock in the D&R Canal State Park, Kingston, Somerset County, New Jersey— FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 27.4 mm, 0.002 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 16, 2019
Kingston Lock Bridgetender House, Delaware and Raritan Canal, Kingston, Somerset County, New Jersey— FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 27.4 mm, 0.003 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 16, 2019
Kingston Lock in the D&R Canal State Park, Kingston, Somerset County, New Jersey— FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 27.4 mm, 0.004 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 16, 2019
Kingston Lock in the D&R Canal State Park, Kingston, Somerset County, New Jersey— FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 42.7 mm, 0.004 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 16, 2019
Kingston Lock in the D&R Canal State Park, Kingston, Somerset County, New Jersey— FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16 mm, 0.003 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 16, 2019
Kingston Lock in the D&R Canal State Park, Kingston, Somerset County, New Jersey— FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16 mm, 0.003 sec at f/2.8, ISO 400, ©Khürt L. Williams, Aug 16, 2019

  • Camera—iPhone 6
  • Copyright—Khürt L. Williams

Last one for the Five Day Black and White Challenge which is using hashtag on Google+.

After stopping to take a few shots near Princeton Battlefield Park, I stopped along the Delaware & Raritan Canal Park Trail near Port Mercer Canal House. I chose to capture with my iPhone 6 only.

I shot the image in black and white using the vividHDR app and then applied a Neutral Density preset in Color EFX Pro. Given that it was early morning the iPhone most likely shot this at ISO800 or higher, so I used Define for some noise reduction.