Hobler Park Stream Clean

I racked my brain dry for this week's Lens Artist Photo Challenge. I have photos of birds in flight, air balloons, and planes in my Adobe Lightroom catalogue, but none are recent, and have already posted to this website. I don't want to repeat my images.

Currently, I can only capture bird photos in my backyard since I don't have a birding lens. Air balloon events won't take place until summer, and I'm not comfortable flying during a pandemic. Additionally, it's still too early in the year for ballooning in New Jersey.

The schedule of lens artist projects has been out of sync with my photography schedule. I found myself skipping a few of the challenges (as I will this week) and I thought the next.

24 April 2021 · FujiFilm X-T2 · XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
24 April 2021 · FujiFilm X-T2 · XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
24 April 2021 · FujiFilm X-T2 · XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
24 April 2021 · FujiFilm X-T2 · XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
24 April 2021 · FujiFilm X-T2 · XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
24 April 2021 · FujiFilm X-T2 · XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
24 April 2021 · FujiFilm X-T2 · XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
24 April 2021 · FujiFilm X-T2 · XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

Fujifilm Film Simulation Challenge Roll 2: Velvia

Ritchie Roesch recently announced his Film Simulation Challenge, which requires that the photographer load her camera with one film simulation recipe, capturing either 24 or 36 frames before changing settings. The photographer is forced to shoot with that one "roll" of the film until that roll is completely exposed. Ritchie's post from today reminded me that I had not yet submitted an entry.

My first roll for the challenge I used a roll of Kodachrome II while walking around the main street in Hightstown. But this time, I used a modified version of Ritchie's Fujifilm X-T30 Velvia Film Simulation Recipe. The Fujifilm X-T2 lacks the Color Chrome Effect setting that is available on the Fujifilm X-T3/X-T30. All of the images in this post are straight out of the camera. I love how the colours of the flowers and the fruit "pop." Next year, I'll make a note to use this recipe to shoot the early spring foliage and flowers with an additional mental not to use it this fall for foliage.

I captured some photographs at the Montgomery Farmers' Market then drove to Hollow Road, where I parked my car and walked down to the rock bed of the Rock Brook. As usual, the sound of the water rushing over the rocks and the wind blowing in the trees set me at ease. I was relaxed, noticing how green everything was and the lack of flowers. The occasional bright yellow butterfly floated by on the wind, too quick to photograph. I followed their flight through the trees into the distance.

The silence was broken by the sound of my iPhone, a call from my sister-in-law, inquiring how my wife was feeling after her surgery yesterday. We chatted and made plans to take my nephews out for a wander in the woods to my photographic hideouts. On my way home, I stopped in at Hobler Park. I captured some images of art installation and the yarrow flowers, the only thing in bloom at this point in the high heat and humidity of August.

Here are the keepers from my roll of 24. I used a 10 stop neutral density filter to capture the images of the water on the Rock Brook.


Other entries in this challenge series.

Frame 5, Tomatoes, Montgomery Friends Farmers' Market, Skillman —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.003 sec at f/3.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Frame 6, Rock Brook, Hollow Road, Skillman, Montgomery Township —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 8.500 sec at f/8.0, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Frame 8, Rock Brook, Hollow Road, Skillman, Montgomery Township —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.017 sec at f/8.0, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Frame 11, Rock Brook, Hollow Road, Skillman, Montgomery Township —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (27.4 mm, 8.500 sec at f/8.0, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Frame 12, Rock Brook, Hollow Road, Skillman, Montgomery Township —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 13.000 sec at f/8.0, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Frame 14, Rock Brook, Hollow Road, Skillman, Montgomery Township —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.018 sec at f/8.0, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Frame 19, Rock Brook, Hollow Road, Skillman, Montgomery Township —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.000 sec at f/8.0, ISO8000), © Khürt L. Williams
Frame 22, Hollow Road, Skillman, Montgomery Township —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (37.6 mm, 0.000 sec at f/8.0, ISO8000), © Khürt L. Williams
Frame 20, Hollow Road, Skillman, Montgomery Township —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (29.2 mm, 0.000 sec at f/8.0, ISO8000), © Khürt L. Williams
Frame 23, Hollow Road, Skillman, Montgomery Township —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (37.6 mm, 0.000 sec at f/8.0, ISO8000), © Khürt L. Williams
Frame 31, Hobler Park, Great Road,, Skillman, Montgomery Township —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.000 sec at f/2.8, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Healing in Nature at Hobler Park

This wasn't just a walk.

Yesterday's walk around Hobler Park near The Great Road in Skillman was a delightful escape from the everyday hustle. I was joined by Bhavana, Kiran, and a warm-hearted cluster of area residents. We all found solace under the open skies. Bhavna's sister and my other in-laws were among us, infusing the day with familial warmth.

As we meandered through the trails, our steps mixed with the rustling whispers of the dried grass underfoot, Terry Lynch, a renowned author and international speaker, guided our thoughts towards nature's healing effects. She illuminated the concept of nature as a conduit for vitality, inviting us to draw from its energies.

Terry spoke of stress and anxiety, not as burdens we must carry but as fleeting shadows dispelled by the light of nature. She encouraged us to breathe deeply, let the crisp air cleanse our worries, and let the serenity of our surroundings seep into our souls.

And so, we stood quietly, amidst the grassy fields, raising our hands skyward, emulating the trees around us. It was more than a mere gesture—a moment of unity, a collective release of pent-up emotions, and a shared rejuvenation. It felt as though with every breath, we were restored and intertwined with the pulse of life that thrummed beneath our feet.

We departed with more than just memories; we left with spirits lightened, minds clear, and hearts full of the healing power of nature.

Week 9 - Healing in Nature · 3 March 2013 · Nikon D40 · 35 mm f/1.8
Week 9 - Healing in Nature · 3 March 2013 · Nikon D40 · AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Nikon D40 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ 35 mm, f/7.1
Week 9 - Healing in Nature · 3 March 2013 · Nikon D40 · AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Week 9 - Healing in Nature · 3 March 2013 · Nikon D40 · AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Week 9 - Healing in Nature · 3 March 2013 · Nikon D40 · AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Week 9 - Healing in Nature · 3 March 2013 · Nikon D40 · AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Week 9 - Healing in Nature · 3 March 2013 · Nikon D40 · AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Week 9 - Healing in Nature · 3 March 2013 · Nikon D40 · AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Nikon D40 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ 35 mm, f/2.8
Week 9 - Healing in Nature · 3 March 2013 · Nikon D40 · AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G