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.
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.
Bhavana and Kiran joined me and some area residents for a walk around Hobler Park, near The Great Road in Skillman. Bhavna's sister and in-laws joined us as well. Terry Lynch, author, international speaker, and trainer spoke to us about experiencing the healing power of nature by connecting with the energies of life through walking. She talked about releasing our stress and anxiety by taking a breath of fresh air using nature to restore the soul.