Wooden bridge in the snow with Kingston Mill in the background

It took me some time to get the hang of the rule of thirds but I think following (and sometimes) ignoring this rule has improved my photography.

What is the Rule of Thirds? The rule of thirds involves mentally dividing up your image using 2 horizontal lines and 2 vertical lines, as shown below. You then position the important elements in your scene along those lines, or at the points where they meet. A rule of thirds grid.Photography Mad

It snowed Monday morning. I think it’s probably the first snow of the year. It caught me by surprise but I couldn’t resist stopping at the Kingston Mill for a photograph even if it meant being ten minutes later to work.

Here are other entries for the 52 Week Smartphone Challenge.

The Millstone River between Kingston and Rocky Hill along River Road divides the Kingston Mill Historic District in Princeton Township (Mercer County) from the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park and Historic District. The park includes the Millstone River, the canal, the Kingston Locktender's House, the Tollhouse, the Kingston Basin, Lock #8, and the bridge that replaced Swing Bridge #16. Kingston Village Historic District is bisected by today's Route 27 with the west side in Franklin Township (Somerset County) and the east side in South Brunswick Township (Middlesex County).

Jacob Skillman rebuilt a mill on an earlier mill site at the Millstone River.

This is another HDR image that I uploaded to either Flickr or Instagram but which never made it to my website.

Early morning after the snowfall. I was on my way to an employer-hosted innovation conference. I realized I had time and opportunity to capture some images of Carnegie Lake from the Princeton side. I drove down Route 27 but I couldn't find my way into the parking area along the lake. The snow was deep and had not been ploughed. Fortunately, I could still get into the area near Eno Terra in Kingston. The snow wasn't as deep here. I got a few quick shots off before I had to leave.

I was both an attendee and a photographer at the event. I was one of four employees who volunteered. I used the best equipment I had -- my Nikon D40, kit lens, and a $20 flash diffuser. I sometimes feel inadequate when I see the photography equipment of others. I get that feeling of want that I often struggle to avoid. So here's what I want or put another way, what I think I need in my basic photography kit.

  • A new camera body capable of at least 10MP so that I sell my images on 500px.
  • a 24-70mmm f/2.8 ( or faster ) zoom lens (35mm equivalent). This would be my landscape and family photography lens.
  • 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. This would be my sport, street and nature photography lens.
  • A TTL flash unit.
  • A sturdy tripod with a ball head.

I'm not sure what camera body I want. I love the more compact form factor of the micro four-thirds format but I also want to retain an APS-C sensor. Time to make some money from this hobby so that I can pay for my "wants".

The image was post processed in Adobe Lightroom and Photomatix Pro. Photomatix Pro is used for HDR photography. I only had one image but I liked how the result produced by opening this single image and applying my filters.