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.
For the challenge, I used a Fujifilm Kodachrome II Film Simulation Recipe. While I typically post-process my images in Adobe Lightroom, applying film simulation recipes as needed, I thought it would take a fun experiment that might force me to slow down, focus on framing and composition, taking care that I create each image. I failed miserably.
My wife was having foot surgery in the morning through the afternoon. I drove into Historic Hightstown to dine at the Morgan's Island Grill, which Yelp described as a Caribbean restaurant. After eating on a chicken roti, I walked around the small section of Hightstown that is listed as historical, which is just a few shops lining a few blocks of the main street. I didn't give myself enough time, and near the end of the hour, I found myself rushing to "complete my roll". Of the 24 images, these are the ones I deemed worthy of sharing.
While walking around, I noticed the absence of people. I saw one person exit the Physic store and later one person walked on the sidewalk on the other side of Main Street. But other than the occasional car or truck, Main Street was quiet.
A few weeks ago while waiting for a response from my new client about my start date, I drove into Rocky Hill Borough for a latte from Buy the Cup. Buy the Cup has had various operators over the years. The current owner, Vitality, is a friendly Russian man, who probably knows more people in the area than the mayor. Whenever I visit we end up chatting about which coffee beans he is bringing into the store soon, local politics or POTUS.
As I exited the cafe, an elderly woman asked me about the camera and lens. We chatted about photography -- hers and mine -- about the neighbourhood, about the photographs we had taken of the First Reformed Church, the Rocky Hill Inn, and some of the other properties around the town. She gave me a history of some of the homes in the area and pointed out that some of the larger homes were in some state of disrepair.
After we said our goodbyes I walked to Crescent Street where I parked my car. On this trip, I had taken the Canon EOS 5D Mk III and Canon EF 70-200mm L USM II lens. The conversation with the elderly photography sparked my desire to capture a few photos along the intersection of the major streets in the borough.