Palmer Square West

The fog and dim light seemed like a good day to use Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow.

A thick fog enveloped the area the morning after my bicycle ride in Van Horne Park. The outdoor temperature looked warmer, but I knew it was cold outside. After a quick breakfast, I grabbed the Minolta XD-11, still loaded with Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow and headed to downtown Princeton. It was a chilly and quiet morning in Princeton. I had always been an early riser and loved the peace that came with the first light of dawn. As usual, I started my "fog walk" on Palmer Square.

As I walked south on Palmer Square West, I felt incredibly grateful for the opportunity to take in the morning's eerie beauty before it fully woke up. The sun was starting to rise, but the light was still dim, hidden behind the thick fog covering the streets.

The early morning fog had blanketed the mostly-empty streets of Palmer Square West, creating a spooky atmosphere. The usual hustle and bustle of this outdoor mall were replaced by a quiet stillness that was almost tangible. The air was heavy with moisture, and the only sounds that could be heard were the soft, muted footsteps of the few early risers brave enough to venture out in the dense fog.

tunnel to parking at palmer square
Palmer Square West · Monday 26 December 2022 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2

The street lamps in Palmer Square cast a dim glow, their light barely visible through the mist. The fog had turned the familiar buildings into spooky apparitions. The branches of the trees lining the street were shrouded in mist. The quiet and stillness of the morning were both eerie and serene. It was as if the world had stopped, and everything was waiting for the sun to burn away the fog and bring the town back to life.

Monday 26 December 2022 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2

As a lone figure walked down Palmer Square West, the mist seemed to part for a moment.

I stopped and closed my eyes, taking deep breaths and letting the morning's peace wash over me. I didn't want to leave, but I knew I had to. The air was chilly. I continued my walk, heading toward Nassau Street.

Mercer White Oak, Princeton Battlefield Park

Mercer White Oak was a historic tree at Princeton Battlefield Park that stood tall amidst the park's rolling hills and lush fields. The tree was named after General Hugh Mercer, who died from wounds he received at the Battle of Princeton during the American Revolution. The tree became a symbol of the battle and a testament to the bravery of the American soldiers who fought there. The tree was one of the largest and oldest white oaks in the state of New Jersey, with a massive trunk and sprawling branches that provided shade for visitors to the park. The Mercer White Oak was not only a natural landmark but also a crucial part of the park's rich history, serving as a reminder of the sacrifices made during the American Revolution.

The Mercer White Oak tree was about 300 years old when strong winds ripped it apart in March 2000. Soon after the tree's death, an arborist planted an 8-foot sapling from a Mercer Oak acorn inside the former tree's stump. That fenced-in young oak tree is the one that is seen in Princeton Battlefield Park today.

On this misty, foggy day, the tree takes on an ethereal quality, shrouded in a mysterious veil of white. The fog seems to wrap around the trunk and branches of the tree, adding to its already stately presence.

This is one of several frames from one of the four cartridges of Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow 400 35mm film I bought last year. The film was developed in Tennessee at Boutique Film Labs and scanned at home using an Epson Perfection V600 and VueScan software. The negatives were converted as part of my workflow using Negative Lab Pro.


One of the better exposed and adequately focused 35mm frames from a 36-exposure roll of Lomography Color 100.

From my perspective, Lomography specialises in making 35mm and instant film products for people who enjoy making photographs that look like they were captured on film cameras and left to age for 30 years. The cameras are usually low-tech, and the film stocks do not appear to produce accurate colours and white balance. Most of what Lomography sells is unappealing to me. However, I am curious, so I have been experimenting with Color 100 from Lomography.

The 35mm film cartridge was developed at Black Lab Imaging in Flemington, New Jersey. The scans were made using my now "normal" scanning workflow.

I like the deep shadows in this frame. However, the entire scene has taken on a bluish car. The skin colours are rubbish; lighter skin tends towards pink, while darker skin looks like purple mud.