Tuesday Photo Challenge – Road by jansenphotojansenphoto

All who dare to enter…

My initial plan was to photograph the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel, using a long exposure to create exciting light trails of the vehicles entering and exiting the tunnel. The heavily congested area with a spectacular nighttime view of the New York City cityscape is called “The Lincoln Tunnel Helix”.

I wanted to capture something visually exciting for this weeks challenge. But the logistics of that plan overwhelmed me. Light trails are the best capture after dark, and we are in early summer in New Jersey, which means the sun goes down much later in the day. A late night trip to that part of Weehawken would be challenging given that street parking is minimal and the entrance to the “Helix” can only be seen from one corner at the end of the block on one street in this residential neighbourhood. I set the Lincoln Tunnel project aside for another time.

My backup plan was to find and shoot a scene along one of the historic roads in the area. But as I drove around this morning working through my mental list of interesting roads, I realised that this wasn’t going to work either. All of the roads in this area are narrow one-lane county roads with ditches on either side and no shoulder to pull over, and this being New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the USA, even at 7 AM on a Saturday there is traffic on these narrow small town country roads.

I sat at the computer, feeling disappointed, and looking through my Adobe Lightroom Catalogue, hoping to spark more ideas. None came. I consoled myself with pulling a few images from the catalogue.

This capture of the tree-lined Blue Spring Road was taken in the fall of 2018 a few weeks after the leaves of the trees were starting to change colour. I was out for a walk and noticed the light coming over the hill was hitting the tops of the trees. The trees looked like they were on fire. The only camera I had on me was my iPhone.

The second image below was captured a year later, almost to the day, on my Fujifilm X-T2.

Blue Spring Road—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

Thomas Sweet Cafe

I decided to take my Wednesday morning status meeting WebEx conference from Thomas Sweet Cafe. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that. I had a blueberry scone and a small cappuccino. The cafe offers free Wi-Fi, but the connection is, and bandwidth is not great. However, the connection to the Xfinity hotspot was strong and stable.

Thomas Sweet Cafe, Skillman, New Jersey —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.033 sec at f/5.6, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams
Thomas Sweet Cafe, Skillman, New Jersey —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.004 sec at f/5.6, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams

Kiran needed to photograph some architectural elements for her AP course project. We walked and drove around Princeton and Princeton University on a photographic scavenger hunts for what she needed. I discovered parts of the campus and the town I had not explored before. Helping her with her project forced me to photograph subjects I had overlooked in the 18 years I have lived in the area. I have included a few of the best of the set of images. I need to create my won scavenger hunt.

One requirement of her project is that members of her “team” had to be included in the photographs. Bhavna, Shaan and Kiran took turns posing for the pictures.

The light changed during the three hours we walked around. It went from afternoon to early dusk, to nighttime. Making sure we had good images to use in Kiran’s project and doing it all hand-held, pushed the limits of my camera and photography skills. The Fuji X-T2 held up well even at ISO 12,800.

Princeton University Press —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (20 mm, 0.002 sec at f/5.6, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams
FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (28.3 mm, 0.014 sec at f/5.6, ISO12800), © Khürt L. Williams
Terra Momo Bread Company —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.500 sec at f/5.6, ISO12800), © Khürt L. Williams