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.
You may have heard of Trey Ratcliff. After a slow start, his Stuck in Customs blog grew in popularity as did his HDR techniques and vivid style of landscape photography. He’s now one of the most popular and influential photographers on the web. Alistair Arthur
Three years ago I attended one of Trey’s photowalks. The New York City event was organized with the help of Scott Wyden and B& H. The turnout was impressive. It was the spectacle as hundreds of photographers walked down Broadway toward Bowling Green. At one point we chased away by New York City police who thought we were part of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
After the photo-walk, I had the opportunity to have dinner with Trey and a select few of the photographers. He’s doing it again, in New York City, this Thursday 6 August from 5 pm , with the walk starting at 7 pm. It’s sure to be fun. Being around Trey is magical.