Red

Re-discovered a set of my early HDR images. Co-incidentally (or maybe not) they were all captured in the same week of the same month -- November 2011. The firetruck is my favourite of this set. All of the images were captured on a Nikon D40. The D40 was my first DSLR. The images were most likely processed in an early version of Photomatix.

Motorcycle, Red, Princeton, New Jersey
Motorcycle, Princeton, New Jersey
Read, Jeep, Street
Illegally parked Jeep, Montgomery Hills, Montgomery Township, New Jersey

Under a Blood Red Sky

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sky by Frank JansenFrank Jansen (Dutch goes the Photo!)

I ask you to put your creative focus skyward to capture what strikes your interest! Whether it’s a skyline, amazing sky, a raptor circling in the sky, or any other idea you have, this week the sky’s the limit for your entries! Have some fun with this and share some amazing shots with each other in this week’s challenge!!

Created by photographer Frank Jansen, the Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography. Whether it’s a skyline, amazing sky, a raptor circling in the sky, or any other idea you have, this week the theme is sky.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sky by Frank JansenFrank Jansen (Dutch goes the Photo!)

I ask you to put your creative focus skyward to capture what strikes your interest! Whether it’s a skyline, amazing sky, a raptor circling in the sky, or any other idea you have, this week the sky’s the limit for your entries! Have some fun with this and share some amazing shots with each other in this week’s challenge!!

Despite really good weather on Saturday (it rained torrentially all day on Sunday), I didn't get up early on Saturday morning to capture the morning sky over Carnegie Lake as I had planned. My son decided to visit from college and I spent most of the day with him.

This is one from the archives.

It was taken in the early evening in Washington, D.C. several years ago during a family spring vacation. I had an entry-level DSLR, a Nikon D40 and AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR kit lens, and was still learning composition and how to use the camera. I don't think I had a tripod. If I am recalling correctly, this was shot, hand-held while out tour trolley truck was stopped.

I chose this one because of the intensity of the red in the sky. I think I did some minor editing in Adobe Lightroom.

The title of the post is taken from the lyrics of the song "New Year's Day", originally released on U2's War album. U2 has been my favourite band since I first heard "With or Without You" (from the Joshua Tree album) on the radio in 1986.

NOTE: The WordPress theme I am using does not support captions in the featured image. I am looking for a similar theme but one which supports captions. If you have any suggestions, drop me a note in the comments section.

Created by photographer Frank Jansen, the Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Red, Green/Yellow, Blue

Frank’s choice of theme for the challenge this week was not well-timed. It's not Frank's fault. I saw lots of red, blue or green (RGB) during the last week. Barns, flowers, buildings, clothing. And, of course, people.

Sometimes there was an opportunity to capture what I saw. And sometimes, not. I live in Montgomery Township, New Jersey, which in many aspects is is still rural with some historic small towns for neighbours; Princeton; Hopewell.

But my town is mostly homes, streams, parks and farmland nestled into the foothills of the Sourland Mountain Range. Our roads are narrow and lack sidewalks. There are ditches on either side of these country roads. Pulling over to capture a sunset with a farm or open pasture in the foreground means stopping the car in the middle of the road. Doing this is not advisable. It's dangerous and inconsiderate for the other drivers on the way to work.

I could have taken a photo of some random object with red, green and blue colours. But that would be throw away photography. I want my photographs to have an impact.

Fog blanketed the area Friday morning. I knew that I could find opportunities for photography. I ate breakfast and left for work early to give myself time to stop should an opportunity present itself. I took a route that I knew would take me past some scenic areas: Princeton Community Park North, the edge of downtown Princeton, Princeton Battlefield Park, Quaker Road.

When I saw the tree, I pulled over into the parking area on the northbound side of Quaker Road near the Delaware and Raritan Canal. The D&R canal is part of the state park system, but the parking area is just a patch of gravel on the western bank of that section of the D&R Canal. The sun was coming up over the treeline and shone through the fog, creating a lovely haze in the background.

The area where the tree grows is wetland overgrown with thick patches of grass.

After taking the photo, I continued on my drive to work. I went back to thinking about how I could accomplish the RBG challenge. I suddenly realised that there was another way to look at the challenge. One idea is to take a single image that incorporates all of the colours. Another way is to disassemble; use a different picture with each of the colours as the primary colour. One image with mostly red, one with mostly blue, and one with green/yellow.

Red | Saturday 22 April, 2017 | Nikon D5100 | AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR

I had just taken my green/yellow image. Earlier in the week, I had taken a photo of red flowers on one of the neighbourhood trees. I needed blue.

My son is graduating from high-school. He applied to several colleges. Although he did not apply to the program, Rutgers University invited him to attend the Honors College. He’s very excited, and so are we.

My son and his friends are enjoying their last year of high school. Today is the senior prom, and even though dance is not his thing, he agreed to attend with some of his buddies. They are all nerds. They love Pokemon and video games. Anyway, it was fun to watch them all dressed up and being goofy.

Shaan and his high-school friends | Friday 28 April, 2017 | Nikon D5100 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

Oh wait, what about blue?

Shaan Joshua Aaron Williams | Friday 28 April, 2017 | Nikon D5100 | AF-S DX Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G

Created by photographer Frank Jansen, the Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography. This week's theme is RGB.