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.
I took a class, Composition-On-Location: Princeton University, via the Princeton Digital Photo Workshop group. The class was led by Alan Kesselhaut and Bob Mulholland. Alan spent some talking about the basics of composition before we started a slow walk around the Princeton University campus. Both instructors were willing to answer questions while also giving guidance on how to approach some of the subject matter — mostly buildings — we encountered.
Of all the shots that I took, this one of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs was my favourite. I took it while walking back up Washington Road. The class was over and I want on my way back to my car.
These were taken tonight with my DIY IR remote and DSLR.bot. As I mentioned in the post, the DSLR.bot software has a minimum shutter speed of 0.3 seconds. This makes it challenging for daylight HDR photography. This, however, works out well for night time HDR. Perhaps tomorrow I will walk down to the Princeton Boathouse for another attempt at using the DIY IR.