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Water

  • Aperture—ƒ/8
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—46mm
  • ISO—100
  • Shutter speed—1/200s

I wasn’t into this week’s challenge. I’m tired of water. It rains almost every weekend. Last week it rained on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I brainstormed a few ideas but they all seemed to revolve the idea of the lack of water — deserts, drought. I guess internally I want to tell the universe I am done with anything to do with water … for a while. But … there are no deserts in New Jersey and we are definitely do not have drought conditions.

I chose a photo from my catalog.

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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.

Steps

  • Aperture—ƒ/16
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—1 July, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—16mm
  • ISO—100
  • Shutter speed—20s

In the Princeton area, the rains started in March and it seems they will never stop. The total precipitation for June was almost as high as May and May exceeded April which exceeded March.

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I didn’t notice the spider until after I downloaded the image to Lightroom.

  • Aperture—ƒ/2.8
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—1 July, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—16mm
  • ISO—1250
  • Shutter speed—1/160s

For this weekly challenge I had no idea what to do.

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The Japanese word, “komorebi” refers to the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees

  • Aperture—ƒ/8
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—1 July, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—16mm
  • ISO—100
  • Shutter speed—15s

This week, the governor of New Jersey and the state Jersey Legislature were at an impasse over the state budget. On Friday at midnight the governor ordered the closing of non-essential state agencies. Everything from state parks to motor vehicle services offices and the Administrative Office of the New Jersey Courts, will be closed until further notice. I work as a cyber security consultant to the Courts and many of the people I work with (including myself) are concerned.

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Komorebi

  • Aperture—ƒ/8
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—1 July, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—16mm
  • ISO—100
  • Shutter speed—10s

Early on Saturday morning, after dropping my son off to the farmers’ market I drove over to the Rock Brook and parked my car along Hollow Road. The sky was partly cloudy but it seemed there was a chance of rain.

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Looking down at the Rock Brook

  • Aperture—ƒ/8
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—1 July, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—16mm
  • ISO—100
  • Shutter speed—25s

The Rock Brook is on my favorite places. With the rains the woods have grown green and lush. On this trip I documented my steps from the edge of the Sourland Mountain Range down to the brook.

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The Rock Brook Waterfall

  • Aperture—ƒ/8
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—1 July, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—16mm
  • ISO—100
  • Shutter speed—15s

The underbrush was thick with some sort of grass. I thorough enjoyed the komorebi. The Japanese word, “komorebi” refers to the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees. I find it fascinating that the Japanese culture has created a single word to capture that feeling.

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The Rock Brook

  • Aperture—ƒ/8
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—1 July, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Exposure bias—-2EV
  • Focal length—11mm
  • ISO—100
  • Shutter speed—1/15s

I walked down to the “waterfall” enjoying the sound of rushing water and the sweet smell of the gentle morning breeze. Step by step, I made my way down to the water, stopping to snap some photos along the way.

“Shinrinyoku” (“forest bathing”) is a Japanese word which means to go deep into the woods where everything is silent and peaceful for a relaxation.

Between photos I stood or sat to enjoy the sounds of the wind in the trees and just take things in. My steps were slow. I wanted to enjoy each moment of my shinrinyoku. I dipped my shoes1 in and enjoyed the sensation of the water running between my toes. The water in the stream was clear and cool. I noticed some fish, about six inches in size, slowly swimming about. Smaller fish darted around between the pebbles.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/8
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—1 July, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—16mm
  • ISO—100
  • Shutter speed—1/8s

Stepping among the rocks I suddenly realized that ,perhaps subconsciously, I had photographed the theme for the week.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/8
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—1 July, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—16mm
  • ISO—100
  • Shutter speed—30s

After snapping all the photos I wanted, I stood for a while in the middle of the brook, with my eye closed and enjoyed the sound of the wind in the trees and the water flowing past my feet.

Peace.

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.

Water – Macro Moments Challenge #37

  • Aperture—ƒ/22
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—6 May, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—55mm
  • ISO—6400
  • Shutter speed—1/40s

My original vision was to create a macro shot of some object reflected in a water drop. We had a lot of rainfall in May and it seemed fitting to attempt to capture water. However, I soon discovered how difficult it is to shoot water drops. Shooting handheld down at the level of leaves was challenging. I was soon exhausted from bending over leaves and holding my breath to reduce camera shake. The slightest movement and the images are blurred.

I then tried using a tripod. This improved stability but presented a new challenge. Water drops on leaves are delicate things. Positioning the lens in the right spot for optimal focus often meant accidentally disturbing the foliage. In some cases, I lost the drop of water. It would fall off the leaf. Capturing a set of useable images was an exercise in patience with much trial and error.

Macro Moments was created by avid macro photographer, Susan Gutterman, to share the beauty of macro photography and learn from others photographers. A new challenge begins on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. The winner’s photo may be featured on her blog and used as the banner in the announcement for the next challenge.