Wooden bridge in the snow with Kingston Mill in the background

It took me some time to get the hang of the rule of thirds but I think following (and sometimes) ignoring this rule has improved my photography.

What is the Rule of Thirds? The rule of thirds involves mentally dividing up your image using 2 horizontal lines and 2 vertical lines, as shown below. You then position the important elements in your scene along those lines, or at the points where they meet. A rule of thirds grid.Photography Mad

It snowed Monday morning. I think it’s probably the first snow of the year. It caught me by surprise but I couldn’t resist stopping at the Kingston Mill for a photograph even if it meant being ten minutes later to work.

Here are other entries for the 52 Week Smartphone Challenge.

While driving home after breakfast at Aunt Chubby’s I asked Bhavna to take a walk with me along the Aunt Molly Trail of St. Michael’s Nature Preserve. I had mentioned to her that a few weeks prior, I had walked the Aunt Molly Trail after breakfast by myself at Aunt Chubby’s. After we started walking Bhavna mentioned that after our adult children returned to university for the winter semester that the two of us could develop a weekend routine of breakfast and after breakfast walk.

It was cold and windy and the trail was muddy and swampy, not at all like the frozen trail I walked a few weeks ago. We walked along on the grass to the side of the trail. Bhavna was concerned about walking out alone in the woods for fear she would be murdered and her body disposed of in a wood chipper. She asked about my concern when out by myself and I mentioned that I was far more worried about falling and hurting myself. We both agreed that our iPhones provided some comfort because we could be tracked via GPS. I guess we've been watching too many movies.

I noticed that the Asahi Optical Co. SMC Takumar 55mm f/2 has a tendency to sun flare but I liked the way it looked.

My wife is attentive. She had noticed that I had been looking at camera bags on my iPad Pro and wanted to know more. I told her that I wanted a camera bag to hold my Fujifilm X-T2 and a couple of lenses along with my diabetes kit, a small tripod, and some snacks but that I was having trouble making a decision. Some of the leather “Indian Jones” style satchels are expensive and I didn’t feel that I could justify the expense. But she reminded me that I was the type of person to buy quality items and use them for a very long time.

I also like classic canvas and leather look of the Fujifilm/Domke F-803 Camera Bag. But I don’t like the padded velcro dividers inserts that come with many camera bags. I would prefer to toss my lenses and camera body into the bag, using lens wraps and pouches to protect the lenses from damage in the bag. But the bottom of the bag may not be padded and I could damage my body so I would at least like some padding on the bottom of the bag. Argh! Choices!

We walked and talked further than when I was out on my first walk but eventually, the trail was too muddy, and we feeling cold so we turned around and walked back to the car. I'm looking forward to the next one.

📷 FujiFilm X-T2 | Asahi Optical Co. SMC Takumar 55mm f/2
📷 FujiFilm X-T2 | Asahi Optical Co. SMC Takumar 55mm f/2
📷 FujiFilm X-T2 | Asahi Optical Co. SMC Takumar 55mm f/2
📷 FujiFilm X-T2 | Asahi Optical Co. SMC Takumar 55mm f/2

Pathway to a tunnel with snow all around
Tuesday Photo Challenge – Portal by jansenphoto

Where will it lead?

📸 A section of the D&R Canal State Park trail between Rocky Hill and Kington has a tunnel that runs under Route 27/Main Street on the border with Kingston and Princeton. A few years ago I walked this section of the park as part of a longer walk from Griggstown in Franklin Township.

I remember that the first time I saw this tunnel it felt a bit spooky when seen from a certain angle. One cannot see into the tunnel which, due to its length appears cavernous, and which makes disconcerting noises as the morning rush hour of cars drive by.