Sometimes there was an opportunity to capture what I saw. And sometimes, not. I live in an area of New Jersey that is still rural with some historic small towns for neighbors. 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. This is not advisable. It’s dangerous and inconsiderate for the other drivers on the way to work.
I could have just taken a photo of some random object with the red, green and blue colors. 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 really 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 nice 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 how I could accomplish the RBG challenge. I suddenly realized that there was another way to look at the challenge. One way, the way that had me stuck, is to take a single image that incorporates all of the colors. Another way is to disassemble; use a different image with each of the colors as the primary colour. One image with mostly red, one with mostly blue, and one with green/yellow.
Aperture ƒ/5.6 Camera NIKON D5100 Captured 22 April, 2017 Copyright © 2017 Khürt L. Williams Focal length 55mm ISO 100 Location 40° 24.4565′ 0″ N 74° 38.2568′ 0″ W Shutter speed 1/125s
I had just taken my green/yellow image. Earlier in the week, I had taken a photo of red flowers on one of the neighborhood 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 prom 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.
Aperture ƒ/5.6 Camera NIKON D5100 Captured 28 April, 2017 Copyright © 2017 Khürt L. Williams Focal length 35mm ISO 100 Location 40° 24.4565′ 0″ N 74° 38.2568′ 0″ W Shutter speed 1/40s
Oh wait, what about blue?
Aperture ƒ/4 Camera NIKON D5100 Captured 28 April, 2017 Copyright © 2017 Khürt L. Williams Flash yes Focal length 85mm ISO 100 Location 40° 24.4565′ 0″ N 74° 38.2568′ 0″ W Shutter speed 1/160s