Archive for ‘Briant Park’

February 24, 2013

Lying on the ground

A rail, wheee

Confession: I haven’t been out shooting much since Hurricane Sandy. It’s seemed pointless. And now that winter’s upon us, well, everything’s dead and ugly in the winter, and therefore winter photography requires more creativity and thinking outside the box than I’m inclined to do at the moment.

“So why, then,” you ask, “do you keep assaulting us with lousy photos and halfhearted posts? Why not just stop blogging, or at least take a break?”

“Because,” I reply, “I’ve always been prone to unmotivated lethargy. It’s the whole reason I started this photoblog in the first place. I’m supposed to force myself to get out and take photos when I don’t feel like doing it. That’s the whole point. And if I stop, I know myself, I’ll never start it back up again. Better to push through!”

Usually, this kind of mopeyness resolves itself within a month or two; I’ll admit this has gone on longer than I should’ve let it. (And don’t worry, the rest of my life is fine— it’s only my interest in photography that’s in a bit of a lull.)

I bring this up now mostly to explain why all my photos this week are going to be outdated and ugly (again)— I didn’t get out to shoot at all this weekend (again). This here is a detail of the abandoned Rahway Valley Railroad.

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January 21, 2013

Footbridge 2


The wrought-iron bridge over the creek in Briant Park is probably the most elaborate bridge over a creek I’ve ever seen in a county park.

Here’s my guess: the bridge was constructed when it was still part of a private estate.

I don’t have direct proof, but Briant Park was established as a Union County Park in 1925-1930, and it was formed from the property of Isaac Briant (map 1, map 2).

So, I mean, if you owned a big tract of land with a creek running down its middle, and you had lots of money, wouldn’t you build a decent bridge so you could get from one side of your property to the other?

And then, if you went and formed a public park out of someone’s estate, and it already had this decent bridge on it… wouldn’t you keep the bridge?

I’m putting way too much thought into this. It’s a f&^%*ing footbridge.

January 18, 2013


I love a good curve!

Curlicues and spirals and whorls and Beziers: Nature being awesome.

January 16, 2013

Off-roading at Briant Park

Trickle trickle trickle

I keep stumbling upon delightful little waterfalls on dreadfully overcast days.

Mostly it’s just been dreadfully overcast recently, but man, why’d I bother asking for a ND filter for Christmas if the weather never lets me try it out?

The photo above was just 2 seconds— I wanted to open up the aperture to try to force some depth of field, but I don’t think there was a lot of depth to be forced.

The photo below was a 10-second exposure. Ten whole seconds! I love that my camera can do that!

A 10-second exposure! How awesome is that!

Also, note to self: there’s no point in having a functional tripod if you NEVER BRING IT WITH YOU. Silly Josy.

January 15, 2013



I am just awful at identifying the species of dead seed pods. Do you recognize this dry bunch of seeds? Each seed-thing is maybe 1/4″ long— like a teeny tiny money plant.

April 2, 2012

Morning run

Jog jog jog jog jog jog jog jog jog.

I’ve never been able to motivate myself to run in the morning, and I have some trouble understanding those who can. I can do afternoon (after I’m fully awake), and I can do evening (because sometimes I just procrastinate that long), but morning? Bleahhh, it’s physically tough just for me to roll out of bed. A morning run would be like dragging myself over hot coals; I’d rather just skip the run altogether.

But, y’know, good job to all you who can manage it. Good job.

…This is Briant Park, by the way.

March 18, 2012

Good morning!

Morning in Briant Park

Finally, FINALLY, we had a nice foggy morning on a weekend! I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting for this, and how psyched I am to have gotten this photo.

Without going into too much detail, there are two tips I read recently that directed me to this shot:

  1. The best light for landscapes is usually within two hours of sunrise or sunset… or in fog, mist, rain, or atmospheric haze.* (Michael Reichmann)
  2. “If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of better stuff.” (Jim Richardson)

For me, personally, “better stuff” often includes water. But this is still a working hypothesis.

Anyway. This is Briant Park (in Summit, NJ, no relation to Bryant Park in New York, NY).


* On the subject of taking photos within two hours of sunrise, Daylight Savings is helping me an awful lot on that front!

August 29, 2011


So much damage from Irene! Not really, this was the worst I could find.

This area did not get hit as hard as it could’ve. In fact, compared to most of what I’ve heard from the rest of New Jersey, New Providence/Summit got off pretty easy.

Yes, there’s still a “boil water” advisory for towns that get their water from the Millburn Water Supply.

Yes, New Jersey Transit was totally out of commission today. (They have announced that they will be running tomorrow [Tuesday, August 30, 2011], with the exception of the Northeast Corridor between Trenton and New Brunswick [WSJ article here].)

But this tree was about the worst “image of damage” I could find. So. That’s pretty good, I think.

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