Brrrrr! The weather’s gotten cold again.
(Which is not surprise, seeing as it’s February and all.)
(But the days are getting longer! It’ll be spring before you know it!)
A visual chronicle of suburban NJ
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!
Also, note to self: there’s no point in having a functional tripod if you NEVER BRING IT WITH YOU. Silly Josy.
I wish these little falls had a name, but I don’t think they do.
They can be found on a tiny tributary of the Rahway River in the South Mountain Reservation, upstream of Hemlock Falls.
I like photographing waterfalls! They’re clichés, but there’s something to be said for the instant gratification you get when you capture a really cool photo. And it doesn’t always happen, because the light hardly ever cooperates with me and I STILL haven’t bought a ND filter. What’s your experience?
A different angle on the same view I showed you Monday.
…And I think I can get away with a cheap trick like that? The nerve!
…But I mean, you don’t really mind looking at similar pretty photos on different days, do you? DO YOU?
As I was driving through this part of the Watchung Reservation yesterday, I noticed that it’s at peak autumn colors. What! When did that happen!
Since the road through this part of the Watchung Reservation is very curvy, with no shoulder, and filled with trucks going 50mph, I did my best to keep my eyes on the road. Yeesh.
I decided to come back and revisit Seeley’s Falls safely on foot. The falls are pretty pathetic at the moment, but the spillway is still pretty. And the leaves! Man. I might just assault you guys all week with autumn photos of Seeley’s Falls.
Perhaps you heard about the thunderstorms that made their way up the east coast of the U.S. yesterday.
Perhaps you’re annoyed about this, because there’s still a drought where you live.
Perhaps you LIVED through these rainstorms, and you got soaked.
In case you didn’t, here’s what we ran into on the evening commute: the train doors opened to let us off, and we were unexpectedly greeted by a thick wall of water falling in our faces. We hesitated, got out our umbrellas, and barged through the waterfall, because what else were we going to do?
Point of interest: suburban commuters are weirded out when you take pictures during rush hour. This is pretty much the only photo I got (out of quite a few) where nobody’s frowning at my camera. To all my fellow suburban commuters: I am not taking your photo. You may happen to be in my picture, but I am not taking your photo.
Presumably the water itself isn’t blue, but the concrete lining the bottom of the fountain is probably painted blue, so… same thing.
Yeah, have I mentioned I have a mild obsession with photographing falling water? Sorry to impose it on you! I’ll get over it one of these days.
Oh and HAPPY FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH.
It’s hot! 98° F (37° C) as I’m typing this, and it’s supposed to get up to 100 or so later. So here’s a shot of some nice cool refreshing water for ya’ll.
Since I haven’t gotten myself a neutral density filter yet, I still get pretty jazzed when I find waterfalls in shady areas (so I can take a long exposure of the water without overexposing the image).
This little dam is at the south end of Millburn’s Taylor Park. You’re probably not supposed to climb down there, but hey, anything for a photo, right? 😉