Shopping is for the Sheeple, its a great time for #Photowandering

Good morning, good morning, good morning , and what a lovely day it is rise and shine, rise and shine!!!! While the sheeple fall prey to the rhythm of the shopping drums, I woke and decided it was a wonderful time for a photo wander. It was a good time walk off some of the thanksgiving meal and enjoy the silence of the forest. The air was crisp the sun rising , the temperature was freezing. It was tranquil. I decided to hit South Mountain Reservation trail in Millburn New Jersey.

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A day of thanks…. A bit noisy though

Thanksgiving , a day off for the most part. If you are and introvert it can be a tricky day , for me it is. I truly try to keep things simple but one can only avoid family obligations. So after 10 years of marriage and avoiding these big family events I let myself get talked into a thanksgiving with people I barely knew… To prepare my self I did my usual Saturday routine and took a quick walk in South Mountain reservation. The snow fall from yesterday was light and nice took look at. Very few people were out , the hard core joggers were the only ones out.

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The day revolved around an event….

Sometimes the events win. Due to their locations travel time etc they control my day. Today’s event was one of those controlling ones. I was sent on assignment in Princeton. It was a simple assignment, capture the environment, the speakers and nite anything important I see . I did the camera work delivered some images with notes and captured some more. The D750s wireless features really helps speed things up.

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Strange Day Strange Lens

It was a weirdly warm day in New Jersey. Gone were the coats , even though it’s late November light jackets returned. Some people wore no jackets at all. Everyone knows this is a temporary freak weather occurrence but they have taken advantage. Overall it made this Monday quite distorted.

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Up early with no #Coffee (gasp)

Woke up this morning and the sky was sort of grey. Just about the break of day. I had nothing to do and did not want to hug the pillow. As usual I was out again with my camera using a fisheye lens,this time, in the forest. Yes….yes it was early so my house was still sleep. I needed coffee I wanted a little exercise in the slightly warmer weather that had greeted me . I ran out of coffee (gasp) so I just went for a walk. Just then I thought I lost my mind but it was just the sun peaking through the trees.

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A few cold quiet peaceful moments.

It was a cold cold morning. Furnaces are on,people are burning wood in their fireplaces, winter is coming. I hate the cold but some of my best photography has happened under 40f. I like to spend time alone and on cold mornings very few people venture out. I bundle up, steel myself and leave the warmth of my home, family sleeping and content. Coffee and camera in tow I find a nice silent spot to relax and clear my mind.

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The RawFile and the JPEG

And so once again I’m processing Nikon Raw files. I woke up to the pleasant news  from Nikon Rumors that Lightroom had finally been updated. My dear friends I acquired a new camera before Lightroom was ready for it. I’m lazy and I only process my raw files in that software. So when working with my Nikon d750 I’ve been doing camera work using the  raw + JPEG setting. My clients had work for me. As long as I got things mostly right in camera Jpegs were fine. It was nice to get back to raw files though. I had a few images I screwed up on that I knew could be saved using the raw files. I was right. The raw file on the Nikon D750 is a nice one. The image today was my friend and Photog in charge of the Photography Adventure Club Nicholas Pappagallo. We were in the NYC subway and I severely underexposed an image. With some slight pixel massaging the image came out decently.  I’ve never really care about the raw vs JPEG I think a person should use what works best for them. It’s all personal preference and who the hell am I to tell a person what’s better.

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