Historic Smithville Park – New Jersey

Yesterday afternoon I drove to historic Smithville Park in New Jersey near Trenton.  The park is a nice and relaxing place for a hike that used to be part of the underground railroad.  I took some time to walk around the park and found a pretty nice pond with lots of lilies and a bridge trail.

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I decided to do a hyperlapse of the pond through the bridge focusing on an overlook on the other side of the pond.  I took a step every plank of wood.  The hyperlapse ended being close to 300 photos taking a total 16 minutes to shoot.  I had my camera in manual exposure with 1/320 sec (since I was shooting hand-held), f /10, ISO 500 with my 28 mm f/2.8 prime lens.

The hyperlapse turned out pretty smooth with the pond.  I was debating the composition the entire time since I am not too big a fan of the wide shots unless there’s a clear subject in the scene but this is what I had to work with since the day was pretty overcast and not much else in the area.

Overall a pretty nice walk and cool area, definitely worth a visit in the fall when the leaves turn colors during a sunset!

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