Remember Hootie… Cars, Music and Photography Project

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It’s been a while since I updated my personal project (Cars, Music and Photography) gallery so here is one of my favorite newest bits of music.

He used to be the main man in Hootie and the Blowfish and was quite successful back in the day.

Darius Rucker has made quite a name for himself in the country genre and here is his latest cd called Southern Style.

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The song I really like is called You Can Have Charleston so go ahead check it out , you might like it.

Processing:

Basic tonal adjustments in Lightroom and then went to the newest version of OnOne’s Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 to replace the background

A Guys Gotta Eat You Know…

Beach Scenes

So, the Capt. Gavin has been sitting on the beach in Point Pleasant, New Jersey for 3 days now and the captain has been on the boat since it’s fateful beaching on Wednesday morning.

When I was there on Wednesday afternoon one of the deckhands that was allowed to disembark from the boat delivered some food for the captain.

At first I was baffled as to how this food would find it’s way on deck considering the boat was being constantly battered by 6 to 8 foot waves, low and behold the captain presented a ingenious idea….

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After watching a few of these fishing reality shows on television I should of had no doubt that a very basic idea could solve the problem presented..

My understanding is that the boat will be pulled off the beach tomorrow after all the fuel is jettisoned and the next high tide allows a tug boat to do it’s thing.

A great video showing the event can be found here.

I Woke Up this Morning and Found…

Beach Scenes, Black and White

…out that a fishing boat had ran aground in Point Pleasant.

After my daughters softball game I decided to take the short ride to see if the boat had been removed from the beach. It had not so I battled the weather to get a few shots…

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At 77ft long this ship was a pretty imposing site wedged at the edge of the shoreline being battered by the storm force winds.

I had a shot in my mind and was wondering of the weather was going to allow me to take a long exposure without the Capt. Gavin moving. As a safeguard I took two shots, one with a fast shutter speed to catch the boat motionless and then a second with my 6 stop ND filter to get the milky look of the water. Surprisingly, even at fifteen seconds the boat was pretty still…

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Apparently the boat lost power at 5am this morning and headed towards the beach. No one was injured amongst the 3 on-board. Spoke with a deck hand during my visit and witnessed him bringing food to the crew still on board. More on that later…

Processing:

Converted to B+W in LR, added contrast in Color Efex Pro and vignette in LR as well.

So Many Small Wonders In Such A Big Place…

Architecture

New York City can certainly be quite overwhelming from a visual standpoint. As a photographer I’ve decided that each time I go in I will pay closer attention to the smaller details that really makes NYC the greatest city in the world.

I’ve sat on this shot for quite some time for it seemed to be just an average shot until I started to look at the detail work in the facade of this architectural masterpiece.

A creative crop and the incorporation of the Creamtone makes this quite the presentable photo of the library.

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Down The Shore, Everything’s Alright….

Beach Scenes

Although Hurricane Sandy happened many seasons ago there still lies evidence all along the coast of New Jersey. Closest to my home is the quaint town of Ocean Grove. And here the keen observer can see the direct effects of Sandy’s strength on the fishing pier that previously (see the last minutes of the pier here) jutted out into the Atlantic.

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These submerged pilings await funds from reluctant government agencies to rebuild the pier and now can only support a stalwart in the town, Ralph. He’s been around for over a decade in one form or another and symbolizes the steadfast theme of many shore towns in New Jersey….

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Down The Shore, Everything’s Alright

When You Start Out with the Blues…

Beach Scenes

I never want to be driving towards a sunrise while looking at a cloudless sky. This was the case last weekend on my way to Belmar, not a cloud to be seen for 95% of the 20 minute drive.

But, you never really know until you turn onto Ocean Ave and have a clear look at the sky over the Atlantic. On this morning the closer I got the more optimistic I got….

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The clouds barely moved, staying just south and west of our intended sight line. Luckily, what features the sky presented this morning hung around long enough.

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Long enough to allow us to record it’s beauty and the blues.

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Until the very last minute…

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Processing:

Black Clipping, Clarity and Cropping in Lightroom

From Under The Over…

Landscapes

Got out today for an extended shoot today with my good pal Dave Gardiner and we covered a rather large area of the Jersey Shore. More specifically, South to Belmar and then north to Sandy Hook. A good trek on a rather cold day.

This shot was from under the bridge where Highlands and the entrance to Sandy Hook meet. A pretty cool location with diverse shooting opportunities.

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I wanted to present a picture which would show intensity of the cold wind this morning. The temp was approx. 36 with 20-30mph winds. Tough on any exposed skin. I’m totally done with this weather!

Processing:

Export single shot to Elements, process in Topaz Adjust to accentuate the clouds on the right, mask out the effect on the rest of the scene, export to Analog Efex Pro 2 for blue color cast, back into Elements to burn sections of the overpass and then back into Lightroom for sharpening and crop.