The Breadline…

Art

The creative artistry present at the Grounds For Sculpture is mesmerizing. Around each turn in this beautiful outdoor exhibit is an experience that is never forgotten.

One such exhibit is the Depression Bread Line. Crafted by world renowned sculptor George Segal in 1999. Five men, cast in bronze, waiting for handouts…  Depicting a scene all too common during the Great Depression. This fascinating and thought provoking display is only one of hundreds scattered over this wonderful park.

Here are just a few photos to give you a sense of the significance of this piece….

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I don’t know what took me so long to go to The Grounds for Sculpture. It is one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever been to and actually can’t wait to go back. I’m only sorry I went in the latter part of the fall season and have to wait so long for spring to capture more amazing shots. Stay tuned because I will be posting more on the blog shortly.

Thanks again for stopping by!

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Just Round The Corner

Coastal Scenes, Travel

During our vacation in South Carolina we all agreed to go on a catamaran to experience the sunset on the Calibogue Sound. We decided on a trip which would leave from the South Beach area of Hilton Head. We were excited to not only go on the cruise but also visit the famous Salty Dog Cafe. It turned out to be a great experience walking around this scenic area and then embarking on the cruise.

In addition to experiencing the southern sunset on the Calibogue Sound I’m really glad I pushed the shutter on this shot. This is a land mass that identifies the entrance to the sound. Not the most compelling shot but one that helps remember a fantastic experience….

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So, do you have any photos that remind you of unforgettable family experiences. Would love to see them. Post link in the comment section.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Water, Water Everywhere….

Landscapes, Weather

I’m fortunate to live in an area of New Jersey where I have access to several beautiful bodies of water that are conducive to spectacular photographic opportunities. If I don’t want to go to the beach I have the Manasquan Reservoir as a more than formidable location for dramatic sunrise or sunsets.

On many a summer evening I can be seen often glancing over to the western sky looking for a late afternoon storm making it’s way across the state. On this given afternoon I could see the late summer weather pattern getting ready to create something dramatic. I grabbed my gear and made the 7 minute ride to the reservoir to capture the scene below.

Once again, the reservoir did not disappoint……

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This shot looks incredible on Canon and Red River photo papers so contact me if you have interest in purchasing this or any other piece of art.

Thanks for stopping by!

10 Ways to Skin a Cat…

Black and White, Coastal Scenes

Being so close to the beach has many advantages. As a photographer I can be assured of interesting shots no matter what time of day, no matter what town I visit.

One of my favorite spots is the surf beach in Manasquan. It’s got so much going on: surfing(of course), boating, and fishing along the jetty.

On this early morning I was intrigued to see this gentleman fishing in such a peculiar fashion. No pole, no reel. Just a spool and some fishing line. Now I didn’t see him catch anything but I’m thinking there might be a struggle to reel in anything of substantial size.

The lighting was just perfect just after sunrise and I just knew these shots screamed for black and white. Lightroom comes through with some great conversions……

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Being that we just had our first major snow storm of the season I hope these shots warm your soul.

Hi, It’s Me Again…

Travel

A new year brings new ideas and resolutions so I guess you might be able to figure out what I’ve been thinking about going into the 2017.

I have a bunch of photos sitting in my quick collection in Lightroom so I figured I’d resurrect the blog and let you know what’s been going on. So, here we go…………

In my last post I talked about our cruise to Bermuda, mainly the embarkation and then the disembarkation. I didn’t show anything from beautiful Bermuda. Well, below are some shots from the beautiful island in the Atlantic. If you’ve never been….. go!

Horse Bay is the quintessential tourist beach on the island. I will tell you that going to the far north end of the beach provides the best experience of this gorgeous place……..

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Traveling a bit north and you end up in this breathtaking area called Warwick Long Bay. Ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and you can see why……

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Finally, we come to the spot on the south end of Horseshoe Bay beach called Port Royal Cove. Wow, this place is amazing….

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Everything you’ve heard or seen doesn’t do it the justice of being there. A place that has to be seen in person.

Thanks for stopping by, again. I look forward to hearing from you this year.

From There to Here…

Travel

This past June we had the great pleasure of cruising aboard the Norwegian Breakaway from New York City to Bermuda. I first cruised 30+ years ago and didn’t recall the experience of sailing in and out of New York Harbor from that trip so I made it a point to get up early during our return to capture the sights.

As I stood near the bow of the ship I tried to place myself as one of the 12 million immigrants that arrived in America many years ago. What an experience it must have been.

I hope these pictures give you an idea of this experience……

Here we are approaching the Verrazzano Bridge. Named after the ltalian explorer who declared this area a lake in the early 1500’s.

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Here our 17 story cruise ship narrowly makes it under the said named bridge…

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Next we start to get a glimpse of the entrance to New York harbor….

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No need to explain this gorgeous sight…

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As we cruise towards the dock we pass Jersey City to our west and see the last of our sights from the cruise….

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Our vacation will terminate at the ships terminal on pier 88.

Have You Been Inspired Lately?

Still Life

For a few weeks I was lacking the inspiration to go shooting. I had that mindset that I’ve been to these places so many times, what the hell am I going to shoot? Nothing but the same….

Well this feeling quickly left me after watching a few posts by Joel Grimes. He was posting about a new endeavor, photographing still life. He showed an amazing grid of flowers. Specifically nine shots of vibrant flowers arranged in a grid. My first reaction was wow! It was gorgeous. A variety of floral arrangements with bright, complimentary backgrounds.

My second reaction was- that’s got to be hard to photograph those “fake” flowers and make them so lifelike. I began to study each arrangement and thought that I might be able to pull it off. It can’t be that expensive to obtain a few flowers, right?

Finally I had to think about my photoshop skills and did I have the ability to pull it off in post? I gave it a shot and now I’m starting a series of fine art still lifes.

Here is one of my first five produced…… I really like it!

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I’ve done a bunch of binge watching of photoshop videos on blending and layers and grouping and that has helped quite a bit.

This is available for print in a variety of sizes. Please contact me if your interested in improving the decor in your home. Thanks for stopping by!

Oh, I’m glad I found inspiration in Joel’s creation, thanks Joel!