Dealing with Harsh Weather…

Beach Scenes

A week ago I blogged about  my photographic week and many of the shots I posted were a result of some crazy weather we were having and those shots showed how it impacts the beaches here in New Jersey.

I certainly don’t like the devastating results of these storms on the beaches close to my home but it certainly makes for great photography.

Last week a combination of strong winds, high tide and full moon made for some extraordinary surf. Only the best surfers come out in these conditions and I’m glad I caught some of the action.


The waves were big but quite unorganized yet it didn’t stop this pro from work’in it…


I look at some of these shots and try to envision myself atop these masses of water and ultimately I’m glad I’m standing where I am…


Finally, just before I was about to leave, this guy showed up and I got what I think is the “shot of the day”…


With the arrival of a nor’easter today and possibly Hurricane Joaquin a day or so later I hope to be able to photograph more of the harsh weather and show it to you up close and personal….. Stay tuned!

The Emergence…

Beach Scenes

Over the weekend I met up with a great group of people from On Taking Pictures. We met in Asbury Park, a great location for street photography. One of the events going on on the beach was a triathlon. The first leg of the event was a half mile swim. I positioned myself at the waters edge to get shots like this…..


The back lighting allowed me to get a silhouette of the athletes as the emerged from the Atlantic. The morning sunlight flushed the sensor and underexposed the swimmers creating this great look.

I urge you to take a look at On Taking Pictures if you like photography and the arts. Great guys with informative and entertaining podcasts.

Are You a Beach Lover?

Beach Scenes

Had an interesting conversation with a woman at the beach in Hilton Head, South Carolina. We were conversing about our backgrounds, were we on a vacation, etc. and she then asked where I was from (she was from Ohio). I told her New Jersey and she looked at me confused and said, “Why are you here, you have beaches in New Jersey”?

Well, I did have to stop for a second and think about it….. in fact earlier in the day my wife and I were just having a discussion of which state had nicer beaches and we strongly agreed that NJ had much more beautiful beaches than South Carolina.

Yes (IMHO), to my eye, the beaches are much nicer in New Jersey (sand texture, sand color, ocean front homes, etc). .

However, when captured through the lens of a camera, South Carolina’s beaches are also visually appealing…..




I guess, when it comes down to it, when you’re a beach lover, any beach will do.

The Only Way to See a Lighthouse…

Coastal Scenes

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to get together with a few very talented photographers from here in New Jersey. They were heading to a lighthouse that I had heard about but never been to. A opportunity that wouldn’t happen too often. I jumped on the invite and took the two hour drive to the mouth of the Maurice River in southern New Jersey.

East Point Light was built back in 1849 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It almost burned down in the early 70’s and was left virtually unattended to for quite a few years. It was just recently acquired by a new group of people and I was fortunate to meet the husband and wife team that day. We were lucky enough to get a first hand tour of the interior and a walk up to the light itself. They have big aspirations for the historic light and I wish them luck, very nice people.

Here’s how it looked after the sun set, angles were not plentiful…


And here’s how the light looked in the late afternoon… showing the exterior from a few different angles…..

A beauty from all those angles for sure.

Due to mature vegetation and a rising tide was wasn’t able to explore the whole area but I did manage to get this shot which might give you the sense of the task of finding the best composition…


If you like lighthouses and are in the area of southern New Jersey don’t miss an opportunity to see the East Point Light. It’s a great spot and the only way to truly enjoy it is to spend a few hours exploring . If you can’t do that just hop over to some of my fellow photographer’s sites and check out their shots…

Jason Gambone… here

Dante Fratto… here

Peter Alessandria… here

I Found a Way…


… to get my daughter to pose for more portraits. You see I’m going to just wait till she’s ready to go out all dressed up. In this case Erica was on her way to see her favorite band, 5 Seconds of Summer, and was in a pretty good mood. I asked her for 3 minutes and she obliged….


It actually only took two minutes, as I set up before hand and all I had to do was focus, set the flash, and push the shutter. Bam, done! It’s taking time but I’m learning.

How’d I do it? Placed octabox to camera left, 45 degree angle, tilted slightly downward. Set flash to 1/8th power and the camera at f5.6, 1/60 sec and iso 320. Processed in Lightroom, Perfect Portrait in OnOne’s Perfect Photo Suite.

Here’s another…