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.

Come On, Get Up and Out!

Beach Scenes, Black and White, Coastal Scenes

Yeah, that’s right… you’re getting an extra hour of darkness in the mornings and with that you can capture some serious sunrises.

A favorite spot of mine, Ocean Grove pier, is a wonderful spot to catch the early morning splendor of the sun breaking the horizon.

On this given morning I was the only soul around. It was calm, quiet and the sound of the ocean breaking near the shore was music to my ears.

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Here’s another shot from this morning in black and white…

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Well, it would be great to see you out there in the wee hours of the morn but if you decide to stay under the covers…. I’m okay with that too.

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.

Naturally…. Lit!

Black and White, Portraits

ThroughthewindowNatural light with a conversion utilizing the Creamtone preset in Lightroom.

I am enjoying producing more people pictures……

Joy….

Black and White, Portraits

FamilyJoy on Confirmation Day.

Processed in Lightroom with my favorite B+W preset: Creamtone

On The Selfie Train…

Black and White

_MG_0456First I’d like to thank all those who responded to my last post on what you’d rather be doing. I wish I could go along with you on your adventures.

Next I have another selfie to share with you from one of my favorite places to shoot, Horseshoe Cove on Sandy Hook, NJ. Other than a few kids I was the only person out there so I used what I had… a lively creature aren’t I?:) I had to jazz up this shot by first converting it to B+W in On-One’s photo suite and then added a slight radial blur in Elements, back into Lightroom for some selective clarity adjustments.

On another note I looking forward to judging some great photos over @ Elements Village during the coming week or so. If you have a moment check out this great forum with wonderful people.

What Lies Beneath….

Beach Scenes, Black and White

Pacific CoastThe shorelines of the California are markedly different from the beaches of the mid-Atlantic, especially here in New Jersey. Both offer an amazing visual experience but the beaches in Orange County California present a much more natural, unadulterated look. Don’t get me wrong Jersey Shore beaches, like @ Island Beach State Park, are gorgeous but in a different sense.

What is interesting about this shot is as beautiful as it is as shot I could never seem to get the color temperature to do it justice so I converted it to B+W with Silver Efex Pro. It certainly gives it quite a different look.