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!

Something I’ve not Done Much of…

Landscapes, Nature

Panorama’s are a genre of photography that I’ve attempted very little. It’s probably evident in the photo below but I gave it a try anyway.

The sky last night was just too awesome not to shoot. I shoot this with my camera in landscape orientation and now wish I’d turned it vertical. Incorporating more of the lake and pier(which is absent in this shot) would have made this even better. Well, there’s always next time right? That might be tonight!

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As always, thanks for stopping by!

Who’s Jane?

HDR, Landmarks, Landscapes, Local History

If you’ve ever been to the DUMBO section of Brooklyn you’ve inevidably taken a gander across the river at the Brooklyn Bridge. Within that frame is a glass enclosure. That glass enclosure houses a carousel which was built in 1922.

The carousel was to be broken down and sold for parts in the early part of the 1980’s. She was saved when a woman, Jane Walenta, who submitted a bid for the carousel as a whole. In 1984 Jane purchased the historic piece and subsequently restored the ride to it’s original specs and now it sits beneath the Brooklyn Bridge….

Where's JAne?

If you’d like to read about it’s history further go here.

Setting Sail… in NYC

Landscapes, Shots After Dark, Travel

So, awhile back I took a ride over to Brooklyn to do a bit of shooting. Having never been there I relied on my partner in photog crime, Dave Gardiner, to get me to this iconic spot.

We arrived, in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, just before sunset and managed to scope out a vantage point and got a few keepers…

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Processed this in LR and applied the “Embrace the Color” preset which is part of a night photography series of presets for LR.

Hey, Quick… Pull Over!

Landscapes, Lighting, Nature

So we were returning home from a July 4th weekend party when suddenly the skies started to light up. We were making our way through Allaire State Park and I remembered a favorite spot that might have some foreground interest to further enhance this emerging sky. Sure enough the horses were out grazing and all I had to do was position one or some of them firmly in the scene.

After several attempts I came up with this….

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A beautiful shot, a result of being in the right place at the right time!

As always, prints are for sale!

Before and After….

Landscapes

Before editing…..

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After editing in Lightroom and Color Efex Pro…

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After editing in Topaz Impression…

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Would love to see your editing workflow… why not show us a link to your process in the comments section below.

Happy Shooting!

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.