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.


How Do You Get People to a Fishing Flea Market…..

Architecture, Local History


Of course…. you lure them in!

The convention hall in Asbury Park has hosted many big names in the music business since the late 50’s. The Stones, Black Sabbath, The Beach Boys, and most recently has been associated with Bruce Springsteen for many years. I also just learned that Led Zeppelin played here after rejecting an offer to play Woodstock. Certainly a big name in the music world for a long time!

Well, on this day, a fishing flea market was the big draw and they were lined up 50 deep to get in off to the right of this shot.

Different strokes for different folks I guess.


Single shot exported to Topaz Adjust and I utilized one of the HDR presets to bring out the details in the shadows. Imported back into LR and used 2 graduated brushes to “burn” the right and left edges.

I Love Concert Photography…….

Black and White, Concert Photography

_MG_9670There’s something about the environment created during live music events. The sound, the lights, the emotion, the crowd, all that just makes for great photography. These shots were taken recently at a iconic concert venue here in New Jersey.

The Stone Pony has been here in Asbury Park for forty years. It’s hosted events from many of the greats: Springtsteen, The Smithereens, The Ramones and one of my all-time favorites Stevie Ray Vaughn, to name a few. On this night a few local bands took to the stage to open for John Eddie. Shattered Glass, which features a few friends of mine opened the night and certainly warmed up the crowd on this cold night in Jersey.

They were followed by the band pictured below called Garden State Line. All in all it was a great night filled with good tunes and plenty of photos. I’ve got to do more of this type of photography!

All black and whites were created in Lightroom from provided presets!

Shooting Iconic Places…..

Architecture, Black and White

Do you have any of those must shoot, iconic places or landmarks close to home? One of those places you’ve photographed a hundred times? Well I think we all do and as much as we hate to go back to those places again and again, we go anyway.

This is one of those places, the famous Casino Building in Asbury Park, NJ. It’s a shell (literally) of it’s former self but people still come from all over just to get a glimpse of some of the fascinating history here in Monmouth County. Just last week when I was shooting here a mother and daughter approached me asking a variety of questions about this building and the town next door, Ocean Grove. They were from New Hampshire.

Casino BuildingSo what approach do you take when visiting a place like this in your “neck of the woods”. I recently found a couple of articles on shooting these such places and the most consistent recommendation was to shoot at non-traditional angles, at non-typical hours, and under extreme environmental conditions. All designed to capture these familiar places in the most nontraditional manner.

I can’t say that I captured all of those suggestions in this shot, but my intent was to present something rather unique for an all to familiar subject. Now I know for most of my viewers this scene is fairly new to you but I’ve posted shots of this landmark several times before. They can be seen here and here. Unique enough?

So, what about you? Have one of these iconic landmarks in your neck of the woods? Why not share it with us by posting a link in the comments section for all to see? Would love to see it!