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.

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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.

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

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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…

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

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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!

My Week of Photography at the Beach (Part 1)…

Beach Scenes

It was a good week for photography “down the shore”. Weather made the  sunrises quite dramatic and Atlantic Ocean angry .

Let’s start with the sunrise…

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We then got this…

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The shot above then turned into this…

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And about a half hour later we got this…

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Not a bad start to my photographic week.

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…..

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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…..

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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…

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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…

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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’m Reminded of….

Beach Scenes

…a song by Dire Straits (Down by the Waterline) and I thought it was from the 80’s, but after researching it, apparently the song debuted in 1978. Boy, I guess I’m getting older:)

This is literally from the Atlantic Ocean waterline in Manasquan, New Jersey. The sunrise was just so so but I always remember to just turn around and look at the other side of things and BANG, there was the shot.

I shot this at 17mm on a 10 second delay so as to not see my shadow on the sand. As the processing went, I decided to crop out most of the sand which eliminated any of the foreground. I then went into Analog Efex Pro 2 and loved what the classic camera preset did to the sky.

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I suggest clicking on the shot for a larger view.

Here’s the song, BTW…. remember it?