The Importance of…

Landscapes, People

family and friends(both new and old) cannot be underestimated.

My mini vacation gave my wife and I a much needed opportunity to get away from the fantastic weather we are experiencing here in New Jersey but more important was getting together with my brother and our former neighbors. Along the way we met a few new people which made the get-away even more special.

Golf is always on my agenda when going to Sin City. It’s also a great way to spend time with the people most important to me. Our visit to Bears Best was no exception. Other than an a five and a half hour it was a great day: 62 degrees, slight breeze, great location!

The start of our day at Bears Best….

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Some sights along the way…

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The views, as you can see, along the way were fantastic and memorable. And even thought it felt like we’d never get there, the final hole gave me the picture perfect ending…

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I try to always remember… people first, places second and things last.

Thanks Chris, Bill and Tim for a great day!

It’s Out There Somewhere, Patience Pays Off….

Landscapes, Weather

AcrossthebaySo I’ve been making a conscious effort to find unique perspective’s to all the iconic landmarks here in New Jersey (see my previous posts regarding this here). I utilize a great program, The Photographers Ephemeris, to track the position of the sun when it rises near the Barnegat Lighthouse. After finding this information I decide to look for a location to shoot this iconic NJ landmark. Low and behold I find a stretch of beach across the Barnegat Bay that might be a “little know vantage point”.

I get up quite early and begin my hour long drive to “my spot”. Well I arrive at my spot to find a layer of thick fog hiding my main subject. In the above picture the lighthouse is only “recognizable” by it’s small light just to the left of the dock. See it? It is there, I guess it’s really doing it’s job quite well, for boaters but not photographers:) It’s a half hour before sunrise so now I realize this is going to be a waiting game in order to get the shot I envisioned. Finally, ten minutes after sunrise the lighthouse becomes visible. Bang, time to get the shot!

HellothereUnfortunately the beacon had been shut off just earlier but there she is, making herself known through the fog. Not quite in all her glory but a respectable showing.

Now I have it in my mind to drive to the light to get a few shots before the fog lifts from a much closer vantage point, I start to pack my stuff, grab my tripod and start my walk back to the car. I stop, turn around to have one last look and this is what I see…..

TheshotMy patience pays off….

A Look Back: Winter 2010…

Landscapes, Weather

This winter has become one of the coldest in recent memory. I had to look back to 2010 to recall a super cold stretch of weather here in New Jersey. I happened to find a series of photos shot in late December 2010 which documents how cold it actually was that winter

The Sandy Hook Bay had frozen to the point in which it produced moderately large sized icebergs. I had not seen chunks of ice like this ever in NJ. I’ve included a series of shots of those icebergs from back in 2010 below. The light was fantastic on this particular morning, hard to take a bad shot that day!

This reminds me, I better go back this week to see the results of this years weather… stay tuned!

Still Working At It….

Time Lapse

Continuing on my journey with timelapse photography. I need quite a bit of work on my technique and also need to invest in a camera slider for perfect panning. Anyone have any experience with sliders? I’m looking at Konova Camera sliders in particular and maybe even investing in a panning motor.

In this scene I utilized my Manfrotto tripod and it’s adjustable center column by setting it horizontally and then moving the ballhead and camera with my hand. A bit choppy and cumbersome but like the effect at this point.

So at this point I’ve learned a few things that I thought I’d share.

  1. The column length of my tripod is a bit short at approx. 15 inches. Probably want to double that to 30 or so.
  2. Moving the camera with my hand wasn’t as bad as I thought but still too unpredictable.
  3. A stronger foreground element is needed to enhance the video.
  4. More movement in the water with things other than birds would make for a more interesting result.
  5. 400 shots is good for a 15 second clip.

It’s certainly a work in progress but I want to take you on my journey as I explore this fascinating technique. So stay tuned and feel free to give me your thoughts.