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.


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


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…


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


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…


We then got this…


The shot above then turned into this…


And about a half hour later we got this…


Not a bad start to my photographic week.

52 Week Music Project….Theme: Gone Fishing…

52 Week Theme Project

Party and fishing boats are a big part of the action in Point Pleasant, NJ. You see, every morning and late afternoon you will find many of these boats coming and going into the Manasquan Inlet here at the Jersey Shore.

Last time I went on one of these party boats my buddies and I had a memorable time. I don’t know what was better: the drinking; the fishing or watching one of my friends getting sea sick(from drinking) during the last half of the trip. Classic memories!

_MG_8895 _MG_8896 _MG_8897Taking it head on!

52 Week Music Theme Project: What’s Up?…

52 Week Theme Project, Beach Scenes, Black and White


Surfs Up Surf’s Up…. and you know what that means!

Apparently the conditions have been “rad” the last few weeks for surfing all along the Jersey Shore. I met a local surfer named Austin who told me that it’s been some of the best winter surfing in many years. I talked to him briefly as he couldn’t wait to get back into the cold Atlantic Ocean. Austin and 2 dozen other surfers donned their wetsuits and caught wave after wave. Most rides were good, catching time in the tube with minimal wipe-outs.

I talked to another guy who was taking underwater shots of the surfing and he couldn’t believe how many guys were braving the cold water and the shallow water level. He thought it was pretty dangerous.

_MG_8946-2Wonder if this guy found the bottom?

I’ve Been Dying To Get Out But….

Beach Scenes, HDR

_MG_9727x3hdr-2-2The schedule has been quite busy. Yesterday we went to the Giant/Cowboy football game, family get togethers, etc. have left me with little time to get out and shoot. So today I present you with this shot from a few years ago which I never processed. I do remember the morning being quite cold and blustery but yielding quite a few great shots.

I did have a quick outing about 2 weeks ago and I was focusing on some time-lapse photography. After purchasing a remote shutter trigger I found a new genre of photography that is quite exciting. I have the beginnings of a first time-lapse video that I was preparing to post and then I realized I can’t post on this blog so I will come up with plan B and let you know when it’s ready. Anyone ever give it a try with TL? If so, I could use a few tips!

Edit: This is the kind of stuff that’s amazing about time lapse…check out this tube video, WOW!

Longing For The West Coast…

Beach Scenes

Down BeachThe weather is starting to change here in New Jersey and as I peruse my archives I came across this shot of Newport Beach. Although it’s been nice here on the east coast since we got back from Cali, I can only think about the cold weather coming to NJ. It makes me long for the temperate SoCal weather.

I really like the look of a slight application of Topaz Simpify on specific photos. This is one of them. Beach scenes in general seem to work well when suppressing some of the details. This would be totally opposite of HDR work…. go figure.