Christine and Kenny at the Bridgewater Manor

I had the honor of participating in Christine and Kenny’s wedding at the Bridgewater Manor this past weekend. Mother Nature moved the celebration indoors, but that did not dampen the spirits of this happy couple. Congratulations Christine and Kenny!

The entrance

Pouring of the Sand

A Beautiful Bride

The Men

The Ladies

Bridal Party

There are some opportunities you wait all night for! 

The Perfect moment

Gotcha!  

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Christine and Kenny – May you have a happy and strong life together!

Thanks for stopping! Till next time!

A Wintery View

With Winter waning

it lets us know

I’m not done yet

here’s some snow.

It’s been quiet all season

Perhaps, there’s a reason.

It’s almost like something new.

Finally,

A Wintry view

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A visit to Seaside Heights

Finally open to non-residents, we decided to take a short jaunt over to Seaside Heights today to witness the sights first hand. I had said I will not document the destruction, and I am not, but some images you have to have in your personal records. Direct access to the beach was still off limits with the State Troopers taking care of crowd control. Still people came, they lined up to see what they could see, cameras in hand, with that WTF look on their faces…

Lined up for the view

The most iconic image of the event still remains, its fate uncertain for all except the Gulls:

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To refresh what it once was – @ 36hours prior to it going in:

Sandy SundayWe only stayed about an hour and I only took about 50 shots, many of those bracketed sets for some HDR renditions. I am really liking the HDR stuff right now, though these were probably the last planned ones I will be doing for a while. Since I have no idea how to use Photoshop I feel this is my way of being artistic.

Before I became compliant and crossed back to the other side of the yellow tape…The chairs and a portion of the boardwalk that made it through with building attached!

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A different perspective:

Long view

So we departed that section of reality and took a little walk. Take a good look at this next image:

SSJan6 pSp-31I broke out laughing at the perfection of the shot. It struck a nerve though when I came upon this – Coke, Mt Dew or Diet?

Soda anyone?And the monkey in a barrel…Monkey in a barreltrying to find an angle…

Angles

while realizing the force…

rebarThe building in the background is used by Triboro EMS for their fundraiser raffles. Since a personal connection exists ’tis a grand opportunity for an HDR shot:

TriboroHDRNot much to say during this posting, I hope you enjoyed the pictures. I tried to find the interesting, the unique and a little humor all in an hour.

Thanks for stopping by!  Till next time…

The Weekend in Review

A weekend full of music and history began Friday with the Uproar Festival. I will say right off the bat that Godsmack was very disappointing. Their set consisted of songs that they have been playing live probably for the past five years, sans two. They have two recent albums with newer material that they did not even touch. well, one song from Four,and one from the Oracle. That was it for the newer stuff. AND Sully’s guitar sound was terrible. Maybe the rumors of a disintegration are true. Shanon Larkin is always great. I love watching him. OK, so it was not that bad, They performed great as always. I just wanted to hear an updated set list, not one that I heard two, three and four years ago.

Now that I have that off my chest Shinedown ROCKED! I have not followed them that close and other than the radio songs I am not that familiar with them. I had a point and shoot with me so the pictures were only so so. Barely Facebook worthy. We were in section 304. I would so love the opportunity to shoot one of these shows with my gear but it is very difficult bringing in “removable lens” cameras to these venues. One of the better ones of the night:

We were fortunate enough to meet them and be there when they received this cake from Rock Candy Cakes. This cake interrupted our conversation but hey, it is not everyday that you meet these guys in their own dressing room. Cool stuff, they are very down to earth and have gained a new supporter.

With little sleep that night we ventured up to West Point Saturday morning for a two hour tour and a walk around the museum. Guided Tours do not really offer the affordability of pictures it seems, everything is go, go, go… and at an installation such as this there is no such thing as a self guided tour. Got some pretty nice pictures of the Cadet Chapel everything else is just memorabilia. These are all on Flickr page. The first shot of the museum came out really good so I decided to bracket a set and HDR it. I really like the way this turned out.

The main event was on Sunday with a trip to the NY Renaissance Faire. We had gone a few years ago and have wanted to return ever since. T’was a great day in merry old England with the “employees” never breaking character. Sword fights, Jousting, street performers, wenches, comedic nuns and even a Royal Chess Match.

This is in the running for my favorite shot of the weekend. Two days may be the best way to experience the show, it is just not possible to see them all in one day. We witnessed the two big ones and a couple of little ones. Bring Cash, lots of Cash, lots of cool little shops and nary a one takes anything but cash. Make sure you get a turkey leg, no utensils allowed! We might have to go back before this season ends just to take in the smaller shows. And spend more cash……And take more pictures.

I have updated my Flickr page, please check it out. Lots of pictures from the weekend.

Thanks for stopping by, till the next time!

Panning the race

Six years ago I attempted to indulge in the world of bicycle racing. I was in decent shape, followed a training plan to put me in what I had thought to be a competitive state of physical beastliness. Maintaining a heart rate of 150 for two hours was easy! What I was lacking was top end. 190 seemed to be my breaking point, only could last five minutes before the panting ensued. So I did not train right. During my regroup phase life got in the way and I was thrown into the just another recreational cyclist category. Nothing wrong with that at all. Getting up at 05:30 to go race a bike was not really my favorite thing to do anyway.

For those of you that have never tried it, racing a bicycle is no joke. Certainly not just a bunch of silly looking guys in spandex.Notice the trailer, max effort there. It is a shame that the person who brought cycling in America to the limelight is under so much scrutiny. The dude never tested positive. Enough said. Besides, spandex is quite comfortable and provides great compression to the muscles. Just no Boy George Spandex please…

Much harder than it looks

Rollers, something I never got the hang of. Core, core, core. In the US most of the races are criteriums. Round and round a 1-2 mile loop. It is only in the past few years where the larger stage races have gained popularity here. Used to have to go to Europe to check out a big race, now you just have to go west….young man. Need a big east coast race.

Since this is supposed to be a photography oriented blog….

an attempt at panning

a better attempt

I felt like I did not have enough room on my first attempt, so I isolated the trailers the next time they came around. Harder than it sounds. Shutter speed was 1/30th for these shots.

Busy weekend coming up, hoping for a Fryday night surprise at the PNC Bank Arts Center. Thanks for stopping by! Till next time…