Sunrise photograph, taken in 2009 on Mantoloking Beach, in New Jersey.
I am more inclined to shoot the later part of the day over getting up and out at the start of a day. But this is one occasion I did so and if I am recalling correctly, its the second time I specifically got up early to head to the beach for a sunrise. The early morning hours, later in the day or during the off-season are my preferred times to not only be on the beach but to photograph the landscape.
The ocean was calm and the beach was very peaceful. The softness felt visually, is by the slightly slow shutter speed used and it being the light of dawn, as the sun was just beginning to reach the horizon line on a mostly cloudy covered sky. I digitally enhanced and embellished the scene with a full rainbow, and a purple tone filter to complete this dreamscape photograph.
Growing up on the northeast coast you don’t typically walk trails inland with the vast open space like I seen here at Devil’s Backbone in Loveland, Colorado. Most often, throughout my life, I have walked the streets on sidewalks and on roadways surrounded by structures. The other options available are in nature parks on trails in woodland areas or on the coastal sandy beaches where on one side you have the massive ocean and on the other, are houses lined up along the beaches or a boardwalk. So, I was in such awe and greatly appreciated the new sights of sweeping hills that I could see to the horizon in the very far distance and the feature in this open space of towering rock formations that was named the Devil’s Backbone.
I don’t usually have people in my landscape photographs, but I do find it appropriate from time to time to leave those who do find their way in, to leave them in, if it serves a purpose of telling a story in the photograph as I believe it does here. With a little luck in timing, the 2 people walking back down the trail offers us a view of scale of how small we are compared to the rock formations and just how open the space is along this walking trail. Another lucky aspect of this shot is the clouds that came through, that accented this shot perfectly.
With this image I used a photo effects filter that was available in one of my editing programs. While the natural landscape scene was a lovely one, I had a strong desire to make all 3 images from this shoot with a vintage style effect. Because while walking the trail I got a historic sense of the location that might have come from the old style western movies I have enjoyed watching, where open space like what I seen here was a common scene that I took notice of and ultimately loved the look and feel of what the effects did for the images.
In the spring of 2011, I was contacted by an editor from Holmdel Patch.com, who stumbled upon some of my spring images I had available on my website and took at Holmdel Park the year before. She asked me if I would be interested in sharing these images with their readers and include a how-to article offering some basic photography tips.
Digital cameras were becoming widely popular and I was one of those people who not only embraced this new digital photography hobby, I became very passionate about photography and ended up taking an online photography class through the local community college in 2008.
Having the opportunity to do that article was something I just couldn’t say no to, even though I had no prior photo journalism experience. So I did the article and what followed was a new business relationship with the editor throughout that spring covering events in that area.
Over the next few months, I provided all the photographs for the following articles published. I was so nervous each time I arrived at an event, but when I would pull my camera out of the camera bag and threw it’s strap behind my neck it did turn into a fun day. A busy one but definitely fun. It all was a wonderful learning experience. I met a lot of interesting people and interacting with a lot of the kids was great too. Memories I will always cherish.
Join me in celebrating this 10-year anniversary of an impactful milestone in my life by having a look at the articles.
In the 2 additional articles, credit went to the writers I collaborated with.
Hi there! Thank you for stopping by my new blog and my very first entry!
You very likely don’t know me yet, but I have for most of the last 12 years done photography part-time and after mulling over many considerations I have decided to begin dedicating a lot more time on capturing images, creating artworks, seeking photographic opportunities and marketing my fine art and digital art to make it the profitable business I desire it to become.
This blog is where I would like to grow an engaging audience by sharing stories about some past photographic experiences, as well as offer news or information about things like certain images and collections, and give you a place to get to know me a little as a creative person. Of course, pictures will be all over the place too.
I have over the last few months, had a real desire to start writing. I don’t have any training, but I seem to like to write way more then I like to talk. Although, I am writing in a conversating way now, so go figure. But a blog is how I decided to write creatively and informatively so here I am.
Sharing my interests and passion with the world, hoping someone finds interest in them and enjoys them enough to come back, maybe share it out even? Hint, hint. Is very pleasurable for me. Truth is, I love being creative, I love sharing content with people and it just feels great when someone tells me they love some of my work or one of my pictures. Even when I get the emails telling me I made a sale, never gets old. I still get excited about them, even all these years later.
Earning money to do what I love, I think most people strive for that kind of career and life. Making it happen though, can be hard, really hard. Being an anxious introvert as I am, makes this so so so challenging. But the internet has given us introverts some reach. Yay!
Unfortunately, my viewership has been dipping steadily over the years. But I am hoping now that we found each other, you might be willing to help me get some eyes balls on my work again? I know it’s a big ask, but it’s a request with the upmost appreciation and please know, it will fuel me and my desire. It will greatly energize me and keep me inspired to eagerly produce more beautiful content. I am excited to move forward on this new journey that will take me to the land of my dreams… Was that last part a bit much? Well, I figured since I am a blogger now, I can have a little fun with words too.
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