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.
This mandala inspired art is my latest upload that is coastal themed.
Living in a coastal community offers me limitless availability to enjoy all the things the ocean has to offer here in New Jersey. Most of my work represents my love and deep appreciation of the natural oceanic world and the beauty I get to witness living on the east coast, which I interpret artistically in my own images whether in a photograph or in a digital art drawing.
I began this piece last summer and have revisited it throughout the year to add to it as I was inspired to create a piece that is very much my own. This design is filled with elements relating to the ocean and living on the coast from octopuses to breaking waves.
Prints are available in a large assortment of styles and sizes. Many of the additional products, like home decor and lifestyle items have an available option to change the background color.
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.