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Like I did at #100, I will recap my favorites from the last 100 posts. I will take a photo or two from each post, feel free to click on the link to see the whole set. It should be noted not long after I post this I will change my mind about the top ten… but I won’t cheat and change them.
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#10: In The Trenches
WW2 reenacting is a hobby my husband loves. So not only did I have the opportunity to get some great photos, I got to spend some time with my guy doing what we love.
I have taken a lot of photos in a lot of abandoned buildings but having to do little to no post processing, keeping the natural light and colors, this set is among my favorites.
This was one of those days I just got out, with no particular destination from the get go, and just had a great day doing what I love to do. Asbury Park had so many of my favorite things to shoot, and of all the shots, these two are by far my favorite.
This was a breaking out of sorts. Inspired by some photography friends I stepped out of my comfort zone and starting photographing… *gasp* … people! I used to be so uncomfortable asking random strangers “may I take your picture?” but now it comes so easily.
I have always loved astronomy and going out at night to photograph remarkable astrological happenings is one of my very favorite things.
Eastern State Penitentiary is still one of my favorite places to go, and this day in particular not only did I see some usually off limits areas, I met a few new friends, too. Atlas Obscura, the creator of Obscura Day who made this tour and hundreds others all over the world, featured the above photograph on their blog post which made it extra sweet!
This is a set of photos I just love… I know at least one will make it on my wall.
This is a post I wasn’t particularly happy with the photographs, however it is by far my favorite place I’ve ever explored. Nikola Tesla is such an amazing historical figure, and to step on the grounds where he once trod, I was so in awe photos were almost a chore, interrupting my geeky zen. The fact that my phone broke because of the natural electromagnetic energy of the area, something Tesla took into great consideration when choosing his lab sites, was just the coolest thing.
This is the most personal entry on my blog, and it really was one of the best days I’ve ever had. The joy of getting the news that my child who had been sick for three long years was all better still brings me to tears to this day.
This was one of the few times I really felt like I was doing something so much bigger than just taking photos. After Hurricane Sandy, I was so moved by the spirit of community and the relief efforts I set out over several days to tell a few stories of the people and communities affected by this horrible natural disaster. I still look at the Sandy entries often, but most particularly this one because of the amazing people I met. It was such a privilege to tell their story.
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I trekked to one of the tallest points in the county I live in, which also happens to be in the Pinelands, away from all the light pollution that comes with being so close to Philadelphia.
Hiking to our destination, I took some photos on the trails.
Then it was on to the Fire Tower for photos of the sunset, and the main attraction of the evening, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter arranged in a triangle in the sky, or, for the sciency types (like me) the technical term is a planetary conjunction.
I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely family who was there for the same purpose. The husband, a photographer, let me use my tripod because I had forgotten mine. They even gave us a lift to my car so we wouldn’t have to hike over a mile through the woods in the pitch black.
Holy Week and Easter is a liturgical Superbowl of sorts. Being a liturgical musician, this is the busiest, and most rewarding time of year. Those who are not Catholic most likely have never seen the beauty of the Easter Vigil. I didn’t get any photos during the bulk of the mass because I was working and focusing on the mass, but I hope you enjoy a peek into one parish’s (among thousands) celebration.
It all starts with a fire which is blessed and used to light the Pascal candle.
The light is then processed into the church where the parishioners light their own candles which were distributed before the start of the ritual.
Some photos of the sanctuary afterwards…
According to some of the construction and transit workers I spoke to, what I saw this day was nothing compared to what they had cleaned up to that point.
Raritan Bay is amongst the hardest hit areas of Hurricane Sandy. On my way to visit some coastal towns I came across this.
Marinas like this are EVERYWHERE across the bay and the scenes are the same.
Speaking to a NJ transit worker I asked him about this bridge and that the dozers were doing. They were replacing all the gravel that had washed away, then he went on to tell me how they had spent a week removing over half a dozen boats from the bridge so they could start repairs.
Considering the bridge is about 40 feet from the water it was impressive to say the least. Of course the underside of the bridge tells a story, too.
Bridges weren’t the only strange places to find washed away boats.
This one was washed onto the dock with its trailer still attached.
The boathouse used to be two stories. It collapsed on itself and moved about 50 feet off its foundation thanks to 90 mph gusts. I spoke with the owner of the marina. Right now they are trying to clear boats so they can safely tear down the remains of the boathouse and rebuild. Any damage to the boats are covered under the owner’s personal policy, otherwise the marina would be completely insolvent.
Talking to some construction workers they told me about their families and friends in the area. This man (on a much deserved break) told me his brother from Union Beach is homeless, along with 30% of the town’s population. The brother has been staying with him since the storm and they’re now making long term arrangements since the home is completely destroyed.
This was as close as I got to Union Beach. It is still sealed off, with gates manned by state correctional workers.
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My second favorite time of the day (sunrise FTW) and a fantastic time to wander around town with my camera.
I will say this about photog friends: they keep you in it. My friend from Denver Joseph Kreydatus inspired me to get out tonight and a post from Carissa Snedeker got me to notice the tree in the very last shot and inspired that photograph and also inspired me to talk to some people and get a few candid shots. It’s so important to keep friends in your craft and to always look for inspiration.
First stop was a local farm.
Then driving under an overpass I was drawn by the supports and its shadows.
Finally, on to the riverfront right in town, one of my very favorite places to photograph.
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This is part two of my journey to explore the pine barrens. This time I went to see the ruins of an old paper mill of the once thriving community.
As I was leaving I found a bonus cactus!
Next was the preserved town of Batsto. It was a scorching day but I nonetheless enjoyed the relaxing walk through this historic town.
I found this weird bug – any idea why this thing is?!
Last but not least, a quick stop by an old cemetary