Great weekend at the Jersey Shore
Next reincarnation I definitely have to pick an art that doesn’t so persistently force you to get up in the middle of the night to shoot. But what are you going to do?
That thin red/orange line between the blue sky and the blue water is truly compelling. These are from the Jersey Shore, Cape May and Ocean City, taken this past week. I was down there with Chris, studying with one of the top nature/fine art photographers working today, Tony Sweet. Tony is not only a great photographer, he’s also a great teacher. I’ve had some pretty lousy experiences over the years with photography workshops, essentially because of (a) poor planning on my part and (b) the fact that being a good photographer doesn’t mean you’re going to be a good teacher. Some of the photographers offering workshops today have no business doing so, because they don’t know how to teach. Tony is one of those who can both do and teach. (The other workshop leader I’d highly recommend is Bob Krist, the great travel photographer. He’s challenging, but always because he is trying to help participants improve their photography, not because he’s trying to show them how smart he is.)
But back to the shore. I did get up early and shoot a sunset as well. Here are a few of my favorites from the trip. Click on the images for a better view. These are from the Beach Ave. beach (an easy to remember location) in Cape May.
This image is what’s called a “swipe.” It’s a way of creating an abstract image when you’re confronted with a simple sandwich of colors.
There’s an old abandoned pier around 59th St. in Ocean City that makes for a fascinating subject. (Update: I realized after posting this blog that I didn’t give you a wide establishing shot of the pier, which could make it more difficult to grasp the architecture. The first shot should fill that gap. Then the fun begins.)
Very otherworldly, especially at this hour.
Finally, at the end of Beach Ave., Cape May, at the end of the day.