Archive for August, 2009


The high tides from the previous night had created some tidal pools along the beach – perfect wading grounds for this seagull to take a stroll.  I thought this shot was a good illustration of using the rule of thirds.  The posts and their reflections run down the right side of the photo, intersecting with the subtle brown tones in the water that run horizontal along the lower third.  Both linear elements intersect at the seagull drawing the eye to the main subject.


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Lots of colorful umbrellas at the beach – but no swimming allowed.  I took this as Hurricane Bob was passing offshore and the rip currents were wicked.  Swimming wasn’t allowed but the surfers were given the OK to take advantage of the waves.  I thought that was a bit odd, but they said better than average swimming skills and the floatation device (aka surfboard) were enough to give them an edge.  I think in reality they figured there was no way they could keep all the surfers away from the 12 – 15 foot waves that were predicted – we rarely see wave action like that around here.

Playing around a bit in Lightroom – I decided to use a preset – Matt’s Vintage NY to give it the look of an old tinted B&W photo.


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Still pretty with their soft pastel colors, Summer’s Hydrangea fading as we approach the end of the season.

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The arena was filled with National Pride at Sean Hannity’s Freedom Concert in NJ on the 15th.  The annual concert is part of a series of shows that raise funds for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.  The fund has given over 2.5 million dollars in scholarship money for the college education of the children of members of the American Armed Forces who have lost their lives or become permanently disabled defending our country.  Only at an event like this would you find Col. Oliver North, Billy Ray Cyrus and Sean Hannity on stage singing Achy Breaky Heart.

Sean Hannity and Charlie Daniels singing The Devil Went Down to Georgia is another tradition that the audience looks forward to seeing every year.


The event took place at an outdoor arena at Six Flags amusement park and we were treated to the weekly fireworks show partway into the evening.  Once it started, Billy Ray Cyrus finished his song and moved right into an a cappella rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.  The audience joined in and it was very moving to stand there with thousands of like-minded patriots proudly showing our national pride as we sang along.



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This ornate passageway was the sidewalk outside our hotel.  Walking home one night I glanced up and paused to snap a quick shot (much to my husband’s annoyance, as he was tired and just wanted to get back to our room).  The symmetry of the repeat pattern was just too good to pass up.

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Peeling paint and city grunge has it’s own sort of appeal, at least to me.  I love the textures, colors and patterns randomly created.

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What a cool crosswalk this was – super pattern that just made me smile every time we crossed the street here.  I commented to my husband how I liked the pattern of the crosswalk paint.  His response… “It probably costs a lot more than the regular kind too.”  Can you tell he’s the practical one and I’m the visual, artistic one in our family?

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