A Photo From the Jersey Shore with Commentary by Digital Photo Academy Instructor Bill Blanchard

Today I’m happy to bring you another image with technical data, thoughts and comments from photographer and instructor at Digital Photo Academy, Bill Blanchard. This time, the subject of the photo is one of my favorite places, the Jersey Shore.  You may recognize the Fun Town Amusement Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ. The entire pier (as well as Casino Pier on the other side of the boardwalk) was heavily damaged during Hurricane Sandy (October, 2012) just about nine months after this photo was taken (1/10/2012). Unfortunately, the stately ferris wheel in the photograph was so badly damaged that it was demolished in the spring of 2013. And to add to that, a devastating fire in September of 2013 badly damaged the Fun Town Pier. I think photos like this underscore how quickly things can change in a location. I visited Seaside Heights just a week before the fire, so when the fire happened, it underscored for me the fragility of almost everything we see and experience on a daily basis.

Photo ©Bill Blanchard, All Rights Reserved (click for a larger version)

Here are Bill’s comments about the image:

“Cold winter days often make for clear, crisp skies, and I took advantage of that here. When I saw this scene, locked behind a cyclone (a.k.a. chain link) fence, it went black and white in my head. I found a break in the fence and poked my lens through and shot it as the black and white I knew it would become. The only way I could get the detail I was seeing in the sky and the deep shadows was by shooting it as an HDR image. I made it black and white as part of the HDR processing.”

Technical Information:
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8
Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/800
ISO: 500

HDR Processing in Photomatix to a TIFF file. TIFF file was then processed in Lightroom to create the final image.

You can learn more about Bill, and check out some of his other images on the Digital Photo Academy site by visiting this page: https://digitalphotoacademy.com/portfolio/bill-blanchard

Please note: The Imaging Buffet receives no compensation for bringing these images and tips to you, and we have full editorial control over the content. As a part of our relationship with Digital Photo Academy, you will find information about The Imaging Buffet and upcoming workshops and events on their website.


Eugenia D'Ambrosio - January 22, 2015

Thank you so much for sharing this image. I too agree about the fragility of a moment.

Felt really good to see this.

Andrew - January 22, 2015

Thank you Eugenia! I really appreciate your comments.

Sodah - February 27, 2015

Thanx!!! I love HDR…..

LI - March 24, 2015

I have never been to the Jersey Shore but that carnival shot is awesome!

Anna - May 6, 2015

Nice photo, power HDR!

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