Archive for ‘Ocean County’

December 8, 2012

Juvenile gull

Gull in flight: there he goes!

As it turns out, 1/250 is too slow a shutter for fast-moving wildlife. OH WELL, you win some, you lose some.

December 4, 2012

Kelp me

Discarded kelp, yep yep

When fishers reel their lines in, sometimes they find they’ve caught an unwanted bit of seaweed.

Just as you’d do with a stray hair, they untangle it and cast it aside— not back into the sea, necessarily, because that would be an invitation to get the exact same bit of seaweed immediately caught back in their lines.

And like many organic things, this cast-off kelp looks lovely when it’s backlit.


…Side note, while I was prostrate on the sidewalk to get this shot, a stranger came over to ask if I was okay. AWK-WARD.

November 30, 2012

Boat wakes

Wakes are fun.

I’m sorry for posting fluff pieces for the past week. Maybe one of these days I’ll leave myself enough time to prepare a proper local-interest post.

In the meantime, here’s what one of the views from the top of Barnegat Light(house) looked like a week before Sandy. I have no idea whether or not those little islands and sand bars are even still there. But I hear the northern bit of Long Beach Island (where this was seen) fared a lot better than the southern portion, so who knows, maybe it still looks exactly the same.

November 29, 2012


Some fishermen use crabs as fishing bait, because crabs are tasty, and some fish think so too.

But if you don’t want your bait to scare off your prey, you need to remove your bait’s threatening defensive equipment.

As such, the fishing area around Barnegat Light is littered with discarded crab claws. They’re small, only an inch or two long.

(Poor little crabs.)

October 25, 2012

Great egret!

What a great egret! No really.

This is a great egret! No, really, it’s a Great Egret. At first I thought it was a snowy egret, but it looked kind of big. I was right! (It happens sometimes.)

I was also proud of myself for not overexposing the egret. Every time I’ve tried to take pictures of white birds, the scene overexposes, because exposure is taken from the AVERAGE of all tones in the frame. Since most of the frame is really dark, the camera is like “WHOAAAAA this is DAAAAARK I can’t see anything! OMG let’s brighten this up so we can see it!!!” and in so doing, the poor white bird, a tiny speck in the camera’s eye, is considered too insignificant for the camera to even CONSIDER, so it gets brightened up with the rest of the frame.

I spot-metered this time (so the camera’s exposure was only based on the average exposure within a tiny central spot, instead of the average exposure of the entire huge frame), and I think it came out okay. Hey photographers: is that how I’m s’posed to handle this situation?

Confession: this was photographed way outside of New Providence, because I’ve made it a current goal to see and photograph as much of New Jersey as possible, because why not. Are ya’ll okay with this?

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