Summer visitors on the beach, Seaside Heights, New Jersey (Steve Greer)
As a tourism and lifestyle photographer my job is to create imagery to make NJ look its best. Much of what draws folks to the Garden State starts with great photos of our pristine beaches, world-famous boardwalks and the lively nightlife in the coastal resort towns.
Ocean City, New Jersey (Steve Greer)
Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey hard and transitioning from emergency relief to recovery and rebuilding is going to be nothing short of epic. The dramatic aerial photos of the coastline devastation is heartbreaking to look at.
Jersey Atlantic Wind Farm and Waste Water Treatment Plant, Atlantic City, New Jersey (Steve Greer)
Many of the iconic amusement parks, arcades, restaurants, boardwalks, and homes I’ve photographed over the years are either damaged or completely destroyed. It will take time, but better days are ahead.
Amusement Theme Park, on the beach, Wildwood, New Jersey (Steve Greer)
Sailing the calm summer ocean and back bays, feeling the “sugar sand” between your toes, attending kite-flying festivals, and being thrilled on one of the many amusement pier rides will return.
To see more aerial photos of the New Jersey coastline visit my website
Last year at this time I received an assignment from New Jersey Monthly magazine to photograph the fall landscapes and festivals throughout NJ. My job was to produce beauty photos highlighting the best the state has to offer in the autumn. Much of 2012 October print and web issue was going to be devoted to the subject.
The shoot list was extensive, taking me to several picturesque locations. Because so much of it was weather dependent, I had to be ready to move quickly when the clouds parted and hope the leaves would still be on the trees.
This also meant scoping out locations for sun angles, and making arrangements with shop owners and festival organizers. There was no budget for models, so everyone shown are all enthusiastic locals and friends.
This project gave me an opportunity to hike the mountain peaks in the Delaware Water Gap, travel the horse country in Chester and Far Hills, bike through much of the Raritan Canal State Park, and walk the historically significant towns and landmarks in Sergeantsville, Rosemont, Frenchtown, Stockton, Lambertville, and Titusville.
I’ve been waiting almost a year to show the results.
Located in the heart of Trenton, the New Jersey State House is history come alive. It is the nation’s second oldest capitol in continuous use, the first being in Maryland
Its rotunda and145-foot dome was an essential keystone image for my latest book entitled
“Our New Jersey”
Because I wanted maximum depth of field to capture all the details in the foreground and the background, I dialed in an aperture of f/16. And being pressed so close to the sheer size of the space, I needed a 16mm wide angle lens. With my ISO set at 100, my faithful light meter advised me the sensor required a 15 sec. exposure. Ok, break out the sturdy tripod with a cable release, and be thankful for the unshakable solid marble floor.
All under the watchful eye of Abraham Lincoln’s bronze statue, sitting squarely in the center of the rotunda, it’s a wonderful introduction on your way to the gallery to watch the New Jersey Senators, Assemblymen, and Governors making the laws of the state.
Side note: In 1999, the dome was covered with 48,000 pieces of gold leaf. Each piece of gold leaf cost $1.00 and was paid for with money raised by New Jersey school kids through the “Dimes for the Dome” program. As a thank you for their contributions, the dome stands in honor of New Jersey children.
For more image of the State House visit my website
New Jersey A.J. Tallship Meerwald
For my latest pictorial book “Our New Jersey” I had the privilege to photograph a true state treasure, the A.J. Meerwald. It was an opportunity to join the crew and experience what it is like to sail on the high seas of the Delaware Bay in an authentically restored 115 foot, 65 ton, 1928 oyster schooner.
Being a true landlubber through and through, the challenges of photographing on a rolling ship proved difficult. Thankfully Captain Jesse kept a close eye on me as I grabbed for the main sail between pictures.
His crew are enthusiastic caretakers who proudly display their incredible skill of turning the ship on a dime, all to the whims of a demanding photographer. For more of my images aboard visit my site
For anyone wanting to sail back in time to the turn of the century, I would highly recommend you weigh anchor and journey to a place where the shipbuilding industry in South Jersey was once a mainstay of the local economy.
A little history:
The Meerwald was one of hundreds of Delaware Bay schooners that worked the region’s oyster industry. She is listed on the National and New Jersey Register of Historic Places, and in 1998, Governor Christine Todd Whitman signed a bill officially declaring her New Jersey’s Tall Ship.
The ship was built by Charles H. Stowman & Sons in South Jersey specifically for dredging oysters from the shallow Delaware Bay. It’s new role as an educator, the Meerwald sets sail seven days a week to instruct school children and adults on the culture, maritime history, rich natural resources and environmental challenges of New Jersey’s coastal waters.
The future of the Estuary is in the hands of our young people. The Bayshore Discovery Project creates a legacy of stewardship through diverse, intellectually vigorous education programs. For more information, visit http://www.ajmeerwald.org/