Each summer, people from all over New Jersey head down to the shore to stroll Wildwood’s boardwalk, a two mile long human circus of noise, honky-tonk, and amusement rides. Vendors sell t-shirts with bawdy messages, and there’s no shortage of pizza and soft custard.
Jutting out from the boardwalk to the ocean is Morey’s Pier, a family friendly amusement park. At the end of the pier is the famous 160 foot high Morey’s Pier Ferris Wheel. When you’re perched at the top it affords terrific views of Wildwood and the back bays. No matter what time of day, it’s always a great photo op
The day I was there the weather was dull and overcast. Not very inspiring. Regardless, I staked out the Ferris wheel to try and time my ride to the top to coincide with the sunset.
I knew that once the sun dipped below the horizon the sky would turn a predictable cobalt blue. To my surprise some light-colored reds began to spill into the blue. I knew it would only last a few minutes.
You only get three rotations on the Ferris wheel before returning to earth. Three chances to time the weather, and the lights below. With a little luck I managed to anticipate the wait time in a long line of people and the ride to the top to create this image.
My setting were 24mm, 1/20sec, ISO 1000
This image was chosen for the front cover of my latest hardcover pictorial book, entitled America the Beautiful New Jersey.