Summertime By The Sea

Yesterday, I wandered a two block stretch of Sea Bright, one of the many seaside boroughs in Monmouth County, New Jersey. On this occasion, I challenged myself to take photos using solely manual settings on my Nikon D3100.

Beach Street

Street corner a block from the beach — Sea Bright, NJ. F-Stop: f/11 Exposure time: 1/400 sec. ISO: 400

Grocery Carts

Two fire engine red shopping carts stand in stark contrast to the royal blue exterior of a liquor store in Sea Bright, NJ. F-Stop: f/11 Exposure time: 1/250 sec. ISO: 400

Give Your Dreams A Chance

The green-and-yellow text block from an advertisement for New Jersey Lotto frames a Palm Breeze Alcoholic Spritz poster. F-stop: f/10 Exposure time: 1/320 sec. ISO: 400 (I think I would try ISO 250 next time; this shot is a bit washed out.)

Home Rehabilitation

There was a great deal of construction on this particular block, with many homes and businesses still feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the region nearly three years ago. F-stop: f/10 Exposure time: 1/200 sec. ISO: 400


I took this image because I liked the way the railings in the foreground and background framed the smiley Little Tykes go-cart. F-stop: f/11 Exposure time: 1/400 sec. ISO: 400


Motorboat on a lake a quarter-mile from the ocean. F-stop: f/11 Exposure time: 1/650 sec. ISO: 400

Storm Sewer

In this image, yellow lines lead the viewer past the storm sewer and to the bright green topiary. F-stop: f/11 Exposure time: 1/400 sec. ISO: 400

Beach Homes

Beach homes line the street in cookie cutter shapes. F-stop: f/11 Exposure time: 1/400 sec. ISO: 400


Pink petunias spill out of a very large pot. F-stop: f/13 Exposure time: 1/80 sec. ISO: 400


Three bikes, all in a row. F-Stop: f/10 Exposure time: 1/200 sec. ISO: 400


This ancient-looking statue of what appears to be an Asian fellow greeted passers-by on this Sea Bright street. It seemed totally out of place in its surroundings but at the same time, fascinating. I’d love to know the story behind this one. F-stop: f/9 Exposure time: 1/200 sec. ISO: 400

Black Swine

The Black Swine is an Italian Eatery on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright. F-stop: f/11 Exposure time: 1/400 sec. ISO: 400

After capturing these shots, I hopped into the car — taking a deep breath and inhaling the delightfully minty aroma of my new car freshener shaped like a flip-flop to complete the coastal experience. La dee dah . . . bumper-to-bumper traffic is to be expected along the Jersey Shore on sunny Sunday afternoons such as these.

Flip-Flop Car Freshener

Minty car freshener! F-stop: f/5.6 Exposure time: 1/60 sec. ISO: 200

The next few pictures were taken this afternoon at Pier Village, an upscale housing/retail development constructed in Long Branch a decade ago. With shops, restaurants, and accommodations hugging a well-maintained section of the North Jersey Coast, it’s no wonder Pier Village is a popular tourist destination.


Two beach-goers passing momentarily under the shadow of a beach pavilion. I’ll admit that I used the camera’s automatic function to frame this particular shot. F-Stop: f/11 Exposure time: 1/500 sec. ISO: 220


Even though it was constructed in the mid-2000s, architects who designed Pier Village drew inspiration from the Victorian Era, which is evident in the pointy angles of buildings such as this one. F-stop: f/11 Exposure time: 1/500 sec. ISO: 200

Long Branch Beach

Long Branch Beach is relatively sparse for such a sunny day. Then again, this photo was taken on a Monday afternoon, so many people were probably stuck at work. F-stop: f/11 Exposure time: 1/500 sec. ISO: 200

Pier Village

A few of the boutiques featured at Pier Village, which has a resort-like atmosphere. F-stop: f/9 Exposure time: 1/160 ISO: 400

Condos Over Gold's Gym

Although you can’t tell from this picture, these two condos have an expansive view of the Atlantic Ocean. They also sit atop a Gold’s Gym, so I hope these units’ residents are in tip-top shape; no excuses! F-stop: f/11 Exposure time: 1/500 ISO: 400


Pots of petunias adorn the streetlamps at Pier Village, soaking up the Mid-Atlantic sunshine. F-stop: f/10 Exposure time: 1/500 ISO: 400

That’s all, folks!


  1. Loved these pictures Gina! I always love how you catch such a variety in your shots, one can never get bored sifting through your work. And bravo to do all manual settings!👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

    • Thanks, Ilona. Someone wiser than me said: “If you can only use auto settings, your camera controls you. With manual settings, you control your camera.” Magic words for a control freak like me. 😀😉😳

  2. Gina, way too many fantastic photos here to just pick out a few!! But I love the photo of the Roman Doric columns along the street of that Pier Village outdoor mall. Only in NJ would one see beach architecture mixed with ancient columns. 🙂 Love how your photos really shine on those manual settings – you grasped that challenge and just ran with it!! All so lovely. Seeing your car air freshener begs me to ask every fellow NJ-transplant I meet: “How long did it take you to fully master driving around wearing flip flops?” 😀 Really super-loving your latest posts and hope to see many, many more!

    • Roman Doric columns, awesome. That’s a new term to me and I’ll think of it every time I pass those shops from this point forward. Oh, I was the flip-flop queen even before moving to Jersey. Love them! Thanks for your comments; it feels good to be posting regularly again. 💕

  3. Amy

    Absolutely beautiful… I love how you capture real life in its essence. Simply raw and reflective at the same time…awesome!

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