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