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11
Sep
09

Tribute in Light – In Rememberance

Each year since 9/11/2002 the Tribute in Light is held at “Ground Zero” in New York City. Two beams of blue light shine into the sky from sunset on 9/11 to the following day’s sunrise. This year heavy rains discouraged the hundreds of photographers the usually turn out along the New Jersey shore of the Hudson River.

Living just a few air miles from “Ground Zero” I experienced the drama of that day in eye’s view of the World Trade Center. As smoke was billowing from the first tower I watched as the second plane impacted. I was part of a group of about 25 people who gathered on the upper parking level at my office. As the plane struck a perfectly synchronized “Oh Shit” could be heard throughout the group. It became an indelible memory, one of the life experiences that you will always recall what you were doing that moment.

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01
Sep
09

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart is located in downtown Newark, NJ at 89 Ridge Street in a predominately Spanish neighborhood.  Many native New Jersey residents don’t even know it exists. Some of you who were fans of the HBO series “The Sopranos” may recognize this church as a drive by scene during the opening credits. It is one of many sites of interest in New Jersey that seldom receives its due credit. Entering the cathedral for the first time is an awe-inspiring experience. The building’s interior architectural detail is only rivaled by the exterior construction. State and national recognition has also been accorded Newark’s majestic Cathedral Church, which was designated an historic landmark by the New Jersey Historical Society in December, 1974. Two years later, on December 22, 1976, national recognition was given the Cathedral through its designation as a National Historic Site.

Certain situations, especially indoors, are very difficult to photograph when accent lighting is in use. Digital cameras tend to “average” the exposure. Bright areas can be too bright, while shadow areas lack detail. In these situations HDR, used in moderation, is your answer to capturing the mood of the moment.

Sacred Heart Cathedra

(Sept 1, 2009) Over the next few days I’ll be posting many more photos from Cathedral Basilica on my Flickr page. For your convenience you may view them individually, or as a slide show.

This photo was shot on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 / 7-14 mm lens, created from 7 RAW photos tone mapped using Photomatix Pro 3.2

I seem to have found a new niche using HDR, so expect to see more of New Jersey’s famous churches in the future. Please take a moment to leave your comments and constructive criticism. If you’re from New Jersey and know of a church that offers unique architectural detail, please let me know.

27
Aug
09

Welcome to the Bergen Photo Blog

Welcome to the Bergen Photo Blog, a place I’ve thought about creating for some time. Living in New Jersey, we all have to put up with the abuse and jokes – and yes, there’s more to New Jersey than the N.J. Turnpike!

I thought it would be interesting to share bits and pieces of Bergen County and the adjacent communities with you, through my lens. Since my camera goes anywhere I go, expect anything.  You may also like to check out my Flickr page where I’ve been posting for about two years.BPB_TIL2007_01

If you read my “about” page than you already know that my photographic pixel were planted long ago in Hudson County. I can’t think of a better place to open this blog.

Jersey City sits on the Western side of the Hudson River, directly across from “Ground Zero” on the Southern tip of Manhattan. Each “9/11” the Tribute in Light is held marking the location of where the World Trade Center towers once stood. A monument was added in Jersey City to those who lost their lives. The yearly event really brings out the shutter bugs – definitely a great photo-op.BPB_TIL2007_02

27
Aug
09

Great Falls Paterson NJIn the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Somewhere thereafter The Great Falls in Paterson, New Jersey appeared. Though this historic site is situated in an area you might not want to be by yourself at night, it remains one of my favorite photo spots, especially in the dead of winter when everything turns to crystal ice. The bridge over the falls was also featured in an episode in the 1st season of “The Sopranos”. I’m told, on the East coast of the U.S. it is 2nd in size only to Niagara Falls. This was one of the lucky shots I never planned for, originally in color and converted to B&W to enhance the sky drama. Walking down to water level one has to watch not to stumble on an occasional used hypodermic syringe or spent crack bag – yes, I’m very serious!

27
Aug
09

B&W – Life in Monochrome

Just testing

27
Aug
09

Welcome to HDR Photography – Bob’s World in HDR!

For those not familiar with HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, it’s a method to capture a scene that displays an image with greater dynamic range, closer to the way our eyes see an image. By dynamic range I mean the number of shades between black and white that can be displayed. Increasing the dynamic range increases detail in areas of a photo that would usually be in darker shadow areas or burned out highlighted areas. Multiple exposures are taken with varied exposures, lighter and darker than what your camera deems is the “proper” exposure. Picture details of each photo are combined to form what we refer to as a tone mapped image. Over the next few posts I’ll share some of my techniques and the software I use.Osaka_01

HDR photos need not always be about garish color or “cartoonish” looks. Here, I used 5 exposures to bring out sky detail and some color on what was a very overcast day. This shot was taken in Osaka, Japan while on a business trip in April, 2009.

This photo was shot with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1, created from 5 RAW images, processed with HDR MAX.

25
Aug
09

Welcome to the Bergen Photo Blog

This is where it all begins! So I decided to create a place where I can share bits and pieces of Bergen County, NJ.




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