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Since moving to New Jersey, I have become a big fan of the Jersey Shore and in particular the various piers, boardwalks and other structures that compliment the natural beauty found at there. These photos were taken at Avalon, New Jersey in July 2014. Avalon has a well deserved reputation as one of the most beautiful communities along the Jersey Shore. These late afternoon/early evening photos capture the pier at Avalon in all its splendor.
A quintessential symbol of summer, the pier is located right in the middle of the public beach there. This day I shot late in the afternoon into early evening and used a 10 stop neutral density filter to get the long exposures you see. (For anyone who doesn’t know, a neutral density filter is like sunglasses for your camera, blocking a portion of the light entering the camera. The darker the filter, the less light gets in.)
Doing long exposures allows me to get the smooth, almost dream-like state of the water. Since the camera is open for a relatively long period of time, the waves sort of even themselves out and everything looks flat and smooth.
I also spent my time chasing the setting sun as it’s fading beauty brought the details of the wooden structure to life. From sunset on, the sky took on first a golden rose-colored hue and then shifter to the darker cyans and blues of nighttime. All in all, it was a glorious day for photography along the Jersey Shore.