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Tag : Somerville

28 Jul 2019

Fun at night in Somerville

Last night I did another version of a fun workshop, night photography. I love shooting at night, you can do it any night, it really doesn’t matter what the weather is as long as you aren’t doing astrophotography. And since New Jersey isn’t the best place to be for photographing stars I go for other things when in N.J. I took the group to Somerville where I did some light painting and showed them the tricks of long exposures. Photographing […]

29 Sep 2018

Looking around The Ville at night

Last night I held a night photography workshop in Somerville, NJ. It is always a lot of fun to see how my hometown looks after dark. We started in a cemetery that has some large but rather eerie monuments. I tend to hang out in cemeteries probably more than I should and I’m always amazed by the tributes that have been built to the dead. At least they make for fun photographs. We got there before it was pitch dark […]

29 Oct 2013

Hippee Halloween dog

Tonight was the annual Halloween costume contest at The Hungry Hound where dogs put up with their owners desire to make them look funny. Some dogs handle it better than others, wearing a wig and a hat isn’t something that comes natural to many pooches. My favorite of the evening, and the official winner, was Gia, dressed like a funky hippee from the ’60s. Gia was far out and groovy and matched the look of her handlers. She also was […]

27 May 2013

Honoring our veterans

I was lucky in being born at the right time that I missed being drafted by a little over a year. But I take the time to thank veterans whenever I can, especially on their day. I like to photograph the Somerville Memorial Day parade, it is a nice little parade with veterans, scouts, fire trucks and ambulances. It is always worth checking out.

02 Jul 2012

Moonrise over Somerville

One of the most famous photos by Ansel Adams is Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico from 1941. Ever since photographers have tried to shoot a better moonrise picture but it still hasn’t been done. I gave it a shot tonight but somehow the back side of a building in Somerville, NJ, doesn’t compare to the landscape in New Mexico. But still, I like the color and warmth of the photo. There are two moon facts that I know: a full moon […]

12 May 2012

The classics cars return to Somerville

Each Friday night during the summer classic cars show up on Somerville, NJ’s, Main St. and take over the town. There isn’t just a few, the town is packed with old cars as hundreds show up. With the cars come the spectators and the photographers. Lots of pictures are taken and many look the same. I grew up in northern Indiana, a few miles from Auburn where they built Duesenbergs, Auburns and Cords until the great depression wiped them out. […]

15 Aug 2011

When it rains, time to head for the brook

When I was a kid and it started to rain, I’d run outside and wait for the water to roll down the street. We lived at the bottom of a small hill and in our little town there weren’t any curbs or storm drains. So when the rain began, I’d run out in the street and start moving dirt to make a dam to capture the water as it started flowing down the hill. When you’re a kid in a […]

30 May 2011

Tour of Somerville is always a challenge to get a different photo

I’ve photographed the Tour of Somerville since 1988, when it was the hottest day ever at the bicycle race. At least it was the hottest I’ve seen. Fellow photographer Dean Curtis and I thought we would kick everyone’s ass even though neither of us had every photographed bicycle racing before. We had tons of photos, many of them good and we had a great plan for covering the winner crossing the line. Dean was one side of the street and […]

12 Sep 2010

What’s good: A pooch in the rain

I always enjoy a dog with his head hanging out a car window. This pooch was ready for a ride in the kayak.

06 Sep 2010

What’s good: The woodpecker and the apple

We were having a lovely dinner on the deck at my sister-in-law Penny’s house when she noticed a woodpecker pounding away on an apple. The bird pecked away about a quarter of the fruit without it falling off the tree. We couldn’t tell if he had a thing for apples or was after worms and bugs inside. Either way, the apple won’t become cider now.

05 Sep 2010

What’s good: Pigeons on a roof at sunset

I took a little stroll around downtown Somerville, NJ, this evening just before sunset. I like walking through alleys and see the back side of things, especially when the light is hitting everything at a low angle. I saw pigeons lined up on a roof, so I walked up the street to see if they would make a shot. The pigeons weren’t too exciting but I liked the way the light hit the yellow building as the pigeons sat on […]

30 Aug 2010

What’s good: A cat in the glow

I went to the Somerset County courthouse in Somerville tonight after the sun went down. The historic courthouse has great architecture, it was built in 1909 with lots of marble. There’s a walkway under the main steps to the second floor that has an arch. The lights in the walkway have a yellow tint and it catches my eye every time I drive. I was hoping a person would slowly walk through the arch but there isn’t much foot traffic […]

28 Aug 2010

What’s good: Morning shadows

At sunrise today, I went to downtown Somerville and cruised through some alleys to see if there was anything interesting on the back side of Main Street. I always like the shadows cast by the low sun and morning light is usually cleaner than in the evening. They are building some new apartments above existing stores and I noticed the long ladder leaning against the building. I went past it when the sun was first hitting the building and it […]

20 Aug 2010

What’s good: Friday night cruising

Friday nights in Somerville, NJ, mean the classic come out and park along Main Street. If you like old cars and the smell of Brylcreem, this is the place to be every week.

06 Aug 2010

What’s good: Cars cruise to downtown Somerville

Every Friday night in downtown Somerville, Main Street is lined with classic cars. It attracts a lot of people most weeks, which is good for the ice cream places and pizza joints. The crowd doesn’t do much shopping in the stores, so most of the stores don’t even open anymore. Many of the merchants say they actually lose business on Fridays because the cars start parking at 3 p.m. leaving the customers no place to park. The cars look cool […]