We’ve lived in New Jersey for several years, but I’ve never liked the Jersey Shore. It’s just not comparable to the West Indian islands like Antigua and Bequia where I grew up. The brown polluted looking waters of the Jersey shore are no comparison to the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. That’s my reference point.

But the Jersey shore is what we have, so I have to make the best of it. But I hate noise sleazy Las Vegas style beaches. When I go to the beach, I want to relax. I don’t think anything is relaxing about arcade machines and beach blankets and umbrellas stacked so close to each other that I can smell the sweat dripping off the other beach visitors. Yuck!!!

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  • Aperture—ƒ/8
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/1250s

Thank goodness for Long Beach Island (LBI). We booked a bread and breakfast in Barnegat Light for one night — I would have booked more nights if I had known how beautiful the place was — and spent a day on an empty beach. No fracking boardwalk — again if I wanted Vegas I would go to Nevada, and I don’t want Vegas.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/7.1
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/2500s

Gulls

I’ve always loved photos of birds in flight, and the seagulls did not disappoint. The real challenge here was the changing nature of the light as the gulls flew across the sky from east to west. I’m not sure how I pulled this off. I think I put the camera in aperture priority mode, letting the camera choose the exposure speed.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/9
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—220
  • Shutter speed—1/1600s

I took a lot of photos of the gulls. This one bird with its head tilted to one side, seems to have a curious expression on his face. Almost like he’s thinking, “What’s this daft bloke up to?”.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/8
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/1250s

Splish splash

Kiran and Shaan love the beach. The water was a bit cold and rough that afternoon — we did not know it at the time but an earthquake had just rocked the eastern sea board — so the kids had fun splashing around in the surf and chasing each other.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/16
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/400s

I don’t have any photos of the sand castle, but they did build one, dragging buckets of wet sand up from the surf.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/9
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—400
  • Shutter speed—1/1600s

We ate on the beach but had to be careful to watch out for the seagulls. One of these figured out how to open our back of goldfish and before we know it had eaten most of the bag.

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Shaan enjoying playing in the sand.

  • Aperture—ƒ/9
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—400
  • Shutter speed—1/1250s

Shaan’s not a fan of swimming. Ever since he was a toddler, he’s much preferred playing in the sand. I can’t say I blame him. The water was cold and brown.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/11
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—320
  • Shutter speed—1/1250s

Kiran’s favorite thing about the beach is the water. She’s like a fish out of water when on sand. Flipping and flopping around. I like to think that her love of the water comes from my and Shaan’s love of the sand too.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/7.1
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/1250s

Bhavna was happy. Most likely because of none of us — myself, Shaan and Kiran — were face down on a computer. No iPhones or iPods either. I think that’s bliss for her. Or … she could just be enjoying spending quiet time with her family.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/8
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/1250s

Evening

We retired to our bread and breakfast —Minerva’s by the Sea is near the top end of Barnegat Light — to shower and change for dinner. A friend and coworker recommended a seafood place in Viking Village that had outdoor picnic style seating. It’s fast food seafood, but we enjoyed it.

After dinner we went up to visit the Barnegat Lighthouse. The lighthouse has a long and storied history. There is a walkway along the rocky bay side of LBI near the lighthouse that was designed for visitors. Old Barney is no longer an active lighthouse and has become a tourist attraction.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/6.3
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/500s

We stuck around to watch the sunset over the bay. The light casts a glow that made the skin a golden color. Bhavna and the kids posed for me since I was insistent that the light was just perfect.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/5.6
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/200s

My wife and son enjoyed the attention of my camera.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/6.3
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/160s

Kiran’s growing up too fast. She starts the fifth grade this year, but in a few year, my baby girl will be a baby no more. Sometimes that makes me sad.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/3.2
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/80s

Bhavna and the kids started goofing off and I got some great candid shots.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/2.8
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/640s

The sunset was breath-taking.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/14
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/80s

After a long day at the beach, the kids were tired and did not want to stick around to see the lighthouse at night, so we retired to our room. We got a chance to meet some of the other families who were staying in the house. There was a couple from Hillsborough — just over the border from our township — with two girls, one of whom was Kiran’s age and another couple from Ocean County with a toddler. Our room had a lock, friendly families were boarding next door, and there were a restaurant and bar,Kubel’s, across the street. So … walked over to Kubel, had a beer or two.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/6.3
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—400
  • Shutter speed—30s

On the way back from Kubel I noticed the lighthouse glowing up the street and could not resist. I used my tripod and got a few long exposure shots of the lighthouse.

Next Day

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  • Aperture—ƒ/6.3
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/200s

Shaan and I are early risers. Minerva’s offered breakfast at 8:30 AM, and we were up at 6:30 AM. On our exploration ofViking Village the day before we had found a coffee takeout place calledHow You Brewin’ — part of a hyper-local chain of coffee places. I had bought a coffee mug as part of a promotion. For the cost of the mug, I was offered the opportunity to get $100 refills the rest of my life. Perhaps they meant the life of the mug, but Shaan and I decided to try it. We were a bit early still, so we waited our time chatting.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/6.3
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/800s

The sunrise lighting was just magical. I regret I do not have the skills to fully realized what I saw. I’ve since decided that I love summer light at sunrise and sunset and prefer to take photos at those times of the day. Perhaps that’s true, and maybe I’m just using that as an excuse for not shooting any photos for my 365 projects in over five days. Yikes!

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  • Aperture—ƒ/6.3
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/400s

Shaan and I noticed that some small gnat like bugs were intent on biting us, so he jumped back into the car. I used the opportunity to explore more of Viking Village. To the right of the coffee shop is this island furniture store that had colorful chairs and other items that I could easily see on a beach on an island in the Caribbean Sea. I wanted to sit and enjoy the warmth of the rising sun on my skin.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/6.3
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/1000s

I looked to get some photos of the gulls sitting on dock posts waiting for a fisher-person to make a mistake but … it was not to be.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/6.3
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/800s

On the other side of the coffee shop is an antique store calledThe Seawife. The main building is arenovated school house (at one point a barn ) that has been relocated from Harvey Cedars, another borough on the island. Next to it is an ornamental outhouse.

Climbing the light house

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  • Aperture—ƒ/6.3
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/1600s

After we had checked out of Minerva’s, we went back to Old Barney. We did not have time on the previous day to climb the lighthouse before it closed. I’m not sure how many steps we climbed, but I do know we were quite winded by the time we got up to the lookout deck. Shaan and I are both “apprehensive” about heights, but I managed to overcome mine and ventured out to take the photos. Shaan did not.

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  • Aperture—ƒ/11
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—50mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/320s

I used some graduated filters in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to create a tilt-shift effect.

Bhavna, the kids and I agreed that we all had a good time and next year we want to rent a home on the beach for a week. Can’t wait.