Google+ Photographers Group Asbury Park Photo Walk

people walking on boardwalk, Asbury Park, New Jersey
Chris Kelly | Sunday 13 November, 2011 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8

Today I met up on the Asbury Park Boardwalk with a group of photogs from the Google+ Photographers Group. Some were work friends, and the rest were strangers. The walk was organised by Scott Wyden Kivowitz - who until today I've only "known" online, and Daryl Meek. My friend and I drove down together. We got lost and ended up in Rumson, but we enjoyed the scenic route - lined with expensive shore homes - to Asbury Avenue.

Sunday 13 November 2011 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8

The windy air was crisp but cool. We caught up with the larger group about a quarter of the way down the boardwalk.

Scott Kivowitz, Asbury Park, New Jersey
Scott Kivowitz (Center) | Sunday 13 November, 2011 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 | 1320 sec at f/8.0 | ISO 200
man on trike
Sunday 13 November, 2011 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 | 1500 sec at f/8.0 | ISO 200
woman on trike
Trike | Sunday 13 November, 2011 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 | 1800 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 200

I saw this older woman sitting with her aide as we walked along. I was reluctant at first, but my desire to get the shot overcame my anxiety. I walked over, introduced myself and asked her permission to take her photograph. She had an exciting story to tell. She was born in Jersey City but moved to Asbury Park with her family when she was two years old. She's now 94 years old. She's been to this very boardwalk almost her entire life. Imagine the stories she could tell about what the boardwalk was like long ago and how much it has changed. I regret I forgot her name.

elderly woman on bench
This woman has lived in Asbury Park her whole life. | Sunday 13 November, 2011 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 | 1500 sec at f/8.0
Sunday 13 November, 2011 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 | 1250 sec at f/8.0

The Wonder Bar is a local nightclub with a storied musical history, associated with such famous local legends as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Clarence Clemmons, Lance Larson and many others.

Wonder Bar
Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, New Jersey | Sunday 13 November, 2011 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 | 1160 sec at f/11
records
Sunday 13 November, 2011 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 | 1160 sec at f/2.5 | ISO 800

My friend Chris, Prasanna and I had a great time chatting out our photography wish list. We added a fourth person, [John Carig](John Craig), to our smaller group. We talked about our families - we all have kids are varying age groups - before heading into the mall for a bite.

Convention Center, Asbuary Park Boardwalk, Asbury Park, New Jersey
Convention Center, Asbuary Park Boardwalk, Asbury Park, New Jersey | Sunday 13 November, 2011 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 | 1200 sec at f/11

The iPhone Camera+ (with a Clarity filter applied) can produce some very good images. The key is good light. We had a cloudy early morning sky, but the sun shone through.

Asbuary Park Boardwalk | Sunday 13 November, 2011 | Apple iPhone 4 | 3.85 mm | 1/1400 sec at f/2.8 | ISO 80

Asbury Park Mural | Sunday 13 November, 2011 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 | 160 sec at f/11

The Casino once contained an Ice Skating Rink, hosted Roller Derby and Flea Markets and was used as the setting for the movie "City by the Sea" starring Robert DeNiro.

Inside the old casino. Asbuary Park Boardwalk, Asbury Park, New Jersey | Sunday 13 November, 2011 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 | 150 sec at f/3.5
Asbury Park Casino
Asbury Park Casino | Sunday 13 November, 2011 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 | 1250 sec at f/6.3

Before we left, we stopped at Sully's for a hot latte. They have an extensive menu, and many items are named after local landmarks. I liked the "The Boss" sandwich description, but our hostess let me know that he eats primarily vegetarian these days.

Sully's | Sunday 13 November 2011 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8

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