In the much-anticipated return of Friday Photography, I get to share a guest photographer’s mind-blowing work. Equipped with a custom-modified Nikon D200 set to capture infrared light, Vedder Photography’s shots show the heat of Long Beach. They deliver a surreal take on the ordinary and are amazing to see. And to be clear, this is not some sort of Photoshop edit. This camera is simply wired to capture the infrared spectrum, instead of visible light like you and me see.
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Hey Friday Photography fans. This week I tried to do something a bit different and go fully black and white. B&W can really add something to some photos by getting rid of color, so I figured it might be fun to do that to this fair City. Most of these shots were taken over the last few days from the gorgeous weather of last Saturday, to the stormy seas Tuesday.
Below follows some of my favorite recent Black and White shots, for the rest of the set click here. You can also take a look at some of the other photo projects I’ve been working on at SuperClearyPhoto. And if you don’t mind – give me a “like” if you… like what I’m doing.
The sun is shining, the boardwalk is getting more crowded, and it’s warmer everyday. That can mean only one thing: summer is coming. In preparation for that, this week’s edition of Friday Photography spotted 10 lifeguard chairs stacked over at the SUPERBLOCK before they are placed on the beach. As you can tell, some of these are looking quite haggard after the pummeling they took from the waves of Irene.
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10 chairs in a row, looking a bit worse for wear
Perhaps a paint job is in order
A few lifeguard towers getting a nice base tan
No lifeguards on duty… yet
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In this addition of Friday Photography I’m going to highlight Wednesday’s surprise surf session. In case you don’t remember, we had a bit of a surf contest here over the summer that turned out to be an incredible event. While the circus might be gone, the locals have donned wet suits and “kept the stoke alive” all winter. I wasn’t able to get all the surfers names out there, so if you recognize anyone please let them (and me know).
To give credit where credit is due, I’ve followed up and can happily show how some projects are nearing completion. Especially pleasing is the work done to the Magnolia Park playground which they are just now wrapping up.
Good job Long Beach.
First up, the now completed deck around the snack shack. I couldn’t help but notice that some “helpful” residents decided it would be a great idea to tag the shack with graffiti.
A huge crew working to replace the boardwalk at Magnolia Blvd. Start to finish – about a week.
To me, the most important project, repairing the wall at the Magnolia playground, which is basically done.
Busy digging out the “newly renovated” bathrooms at National Blvd
And finally, this isn’t a picture of a fix, but a problem that I didn’t mention last time. Sand. We have a ton of sand where it shouldn’t be. Here at Grand Blvd, you can see the sand piled as high as what was once a bench. Hurricane Irene’s storm surge pushed tons of sand from the shore to the boardwalk and easily added 4-5 feet of sand, while pulling it from the water line. The City has been working for months at different areas working to re-level the sand evenly across the beach, but it’s time consuming and expensive. Perhaps the City should request volunteers one Saturday for a big “ramp digout” community effort. I’ll be the first to volunteer with a shovel. I love digging!
So the City has seemingly finally got a fire lit under its ass and even with the current budget climate, is working to fix much of the damage that lingered after Irene. Great job, and keep it up.
FEMA showed up last week to survey the leftovers from Irene and a lot of you asked why were they coming now after so much time has passed, and so many repairs have already been made. That gave me the idea for this week’s installment of Friday Photography. I went around to a few spots that I know received a walloping and took a look at what was there now. This is by no means a survey of the entire City, just a quick snapshot (no pun intended). Also take a look at some photos I put together right after Hurricane Irene to remember just how intense it was.
I really appreciate all the feedback I received last week and if any of you have some good shoot ideas, let me know.
4.5 Months After Irene
On the beach between National and Edwards, an emergency lane marker stands over the remnants of the brick and cinder-block walls that failed to hold the sea back
The Lifeguard Shack: after being pushed off of its foundation, and then returned with the help of a crane, it’s in desperate need of a paint job. See how it looked hours after the storm here
Without a leg to stand on
One of the shack’s shutters swings ajar
After a much needed renovation, the new bathrooms at National Blvd were short-lived as they quickly became flooded and buried when Irene hit weeks later. Now they sit boarded up and more buried than ever.
At the beach entrance to the Allegria, the high water mark is still visible
In the first installment of what I hope will be a weekly (or close to) occurrence, I’m going to be throwing up a photo set a week on some sort of topical, timely, or interesting theme.
Today’s installment is titled, The Long Beach Windmill. Full disclosure, I took these photos last Friday. I think if I took them today the windmill would probably be taking off considering how bad the wind is today.
Also, there was a lot of discussion two weeks ago wondering why the turbine wasn’t spinning. I spoke with an electrical engineering expert familiar with wind power and he had a very easy answer for me. “It was too cold.” I was a bit surprised by the answer, but he explained that the extremely expensive lubricants that are required to keep the turbine spinning cannot operate in arctic conditions (unless special equipment is used). Without a doubt, the days in question when the turbine weren’t spinning were bitterly cold (around 20 degrees at times). I did some googling and found this to be a severe downside to some windfarms, especially when they are built not expecting cooler-than-projected weather, as was the case with much of Britain’s wind power farms.
Note: I’m aware the technical title of this should be a “wind turbine” or “wind power generator,” but I think windmill is a bit more poetic and I’m going with it in the case of this photo spread.
The temporary path up to the windmill… the beginning of something bigger?
You come for the windmill, but you’re blown away by the massive solar panel array
From the pier, a great view of the loop and the windmill
The very active fishing pier next door, loaded with boats of all sizes
Half of the solar array soaking up the sun
Seeing its blades rotating from below tested my faith in modern engineering
The machine that helped rebuild much of the pier the windmill is sitting on
NOM OM OM OM OM
The fishing pier unaffected by the “green” energy rush
The Northern Power Turbine
Spinning into the sun
From every angle, the move towards solar and wind was on exhibit
The windmill whipping around, generating some of its 100kw potential
Across the way, a man waits for a bite, unimpressed by the turbine behind him
After spending an hour or two down by the windmill I was really impressed by how well it fit into the skyline. While walking around, I realized the turbine itself emits a low humming sound that blanketed much of the immediate area around it. What really surprised me was how much else was built on the site: Two full rows of solar power panels, a new fueling station (under construction), and what I assume will be some sort of classroom/demonstration building (also under construction), and you can’t forget the huge fishing pier and dock that has been there for decades. On a nice Saturday or Sunday, I highly recommend heading down here and seeing this in person (parking is abundant). Regardless of your opinion of wind power or “green” energy – seeing this in operation is pretty neat.