Infrared Long Beach (Friday Photography)

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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Space Shuttle Enterprise (Friday Photography)

Update: I’ve added in about 20 more photos of the shuttle flying (being flown) over Long Beach here.

Friday Photography double header! Historic day for Long Beach, and the U.S. and the Space Shuttle Enterprise was flew over head on approach to JFK.  Just a few quick shots to post right now.

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Update: I’ve added in about 20 more photos of the shuttle flying (being flown) over Long Beach here.

Long Beach in Black and White (Friday Photography)

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.

A packed boardwalk in motion


Checking out the lineup

View from the bench


 Make a wish

The boardwalk backyard

Keep Off

Locals launching airs

The start of the West End facing the sea

A very empty boardwalk looking East

A surfboard can also be a skateboard

The Hoffman Manor looking over the break

A classic Long Beach left

Looking West down the boardwalk

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Summer is Coming (Friday Photography)

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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April Surf (Friday Photography)

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).

Back in September, I put together this summary of all one needs to know about Long Beach surf.

In the meantime you can check out some of the other photo projects I’ve been working on here at SuperClearyPhoto. And if you don’t mind – give me a “like” if you… like what I’m doing.

There’s no surf in New York

 Hitting the lip

Down the tube into the sunset

 Floating on the top

 A clean right

Tucking into the barrel

 Not every maneuver works out as planned

Hood-less as the water temp starts getting close to 50 degrees

Long Beach circa 1960 or 2012?

Long Beach – Tube City


A big snap with a lot of spray off the top

Another satisfied customer

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Long Beach Fixes (Friday Photography)

A few weeks back I went around town and captured a few of the spots where Hurricane Irene’s wraith was still noticeable.  You can check those photos out here.  I couldn’t help but notice a few days after publishing, the City’s worker bees could be spotted at a number of the places I highlighted.

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.

4.5 Months After Irene (Friday Photography)

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

 Behind the empty lot next to the Allegria, where the sea wall burst flooding the street, a new lumber wall hovers over the sand.  Take a look at this photo taken as the storm hits shows the sea after it pushed through the former wall.  And here’s another view.

 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

 By New York Ave, the lifeguard station and snack shack were nearly destroyed.  October’s rapid push to rebuild their decks seems to have been abandoned as sand piles on the lumber.  Take a look at how it stood the morning Irene hit

 The west snack shack without any decking.

 After a blitz of sawing and hammering, now the new deck just waits.

 One of the many ramps destroyed by the storm surge.

 After Kelly Slater and Quiksilver rushed to rebuild the Magnolia playground, little has been done by the City.

 What once was a colorful, child-painted mosaic wall, now is open and exposed to the ocean

 Two colorfully-painted mosaic tiles sit buried in the rubble under the boardwalk.  These should be saved and used in a new wall.

The Long Beach Windmill (Friday Photography)

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


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.