After several weeks off from shooting we finally found the motivation to start shooting pictures and documenting the post Hurricane Sandy changes taking place in Manasquan, NJ. One day on our way to the beach we noticed several houses, all within two blocks of each other, that are being lifted, raised, or knocked down. We knew that we had to act quickly to record what was happening.
This past Saturday, 9-20-14, we gathered our gear, and made our way to the beach. To our surprise the cool nigh air coupled with an impending storm created an incredible background for us to work with.
For the next two hours we worked three locations all on one block. The first shot, as seen above, was the easiest to shoot because there was ample light coming from a street light less than a block away.
Setting the camera time to 7 minutes, the ISO to 100, and the F-Stop to 16 we just knew that we had a chance to capture a moment filled with drama, intrigue, and sadness. After the camera rendered and we checked focus we moved half a block north to our next location.
Nestled between two finished homes, our next shot was a bit trickier because the lights from the house to the left were overpowering and taking away from the scene. With some creative framing we isolated our subject and took another long exposure. Again, 7 minutes, ISO 100, F-16. This shot came out a bit darker than anticipated, but with the impending storm brewing off the coast we decided to “fix” this photograph in post production with the understanding that we could always go back to the location if we were not happy.
The final shot, as seen above, came just as the rain began coming down. Reversing our camera settings to 4 seconds, ISO 100, F-2.8 we were able to capture the essence of the destruction; however, we did not capture the look of the project that we normally get with longer and drawn out exposures.
We will continue to work this area over the next week or so to document the six to eight houses being lifted, raised, or fixed. With so much change happening, it is good to be shooting again.