On January 13, 2013 I recorded the first two shots of this project. Little did I know that these images would lay the foundation for almost three years worth of work. "Through The Fog" was taken near Seawatch beach in Manasquan, New Jersey at around 12:39am est. I remember how dense the fog was that night as I approached the paved walkway. When I turned my back the orange glow from the signal towers was something I will never forget.
I placed my camera on the tripod and began taking pictures. It took me several tries before I was able to figure out that I would be shooting in minutes, not seconds. I don't recall how long I spent here, but I do recall that It was over an hour. I also remember how cold it was, something I will repeat both here and in the podcast.
After I captured the first image I almost went home but decided to go south to the inlet, where I noticed that the fog had subsided leaving me with a clear sky over the Atlantic ocean. I quickly parked my car, got out my gear and took a series of shots of the pavilion near the inlet.
By this time I was numb to the cool air allowing me to stay at the scene for more than an hour playing with aperture and shutter speed on my camera. I took several pictures and before I knew it, it was almost 2:00am.
Little did I know that 2:00am would become a very familiar time to me over the course of this project.
Tired and eager to see what I shot I went home and rushed to edit the photos. Each was unique in their own way and each was hauntingly beautiful; however, both could have been exposed longer or shot with a smaller aperture.
I imported the photos into Lightroom, reviewed the intently, and knew that I was going to be doing this for a while.