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Let’s Talk About Pandemic Fatigue

The water was so still it acted as a mirror.

Hi all! Yes, it’s been a while. I think pandemic fatigue has finally gotten to me. I just have not been creatively inspired lately, to be honest. Even photography, which I genuinely enjoy, has fallen by the wayside.

The winter weather hasn’t been helping, either. But we are finally seeing some signs of spring here in NJ. That said, I have recently finished an online photography class given by the International Center for Photography in New York City. I’m hoping I’ll feel more inspired to pick up my camera once the weather warms up, and I want to be ready.

One cool thing I did do was take two outdoor photo treks in January with a Meetup group I’m in. Both treks were out in western New Jersey, which was fun for me, because I am not really familiar with that part of the state. One was to Carnegie Lake near Princeton (see above and below).

My fave shot from Carnegie Lake. I love the pop of blue.

The other trek was a hike up the red dot trail on Mt. Tammany, near the NJ/Pennsylvania border. And I mean it. was. a. hike. I thought I was in pretty decent shape, but apparently I’m not. For my efforts, I got four decent pics. My fave:

I was going for the reflections in this puddle, but I’m not sure if I actually got there. Unfortunately the weather was pretty overcast on both treks. I want to go back and do them again in sunnier weather. I also want to photograph the waterfalls along the blue dot trail at Mount Tammany. When I do, I promise I’ll post the pics.

As of April 5, journalists and members of the press in NJ will be eligible for the vaccine. I can’t wait to see people in person again, and burn my black yoga leggings.

So how is everyone holding up, more than a year into the pandemic? Let’s keep each other going in the comments!

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What I’m Looking Forward To This Fall

Took this night shot in Hoboken for Photo 2. Doesn’t it look eerie?

Hmm. How come I haven’t posted in over two months?! Now that we’re on the other side of Labor Day, and I see a few new people have subscribed to the blog (hi, ladies!), I need to step it up. I hope you all had a great summer!

That said, I love the fall. There’s so much to look forward to! I am doing a photo trek to NYC’s Chinatown and the Eldridge Street Synagogue on September 29th. I’m also doing a trek in mid-October to the Chrysler Building and the UN, and another in early November to the Statue of Liberty.

Bridal Fashion Week is coming up from October 3 to 6. So far I’ve gotten invited to just. one. show. Boo! Hopefully, I’ll get invited to more!

I am a big reader. I can’t wait to read these two new books:

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott. This spy drama is set during the Cold War. It combines Mad Men-era style with a good thriller, according to EW.com. I’m in! This book just came out on September 3.

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman. EW.com says it’s a Holocaust survival story that has elements of ‘magical realism’. Three young girls on the run use unconventional ways to elude their Nazi pursuers. This one comes out on September 24.

And on September 17 and 18th, I’ll be at the BlogHer 19 Creators Summit in Brooklyn. I can’t wait! Speakers include actress Connie Britton and Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisburg, co-founders of theSkimm! (Trust me, you need theSkimm in your life. And did I mention it’s free?!)

Tell me. What are you looking forward to this fall? Let’s get seasonal in the comments!

I’ve actually been more active over on Instagram thus summer. I retook Photo 2 starting in May, and the class ran through July. I did my final picture story on the Gramercy Typewriter Co., one of just two typewriter repair places left in the country. They sell and repair typewriters, and apparently supply typewriters for Broadway shows, movies, and TV. (They supplied the typewriters for Can You Ever Forgive Me? with Melissa McCarthy.) You can see the highlights of my photos on my Instagram here.

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Photography: Timeless Asbury Park, N.J.

If you read my blog and/or follow me on Insta, you know I grew up on the Jersey Shore. Right near Asbury Park, actually. So when my photography teacher assigned us a 10-picture photo essay in black and white called Timeless [Your Choice], I picked the Asbury boardwalk. Those old buildings lend themselves very well to black and white photography. And Memorial Day was gorgeous: a bright, sunny day makes for amazing black and white photos. Enjoy!

This used to be a Howard Johnson’s when I was little. Remember HoJo’s clam strips?!

Convention Hall, with the Paramount Theater off to the side.

Aw, man. This makes me a little sad. This building used to have arcade games like Skee-Ball in it. I love a good game of Skee-Ball.

A front view of Convention Hall. Look at all that detail.

Yup, that Madam Marie’s. Immortalized in Bruce Springsteen’s song ‘Fourth of July, Asbury Park’.

Buying badges to enjoy the perfect beach day.

Last shot of Convention Hall, I promise. The lights across the top of the building say, you guessed it: Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

And I have more! I took almost 50 pictures that day. I’ll edit them and post them this week. I also have a post about some hair faves coming up, too!

I love the timeless, vintage feel of black and white photography. Do you like black and white photos as much as I do?

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Photography: Everyday Eyecandy Project 52, Q1

So Q1 of 2019 is in the books. Where did the time go? Easter is less than three weeks away!. I have been participating in the Everyday Eyecandy Project 52 photography project, and I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos (so far).

The prompt for this was ‘Morning’. In the morning, you see everyone trooping to the Hoboken PATH to go to work in the city. And yes, it was bitter cold that day.

I took this on a very bright, cold day for the prompt ‘Winter’. It came out like a self portrait.

One of my favorite prompts is ‘From Above’. So glad I got this shot at Grand Central Terminal.

‘Photographer’s Choice’. Did you think I was going to let you get away without a cat picture?

I took this photo on Sunday for the prompt ‘Centered Composition’.

That’s it so far, but if you check out my Instagram, there ‘s much, much more! Stay tuned because I plan to get out and around with my camera this spring and summer, especially in NYC.

And BTW, if you are a photography enthusiast, you should check out LaShawn’s Everyday Eyecandy blog, and take part in her photography projects. She has so many great tips to share about the art of photography and growing your Instagram community!

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A Few Photos From the Fall

I DID break out my camera this fall, so I wanted to share a few highlights with you. Every October, LaShawn over on Everyday Eyecandy does a photo-a-day challenge. You take a photo each day inspired by a different prompt. I did a few of them. Here’s some of my faves.

The prompt for this was ‘Yellow’.

The prompt for this was ‘Leaves’. Apropos for October!

And of course, no October photo challenge would be complete without a ‘Pumpkins’ prompt!

And the Hoboken Fall Arts and Music Festival took place in September. The weather was gorgeous!

There’s more on my Instagram, including some recent shots for the 2019 Everyday Eyecandy Project 52. I hope you’ll go check it out. I’m at @clobuono. Follow me! And I’d love to see your feed!

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Photography: The High Line in NYC

I went for a walk a few weekends ago along The High Line, one of NYC’s more photogenic outdoor spaces. The High Line is a pretty cool place: it is a public park built on the old rail yards along the Hudson River, on the west side of Manhattan. (You can still see the railroad ties in some places.) The park has food concessions, gorgeous plants and flowers, and always-changing pieces of art commissioned by Friends of The High Line and High Line Art. I hope my pictures from the day inspire you to visit!

I love the contrast of these aqua-colored posts in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Saint Bernard Church against the neutral background of the building. (The church is on W. 14th St., as you approach the entrance to The High Line.)

The flowers on The High Line are always stunning!  .

I thought these were cool, and just weird looking enough. If anyone knows what they are, please let me know!

I love street scenes in black and white.

So many hats!

This art installation is called “prop,” and the artist is Phyllida Barlow.

This piece is called C.R.E.A.M., and it is by Sable Elyse Smith.

I posted a few more High Line pics on my Instagram. You can see them here! I only walked The High Line from the entrance on 14th St. to 23rd St. I’ll go back another day and do the last 10 blocks!

p.s. I plan on taking more self-guided picture-taking excursions this summer and into the fall.

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Photography: NRJ Tailoring Picture Story

We had to do a picture story for our final project in my Photo 2 class. Telling a story through photos is what photography is all about! Remember my picture story about Liberty Humane Society?

I decided to do my project on NRJ Tailoring. My photography instructor agreed it would be a good subject for a picture story, because fabrics add a lot of color and texture to photos. And since I’m 4’10”, almost everything I own needs alterations. Nelson the tailor and I go waaay back.

The final picture story had 23 photos. Here are a few of my faves. Enjoy!

I’m glad I was able to capture the netting and detail of the embellishment on this dress.

Scraps of fabric and pins everywhere!

Nelson the master at work.

Nelson and his hardworking team.

There are definitely more photos where these came from. To get the 23 best shots, I think I took about 60 or 70 total, and went back to the tailor shop three times! I made a hardcover book of the final picture story on blurb.com, and gave it to Nelson as a thank you.

I posted a few more NRJ Tailoring pics on my Instagram. Click on over and check them out!

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Night Photography

During Photo 2, we talked about night photography. Taking pictures at night can be tricky, because you have to leave the shutter open for so long. You definitely need a tripod and should have a cable release, at least. And if you have a spirit level and a small flashlight with a red filter, all the better. But I’m not that fancy.

That said, if you do it right, photos taken at night, or at dusk/twilight, can be gorgeous! Here are a few of my photos that my instructor really liked.

I love the dusky pinks and oranges here.

Yep, those red streaks are the tail lights on a car.

This one is my fave. Even though it’s night time and quiet, the bike represents daytime and all the activity that happens during the day.

The picture below channels the photographs of Todd Hido. Our assignment was to make five photos inspired by his work. Hido is known for taking eerie photographs of deserted suburbs and roadsides at night. The idea is the juxtaposition of domestic tranquility and safety inside the houses and the haunting emptiness of the streets outside.

I have two or three more series of photos I want to share with you in the upcoming weeks. And maybe a beauty post or two. (I have a beauty event in NYC on July 12th.) For now, I am headed to the shore for the Fourth of July. What are you up to for the holiday?

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Florida 2018

At the end of April, I went to Florida to defrost. I stayed with Mother Bear, her friend Gail, and Gail’s labradoodle, Stella, in their rental house in Naples. We had a late spring here in NJ, so it was pretty cold well into April. What a treat to relax in the Florida sun!

After Photo 2, I was exhausted. I didn’t even bring my camera with me. I just took these photos on my iPhone.

My mom actually took this one of me in the pool.The pool area was gorgeous!

Mother Bear and I at dinner one night.

Another night we went to a restaurant called Backwater Jack’s. I got some really good sunset pics there.

Yes, I took this photo and the pic above through a screen.

Took this on my last night. We took a sunset cruise.

Last night in paradise!

This guy was also taking pictures of the gorgeous sunset.

Those are the highlights! I needed to unplug and just soak everything in. And I did. Of course, I wore several different sunscreens at all times.

This summer, I’ll be here snapping photos, writing, and blogging. What about you? What are your summer plans?

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Photography: Timeless Stevens Park

We just had the fourth meeting of Photo 2 class. Our assignment was to tell a picture story in 10 black and white pictures. The theme was “Timeless (your choice).” I chose Stevens Park, because I haven’t spent a lot of time there, and I thought it would be fun to explore. It’s also not far from my house.

Enjoy Timeless Stevens Park!

Stevens Park sits at the edge of the Stevens Institute of Technology campus here in Hoboken.

Edwin A. Sevens Hall and Debaun Auditorium

It was a gorgeous day. The dogs were loving it!

I love Manhattan in the background here!

Hoboken is the birthplace of Frank Sinatra. It’s also the birthplace of baseball. Stevens Park has a nice ball field all ready for spring!

So there are 12 pictures. (I shared two extras. You’re welcome.) The thing about photography is that you have to take a ton of pictures in order to have the most variety and the best selection of photos.

All the baseball field pics have me looking forward to spring. (The storm we’re having today in N.J. also helps.) Do you have any plans for the spring? I am going to Florida for a few days in April. I cant wait! Let’s talk everything spring in the comments!

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