The Jersey Diner

foto © Donovan Klotzbeacher

foto © Donovan Klotzbeacher

As the picture indicates, the Jersey Diner has been in existence for about a year.  In that time, it has become a popular eating place owing to decent food offered at reasonable prices.  In fact, I often meet friends for lunch and dinner at this establishment since it is on Route 130 adjacent to Dayton NJ.

It’s nice to be greeted by the wait staff as you enter the premises.  Hopefully, their success will continue.

f.l. = 38mm, aperture f11, shutter 1/200 sec, ISO 100; Photoshop tweaks included slight lessening of overall contrast, slight crop on all edges, and burning of bottom and sides to focus attention toward the central sign.  Also, shadows cast by triangular flags were lightened to make them appear less opaque.

 

 

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Windsor Grand Cafe

foto © Donovan Klotzbeacher

foto © Donovan Klotzbeacher

Diners sometimes have clever design elements that catch the eye as you drive by.

This cafe located in East Windsor has been variously known as the Golden Coach, the Claremont, and now, the Windsor Grand Cafe.  In spite of a recent renovation, the current owners seem to have been forced to close down.  I expect their menu, prices, etc. didn’t appeal to the local population.

The outside of the structure is visually interesting.  If only they could get the right combination of food, price and friendly staff, I’m sure someone could make a go of it.

f.l. = 50mm, aperture f11, shutter 1/100 sec, ISO 100; perspective adjusted in photoshop resulting in somewhat of a looming effect.

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Petunia Tree

foto © Donovan Klotzbeacher

This sight grabbed my attention on the way home.  It is a sawed-off tree trunk with baskets of petunias suspended off the end of each branch.  In a way, it appears tropical — something you might find in a foreign country where, as a tourist, you expect the unexpected.

I spoke with the owner of Crossroads Nursery in Deans, NJ.  He boasted, “Next year I’m gonna spend $70,000 on advertising.  There ‘ll be accidents on the roadway just because of the sheer spectacle!”

I’d say he’s already created a minor attraction by giving us a “petunia tree!”

ISO 100, aperture preferred — opened up one + 2/3 stops to offset backlighting by overcast sky.

 

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Self Portrait

foto @ Donovan D. Klotzbeacher

Well, not exactly a portrait – but as close to the subject matter as I care to get!

Actually, I only set up the shot using a tripod.  My friend pushed the button.

I get the credit for the post-processing in Photoshop.  The trees don’t need much enhancement.  They are naturally gorgeous regardless.

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Azaleas at Winterthur

foto @ Donovan D. Klotzbeacher

Walking the grounds at the Winterthur mansion in Delaware offers a visual feast when the azaleas are in bloom.

I have enjoyed several trips there and gone to hear musical performances at nearby Brandywine Baroque as well.

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Looming Figure

foto © Donovan D. Klotzbeacher

This utility pole along Perrine Road near Monmouth Jct. has a rather ominous appearance.  It looks like a gigantic looming figure – a mishapen man with three arms perhaps.

I feel sorry for the maintenance crew assigned to clean up the vegetation from the wires and pole.  Perhaps power tools would help – or maybe a herbicide.

Taken using a Nikon S9300 in black & white mode.

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Nakashima

foto © Donovan Klotzbeacher

This fence is found at the George Nakashima furniture gallery in New Hope, Pennsylvania.  The doors have become misaligned over time, but it appears that the wooden beam will continue to secure the gate a good while yet.

 

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Dolphin Quest

foto © Donovan Klotzbeacher

I was fortunate to see this display as it lies within the Bermuda Maritime History Museum’s surrounding fortification.  Only the people in the pool are allowed to play with the dolphin because, of course, they paid for the privilege.  No matter.  I only wanted to play with my camera anyway!

It is always a challenge to make a photograph of a moving subject and capture the “decisive moment”.  Several shots were necessary to obtain a satisfactory shot of the dolphin near the top of its leap.

 

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Power Quest

foto © Donovan Klotzbeacher

This scene presents itself outside of the strip mall at the center of Dayton NJ.  The demand for power and information in one form or another is increasing at an exponential rate.  It amazes me that technicians can make sense of this jumble.

Much of our information comes to us through the “ether” in the form of broadcasts such as radio, TV and cellular services.  Despite this, we are still tethered to our utility poles. Even recent developments such as FIOS require a cable system.

Nikola Tesla thought he could deliver power without wires.  We need another genius to come along and help us figure this out!

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Path to Nowhere

foto © Donovan Klotzbeacher

I find these stone pathways amusing.  Actually, they are clever drainage  conduits to allow rainwater to seep away from the blacktop walking path around the perimeter of my development.  To me, they look like little exit and entry points for elves that live secretly in the woods.

I am trying out another new camera.  This scene was photographed with a Fujifilm X10.  I am rather liking it.  It has the right amount of professional control along with a compact size.  A good choice for the cruise I am contemplating.

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