Feelings, Mood and Taking a Different Path

Childhood and Summer

As a photographer, I have spent years trying to master the technical and will happily continue for many more if I am lucky… it is a constant! When I am able to get that tack sharp image I am thrilled. In fact, that type of image was one of the aspects which first drew me to photography many years ago. So often I would look at an image and discard it if it wasn’t in focus. Creativity though is thinking out of the box, trying different things, playing and having fun, going down that overgrown path. So I decided to do just that…to create an image that is more about the mood and the feeling…the universality of feelings in a very simple image. Abandonment!

My first image is an attempt to capture the moments we are able to just stop, enjoy and just get caught up in curiosity and exploration…here’s to summer and childhood!

Cape May, NJ /Multiple Exposure

Cape May is the home to beautiful Victorian homes, a lighthouse beacon, pristine beaches and enough stimulation for all those who “shop till they drop”! I previously did a post on the vintage archetecture but in this post, I wanted to try to capture and convey the mood which emanates from this summer beach town.

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Coney Island, A bit of Americana

In my attempt to explore as many beaches as possible this summer, yesterday was my trip to Coney Island. It seemed like such a quintessential location to visit with the Fourth of July approaching. Even though the 100 degree heat won out, quickly draining my camera batteries and me, I was caught up in the celebration, variety and flow of it all. The beach became crowded about 9:30 and there was every type of bathing suit to be seen (or not to be seen!). Luis was kind enough to give me a fishing lesson on the types of fish that can be caught with the timing of the tides and then there was the huge 85th birthday celebration for the iconic wooded roller coaster, The Cyclone. It was declared a New York City landmark on July 12, 1988 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The first man in line came at 9:00 with a three hour wait ahead of him. He was a security officer dressed in a full suit so that he could go right to work after his historic ride and he was so looking forward to it! Truly a dedicated individual! For the first 85 minutes, tickets were the original cost of $.25 and then it was “party city” for the rest of the afternoon!

A visit would not be complete without trying one of Nathan’s Famous hot dogs…I have to say, it was delicious. Try the one with the cheese! The fries I steered clear of, heart disease runs in the family! I am just sorry that I won’t be there for their famous hot dog eating contest on July 4th. According to their site, it is estimated that “40,000 fans have made the pilgrimage” to watch this event. Joey Chestnut holds the record for downing 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes. How does he do it!? I am actually hoping to be on another beach on the 4th, but if not, I can tune into ESPN!…only in America!

Cape May, NJ: Vintage, Decorative and Trimmed!








Cape May, NJ is known for its unique and photographic architecture. Styles range from Gothic, Shingle, Queen Ann and Italianate.
Gingerbread trimmed porches, decorative cornices and vintage gardens all welcome visitors. I had a wonderful afternoon just focusing on the colors and unique designs!

Cape May, NJ: A Time To Honor



Hopefully this weekend, in the stillness of mind and heart, we experience a deep sense of gratitude for all those who honored a profound calling to serve and protect others. The Cape May firehouse has a special exhibit taking visitors back in time in order to remember firefighters and their selfless sacrifices.

Reeds Beach, NJ

Reeds Beach, NJ from Frances Schwabenland on Vimeo.

Thousands of “laughing gulls” are drawn to Reeds Beach to feast upon the multitude of horseshoe crab eggs laid in mid spring.