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Looking at the World through rose colored glass

Seaside Heights

Many years ago, I was introduced to the Jersey shore by my husband who spent his youth saving coins in a jar in anticipation of that special week in Seaside. For many years now we have gone together to Seaside Heights for a slice of Maruka’s Pizza, to walk along the board walk, play skee ball and photograph the rides, games and people. There was always something to see and do, even in our favorite time – the off season.  The memories we have of Seaside made going there after Sandy necessary.

Photos cannot truly convey the devastation to the area.

Post Hurrican Infrared Images of the dunes
Post Hurrican Infrared Images of the dunes
What remains of the Pier post Sandy
What remains of the Pier post Sandy
The Piers collapsed during Hurricane Sandy and the Roller Coaster was dropped into the sea
The Piers collapsed during Hurricane Sandy and the Roller Coaster was dropped into the sea

Seaside Heights Roller Coaster Seaside Heights -Roller Coaster 2 FunTown Piers Funtown Piers Ferris Wheel FunTown Peir At Seaside Heights

Seaside Heights Funtown Pier
Seaside Heights Funtown Pier

The Boardwalk at Seaside Heights

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The Streets of New York

In October, I spent the week before Hurricane Sandy in New York City with a small group of photographers. Our mission was simply to create environmental portraits of the people we found in the city.  This eclectic group was turned loose on the streets of New York, we traveled from Battery Park City to Central Park and everywhere in between.

The You Tube video link below will take you to a sample of my New York City portraits. The images are all copyright Red Filter Photography © 2012. Hope you enjoy it!

 

How to Read a Histogram

On our photowalks, I find myself explaining how to read a histogram at least once on each walk.  Knowing how to read the histogram will provide you with information you need to make adjustments to obtain the  correct exposure, while your subject is present.

I came across this video today on reading histograms and found it clear and concise.

Now take a look at your histograms from your photo library and practice.
Happy Shooting.

How to Create Long Exposures in Daytime

I am obsessed with the many ways to capture motion. My most recent passion is using black glass to create long exposures in daylight.

The two images below were captured at the Great Falls of Patterson New Jersey.

How is this done? This Scott Kelby Video demonstrates how to create images like the ones above.

I am Awake

September is ending its time to wake up, insert Green Day joke here, and get moving. It’s been three months now since the accident and I have a routine. It’s a routine that I didn’t imagine having at my age, or any age. I have physical therapy several times a week, began Pilates to regain my strength, and my camera and I are once again becoming friends.

So now that September is ending and I am ready to get out and explore, we took a ride to the beach to see the ocean and watch the waves roll in. It was also a time to take my very first self portrait. I want to document my progress in the recovery. This first one is at a distance, it is representative of where I am vs where I was. I have come a long way in the recovery process but there is still a way to go to normal (whatever normal is).

Infrared Portraits at the Beach

Infrared Photography Workshop

Shortly after launching this blog I was in a major auto accident and have spent the last two months working my way back to a new normal. I am ready to focus my attention on the future and continuing to push the boundaries of my art.

On November 3rd I will we conducting a workshop on digital infrared in New York’s Central Park. For more details on the workshop check out the info tab above.

During the workshop we will explore what is beyond your vision. This photograph demonstrates infrared’s ability to see what is beyond your sight…This is a photo of a neon green billboard, when taken with an IR modified camera the words behind the neon green paint show clearly what is hidden to the naked eye and the traditional camera.

What is beyond the light

I look forward to meeting you for a day of infrared possibilities.

Photo Walk at the Jersey Shore

In the sweltering 95+ degree heat a small group photographing friends headed to Ocean Grove, NJ to see what we could find. What we found were two seaside towns with lots of character.

Our first stop of the morning was the Bake Shop on Main Street in Ocean Grove where were had iced coffee and pastries. Followed by a visit to the Tent City

Next we walked the short distance to the town of Asbury Park. While Ocean Grove was historic, quaint and well maintained Asbury Park is the opposite and what remains of the glory days is a sight to behold.

Two of my favorite remains of the day, were the carousel house and the casino.

Carousel House
The once vibrant carousel is long forgotten. What remains is longing to be restored.
Asbury Park
The remains of the casino stand as a gateway

Welcome to Red Filter Photographs

Red Filter Photographs was born out of my ever growing passion for infrared photography and a desire to separate my color images from my infrared world. In my mind the two worlds could not peacefully co-exist. So it was time to create a home for my unique images.

As I explained how a red filter was necessary to create the images it struck me that the name should be Red Filter Photographs. Luckily when I searched domain names it was available and quickly purchased by me 🙂

The next step, was to describe my vision to the team LogoNerds.com who quickly gave me six designs. I posted the designs for voting and the winner was chosen. About 22 hours later I realized the design was great but it wasn’t what I really wanted. So one design change later, I now have the logo design that fits the photography.

Next, it was time for header design so back to LogoNerds.com. Days later and two revisions later was born the design you see above.

The final step, was creating a Gallery to display the images in a way that matched my vision. Now  it’s time to unveil my new website, click on the “Gallery” tab above.

I am so happy to finally show you my website – http://www.rhondagriscti.com.  The website is dynamic – it will grow and change with my imagination.  The website and blog will evolve over time.  I hope you will share your thoughts with me.. Thanks so much for looking!!

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