Deep Run Creek in the New Jersey Pinelands

Along Deep Run Creek

Atsion Forge in the New Jersey Pine Barrens

Atsion Forge

Hampton Forge in the New Jersey Pinelands

Reclaiming History, Hamton Forge

Fallen Cedar in the NJ Pine Barrons

Fallen Cedar

After the Fire in the NJ Pinelands

After the Fire

I’ve have not been out with a group of photographers taking pictures since I was a freelance photojournalist years ago. Now, as a landscape photographer I find that the solitude of being alone in the woods gives me freedom to create. No one is waiting for me to set up a shot and there is no particular schedule I have to adhere to.

So it was with a little trepidation that I decided to join a group of photographers from the South Jersey Camera Club on a recent outing in the New Jersey Pinelands. The camera club is a great group of people who love photography and have a lot of fun learning and sharing their talent.

About 10 of us spent a cold morning together photographing some of the old historic ruins in the Pines. Was it this great collaborative experience? Yes, sort of, but not what I expected. I spent a lot of time wandering around alone as most of the others did. Yet, I got to see what other photographers found interesting. Some of the images above are things that I probably would have walked by if I was on my own. It wasn’t like we huddled together and discussed what we were going to or debated the lighting, we just all sort of spontaneously fed off each others creativity.

Thanks to Pat Worley for organizing this trip and to all the photographers who braved a cold February morning to share a thoroughly enjoyable morning in the New Jersey Pinelands.

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