A Quiet Morning In The New Jersey Pine Barrens

A Quiet Morning In The New Jersey Pine Barrens

  • Peaceful Morning In The Pine Barrens

We all can use some serenity, right?

When color landscape photography is posted on social media, it is the colorful, over-saturated and dramatically composed images that seem to rack up the likes. Here is an interesting fact. Scientific studies show that while images, photographic or otherwise, with intense color catch the attention immediately, they tend to not be remembered in the long term. I’m not saying that these types of images are bad, it is just an interesting psychological observation.

So what about this photograph in the New Jersey Pine Barrens? It’s not dramatic or particularly colorful but has done well on social media. While Facebook and Instagram likes aren’t a judge of good photography, they are a forum to touch people with your work.

When I came across this scene in the Pine Barrens’ Franklin Parker Preserve, it felt like I was standing in front of an old classical painting. A quiet, pastoral landscape lit by an elegant soft light. I remember just staring at it for a while thinking that I must have passed this place many times on hikes but never noticed it. It may have been the light, but I must have needed a little serenity at that moment and this place provided it.

I photographed with that serenity in mind using a simple, classical composition. Did it do well on Social Media because others felt some of that serenity in the midst of the intense pace of the internet? I hope so.

Photographer Chris Orwig says “My role (in photography) is not just to see the light, or capture the light, it is to shine some light as well.” The idea that you add some of your self (shining the light) to every photograph or piece of art is a goal we all should strive for.




2017-05-19T10:35:42+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|12 Comments


  1. Ralph Berglund March 2, 2017 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Very nice write-up. I love the image. Snap occurrence: you wondered that you had not previously noticed it. I wonder if the still water enabling the pump house’s reflection might have helped you to notice the whole scene.

    • Rich Lewis March 5, 2017 at 8:25 am - Reply

      You are somewhat correct Ralph. What initially drew me to the scene was the moss on the roof that I saw from a distance. Once I got there the reflection seduced me.

  2. Louis Dallara Photography March 2, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Great capture, you nailed the moment. It was until I saw this image did think about letting the hand of man enter into any of my landscapes.

    • Rich Lewis March 5, 2017 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Thanks Lou. I tend to avoid these little old pump houses in my work too except once in a while they just seem to work out nicely.

  3. Ken Curtis March 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    It’s a beautiful scene and you chose a wonderful composition. It really does make me want to stop and appreciate the scene. Well done, Rich.

    • Rich Lewis March 5, 2017 at 8:27 am - Reply

      Thank you Ken. I really appreciate your compliment and am glad you enjoyed this scene as much as I did.

  4. southjerseytrails March 3, 2017 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    I love the slightly blurry reflections of the building (I’m assuming a pump house) and the tree in particular. It’s a really nice shot.

    • Rich Lewis March 5, 2017 at 8:29 am - Reply

      Thanks Michael. You are right that this is a pump house.

  5. Green Global Trek March 4, 2017 at 12:51 am - Reply

    So beautiful. I love the colors.

    Personally I not like photos that are overly pumped with color wgich looks unnatural.

    This is pure beauty! So painterly.


    • Rich Lewis March 5, 2017 at 8:30 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Petra. I really appreciate your compliment from a fellow artist. I also agree that when the colors are overly saturated it tends to work against the peacefulness that draws us to the natural world.

  6. Gunther March 4, 2017 at 10:32 am - Reply

    I agree! You nailed it!

    • Rich Lewis March 5, 2017 at 8:30 am - Reply

      Thank you Gunther!

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