The New Jersey Pine Barrens

The New Jersey Pine Barrens

Some recent photographs

Something about the magic of the New Jersey Pine Barrens keeps calling you back. This wilderness area features a long human and natural history. The result is a landscape whose magic reveals itself to the artist who gets out and explores a bit. That’s were I can help by guiding you to some very special places during my one day photography workshops. Here are some recent photographs of the Pine Barrens.

Evening Consolation Prize

These three photographs were from an evening trek into the 10,000 plus acre Franklin Parker Preserve. My original plan was to photograph the night sky, but the clouds hung around after dark preventing a view of the stars. However, these images were a nice consolation prize.

I was amazed by the soft evening light, especially the peachy colored light along the horizon.

Evening Bog by Richard Lewis 2017

This is the same scene as above but shot with a telephoto lens to catch the sun peeking through the clouds before setting.

Pump House Sunset by Richard Lewis 2017

A warm, perfectly still, late summer evening revealed some beautiful color reflected in an old bog.

Franklin Parker Preserve Pine Barrens New Jersey

Evening Color by Richard Lewis 2017

Night Magic in the Pine Barrens

One evening while passing through the Pines, a little magic revealed itself in the form of a small patch of mist at the edge of a lake.

Chatsworth Lake Pine Barrens

After An Evening Rain by Richard Lewis 2017

A late evening view. While this was supposed to be a cloudless night, the Pine Barrens can often have a mind of its own defying the weather forecasters.

Cloudy Night Franklin Parker Preserve Pine Barrens

Cloudy Night by Richard Lewis 2017

Astrophotography really isn’t my thing, but the night skies are part of the Pine Barrens so I figured, why not. This photograph, like similar images of the night sky, is a composite. The foreground was photographed late in the evening before total darkness. Due to clouds that hung around after dark, I had to go back a week later when the skies were clear to photograph the Milky Way in total darkness.

Milky Way In The New Jersey Pine Barrens

Milky Way In The Pine Barrens by Richard Lewis 2017

Eclipse Light in the Pine Barrens

During the total 2017 Solar Eclipse, New Jersey only saw a partial coverage. I was in the Pine Barrens to see how the light changed. While I was hoping for some eerie eclipse twilight, it simply looked like a cloudy day. Still, the light was nice and the scenery never disappoints.

Eclipse in the Pine Barrens

Eclipse Light by Richard Lewis 2017

The eclipse at it’s peak in the Pine Barrens. I never intended to photograph it and didn’t have the correct filter for the camera. However the light cloud cover made using a 10 f/stop neutral density filter possible without burning out my eyes or the camera’s sensor.

Eclipse In The Pine Barrens by Richard Lewis 2017

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2017-08-25T19:35:00+00:00August 25th, 2017|6 Comments


  1. David Morse August 26, 2017 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Your images of the Pinelands are quite beautiful. I’m just an amateur photographer and will look at your workshops.

    • Rich Lewis August 26, 2017 at 6:19 am - Reply

      Thank you David for your compliment. I hope to see you on a workshop.

  2. Ken Curtis August 26, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Wonderful images down there in the Pine Barrens. You certainly captured some beautiful scenes and took advantage of the light that you had.

    • Rich Lewis August 26, 2017 at 10:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks Ken. It is always about the light and when it is good, you get to experience and photograph it.

  3. denisebushphoto September 2, 2017 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Another great post Rich … wonderful clouds throughout and proof the ‘Pine Barrens’ are misnamed … I prefer ‘Pinelands’. When the eclipse light was happening I wondered how well our cameras could capture it. I suppose a custom white balance reading would be the best way to try. I like that image with the water reflections dappled among the plants.

    • Rich Lewis September 8, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks Denise. I agree about the Pinelands title but Pine Barrens seems so much more enticing, and historical. I had never planned to shoot the actual eclipse. We had the glasses but not the filter for the camera. Once it passed behind the clouds there was the opportunity. Figuring out a better white balance probably would have been a good idea but after seeing the great shots of the totality, this one is only a record shot of the event in this area.

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