It’s The Humidity…Really….

On a day when many of us Phillies fans didn’t get a lot of work done because we were watching the wires, the weather gods decided to swat us all.

Two big thunderstorms laced the Middlesex County region. Man, during the one mid-day one, it got so dark, I thought I’d see witches on brooms flying around out there under those clouds.

Then when I left work, the second storm was in full wet fling. I tried to captures some rain drop plunks but it was SO humid, my lens kept fogging up. No go for me today.

Felt like the dog days, three weeks early.

But I don’t really mind it. I’m a warm-weather bird myself. Yeah, the humidity is rough, but I’d rather be warm than cold.

Cold reminds me of January 1st of this year. Me and the Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Club, well, we were out in the Atlantic Ocean surf down in Asbury Park. Been thinking about Asbury Park lately. Me and my friend David (shot him recently) got to talking about a common colleague of ours. Without getting into the long story, seems this gent was REALLY influencial in the Asbury Park music scene back in the mid-1970s.

Yeah, this was at the time that a this young cat and his band were cutting their teeth with these drum and those guitars. But this guy that David and I know, well, he was already headlining down in those seaside bars, paving the way for those to follow.

I’m hoping that at some point, David gets the full story and commits it down someplace. Too good a story not to be told.

Anyway, while driving home in a downpour, rain pelting off my car, I was thinking about Asbury. Car temperature said about 82 degrees, but it was about 150% humidity if that’s possible. Hot, wet rag-to-the-face type of humidity. Certainly not like eight months ago.

I was thinking back to that fridgid January 1, when I was bundled up and standing in the freezing Atlantic Ocean. All to get a shot. To get THE shot…

I went back to the files and found a couple that I liked from that day…

The legendary Madam Marie’s fortune-telling shop. Shot it with a fish-eye lens, but the sun flare is authentic.
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And the historic Conventional Hall in Asbury Park. Convention Hall has seen a NUMBER of great artists and shows pass through it’s doors. Not only local bands like Springsteen and Southside Johnny, but internationally acclaimed acts, like The Doors. I was slightly in awe of the floor that I was standing on when I shot this, and I think the image perfectly captures the essence of the establishment.

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So that you see what I mean, here’s a clip from 1968, when Jim and his band played the Asbury Park Convention Hall. The Lizard King in the house..

© Mark V. Krajnak 2009 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved
Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 20D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS2 and Nik Software.

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