At The Roadside Diner With A Jersey Girl
Not quite two months after saying I don’t want to bore you with “Dad photos”…what am I going to do?
Potentially risk boring you with “Dad” photos!
But really, though, these aren’t just “Dad” photos – this is some (I hope) photojournalism or reportage to these images. These photos document one person’s foray into a local cultural experience – the New Jersey Diner scene.
See, New Jersey has often been called the Diner Capital of The World. I don’t know if it’s true and I’m not here to argue it. But last weekend, as me and my little girl headed down to Asbury Park for the afternoon, I knew it was time. Hey, she IS going to be three next month – some things can’t wait.
“Want to go out to lunch?”
“Um…sure.” (standard response.)
“How about we go to a diner?”
“Sounds great, Dad!”
So, halfway down to AP, on State Route 33 & 34, I pulled into one of the most classic NJ diners in the state – The Roadside Diner.
The Roadside Diner has been in this spot since the 1940 and everything is still original in it – booths, stools, and the sliding train door that lets you in. I could have spent all day in the joint just shooting it. And not just because it appears in Springsteen’s Girls In Their Summer Clothes video or on the cover of Bon Jovi’s Crossroads album. It is just classic in every sense of the word.
I’ve been on a high ISO kick lately so everything I shot was between 500 and 800, usually either f/4 for f/5 and a +3. I really wanted to take advantage of all the great light streaming in through the windows.
I also wanted to keep my camera low and my focal length around 17 to 24mm. While she enjoyed her grilled cheese and milk, and I tucked into my turkey club, I kept shooting….
My other dirty secret about these images that I have to confess: In the effort to get my camera in a new place….I was shooting from the hip. Hardly looked through the viewfinder for most of these. I kept the 50D around table level on autofocus. When I heard the beep, I clicked.
Maybe that’s the secret for me…shoot blind more often.
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Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 50D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS2 or PSE6 and Nik Software.