North Wildwood N.J. Photography Hot Spot

  • North Wildwood Photography Hot Spot

    And the Best Place to Stay!

    Florentine Motel, North Wildwood, N.J.

North Wildwood offers a wide variety of things to photograph on your photography journey. During the day, you can see dynamic colors, moving waters, and an abundance of people in the area and on the boardwalk.

At night time you can do long exposure milky way photography just a short distance out of town on the beach. This is one of the very few places that the Milky Way is visible in New Jersey. There is also a fishing pier less than a ten-minute drive that makes for some great long exposure milky water effect photography and fabulous sunrise images. The bayside has ample opportunity for sunset photography.

We focused on the Milky Way on this trip that we need to go back for one more day. You can get tons of light trails in and long exposure images at the amusement park on the boardwalk. If you stay at the Florentine Motel, which we highly recommend you do, it’s just a short walk to the boardwalk at night time to get your light trails while photographing the excitement of the town. We will be going back to get more night trail images of the boardwalk for you.

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If you have your family along for the trip and they don’t want to follow you around doing photography, there are a plethora of things for them to do. There are also all kinds of festivals all season long, from the Elks Weekend, Boots on the Ground, The Firemen’s Convention, the Italian and Irish Festivals, and more.

There is a bird sanctuary, The Cape May Wildlife Refuge, just a few miles away at the other end of the barrier island for our bird photographers. The snowy owl makes a showing at this location on occasion.

  • Various specials throughout the season.

  • Captain kid weekend. Meet the Captain at the Florentine.

  • Stay and play packages that include tickets to an amusement park and water rides.

  • Great view of the fireworks, Friday nights, June – September.

  • Dolphins in the pool at night. A family event geared for children.

  • Various style of rooms that sleep up to ten guests.

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How to Shoot Milky Way and Night Sky Photography

What you will need:

Light pollution map – light pollution map

Camera – You will need a camera to manually control your ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.

Lens – A fast wide-angle lens of 1.4 – 2.8 is ideal. If you use a 3.5 or higher (slower lens), you will have to increase the ISO. The higher the ISO, the more grain or digital noise or grain will appear in your photos.

Tripod – A good sturdy tripod is essential for night photography. If it gets windy, you will need a sturdy one. Keep that in mind, when you buy one, it should be sturdy enough to withstand the wind but small enough to fit in your suitcase.

Sky Map – Sky Guide is available through the iTunes Store for $1.99. It has a 5 out of 5-star rating on both the current (3.2) version (1200+ ratings) and all previous versions (8600+ ratings).

Flashlight –  Our choice is Coast brand for flashlights. The ideal flashlight will have high lumens, and you will be able to zoom the in and out on the amount of light emitting from the flashlight. Get the HP7, PX45, or the G50. Ideally, go with the  HP7.

Moon Phaze Map – The best time to go is during a new moon, and you want to be in the darkest area possible. The week before the new moon, when the moon has not risen, is a perfect time to go, so be sure to check the moonrise chart to see when the moon will be up.

Remote Shutter Release – When painting with light and you want to go over a 30-second exposure, you must have a shutter release to use your bulb mode. When exposing your pictures in general, you can use the remote release, or you can use your camera’s built-in two-second timer.

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Use a Tripod – First of all; you must be on a tripod. A good sturdy tripod is necessary if it is windy. If the tripod moves, your picture will blur.

Focus – Use live view.  To focus in the dark, use your camera’s live view, hit the zoom button, and focus on a bright star. You can also use the infinity setting on your lens but do several test shots to see if it is accurate. It can be off a little on some lenses. You can also light it up with a flashlight, focus, then gently without touching the focus ring, put the camera in manual focus so it will not search for the focus. You would have to do this each time you move your camera to take your next angel.

ISO – Start with ISO 1600 – 3200.  This is just a common starting point, and you will adjust from here.

Shutter Speed – Remember, the earth is rotating. If you leave the shutter open for too long, you will see star trails that will not make for a crisp image. We want crisp non-star trail images. Here is the formula to avoid star trails. The 500 rule – Divide 500 by the focal length of your lens. So, if you have a 24mm lens on a full-frame camera, you will set your shutter speed to 20 sec. (500/24 = 20.83). If you are using a crop sensor camera, first do the math of the crop sensor to find the focal length. Cannon is 1.6, Nikon is 1.5. Convert to full-frame focal length then use the formula. Nikon 18mm x 1.5= 27mm – 500/27 = 18.51 seconds.

Aperture – Depth of field isn’t critical on these shots, but letting the light into the camera is; therefore, you should shoot wide open if. If the depth of field is essential to you, try not to go to high. (wide open =the lowest aperture your camera will allow). You will have to increase the ISO some, which will give you digital noise.

Some white balance suggests; when in live view mode, you can change your white balance settings and see what it will look like. You can shoot in shade or cloud mode as a standard-setting and adjust things later.

When to view the Milky way

The best images are usually of the dense part of the Milky Way. We can see this part of the milk way in the southern sky. During March, April, and May, the milky way rises above the horizon in the pre-dawn hours. In June, at about 10:00 p.m., you will see the milky way.  From July until October, you can see the milky way as soon as the sunsets, and it becomes dark enough to see, which is about an hour after sunset. In November, the milky way no longer comes above the horizon. You will have to wait until March if you want to stay away really late or get up early to see her again.

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Park and Area Information:

Entrance Fees: None

North Wildwoods has FREE beaches. North Wildwood: 609.522.7500 – Transport via surf chairs at First Aid Station at 15th Avenue.

Dogs are allowed on all beaches from October to May. Dogs are not allowed on the Boardwalk at any time.  A dog park and beach are located at Glenwood Ave in Wildwood and clearly marked with a giant fire hydrant sculpture. Hours are from 6 a.m. until dusk. A dog park is located on the east side of the beach at 24th Avenue in North Wildwood; a permit ($10) is required for your dog, and hours are 8 a.m. until dusk.

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The Florentine Family Motel

The Best Place to Stay in North Wildwood

Address: 1901 Surf Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260 – Phone: +16095224075 –  Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm

This Motel offers you everything you need with a fabulous pool, immaculate rooms, great management at one of the best prices in the North Wildwood area. Look no further.

We highly recommend you stay here! Book Now.

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