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Sea Isle City, N.J. Photography Hot Spot Location

and the Colonnade Inn – Milky Way location

Sea Isle City, N.J. Photography Hot Spot Location is excellent for day, night, and milky way photography.  You will enjoy it here, no matter which type of photography you decide to do. This area can get crowded during peak summer weekends, but it has a friendly laid back atmosphere versus some other nearby shore towns that are loaded with hotels, restaurants, and bars.  Almost every place to stay in this town is a weekly or summer rental. This Inn that we feature in the article, The Colonnade Inn, is one of the few places you can go for a shorter stay, and it is a fabulous place to stay! 

Sea Isle City is a city in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 2,114, reflecting a decline of 721 (-25.4%) from the 2,835 counted in the 2000 Census, which increased by 143 (+5.3%) from the 2,692 counted in the 1990 Census. Visitors raise the population to as much as 40,000 during the peak summer season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Sea Isle City is located on Ludlam Island, which also contains the Strathmere section of Upper Township.

When you come to this area, stay at our favorite Victorian Style Hotel, the Colonnade Inn. It is a perfect location for doing milky way photography on the beach. Just a short distance over the border into Avalon, you will find the pier pictured below to do more milky way photography.

You can photograph the Milky Way here and in the neighboring towns. Avalon, N.J.is also a Milky Way photography hot spot.

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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 control your ISO, shutter speed, and aperture manually.

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 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 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 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.

Use a Tripod – First, 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. Use your camera’s live view to focus in the dark, 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. Each time you move your camera to take your next angel, you would have to do this.

Camera Settings

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, and 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 in these shots, but letting the light into the camera is; therefore, you should shoot wide open. If the depth of field is essential to you, try not to go too high. (wide open =the lowest aperture your camera will allow). You will have to increase the ISO some, which will give you digital noise.

White balance suggestion: Use live view mode to 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.

Sea Isle City, N.J. Photography Hot Spot Location

The Colonnade Inn – The only place we stay when we are in town.

4600 Landis Avenue Sea Isle City, N.J.

609-263-8868

Sea Isle City, N.J. Photography Hot Spot Location, Sea Isle City, N.J. Photography Hot Spot Location

The best hotels while doing photography

HOTEL

INFORMATION

The Colonnade Inn – The only place we stay when we are in town.

4600 Landis Avenue Sea Isle City, N.J.

609-263-8868

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area information - photography

AREA

INFORMATION

Park and Area Information Sea Isle City:

Entrance Fees: 

BEACH TAGS
300 JFK Blvd. • 263-8687, Ext. 106
The Beach Tag Office is located inside the Welcome Center and is open from April through Labor Day.
Fees and Charges – 2017
Beach Tags are required for ALL BEACHES from Memorial Day Weekend
to Labor Day, 9am to 5pm. Tags are required for everyone 12 years and older and can be purchased on the beach.
Daily – $5 • Weekly (Sat.-Sat.) – $10
Season – $20 if purchased by May 15, then $25

Beach tags are non-refundable.
Wednesdays are FREE BEACH DAYS, except on July 4.
Beach Tag Office Hours
April through Labor Day, 7 days a week, 9am-4pm
Additionally, beach tags are on sale at the City Hall Tax Office, 233 JFK Blvd., 2nd Floor, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except holidays.
We’ve Gone Mobile!
Download – for free – the Viply app to purchase seasonal tags. A nominal fee will be applied. The Viply web link will show you how it works:  http://www.viplypass.com/sea-isle-city/.
Beach Tag Vending Machine
Seasonal Beach Tags are on sale now at the season rate of $25.00 in the Beach Tag Vending Machine (vending machine accepts cash only) located in the lobby of city hall, which is accessible 24/7.
Active Military and Veterans
Beach tags may be provided at a 100% discount to qualifying active military
personnel and veterans of the following branches of service.

GOOD CAMPING

CAMPING

Where to stay while visiting Sea Isle City

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FOOD & DINING

FOOD & DINING

 

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Do you want us to send our photography and ghost hunting friends to your restaurant after their ghost hunting trip? Put your restaurant information here. We will put a picture of your establishment, the website link, the phone number and your information on your restaurant to make it easy for our photographers and ghost hunters to find you. They are really good at getting there in the dark.

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WEATHER

 WEATHER?

Don’t forget that you can use a rain sleeve on your camera if it is raining. If it is bright and sunny, you want to use a low ISO such as 100.

If you are doing photography along with your ghost hunting on cloudy days, you can do running water or waterfall photography to avoid the glaring sun. You can also use an ND filter to get a long exposure for dramatic effects, even in the sunshine. If you ghost hunt indoors in abandoned places be careful!

Go to our Photography Store after reading all about waterfall photography or neutral density filters.