Thursday, December 6, 2012

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

New Sites

If you follow this blog, why not come on over to my new blog and follow me there?  My New Blog on Wordpress

Or follow me on Facebook:  Lisa Bonowicz Photography on FB

Or on Twitter:  LBonowiczPhotos on Twitter

Thanks for your support in the past and I hope to see you again soon :D 


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane / New Blog Reminder

I have been updating my new blog over on Wordpress.  Please check it out and follow me over there!  You should see a gray 'Follow +' button on the bottom right-hand corner when you go to the blog and you should be able to sign up through there.  If you have a problem, please comment to let me know!! Thanks!!  

I just posted some photographs of the ocean waves as Hurricane Sandy moves closer to right here in Central NJ.  We are prepped and ready!!  I will be updating the new blog tomorrow with weather conditions and possible ramblings out of fear because I'm a wee bit scared right now.....

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I Dreamt of a Field

I took this one a couple of evenings ago.  I love how 'dreamy' it looks.  It is available in my Etsy shop.  :D  Happy Weekend!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


No matter how hard I try, I just cannot get into Wordpress.  I realize most people use it for the SEO benefits, but it just doesn't feel warm, fuzzy and comfy to me.  Since I switched over, I don't really feel like blogging!  Yet, here I am, back on my old blog, and this feels 'right'.  Ugh.  I'm still not sure where I'll be blogging permanently so bear with me!!

I am re-editing some of portraits I took to make them artsy.  As soon as I saw an artistic portrait on canvas, I fell in love.  The style lends itself to canvas perfectly.  Here is one of JC in that style.

First of all, how adorable is this kid??  I could edit photos of him all day.  Such a huge personality in a little person. :D

I will have more to share.  I guess I will post on both blogs for now?  I cannot for the life of me figure out why Wordpress is turning me off so.  I wonder if there is something I'm missing here.

Monday, September 24, 2012

New Blog!!

I have created a WordPress blog and will be updating that new blog instead of here.  I hope you will follow me over there :D 

This is my new blog

Friday, September 21, 2012

A Site, Finally

Wow this has been a crazy week!  I cannot believe it is Friday already.  I have literally been at this Mac for about 36 hours in the past 3 days, working hard on creating my website.  It is done!  Check it out :D

Yesterday I didn't get dressed until 4:00 p.m. and I forced myself out of the house to get some fresh air.  I nabbed these shots while enjoying the cool, salty breezes.


I don't know if it is the changing season that is causing all of these ridiculously gorgeous skies or what but they have been a photog's dream!!  I was out for about 10 minutes earlier and I realized I missed a perfectly beautiful day.  I think I'll run back out to the beach this evening to see what the skies hold.  I'll be back.... I have a lot to vent about so you'll be getting an earful in the next few days. :D

Monday, September 17, 2012


I'm trying to catch up on the 1,479 things I have to get done on my list.  Okay, maybe it is closer to 8.  But they are a HEFTY 8! ;D

Here are some sunsets from this past week.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Early Apple Picking

Yesterday, we went apple picking with family.  Yes, picking apples on September 9th.  We read on more than one orchard site that everyone should plan to go picking one to two weeks earlier than normal because the trees are ripening early this year.  Some orchards started on August 25th!

We went to Maskar Orchards in Warwick, NY mainly because we had never been there before and you can drive your vehicle around the orchard.  If you've gone apple picking in a huge orchard before, you know why this is a plus.  Standing around in the sun with sacks of heavy apples waiting to hitch a wagon ride to the next variety's acreage can be exhausting.  Or maybe I'm just old!  haha  So the thought of being able to drive to where we wanted to go was appealing.

The farm's gates open at 9:00 a.m. and, by golly, we were there when they opened.  Earlier actually.  Even this I-hate-mornings/insomniac was excited to leave the house at 7:00 a.m., camera in hand.  It felt so nice to be able to wear jeans for the first time since spring with the first of fall's breezes greeting us as we loaded up the truck.  Okay, maybe I wasn't AS thrilled as I thought I'd be since the winter-storage-gnomes sewed all of my jeans one size smaller than they were when I put them away.  Have to set traps for those little bastards.  ;D

We drove up to the first area, leaped out of the truck with apple bags in hand, and scampered into the orchard.  Well, I don't 'scamper' as much as 'lumber' these days, but I made it into the orchard.   Forgetting most areas were deluged with rain the night before, I wore open sneakers.  THAT was a treat.  But even my soaking wet, squishing feet could not detract from the beauty that surrounded me.  The sun was still low enough in the sky that it shone right through the trees.  As you walked along the rows, it felt as if you were being sprinkled with a million sparkling, jewels of light.

Everything was covered with morning dew and the luscious greenery dotted with brilliant reds was breathtaking.

There were two varieties ready for picking:  Macintosh and Prime Reds.   I preferred the latter and they were SO good that this germaphobe ate a couple right off the branch.  (If you know me, you know that is huge.)  Being surrounded by all of that beauty and all of that delicious fruit got me thinking about God and how there just has to be one.  It also got me thinking about how I am in dire need of a diet overhaul. I am pretty sure our ancestors were eating these little gifts from nature and NOT Doritos. 

All of the roads have cute apple-related names.  I don't recall if these were taken off of Pie Lane or Strudel, but I can imagine how beautiful these scenes must be with a backdrop of amber and burgundy foliage.

So we filled up our bags and headed to the country store.  We came home with a bunch of fresh apples, jars of jam and lovely memories of a gorgeous day spent in nature laughing with family.  

Sunday, September 9, 2012

One More Sunset

Here is one more sunset from the other night.

And here is the fine art version.

Now that the summer crowds have disappeared and beaches are once again my own, I can get back to my sunsets.  My beautiful, colorful, awe-inspiring sunsets.  Some of the prettiest, painted skies are the ones to be found in the dead of winter.  I have my parka and I'm ready.  :D

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sandy Hook Sunset - 9.6.12

My mom came down for a visit (finally!!!) and, of course, we went to Sandy Hook to catch the sunset.

I hope everyone is enjoying this weekend!  We had a lovely 1-1/2 hours on the beach this morning before a storm moved in and forced us to hightail it out of there.  Any day my toes are in the sand is a good day :D

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fine Art Photography

All of my photographs are available in a fine art version.  Here is one created from a photo I posted yesterday.  Fine Art editing lends a more painterly feel to the photograph.  It adds texture and changes the mood a bit.  I've found it to be another great outlet for my creativity.  Some people prefer hanging barely-edited photos in their home, while others prefer to hang pieces of art.  My fine art editing transforms one to the other beautifully.  Canvases on Etsy sell for quite a lot of money and mine are much more reasonable.  Send me an email from here or a message on Facebook if you're interested in canvases.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Storm over the Ocean

Yesterday, the rain stopped long enough for me to grab the camera and head to the beach.  Other than a few surfers, I had the entire beach to myself.  I had received a text alert that a storm was moving into the county, so I had hopes that it would be moving north to south or vice-versa over the water.  There was, indeed, an ominous layer of clouds out to sea, and slowly, the fog rolled in over the beach.

I absolutely LOVE going to the beach when a storm is looming.  Actually, I enjoy being there IN the storm and right after the storm.  All-things-beach-storm. LOL  Just do not like lightning!  If I see a flicker of light or hear a distant rumble, I'm outta there!  Lightning on a beach can kill you and, in fact, it has done that in my area.  So while the fear is not enough to keep me away completely, I am now more cautious.  How can I stay away when I know there are photos like these to be captured??

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fire Island

Fire Island, 2009.  Taken with my old Rebel.

My husband and I have a love of lighthouses.  We took a long weekend in the Hamptons in 2009 for our anniversary.  I absolutely love this lighthouse on Fire Island.  Many of our day-trips and long weekends center around 'where can we find a good lighthouse?'  Planning some new ones for the next couple of months. :D

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Random Photo

It is raining here.  Again.  I try to view rainy days as opportunities to get all-things-long-neglected-inside done.  I'm having a hard time getting started this morning.  So, instead, I edited this photo I took at Sandy Hook last week.

I'm not happy with the lackluster sky that evening but I will be trying to capture as much of the greenery as I can before the season officially changes.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Blue Moon

What blue moon?  It looked like every other full moon to me.  I know, I know.  I read about the reason why it is called 'blue'.  And the saying 'once in a blue moon' leads you to believe it happens less frequently than every 2.7 years.  But it WAS beautifully reddish when lower towards the horizon and extremely bright when up high.  And it did rise on the same day that Neil Armstrong was memorialized in Cincinatti.  And I gazed upon the moonlight dancing on the ocean's surface while holding hands with my sweetie.  So who cares if it wasn't really blue? :D

Friday, August 31, 2012

Sunsets & Crickets

Labor Day weekend!  Wow, this summer flew by!  While I do enjoy all-things-Fall, I will miss being able to sit outside sans jacket.  A couple of days ago, we had THE perfect weather.  The breeze was cool, the sun was strong, the crickets were chirping....  okay, not a big fan of the cricket.  Forget about the fact that all bugs skeeve and scare the hell out of me.  It is worse when I can't actually see them.  Last night at about, oh, midnight, I hear a cricket chirping.  And chirping.  Way too loudly to be outside the window.  I turn the light on.  Chirp.  I hunt for it.  Chirp chirp.  I get really close with my ear....  silence.  I don't see anything but I know he's there. I stand up.  Chirp chirp chirp.  Really??  All night long this thing wouldn't shut up.  And I could barely sleep because I know there is a cricket within a radius of 10 feet of me.  I will be attacking our baseboard heater with a vacuum and hoping that karma does not bring me back in a future life as a cricket stuck in a baseboard heater.  Wow, that was a long cricket-rant!  And completely not what I wanted to talk about.

Aaaand..............we're back.

So since it was perfect weather, I went to the beach to catch the sunset.

3 more days then lots more sunset photos. :D  I hope everyone has a safe, enjoyable Labor Day Weekend!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Taken in Fortescue, NJ.

The last time we vacationed in Florida, we were out on a fishing pier taking photos when my husband and I struck up a conversation with an older couple from Utah.  After chatting for a while, they asked where we were from.  Our answer of 'New Jersey' was met with stunned silence and jaws-ajar.  They said 'Really??  You guys seem so......  normal.'  It appears that much of the country believes that every New Jerseyan is a foul-mouthed, rude drunkard just looking for a hook-up or a good party.  Okay, so I am guilty of not having the cleanest language at all times and I am a slightly-aggressive driver.  But I am certainly not a drunkard and I'd rather be editing photos in my p.j.'s than out partying.

Shows like Jerseylicious and Jersey Shore paint a very bad picture of our beautiful state.  Yes, yes, yes, I watch Jerseylicious because I love reality drama but I don't wear leopard print, thigh-high boots, earrings down to my waist or wear make-up like a drag queen.  The people who live here do NOT look like that!  Did you know that only one of the cast members from Jersey Shore is actually from New Jersey?  Jerseylicious is filmed out near Union, NJ where I went to college.  Even in the 80's (the EIGHTIES!) we didn't look that extreme!

I have never been in a bar fight or danced on a bar top.  I have never peed in public.  If you blatantly cut me off on the road, you MIGHT get a one-fingered salute if I'm having a bad day.  I'm not perfect.  But I'm a Jersey Girl.  A real one.  Born here, raised here.  I respect my neighbors and my beaches.  I love my state and do not plan to ever leave.  We have a beautiful shoreline and respectful people here.  Which is exactly what I explained to the Utahians (is that a word?)  They said they go out of their way to avoid NJ when they're on the East Coast and that's just sad.  I hope through my photography I can help paint the 'real' picture of our beautiful Garden State.  Just don't expect a smile after you cut us off on the road.  :D

Saturday, August 25, 2012


When I look at this photo, what strikes me first isn't how gracefully poised this bird is in the rippling river.  What catches my eye is his reflection.  How fragmented it is.  It makes me think about people who show one face to the world but have something completely different going on inside.  To the world, they are happy, put-together, in control; inside, they feel they are falling apart.  I realize this is just a bird.  And a graceful, pretty one at that.  I don't mean to sound melodramatic when looking at this pretty bird.  But that reflection really captures my eye every time I look at this and that is what my mind sees.  I'm sure his name is something like Stan and that he has quite the river-life going on.  Stan the man.  And if he could talk, he would have said (in a perfect NJ accent) "whadda YOU lookin' at, lady? Get outta heeyah."  Perhaps I am spending a little TOO much time with my fine feathered friends.  LOL  But I do like naming them.  ;D  

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Freedom Tower - First Glimpse

The other day I mentioned we went for a ride up north and that it was my first time catching a glimpse of the still-being-built Freedom Tower.  I had so many emotions.  All at once.  A deluge that momentarily took my breath away.

For those of you who don't know, I was in the WTC when the first plane hit on 9/11. I saw many horrible things and I believe it is a miracle I was not injured that day.  Not physically, anyway; emotionally, I was forever scarred.  I will delve deeper into my story of that day after I visit the memorial that now encompasses the footprints of the old towers. I knew I would cry when I saw the new, single tower.  I did.  Just SO many emotions all at once. What a beautiful building it will be. It was pretty overcast that day yet the tower glistened.

My favorite shot is this next one because of the symbolism.  It is named Freedom Tower but are we free?  The ever-present danger of another attack, the need for greater security, the horrific memories from that day 11 years ago....  are we really free?  Will we ever be?  God, I hope so.

The skyline has changed and will never be the same.  The people who live and work there will never be the same.  So many emotions.  I suppose it IS a good thing that we are rebuilding.  Well, not really rebuilding; what we lost that day can never be built again.  But building.  Building something.  A beautiful tower that reflects the changing skies to shine as a beacon telling the world that we have survived.  And that we remember.  And that our hopes, love for our country, pride and spirits are even stronger now.  So many emotions.  

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Right place, Right time.

This morning it was rainy so we didn't make any definitive plans. Around lunch time, it became absolutely gorgeous out. No heat, no humidity, sunshine with beautifully puffy clouds. We went back and forth about going to the beach when hubby asked if I wanted to take a ride 'back home'. Back home is where we grew up in Hudson County. Specifically, Union City. That's where we met actually; he was a high school senior and I was a junior at Emerson High. Ask anyone in Central New Jersey if they know where Union City is and they say 'yeah, it's out by Elizabeth'. No. That would be Union. Just plain ol' Union. Union CITY is pretty much right across the Hudson River from where the Empire State Building is.

Union City is up on a hill behind Weekawken and above Hoboken. The point of me telling you this is that we were driving on Boulevard East after having gone through Hoboken and we made a right turn to find a spot so that we could look out over the Hudson River from up top on Boulevard East in Weekawken. As he was pulling into the spot, I spied some smoke in the air up ahead and noticed some people had cameras at the ready. In a millisecond I knew what was about to happen and yelled 'STOP!' as I jumped out of the still-moving truck with my camera in hand. I ran across the street and nabbed these shots of an F16 formation military flyover right over the Hudson River and NYC!!!

How LUCKY were WE to be at that spot at that exact time??? I felt an enormous sense of pride watching our military fly by in formation.... especially right over NYC. I feel so blessed to be an American!!

I have lots of photos of the still-being-built Freedom Tower as well as other locations but I will share those on another day. I hope everyone had a great Saturday!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I woke up this morning around 4:30 a.m. and for the life of me, I could not get back to sleep. I'm quite the insomniac so 4:30 is not a happy time of day for me! 'Why not go shoot the sunrise?' I asked myself begrudgingly. 'Argh' was the reply I gave myself since I only speak pirate for the first hour of awakedness. (Yes, I am still making up my own words.) (And no, I don't really talk to myself. Not often anyway.)

So there I was, bare toes on sand, at 5:30 a.m. As I was setting up, another photographer hurried past me to the next jetty. I was thinking 'Great. That's probably the bestest sunrise jetty with a super-duper angle...' but I stuck to my own. There will hopefully be many more sunrises to play around with location. :D

I might like the pre-rise sky more than the contains-actual-risen-sun sky because the colors are more purpley. (again with Lisa-ese).

Here is the first peek of Mr. Sun.

Most photographers flee the beach at this point, but I like to stick around a few minutes longer for early-morning photos. Also, the beach is full of gulls by this point and they're all milling about.

Then I head to Dunkin' Donuts for a coffee. Not a bad way to start the day, eh?