Raritan River Festival 2013 in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Raritan River Festival 2013 in New Brunswick, New Jersey

New Brunswick Today asked me to attend the Raritan River Festival in Boyd Park and it was the perfect day for it. I have never seen so many people in the park and river at once. Food and crafts vendors, live music, ginormous ducks and even a stilt walker attended. The Beez Foundation had a large egg decorated for the rubber duck race. The artwork for the egg was done by Leon Rainbow. Back story on The Beez Foundation:

“The Beez Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization which raises money and public awareness to cure brain cancer thru research, public awareness and related support activities for pediatric cancer treatment. The Beez Foundation has to-date donated $250,000.00 to various organizations like Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Duke University, Ronald McDonald House and many other research and patient-service facilities.”

All of the ducks purchased were loaded into the large egg, picked up by a crane and dropped into the Raritan River.

Raritan River Festival 2013 at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers College Avenue Groundbreaking Ceremony with Governor Chris Christie

Rutgers College Avenue Groundbreaking Ceremony with Governor Chris Christie

Rutgers University and New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) had a groundbreaking ceremony on September 19, 2013 on Seminary Place off of College Avenue in New Brunswick. Over $300 million in new construction projects will be completed within the next few years up and down College Avenue. Landmarks such as the Grease Trucks have been cleared for the project. Attendees included New Brunswick Mayor Cahill and Governor Chris Christie. All photos taken for New Brunswick Today.

Rutgers DEVO College Avenue Groundbreaking Ceremony September 19, 2013

 

Friday the 13th Screening in Blairstown, New Jersey

Friday the 13th Screening in Blairstown, New Jersey

Weird NJ. There is a reason such a magazine exists. New Jersey is an extremely small state with a lot of bizarre crap crammed into it. I’ve been a huge horror movie fan ever since I was a kid. Back then it was Freddy and Jason ruling the 1980s. The original Friday the 13th was filmed entirely in northwestern New Jersey. Yes, the lake that Jason Voorhees drowned in is a short drive for most New Jerseyans.

Oddly enough, I had never watched the original Friday the 13th. I saw all of the other ones with Jason and the infamous hockey mask. It was my duty to remedy this heinous crime by seeing the movie in the coolest possible way. At the theater featured in the movie…historic Blairstown Theater. Here are some of the filming locations seen throughout the movie. Unfortunately the Blairstown Diner was closed after the screening. How is that place not open on Friday the 13th?! Hungry fans were a guaranteed draw.

All of these shots were taken on my newly acquired Pentax K-1000 w/ 50mm f/2.0 lens. Same camera we used way back in high school photography class.

Downtown Blairstown, New Jersey where the original Friday the 13th was partially filmed (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Blairstown, New Jersey where the original Friday the 13th was partially filmed (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Blairstown, New Jersey where the original Friday the 13th was partially filmed (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Blairstown, New Jersey where the original Friday the 13th was partially filmed (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Blairstown, New Jersey where the original Friday the 13th was partially filmed (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Blairstown, New Jersey where the original Friday the 13th was partially filmed (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Blairstown, New Jersey where the original Friday the 13th was partially filmed (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly and Rick Beach Engagement Session at Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Kelly and Rick Beach Engagement Session at Sandy Hook, New Jersey

These two are a total joy to photograph. Kelly and Rick met up with me at Sandy Hook near the Atlantic Highlands for a ridiculously nice sunset engagement session. We shot up and down the bay until the sun dipped below the horizon. This was another day that reminded me of how cool it is to do what I do. The satisfaction of this kind of “work” trumps all else. It was also very nice to see Sandy Hook bounced back strong after Hurricane/Superstorm/Earth Destroyer Sandy rolled through almost one year ago. Freshly paved roads and mostly everything looking as I remembered it prior to the storm.

Previous photo session with Kelly, Rick and Sage at Princeton Battlefield: http://thatwerks.com/2013/05/13/family-portrait-session-at-princeton-battlefield-in-princeton-new-jersey/

Engagement Session with Kelly Werrlein and Rick Knecht at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. All photos copyright Christopher John Sztybel

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Last week I took a thoroughly relaxing lunch break at Rutgers Gardens. Yet another perk of making your own schedule. Somewhere along the way I lost my fork in the bamboo forest. Forking unbelievable! Lucky for me Jeff Heckman happened to have bamboo chopsticks for me to borrow. Once lunch was over, I trekked over to a creek where we had spotted a Great Blue Heron earlier.

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)