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  • Writer's pictureDave Pidgeon

The unexpected boardwalk image

Updated: Jul 22, 2023

LOCATION: Ocean City, N.J.

EQUIPMENT: Canon 5D Mark IV, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

STORY: Sometimes, it's the image you don't expect that turns out to be the keeper.

During a recent trip to Ocean City, N.J., one of (if not THE) best shore towns in southern New Jersey, I spent the majority of the evening shooting amusement park rides.

I happened upon an iconic location, the Manco & Manco pizza joint at 7th Street.

Now, if you've never been to OCNJ, you should know that Manco & Manco is a pizza institution.

It's legendary.

The lines seem to forever stretch across the boardwalk, practically onto the sand, under the lifeguard chair, and end where the jetty ends.

On a whim, I switched my shutter speed to 1/13 of a second because I wanted to capture people walking past the famous sign.

Why 1/13 of a second? I dunno, I just happened to land on it, to be honest. I was trying to go quickly to capture a group of teenagers walking past.

Teenagers. Pizza. The Jersey Shore. It doesn't get much more summer on the Atlantic shore than that.

I didn't think much of the shot. It looked way over exposed when I glanced at my LCD screen.

Fast forward to six months later, I'm cleaning out my hard drive, deleting all the blurry and uninspired photos when I found this.

Decided to try and work some Lightroom magic. And you know what, thanks to new masking tools that can bring out the sky, the image was saved.

Dave Pidgeon is a seasoned writer and photographer from Lancaster, Pa. You can reach him at

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