Who are you, and where in New Jersey are you from?
My name is Matt Siegel. I founded and manage a financial planning & wealth management firm with two offices in NJ. I was born and raised in Hoboken, graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and currently live in Millstone (Monmouth County). I’m married with a teenage daughter and a dog named Cooper.
I’ve been interested in photography for over 35-years and continue to find an evolving list of new things to learn. I am a member of the Monmouth Camera Club and currently serve as the editor of our monthly newsletter.
What are the three best spots for photography in New Jersey, and why?
My current 3 favorite New Jersey spots are:
1. Manasquan Reservoir. There are so many subtleties depending on weather and conditions.
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2. Hoboken for views of NYC, street photography, and historical spots (of course, I’m biased, since I started my life there).
3. The shore. Come on, it’s Jersey!
What's your camera setup?
I have an obsession with tripods and currently own and use several, but my favorite is a Gitzo tripod with Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead (if it’s possible to love a ballhead, I love that one). I also use the new Peak Design and meFoto travel tripods when using smaller (lighter) lenses.
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What's your dream piece of gear? Think big!
A private jet to take me to Nepal one day and Yellowstone the next would be perfect. If that’s thinking too big, I would love to shoot with the Fujifilm GFX 100. I think it’d suit my style, but it’s still a lot of dollars!
What's one bucket list photo of New Jersey you haven't gotten yet?
I really want the dead trees at Manasquan Reservoir poking out of thick fog. I envision a minimalist, maybe monochrome, image with an eery and moody feel. I’ve tried a few times, but haven’t quite gotten it yet. It’s my white whale.
One tip for aspiring photographers?
It’s cliche, but… patience. There’s a lot to learn and you can’t expect to be a master photographer overnight. Take your time, try to read, watch videos, attend workshops, join a camera club, participate in photowalks, and practice.