WRITTEN BY: BRUCE LOVELACE
PUBLISHED ON: NOVEMBER 13, 2023
You may be wondering if High Point State Park is any good spots for shooting great photos.
The Veteran's Monument in High Point State Park is most likely the most photographed subject in the entire park (see the photo below), but are there any other good photo ops? Yes! There are also many other good spots in the area to take some winning photos. This high resolution photo gallery of High Point New Jersey and a few photography tips will help you answer that question.
High Point State Park is a favorite hiking location in the whole state of New Jersey because of the more than 50 miles of easy, moderate, and strenuous hiking trails. These trails, including sections of the famous Appalachian Trail (AT), provide you with many solid options for taking beautiful nature and landscape photos.
My favorite technique to use when photographing tall architectural subjects, like the Veteran Monument above, is to use a wide angle lens and a close vantage point to accentuate the feeling of size. I chose the south side of the monument as the shooting location, because of direction of the light. I timed the photo perfectly as the light on the western side (the left side in the photo above) was skimming across the surface and did a great job of revealing the texture of the stone.
If you take a broader view of the park, there's no doubt that High Point State Park, New Jersey is a hotspot for taking stunning photos. That includes shooting photos while hiking the trails. trails. I took the next three photos during hikes in the park. Taking trail photos is one of my favorite recreational activities, and as you can see from the images below, I shoot a lot of those types of photos.
High Point State Park was dedicated in 1923 as the first State Park in New Jersey and has over 16,000 acres to explore and photograph. Both the photo above and the photo below where taken from vantage points just a few feet from the blazed AT trail that travels through the park.
Although the photo composition above is a bit "busy," the color contrast between the blue water and the yellow tree leaves inspired me enough to take this snapshot.
Here are a few tips for getting better photos when you're visiting High Point State Park.
Additionally, don't limit your shooting wide angle scenic views. Remember to shoot a few detail shots or close-ups like the red maple leaf photo below.
Particularly in the Spring. Summer, and Fall, you'll have limitless opportunities to shoot close-up photos like the red maple leaf above.
The "Color Tapestry" photo below is likely may favorite image from all of the photographs I took at High Point State Park. It's mind-boggling for me to understand how this multi-color splashed landscape scene came to fruition naturally, as apposed to a talented impressionistic artist would paint it.
I tried a few different f/stop settings on my lens to give a few different amounts of depth of field with this scene. I liked the focus on both the more distant trees as well as the trees in the foreground.
The sky had no clouds to include in my composition, so I positioned myself to have the overhanging trees work as a framing device to the mountain as the main subject.
In the photo above I positioned my self so that the orange leaves reduced the barrenness of the area behind the tree with yellow leaves. It's always interesting to see what leaves last the longest as the temperature drops in the Fall here in the Northeast.
Below is another photo that I took from one of the ledges on the Monument Trail at High Point State Park.
The photo of the High Point Monument below gives you a good visual of how tall this obelisk reaches into the sky. The 220 foot, granite-sided monument sit at New Jersey's highest elevation which is 1800 feet. The summit has unforgettable views of the New Jersey-Pennsylvania-New York tri-state area. You only need a photography permit if you are doing a professional shoot.
The High Point Monument is best photographed from a distance like the photo above, or up close with a super side angle lens, like the image at the beginning of this post. Additionally,, you likely be happier with your photos if you shoot with the sun at least somewhat behind you or off to the side.
There are many great photography opportunities at High Point State Park. View the PDF High Point Trail Map to see what locations you may want to travel to. In addition to the photos above, here is a list 6 recommended locations to hit for photography:
Also, another nearby, picturesque park to photograph is Jenny Jump State Park. I hope you enjoyed this brief visual journey to High Point State Park and you've become inspired to shoot some of your own photos.