Nighttime Photos Capture the Jersey Shore Like You’ve Never Seen it Before


When you think of the Jersey Shore what are the first things that come to mind? The beach? The ocean? The amusement park rides? Summer? But there is one sight that goes completely unnoticed by so many shore goers each and every year in the town of Cape May. That sight is the night sky!

Just a few minutes drive from the center of town you can fully enjoy all that the night sky has to offer. The Jersey shore isn’t known for having any view of the night sky so I sure want to change that!


I have lived in and around Cape May, New Jersey my entire life and have always enjoyed stargazing since I was little. I started photography two years ago with a little point-and-shoot camera and kept progressing from there.

When I began taking these photos over the past year it started out as just a personal project but it quickly became so much more than that. Each night that I took a new photograph I got more and more interested and quickly became obsessed with nighttime photography.

When I am out there under the stars, everything else just disappears: there is no past, no future, no worries and no problems… just the moment, and that is exactly what I am looking to capture and share in my images!




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I hope you all enjoy my images and if you or anyone you know are planning a trip to the Jersey Shore this summer make sure to add stargazing to the “To Do” list! You surely won’t regret it!

About the author: Chris Bakley is a portrait, wedding and landscape photographer based out of Cape May, New Jersey. Recently he’s fallen in love with the night sky, and his photos of the sky over the Jersey Shore have earned him a good bit of well-deserved attention. You can find more of his work on his website here.

  • KH

    Very cool. I’ve actually been inside that bunker in Cape May, bunker 223. Full of rust and bird crap. I’m surprised there’s no shots of FC tower 23.

  • Ralph Hightower

    Two of the photos look like rocket launches. Could those have taken place with NASA’s Wallops Island were launching rockets? I enjoy photos of rocket launches and of the night sky.
    Great photos.

  • Cynical Bloke

    I think you meant to write ‘like you’ve never seen before’ for the title.

  • Chris Bakley

    Yes those two images are of the Wallops Island rocket launches as seen from Cape May! The very first image is the LADEE Launch and the second is the recent Minotaur launch. Thank you for the kind words!

  • Chris Bakley

    Thank you! Unfortunately FC tower 23 is heavily spotlighted at night making it difficult to photograph with the Milky Way behind it . In contact with them now and trying to get them to turn the lights off for just one night so I can get some pictures :)

  • mikey7sss

    how long do you have the shutter open

  • Chris Bakley

    Shutter speeds vary from each location but usually 20-30 seconds.

  • chucky

    You should try to get a shot of the cove with the lighthouse in the backdrop. Awesome pictures man

  • AA

    Are you allowed on these beaches at night?

  • Chris Bakley

    Thank you very much! The very last picture was actually taken from the Cove Jetty! Unfortunately the street lights throw too much light onto the beach looking towards the lighthouse so I am unable to photograph that section at night. However I have a bunch of sunset shots that are exactly the way you explained ;)

  • Chris Bakley

    Thank you very much Tom!