Rincon Mornings

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By David Powdrell

I don’t get down to Rincon Point to photograph at daybreak as often as I’d like, but when I do, it’s almost always a magical morning.  It’s my “happy place”.  My church.  

Maybe it’s the incredible array of colors under a morning sky.   Maybe it’s the smell of the ocean and the sound of the crashing waves.  Perhaps it’s just reflecting on my pre-stroke days of surfing Rincon Point as a kid.  Whatever the motivation, spending time at Rincon in the mornings is powerful to me.

In pre-dawn light, images of surfers running down the beach are eerily blurry.  I like that.  The shutter strains to stay open just a bit longer to grab any light it can find.  In photography, I’m learning, lighting is everything.      

Winter is coming.  The morning skies are most vibrant these days.

Rincon at the crack-o-dawn isn’t for everyone, but for those surfers that make it a priority, most are rewarded with glassy, less-crowded, super-fast rides.  

I’m passionate about giving my photos of the surfers back to them.  If you see an old guy standing on the rocks with a camera on a tripod, sometimes wearing a wool Ivy cap, holler and I’ll send you a photo of you if I have one.  I’m just grateful for the opportunity to capture you dancing on the morning glass.

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a-1542480048 Nov 17, 2018 10:40 AM
Rincon Mornings

Beautiful photos and wonderful words in your storytelling.
I am believer in the serenity of the beach being like church to me too.
I do a lot of praying and talking on my strolls to those in heaven.
I guess it's where I do my best to keep myself feeling connected to those who have passed away.

macpuzl Nov 17, 2018 12:40 PM
Rincon Mornings

"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods..."

a-1542508582 Nov 17, 2018 06:36 PM
Rincon Mornings

You know nothing, Dave Snow. Winter is coming, hah. Winter here will be like summer, warm but maybe with some good waves. I really really like the shot of the guy up on the nose of his board. Most excellent.

mtndriver Nov 17, 2018 07:23 PM
Rincon Mornings

Really lovely shots, thank you. Does the heart good.

AQUAHOLIC Nov 17, 2018 08:26 PM
Rincon Mornings

Great set of images David!

willow Nov 18, 2018 07:14 AM
Rincon Mornings

Beautiful words and photos, David!

Rinconer Jun 09, 2020 09:17 AM
Rincon Mornings

Great shots, thank you for sharing.

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