Quick 28 hour trip to beautiful downtown Poway. While my wife taught Rubber Stamp crafting classes inside on a gorgeous December day, I went to La Jolla, and explored the beach, and Children’s Pool.
Then while she slept in this morning, I rose before dawn, and took one last drive to Scripps Pier. Brrrrrr…37 degrees on my dashboard thermometer when I pulled into the lot.
But you’d never know it with all the surfers already in the water before sunrise. I’d estimated the waves to be about eight footers, so they had to be happy. Cold, but happy.
Not a cloud in the sky, either. And thanks to the cool TPE app for iPhone — I knew the sun would be hitting the pier and thought it might be a good morning for 10-stop shots. Good thing. There were a lotta walkers and joggers on the beach today, too — they might have even outnumbered the surfers. The latter can’t seem to resist running in front of a camera, totally oblivious to the fact that there’s anybody else on the beach but them.
Joke’s on you, joggers!!!! I was shooting two to four and half minute exposures, and you didn’t stand a ghost of a chance to getting into any of my shots and causing my blood pressure to rise.
If you’re a beach jogger, and think I’ve unfairly stereotyped those of your ilk, I apologize. ;-p Because they’re not the only ones. Some people are jerks who get in the way of your shot just to be a-holes. More about one guy in particular in a future shot. Maybe.
Anyway, back to the story — there was even a guy in waders surf fishing on either side of the pier. He asked me if he’d be in my way if he fished the south side of the pier. I told him he’d be like invisible man in my shots, and asked him if he’d had any luck so far. He said he had already caught five, but I didn’t see him catch anything while he was in my line of sight.
I did see him light at least two smokes and puff away while he was casting — an impressive skill, I thought, keeping those butts fired up while waist high waves churned around him.
You can really see the detail large — just press ‘L’.
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