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Early morning at Rockaway

July 3, 2012



















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On a Wednesday in late May, my friend Dom (see also) invited me to join him and a friend for an early-morning trip to Rockaway Beach in NYC. They are both surfers (I am not) and they head out there quite often in the morning to surf. Dom said the light would be really nice and so I packed my cameras and a jar of strong cold-brew coffee. We got the A train at 6:45am and rode out to Rockaway, eventually riding over the Broad Channel and out to the beach. The light was beautiful, it was quiet and peaceful and I really enjoyed it. The waves weren’t great, apparently – but it was definitely worth the trip. By 10:30am, we were back in Brooklyn and starting the day.

  1. Cristina permalink
    July 3, 2012 1:03 pm

    Like, like, like

  2. anny permalink
    July 3, 2012 1:04 pm

    love the quiet ocean shots, the guy with the cell phone not so much.

  3. July 3, 2012 1:12 pm

    While I’m not a surfer, I can’t imagine a better way to start the day. Really like the DOF on the second photo.

  4. Rosa María permalink
    July 3, 2012 3:07 pm

    Love your work. Great photos, great view.

  5. July 3, 2012 5:15 pm

    I live in Oregon and we also have a Rockaway beach that is very peaceful. I can hear the quiet in your photos. I think I need to get to the beach!

  6. July 3, 2012 5:20 pm

    That second shot is INSANE. I’d love to have it BIG in my living room. Incredible.

  7. July 3, 2012 5:21 pm

    OH! I just LOVE the early mornings when there’s NO ONE around! Just feels like you are the only person in the world! Kind of an amazing surreal feeling! And funny this is coming from a social butterfly! :) You’ve captured the essence of the morning beautifully!

  8. Carlie Chew permalink
    July 3, 2012 5:28 pm

    Great pictures! I love seeing how surfers get to the beach in NYC, not too often you see surfer on the subway : ) The wave breaking of the jetty looked pretty fun.

  9. July 3, 2012 5:28 pm

    Thank you for making the LIRR seem much nicer than it actually is and doing Rockaway beach justice!

    A Long Islander

  10. July 3, 2012 6:21 pm

    Waves looked small but fun off the jetty.

    I have always liked getting to the beach super early, surfing with only a few out, and then being home by 10:00 a.m.

    Even better is when someone working complains and says that they wish they were at the beach. You can tell them that you were already there!

    Good shots!

  11. Sunnyace permalink
    July 3, 2012 6:30 pm

    Reblogged this on Sunnyace Reblog Collections.

  12. July 3, 2012 6:43 pm

    You have quite the eye. Early morning light on the east coast is one of my favorite kinds of light. It´s crazy how beautiful it can be on a cloudy day. Congrats on joining the ranks of freshly pressed alum!

  13. July 3, 2012 6:50 pm

    Live by the sun, love by the moon. That’s exactly it.

  14. July 3, 2012 7:34 pm

    Live by the sun, love by the moon. — best thing I learned today. Thank you.

  15. July 3, 2012 9:16 pm

    I enjoyed your pictures, especially the angles you took advantage of. The images make me want to go to the beach–mainly to take pictures of my own!

  16. vanillamom permalink
    July 3, 2012 9:47 pm

    absolutely lovely…hard to pick a favorite, but a top contender was pic with iron bars in horizontal, juxtaposed with the slats in the walkway to the beach, softened by sand, and dune grasses…thank you for sharing the beach with us!


  17. July 3, 2012 10:09 pm

    Far Rockaway Beach never looked this good!! Great shots!!!!!

  18. July 3, 2012 10:23 pm

    BEAUTIFUL! I need to smell some ocean air…stat! :)

  19. Miranda permalink
    July 3, 2012 11:36 pm

    Amazing shots! Interesting that I see your post immediately after I just blogged about Rockaway beach..

  20. July 4, 2012 12:02 am

    Good Evening: I liked the top two shots. What was your technique?

  21. July 4, 2012 12:04 am

    so quiet there…

  22. July 4, 2012 12:13 am

    Such simple pictures that seem to tell profound stories! Thanks for sharing. You Matter! Smiles, Nancy

  23. Ridz@sky permalink
    July 4, 2012 12:24 am

    Amazing ones….!!!! wanna go surfing right now…!!

  24. July 4, 2012 12:51 am

    awesome pictures… wooww!! OMG!!!! i love them :-)

  25. July 4, 2012 12:52 am

    breath taking Photos… My heart is Waikiki.. so to see the ocean .. made my heart stop.. thank you for sharing

  26. Anne permalink
    July 4, 2012 1:30 am

    Such an amazing photos! After looking at them I feel as peaceful as though I just came back from the beach…

  27. July 4, 2012 1:57 am

    beautiful start of the day!! and great way to fight the routine. love the pics!

  28. July 4, 2012 2:35 am

    The ocean always sparks lot’s of comment and debate. I love the top two pictures.

  29. July 4, 2012 3:16 am

    good content and nice site

  30. July 4, 2012 3:52 am

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures, seeing these was a great start to my day – in London. I became interested in Rockaway when I was researching for a novel partly set in Brooklyn in the 70s. The guy in the white shirt on the subway reminds me of Springsteen around that time. Coming back in October and I can’t wait!

  31. July 4, 2012 4:02 am

    Great pictures. You’ve really captured the magic of the early morning surf mish. The first shot reminds me of a spot we regularly hit up on the East Coast (of New Zealand). The feeling is the same but that is where the similarity ends. My drive through the forest to the beach is beautiful, but I’m definitely envious of your train ride.


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