Off the Beaten Path: Morro Bay - Now and Then

May 02, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Today, I had a flashback. While going through and culling old files, I came across photographs from two separate trips to one of my favorite California haunts - Morro Bay and Morro Rock a.k.a. the Gibraltar of the Pacific. The difference between the photo sets is pretty wide in tone and effect. 

One group was authored on film (or "pre-digital" as I once saw a photo school refer to it which set me to giggling of course). The other captured via 1s and 0s. 
Seagulls at sunset, Morro Bay, CA / © Ysa Adams /Incite Photography, all rights reserved
Seagulls at sunset, Morro Bay, 2005

Morro Rock, Morro Bay, CA / © Ysa Adams/Incite Photography, all rights reserved
Morro Rock, c. 2005
Morro Rock, Morro Bay, CA; © Ysa Adams / Incite Photography
Morro Rock, ca. 2009

With all the applications and software geared towards re-creating a 'film look', I wonder when the next wave of "Back to Film"or film appreciation and re-discovery will begin. Much like the resurgence of clothing patterned on the 60s - 80s, original or "retro" design and art is popular across a variety of media. 
Giant waves crash against Morro Rock, Morro Bay, CA; © Ysa Adams / Incite Photography
Giant waves crash against the (dormant) volcano's base

So, dust off your negatives and slide viewers and see what inspiration is waiting.


Gulls on Morro Rock, Morro Bay, CA; © Ysa Adams / Incite Photography
Gulls and sea birds perch in the sun
View of Morro Rock near the Museum of Natural History, Morro Bay, CA; © Ysa Adams / Incite Photography
Morro Rock and the marina from the shore of Morro Bay

Mixed in with the small town feel, heron rookery, nature preserves and trails, there's also an 18 hole golf course, kayak rentals, and gourmet restaurants along the strand. 

With more than enough to opportunities to create great photographs, I suggest taking both film and digital cameras.






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