Just returned from a week in Big Sur, California and can honestly say that it may be one of the most beautiful places in the world. The combination of mountains, rocky coastlines and raging seas are hard to beat. It is a nature photographer's dream that will require many trips to explore all that there is to offer. Point Lobos, located south of Carmel should be a definite destination for anyone who wants to experience the california coastline experience. Rocky shores, cypress trees, seals, pelicans and big time waves are just a few of the things you'll experience at Point Lobos. Andrew Molera state park and Julia Pfieffer state park are two other "go to" destinations. Both state parks are located about 30 miles south of Carmel.
The old coast road is also something you'll want to tackle (if you have the guts). It is a 10 mile, one and a half lane dirt road that winds through the mountains between the Bixby bridge and the entrance to Andrew Molera state park. You'll need to take your time on this one and i will warn you that it can be quite unnerving at times but the drive through the dark redwood forest and amazing panoramic views are well worth it. Good Luck!!
Of course, i spent most of my shooting time during sunrise and sunset. The lighting on the rocky shore cliffs is nothing less than spectacular. Throw in the blue aqua water and the colorful vegatation and you have everything you need to produce amazing photos.
I used my 14mm lens on a number of shoots to capture the vastness of the area, allowing the viewer to take in as much as i could see. I also used my ND filter quite a bit to slow down the exposure and capture that soft misty water effect.
I will post a gallery filled with shots from my trip as soon as i get them processed. I think you'll really enjoy them.
So, if you are heading out to the Monterey area make sure you jump on highway one and head south. You will not be disappointed. I guarantee it...
Fall is here in Wisconsin, time to get out a shoot some color.......
See ya soon