Big Sur, CA – Coastline (HDR)


From one of the most beautiful places on the US…teh northern Californian coastline. Just south of Monterey you can find some stunning coastline. There are so many pull offs from the road it may take you all day to drive 20 miles. Every stop is picturesque!! Here is one shot from my last visit! Enjoy the weekend!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 14.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 9 Exposure HDR (+4 to -4)
Aperture: f/14.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

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Big Sur, CA – Bixby Bridge (HDR)

From a few weeks back while traveling down Pacific Coast Highway…the photo above is the Bixby Bridge.  Another west coast bridge that is photographed very often!  There is a small rest stop right before the bridge.  Here you can park and grab some shots!   Such amazing views all around…for this one I just wanted to focus on the bridge.  It is a simple and cool design.

Info from the web:

Bixby Creek Bridge is a reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge in Big Sur, California. It is located 120 miles (190 km) south of San Francisco and 13 miles (21 km) south of Carmel in Monterey County along California Highway One.  Bixby Creek Bridge is important historically because it introduced automobile travel to Big Sur, connecting the remote coastal towns to each other.  It is 714 feet (218 m) long, 24 feet (7.3 m) wide, over 280 feet (85 m) high and has a main span of 320 feet (98 m). Its two heavy buttresses are unnecessary to support the structure, and later arch bridges such as the Frederick W. Panhorst Bridge omitted them from the design. It is “one of the most photographed features on the West Coast”because of its location along the scenic Central Coast of California, and has frequently been used in automobile commercials. The construction of the bridge began on August 24, 1931 and was completed on October 15, 1932.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 42.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/25
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro
  • Big Sur, CA – Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (Infrared)

    Recently I posted a similar shot in HDR…this is the Infrared version.  I was walking away and saw that great big palm tree.  IR + Palm Tree = great combo!  So I set up my tripod and snapped this shot.   As nice background for that palm in IR!  I really wish you can some how get to that beach below!!   The McWay Falls (waterfall below) looks amazing!  I wonder if anyone had ever had approval to shoot it up close?   I just googled it and did not see any close up shots.  Keeping natured preserved is fantastic to see!

    Some Info from the Web:  McWay Falls is an 80 foot waterfall located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park that flows year-round. Like Alamere Falls, this waterfall is one of only two in the region that are close enough to the ocean to be referred as “tidefalls”. It is located onMcWay Creek.  Although it can be viewed via a trail from above, the beach and scenic cove below is difficult to access by land, however, it could be easily reached by boat. Even with this possibility, it is not recommended that people visit the beach as a safety precaution due to crumbling cliffs and environmental reasons.

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
    • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 14.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  1/80 sec
    • Aperture:  f/22
    • Gear:  Tripod
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro

    Big Sur, CA – Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (HDR)

    Big Sur, CA is an amazing place for stunning coastal views!  One of the last stops for the day was Julia Burns State Park.  It is about 35 miles south of Monterey.   You park on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) and walk a small path for about 5 minutes along a cliffside and this fantastic view arrives!!  On the top left you can see McWay Falls.   This is as close as you can get to the falls.  No paths to the beach at all.  It is kept intact beautifully!!  Look at how blue that water is! Reminds me of Hawaii!!!  Northern California Coastline is tough to beat!!

    I have traveled all over the US…it is easy to say all of California is the most beautiful state in our country!  San Diego, Orange County, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Monterey…and the entire coast!!  Spectacular!  I can just imagine the first settlers thoughts.  No wonder why CA is the most expensive place to live in the US…it is the price of beauty!   More coastal HDR’s coming soon!

    Info from the web:  Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is a state-protected park in Big Sur, located in Monterey County, California. The park is administered and maintained by California State Parks. It is located 37 miles (60 km) south of Carmel and covers over 3,000 acres (12 km2) of land. A main feature of the park is McWay Falls, which drops over a cliff 80 feet (24.4 m) into the Pacific Ocean. The park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a respected resident and rancher in the Big Sur region in the early 20th century, who lived in the area for much of her life until her death in 1928.

    The park is located on land that was originally called the Saddle Rock Ranch, because of the rock formation that resembles a saddle in McWay Cove. Christopher McWay and his wife Rachel originally settled the area in the late 19th century. The land passed through several owners until former U.S. House Representative Lathrop Brown and his wife Helen acquired it in 1924. The Browns constructed an elaborate stone house in McWay Cove, one of the first electrified dwellings in Big Sur, powered by the McWay stream. They befriended Julia Pfeiffer-Burns, a local resident, and dedicated the property to her memory in their 1961 bequest to the State of California. The house was torn down as the Browns requested in their will, but some of the walls and fragments of stone staircases remain.

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 15.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza