Location: Garrapata State Park, Monterey-Carmel Area, California, Map
The rugged California coastline around Big Sur area is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. I have been fortunate enough to see and photograph it several times. My favorite time of the year to visit the coastline is during winter months when you can see interesting cloud formations and vibrant hues of sunset colors. This is a long exposure image which renders the water smooth and helps to bring out the beauty of the place further.
Tech Info and Tip:
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @32mm
Camera: Canon 5D Mk II
Exposure: 30sec at f/11 and ISO 50
Filters: SinghRay 2 Stop ND grad hard edge
The vibrant colors in the image are the result of sunset glow and long exposure time. It is often possible to obtain rich vibrant colors in an image if it is captured during twilight conditions when the light is warm and the shadows are not harsh. I emphasized the mood further by using long exposure that "averaged" the ripples in the water and created a surreal minimalist look.
Garrapata state park is one of the most photographed locations on the California coast. People are drawn to this spot due to the rugged coastline and its famous sea stacks. Just south of Monterey, California it is one of the best places to see waves crashing against the rugged coastline.
"Pebbles of Pebble Beach"
Location: Pebble Beach, San Mateo, California.
I think these pebbles are the highlight of this beach, which is also aptly named after them. The entire shore is covered by these incredibly beautiful bebbles. Since you are not allowed to take these home I took a picture of them instead.
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 2sec at f/18 and ISO 200
Filters: B+W Circular Polarizer
The coastline of the Bean Hollow State Beach has one of the most unique rock formations. It is always a joy to visit this location and photograph it during sunset. There are no long sandy beaches to be found here but only the rugged stone formations eroded in strange and sometimes beautiful formations called "tafoni". I have been visiting here for many years and though I am somewhat satisfied with the images I have captured, I feel that the beauty of this place is best seen in person.
These are twin beaches, Bean Hollow State Beach and the Pebble Beach. Both beaches are amazing with their rock formations, colorful pebbles, tide pools, tafoni and of course the open views of the pacific ocean.
"Sunset and California's Oak Tree"
Location: Joseph D Grant State Park, California.
What a day today! Monday always starts off busy and you never seem to have enough time. It has been raining on and off all day today but it was a perfect weather for landscape shots. I almost thought of taking a day off today but that did not materialize. Anyway, the best I could hope for was to run to the hills after work and catch those fleeting moments at sunset. It was indeed an awesome sunset and I was just happy to be here and witness all the drma in the sky.
Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS @ 70mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 1/15sec at f/13 and ISO 200
Filters: No filters (Though I think I should have used ND filter but light was changing so fast and I was pressed for time that I just managed to setup a tripod and catch this)