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Big Sur Afternoon
So who says one can't photograph in the middle of the day? In reality, when atmospheric conditions are cooperating, beautiful images can be captured - at almost any hour.
This is a scene one would expect to find on a typical summer's day along the Big Sur coast. However, I captured this image while teaching a private lesson a couple weeks ago at approximately 1:30pm. The marine layer was extremely low (probably due to an inversion layer) and there were these surrealistic stratus clouds hovering above creating beautiful radiating diagonal lines. The small rainbow was the result of sunlight diffracting through ice crystals. I first spotted the tiny bow because I was wearing polarized sunglasses as I emerged from my car. To the naked eye the bow was not visible; however, once I turned the polarizer on my lens, it reappeared. Also (and don't tell Gary Hart a.k.a. the tripod cop) this image was captured hand held.
I photographed this image from a turnout off Highway 1 just south of Hurricane Point looking south towards the Point Sur.
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