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Big Sur Summer Evening
Summertime fog can add a sensual feel to the already beautiful mistress known as Garrapata State Park along the Big Sur coastline. Perhaps what I love most, is the warm rays of the setting sun bathing the misty marine layer with its seductive light. I have featured this arch in other images, but have always photographed it from its southern side. I decided to forge past my previous position and see what it would look like from its northern face. I was contented with earlier frames and was about to leave for another location when I spotted this scene. Then, as often is the case, serendipity took over and the warm light illuminating the underside of the fog reflected down into the water. As if that wasn't enough, a series of swells began pounding the rocks along the shoreline and with a slow shutter speed of 3.2 seconds, produced this painterly look with the ocean. Sometimes patience is the key ingredient for a successful image (I try to keep reminding myself of that)!
I will be conducting a workshop next month in Big Sur where we will be shooting in beautiful locations such as this. If you would like to join me and co-instructor Gary Hart, for an incredible four days of photography along this world-class stretch of coastline, please send me an e-mail. You can also learn more by clicking here: Big Sur Summer Workshop.
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