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Big Sur Summer Evening

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 29 August 2009 in Landscape & Rural.


Arches/Canyonlands Photo Workshop November 4-8, 2009 (2 spots available)
Spring Big Sur Photo Workshop - March 29 - April 1, 2010 (9 spots available)
Northern Arizona: Grand Canyon, Upper Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Sedona Photo Workshop - May 3-7, 2010 (space available)
Redwoods and Mendocino Coast Photo Workshop - June 15-18, 2010 (space available)
Kauai, Hawaii Photo Workshop - July 12-16, 2010 (8 spots available)
Big Sur Photo Workshop Summer August, 2010 (Exciting details TBA soon)!
We just concluded the 2009 Don Smith Summer Big Sur Workshop Thursday evening and were treated to this spectacular sky and sunset at our final location shoot near Pt. Sur and the Pt. Sur Lightstation. Subtropical moisture from tropical storm Ignacio had been streaming through the region from the south while extreme heat inland, resulting in a east-to-west flow, kept the fog away and allowed for these ideal conditions.

Gary Hart and I had a great time with an energetic group of workshop participants and we ran the gamut in weather from thick fog to this painterly sky treat. We even went above the fog 3200 feet to shoot a sunset!

I kept encouraging the group to vary their compositions (and there were many to be made on this evening), but the real fun came in watching the ever-changing light as the sun dipped lower towards the horizon and provided its magical light. There was even a half-moon hanging in the sky to the left of Pt. Sur allowing for even more compositions.

I had noticed this opening in the clouds and we had been talking to the group about how to turn point sources (the sun and the light from the lightstation) into star bursts. I decided to try to include both in one frame and succeeded thanks to my full-frame Canon 1DsMKIII sensor and a 16-35mmL lens set at 16mm. I simply adjusted my slim Singh-Ray polarizer and waited for the sun to drop towards the opening of the cloud.

Not only did I get the starburst with both the sun and the lighthouse, but I also got a beautiful reflection on the water, and the horizon lit up with a warm orange color allowing for even more visual excitement. It was fun listening to the shutters clicking and the excited comments of the group - definitely a pleasurable way to finish up!

If you would like to join Gary and I on one of our many workshops, please click on my website link listed below and select the link of your workshop choice.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/8 second F/16.0 ISO 100 16 mm

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