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Highway 1, Big Sur Coast

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 21 December 2009 in Landscape & Rural.


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My renewed interest in black and white photography has led me to examining some color images that looked good in their original RGB capture, but could possible offer a different feel if converted to monochrome. I made this image a year ago while working on my book: The Photographer's Guide to the Big Sur Coast.

Fast forward to this December, and I find myself working on my latest book project: Refined Vision, which will be a compilation of 50 lessons geared towards improving one's digital landscape photography skills with both vision and craft.

One of the lessons deals with converting color images to black and white; thus, I searched my files to find an image to compliment the lesson. I settled on this image, which was captured after a clearing early-winter storm on a late afternoon looking south down Highway 1.

My idea was to include an image that featured the famed highway, but incorporate it as part of the landscape and present it in an artistic manner. Hopefully I succeeded as I used a telephoto lens to compress the headlands and road in hopes of eliciting an emotional connection to our life's journey leading us to the unknown. It was a powerful statement that rattled around in my head for a couple of weeks before I finally made the visual equivalent with this image.

Making visual metaphors is a great exercise in expanding one's creative process. They are also fun to seek out, as if finding pieces to a puzzle. I'm not quite sure of the black and white connection to this metaphor, I just thought it looked cool.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/50 second F/16.0 ISO 200 210 mm

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