The rugged coastline of Big Sur is an inspiring location. Some of the greatest icons of nature and landscape photography have photographed this area… a few greats have even called this area home. The chaotic nature of the waves, variability of the light and infinite rock formations along the coast provide numerous photographic opportunities. When I visit Big Sur and the Carmel area I can’t help but stand in awe of both the scenery and the larger than life footsteps before me.
A funny side story to this photograph…
I was very happy to see the light and large surf come together before me as I’d hoped when I set up for this shot. I was taking exposures on the order of 45 seconds to a minute. With each trigger of the shutter I’d have a moment to take in the view from the very steep cliff I was standing on. I was convinced that I was getting the shot of the night when I took this. Low and behold as I’m looking out 90 degrees to my right the brightest meteor I’ve ever seen shoots across the sky down to the setting sun that is barely visible on the horizon. Mid-exposure I couldn’t move my camera and I wouldn’t have been able to react fast enough anyhow. After this exposure was completed all that was left was a zig-zag cloud marking the trajectory of the meteor. While I’m still really happy with how this came out I can’t help but wonder what could have been if my camera were pointed 90 degrees to the right. California Fireball Reported – SF Gate
[tags]Photography, Landscape, Fine Art[/tags]