I spent a couple of days in Big Sur – actually stayed in downtown Big Sur. The weather was great for being there, somewhat less than optimum for photography. Blue skies aren’t as good for spectacular sunsets. Still, Big Sur has to be one of the best places to be – and its only a ‘short’ drive. You’ve got your basic dramatic coast views, waterfalls, rushing creeks – well, not much water but, still – and towering redwoods.
For sunset the first night, I went to Pfeiffer Beach. The weather there was not good. The wind was blowing down the coast around 40mph making photography difficult. Turns out, having a light camera means in high winds you can’t let go of the tripod/camera. Throw in the fact that the beach is one of the most popular places to photograph and you don’t have a pleasant evening. Still, I managed to get a few shots in.
And, while none of the shots made the cut, I drove the “Old Coast Road” just to check it out. There’s some good views of the Bixby Bridge and some nice redwoods inland. Much of the land the road goes through, however, is privately owned so your options are limited. My gallery featuring the photos from the trip is here.