You have spoken; the results are in. You have chosen your favorite Big Sur photograph from 2013. And the voting for first and second place was very close. But this is your your clear favorite – Pfeiffer Beach Tunnel.
Pfeiffer Beach is always exciting in winter when the sun’s rays penetrate the tunnel as the waves come roaring through. It’s exhilarating to say the least. I chose this one from the scores that I shot that afternoon because, in addition to the golden glow the rays cast on the inside walls of the tunnel, the water appears as a wall about to sweep through. It’s the moment right before the explosion. You can sense the power about to be unleashed.
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“So, what was the close second?” you ask. I don’t think you’ll be surprised when you see it – another display of awesome power.
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The next step in selecting the best photograph from among the photographs I captured in 2012 is completed. And you have spoken in a loud and clear voice.
We are doing this one area at a time. The first was the California Deserts. Next came the Eastern Sierra. This round was magnificent Big Sur. And since I was there three times in 2012 there were a host of photographs to choose from – ten in all.
How did it turn out you ask? Let’s get right into the results and this time we’ll start with the most popular photograph.
In the number 1 position is Sunset, Pfeiffer Beach.
Everyone loves a beautiful sunset. But Mother Nature doesn’t pass them out freely. So you need to be patient and ready for them when they happen.
Sunset photographs have the best color when they’re underexposed a bit. But they are so inspiring that too often not enough attention is paid to the foreground. On this evening I sprinted 100 yards or so down the sandy beach to work the rock outcrop into the composition. And it worked well with the triangular shape of the rock mirroring the diagonal sweep of the clouds.
But that wasn’t enough for an strong foreground. It was important to capture an interesting pattern in the surf which completed the composition.
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I just finished posting a batch of new photographs on my website. They are from three different ‘shoots.’ I’d like to tell you a little about each of the shoots and share the photographs with you.
I don’t put anything up on my website until I get prints that I’m satisfied with. Another way of putting it – a photograph isn’t done until it looks great on paper. I’ve made large prints of all of these and, I must confess, I’m very pleased. I’ll be matting and framing them and showing them to the public for the first time this weekend at the Old Monterey Fine Arts Festival in Monterey, California. If you’re in the area Saturday or Sunday, stop in and say Hi.
I have two photographs to share from last month’s Big Sur photography workshop. We covered famous Highway 1 from San Simeon to Carmel-by-the-Sea. The weather was clear, the sun was bright and an on-shore wind made for some great surf.
I chose two photographs to put on the website. The first is Bixby Bridge. I’m not normally into photographing man-made structures. But this one turned out so well with great light and a sense of its gracefulness and size that I had to include it. Click on the link to see the photograph and read more about it.
View Bixby Bridge (2012)
The other photograph is China Cove in Point Lobos State Park. I’ve always been impressed with its rugged serenity and, with the soft light of an overcast day helping out, I think I finally got a photograph that captures it.
View China Cove (2012)
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I was fortunate to be in Big Sur last week photographing that magnificent coast with the members of our workshop. Ansel Adams made some beautiful photographs here as did, of course, Edward Weston. An increasingly common technique used by photographers is to employ a neutral density filter to get very long exposures that turn the ocean into a sea of ethereal mist. Many of these photographs are incredibly beautiful. Personally, I connect with the power and energy of the ocean, something these beautiful photographs do not capture.
Adams’ technique was to stop the motion in of the surf as in this photograph titled “Rock and Surf.” Freezing the water was essential to the effectiveness of the composition.
Rock and Surf (1951)
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