Day 192: Monterey, CA (Big Sur)

by John Nelson July. 11, 2010 2936 views

My wife and I are celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary alone in Monterey, California! Today was mostly spent traveling, but we did get in a drive down Highway 1 toward Big Sur. It's easily the most scenic drive I've ever done. The mountains are amazing, the ocean is beautiful, and the two together are astounding.

I mainly shot panoramic shots today, as a 17mm lens cannot capture what the eye sees here. These are small versions of the files…the originals are huge! I also tried a triptych with the waves crashing in different stages. Triptychs were on my list of new ideas for photography for myself. I want a better one before the year is done.

This was my big photography day…the rest will have some sights around Monterey / Carmel. But these are the shots I wanted to get. I'm glad to have them done, so I can vacation and enjoy spending time with my bride.

A 4-shot panoramic of Big Sur's many vista overlooks and historic bridges (built around 1930). PB's scaling is weird on panos, so it doesn't enlarge very big.

A 3-shot panoramic of Monterey Bay. This is the view from our hotel room!

Triptych of water splashing over an outcropping in the ocean along Big Sur.

Big Sur (color)

Big Sur (B&W)

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Lucinda 10 years, 11 months ago

Wonderful compositions. My favorites are 1 and 2. Happy Anniversary and very many more!

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Camelia 10 years, 11 months ago

so well done!

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Darlene Foster 10 years, 11 months ago

Happy Anniversary! #4 is a fabulous shot! Glad you found time to take it!

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Kaitlyn 10 years, 11 months ago

Beautiful shots!!!! Happy 10 years.

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Goldbrandi 10 years, 11 months ago

Hi!

Oh....Really beautiful! :))

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Andrea 10 years, 11 months ago

Fantastic set!

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Larry Nelson 10 years, 11 months ago

Looks like you had great weather for the drive - it IS indeed spectacular! Nice work on the panos - I've got to try that . . .

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Brenda Nelson 10 years, 11 months ago

Looks just like we saw it! I like the panoramics, but the fourth one is majestic! It should be in a travel brochure - or National Geographic!

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Becky Brannon 10 years, 11 months ago

Great shots! Big Sur is one of the most beautiful places I have been to!

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Kelly Lamaster 10 years, 11 months ago

Really beautiful. Enjoy your time! :)

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