I hope this is the right forum for this post. I have an opportunity to visit the Big Sur area for 3-4 days in mid February, just to do some shooting, nothing else. I'm wondering if this is a good time to go, or if I should think about trying to make it happen at another time of the year. I know that February can be very rainy. Rainy scenes can be beautiful too but I'd hope to get a few of those spectacular sunsets along the coast.
It's been many years since I was there but I doubt much has really changed. Pfieffer Big Sur Park & Lodge is a good starting point and Napenthe's Restuarant was once a top place to eat.The coast is more than spectacular and the long high bridge on Highway 1 has been a photo landmark for years. I would not discount Carmel (at the north end) and the 17 mile drive with a mostfamous photographic windswept cypress. In fact I'm looking at a B&W 8x10 I took over 50 years ago on the wall in front of me of the same cypress. The entire drive from Carmel to Morro Bay is one with absolutely unlimited opportunities for spectacular photography. You will not regret the trip. Just an old mans reminiscences.
Thanks for the tips. I doubt I'll suffer a lack of subjects. However after speaking to a photographer who lives out there I've decided to postpone until early March, just a few weeks after my original itinerary. Looking forward to it.
I thought that you’ll get enough tips for a two-month vacation, and there’s no point for me to chime in from this side of the Atlantic. But I am posting one of my wife’s photos from Big Sur (Oct 2009).
Why don't I post one of my own photos? Because I don’t have any from this spot! I made the mistake of ignoring several perfectly good sites because of the mist / haze / fog, whatever you call it. My wife took some documentary shots. This one turned out to be quite nice after some post-processing. We printed it big, framed and mounted on a wall. The lesson I learned that the distances are so vast, and the mist to thick, that by looking at the scene it’s very hard to predict how will come out after post.
Places we liked in particular: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (one of the few waterfalls falling into an ocean), Bixby bridge, Monterey harbor with seals and otters.
Nice image by your wife! I've been in these situations, Antero, where I've passed on an opportunity because I didn't think the conditions would work. And then I've regretted it. This one is quite lovely.
As a boy I lived near the Big Sur area for a couple of years and often want to return to do some photography. At some point, I will. I have taken some online courses with Doug Steakley who resides in that region and does photography workshops. He is a fine photographer and you might find some interesting information about the area from his websites.
Don't miss Point Lobos! Just a couple miles south of Carmel is Point Lobos State Park where the Westons and Adams made so many brilliant images. Don't miss a day of shooting there. I'll be making a visit to Point Lobos in March.
Just so happens that I was at "Ragged Point" area of that beautiful coastline today...That is a little farther south from "Big Sur" but equally spectacular..It was the clearest day I have seen there in quite awhile...even saw 3-4 whales..
I don't think you can go wrong anywhere between Monterey & San Simeon. I would check road conditions at the time you are going however, as the rainy season can bring mudslides..Which is the reason I was there, my company was repaving one of the slide areas...and as luck would have it I did not have my camera with me...(live and learn)