Big Sur is about 2-2.5 hours south of San Mateo and about 30-45 minutes south of Monterey and Carmel. It is a nice place to visit. There is so much to photograph down there, that I will need to make a few trips throughout the year.

The main goal of the photography trip was to take pictures of the Bixby Bridge. It is located about 30 minutes south of Carmel–you can’t miss it! That evening, the sun was setting at about 8:00pm and the moon was going to be very full. In the end, the pictures taken look like they were taken during the day!

I used my D800 with my Nikkor 24-70mm to take these pics. Most of the pics were taken at ISO 100. This is one of the first times I experimented with the “Bulb” setting and was taking some super long exposures. Some of the longer exposures were at 8 minutes! Because the moon was so full and so bright, 8 minute exposures were too bright.

My cousin, Spencer, came with me as well as my older brother, Kendall. We drove 2 cars between us because we weren’t expecting to have so much traffic crossing the bridge. We were going to use the 2 cars to help create the light trails and the tail light trails over the bridge. In the end, we just used the traffic crossing the bridge.

Next pictures I would like to get is the Portal, but from what I’ve read, it is more of a winter time picture.

Here are the pics of the evening:

Thanks for looking!


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