Julianne Kost’s Antartica Blog Post

Julianne Kost did a nice couple of blog posts on her photo expedition to Antartica. One post was her narrative and images, the other was devoted to how she does her Lightroom and Photoshop post-production. That one also shows the photos at the different steps of post work. They’re both worth a look. On her approach to photography, Julieanne says, “It’s important to know…

People Shots, Fairfax Farmers Market

I generally avoid Fairfax Avenue at all costs unless we’re seeing a show at LACMA. This area’s got some of the worst traffic in town, the streets are full of potholes, etc. But LACMA has a couple of good exhibits every year and its own iconic shots, including this one. So if we’re in the area anyway, I will often head east a few blocks to do…

Photographing Fog, Mt. Tamalpais

A nice piece in DP Review on Nick Steinberg’s work photographing fog in the San Francisco area.   These images have a magical feel but you can also tell how much thought went into the compositions. I’ve included a few shots below.  Here’s a bit on how the magic is done: When the fog rolls in, they make their way to Mt. Tamalpais, which sits at 2,572ft…

Big Sur and the Central Coast With Camera, Final Thoughts

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in. —Leonard Cohen At some point I want to publish something on Highway 1 photo locations from Monterey and Big Sur to points south. This piece of highway is known as one of the ultimate road trips. But it’s far more than the driving-up-the-coast media myth. And my…

Final Central Coast

My final day involved some early-ish morning shots at Moonstone Beach, the Central Coast mood is best when the mists are all thick. Then, after picking up an exquisite coffee cake from Linn’s Bakery in, driving (and stopping) and driving home to LA. The coast from Cambria to Morro isn’t as dramatic as the wilds of Big Sur. But there are unique photo spots here if you keep…

Lower Central Coast: San Simeon, Cambria

Once you leave the highlands of Big Sur, the highway eases its way into flood plane and the eastern hills soften. The light is thick golden syrup, the hills rusty gold, the ocean deep, deep blue. This is the Alice in Wonderland that is San Simeon, the Hearst Castle. But our focus remains the lovely shot locations available on the coast. Just another unmarked pull-off. It was…

Hidden Sur II

Big Sur can be dark and dangerous when dank weather settles in. You get the thick fog hovering, giving a desolate feel to the high cliffs.  On a sunny day, it’s all smiling beaches and seascapes. The beach at Point Sur Lighthouse is a bit of both. This spot is about 15 miles south of Bixby Bridge. An impossibly desolate beach, some of the most desirable…

Big Sur: Undiscovered Land

Most folks think of Big Sur as an endless drive with one knockout view after another. True. But that’s also the road tripper’s mistake. Because the road between Cambria and Carmel is too long and too congested to work as a one-day trip — at least if you want to enjoy the experience. Push too hard on Route 1 and one pull-off blends into the next and everyone wishes the hotel was closer….

Road Tripping Through Big Sur

Geographically Big Sur is just a wilder, more pristine extension of the Monterey Coast. But Big Sur is unique, one-of-a-kind, one of the great road trips in America. Yes, it can be a pain to drive, especially on summer weekends. But get past the quick pull-off and click mentality of most drivers, treat the different spots as the kick-ass photo locations they are, the trip becomes a feast…

Final Images from Carmel Trip

And the sabbath rang slowly In the pebbles of the holy streams. Fern Hill I’m finally finishing up Lightroom work for my trip to Carmel and Big Sur. These were’t part of the photo tour, just stuff I discovered when I returned to shoot locations we had covered on the tour (or with the Carmel Beach images, the beach just down from my little hotel). Even into…