30 Seconds at Garrapata

July 17, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Garrapata State Park Last weekend we rented a nice little house just outside of Big Sur. The reason for our trip was to visit with friends from out of town, so there wasn't a whole lot of time to take photos. It's a tad excruciating for me to be in a place like Big Sur this without doing any shooting at all, so Saturday morning we went on a quick hike around Garrapata State Park and I took the opportunity to snap a few quick frames—you know, just to feed that jones

If you look closely, you can see my girlfriend Jill standing atop a cliff in the upper third of the frame. She stood perfectly still for this entire 30 second exposure, watching Pigeon Guillemots swim underwater without even knowing that I was taking her photo. I don't usually think to include people in my landscapes, but it's something I'd like to try and do a little more often. It always gives the image a much better sense of scale, not to mention an extra element of interest.

Sometime soon I'd really love to make a photography trip back down to Garrapata/Big Sur. I've been to the area a few times, but unfortunately never with the sole intent of taking photos. I could have spent the entire day (and night) finding compositions in this amazingly wild and rocky coastline. After this weekend, a proper Garrapata sunset floated that much closer to the top of my ever-growing photography bucket list.


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