Friday, February 17, 2012

Norcal trip day 3 - Monterey and Carmel

Day 3 we planned to drive further north to Moterey and Carmel to do some shopping, get a relaxing massage, and of course take some pictures.

On the way up, we passed over the Brixby bridge and hopped out to snap a few pictures. There is a dirt road near the bridge that allows for different vantage points, however it was raining, and we didn't want to get stuck.

The cool thing about Hwy 1, is there are multiple turnouts, and you can get a good view from any one of them.

Big sur coastline, California

On the way up, we saw this speed limit sign. For those of you who know how many sharp curves this road has, going 80 would most likley result in skidding off the cliff. We thought it was pretty funny.

We spent the day in Carmel, shopping in the little boutiqe stores. We had lunch at Dametra cafe, a great little Mediterranean place with tasty dishes.

After shopping, and a 1.5 hour massage, we headed to Point Lobos State Reserve a bit before sunset. We visited here 3-years ago during a day trip to Carmel. Great reserve with countless photo opps and hiking trails. I already knew the location I wanted to be at for sunset, so we hiked around a bit until then.

Wave crashing off rock, Point Lobos, Carmel

Jaime took this one, she loved how the huge waves rolling in were crashing off the rocks. Luckily, birds were flying by just as she took it. Came out good!

Right before sunset, to the SW was a break in the clouds with the rays pouring through. This was taken at 200mm with my 18-200. I should have used my 300mm, but didn't have time to swap everything out.

Pinnacle Rock, Point Lobos, Carmel

This was shot from Pinnacle Rock. I wanted to smooth the water out, so I had to use my ND filter. The weather was pretty bad all day, so we were lucky to get some cloud breaks right at sunset.

Overall I am happy with how the pinnacle rock picture came out.

We spent the rest of the evening in Monterey, walking around and eating on Cannery Row. Great ending to another great day.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography

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Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography
Landscape and Wildlife photography