24 Hours at Big Sur

A few weeks ago I went on a business trip to the Silicon Valley. Between the last business meeting and my return flight to Germany I had 24 hours to spend near SF.

I decided to go to Big Sur to shoot the McWay Falls at sunset. Since it was a business trip I just took my Ricoh GR and a small tripod, which is in my opinion a perfect combination for the occasional landscape shooting on either business trips or family weekends.

My first stop was at Santa Cruz. I really liked this city with it’s cool people, nice caf├ęs and fashion boutiques. You can feel some kind of alternative surfer spirit in the city, not found in many other places in the US.

Santa Cruz

After a short visit of Santa Cruz I continued to Monterey where I went to the typical tourist spots: old pier, cannery row and the beautiful aquarium.





On time for the sunset shooting I finally arrived at the McWay Falls. I think it’s one of the most beautiful vistas in the world and I always wanted to shoot there.

McWay Falls

I spent several hours there and was shooting until long after sunset with exposure times of up to five minutes.

McWay Falls

After spending the night at a ridiculously overpriced run-down hotel in Monterey (but all alternatives were even more expensive or fully booked) I visited the 17 Mile Drive on the next morning.

17 Mile Drive



17 Mile Drive

17 Mile Drive

After a short stroll through Carmel-by-the-sea I had to drive back to the SF airport.

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