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After teaching my seminar in Sacramento, I decided to stay an extra couple of days and take a drive to San Francisco and eventually made my way down the coast. For the past 3 years I’ve been trying to photograph the Big Sur coast and have had absolutely no luck. Every time I get there it’s covered in fog. Well, Mother Nature having the humorous side that she does, this time was no different. It was looking good for a while but as it got closer to sunset, the fog set in.

Luckily, I was in a good place, at Pfiefer Beach, trying to catch a shot of the sea arch there. Around this time of year, the sun is in the right location that it sets directly behind the arch. You can get some pretty cool light coming through the arch if you’re there at the right time. Well, I was there at the right time, but it wasn’t happening today. No sun whatsoever 🙂 But it wasn’t a total bust. At least the fog subsided long enough for me to grab a few photos and I thought this one looked good as a black and white. I processed it with onOne’s Perfect Black and White plug-in, and I’m actually really happy with it. I think the rock looks much better as a B&W then it did color. It just tends to show the details and overall tones better this way.

(click to see the photo larger)

Wish me luck today as I try to get some more photos of the elusive coastline (at least elusive to me) 😉
Have a good one!

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