Except for November throwback and the two announcements for the calendar and holiday sales, it’s been a bit quiet on the blog here in the last ten days or so, I know! It’s the busy time of the year: when I wasn’t out solving Lightroom and photo workflow puzzles for and with my clients, I was hectically running errands to get all the ingredients for a small get-together with friends at our house that came together more or less at the last minute, for Thanksgiving. :)

And now that all this is over, I’m taking a little breather, a sip of single malt whisky after the second turkey dinner (as usual, there’s just too many leftovers, despite the fact that we gave some to our friends already), and I’m returning to some serene photos, continuing with story and images from our August 2021 trip.

I’m skipping ahead in the timeline a little bit, with two photos from Asilomar State Beach, where we ended up going for “sunset”, on the evening of August 28, after driving from Baywood to Monterey via Highway 1 and the Big Sur coast. Sunset is in quote marks because, as you can see, it didn’t really happen in the sense that there’d be some “special” color and/or light…

It was nicely overcast, grey and drizzly instead, like it had been quite reliable so far on the immediate coast, during our trip — and Asilomar State Beach, at the north-western part of the Monterey peninsula, stuck its coastal features pretty deep into the marine layer that evening. :) Now these are conditions that I absolutely do not mind making photos in, but just like at our (more recent) morning visit to the tide pools of Hospital Point with my photo club, it was necessary to constantly wipe the front element of the lens, to make sure that as little as possible water droplets would accumulate there…

We had been to this coastal landscape before: in September 2013 we drove 17-Mile Drive, in the southern part of the Monterey peninsula. Back then, the conditions were quite nice — hazy but dry, which worked well for long exposures. I was very fond of the coastal rocks there, because we have nothing like those down here in San Diego, so on the return visit, I was looking forward to work more in this scenery, and with long exposures again.

The two frames below make me quite happy:

It’s in the nature of long exposures somehow that they are long: both images are two-minute long exposures which, together with the dark frame subtraction, finding a good camera position, drizzle-wiping etc., easily consume 10 minutes each… so in the remaining light of the day I did not manage to work the scenery nearly as long as I would have liked*. For a return visit in the near future, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for overcast or hazy, and a little less drizzle… ;)

Speaking of the busy time of the year, if you missed yesterday’s “Black Friday” discount with 25% off of wall art in my print-on-demand store (because you’ve been busy shopping those Black Friday deals… or perhaps getting away from it all!) you’ll get another chance on “Cyber” Monday, November 29. I’ve put a fancy banner in the store as a reminder. ;)

*) a belly full of nice German food from the “Stammtisch” restaurant that Shuwen had of course somehow found there may have caused a further slowdown… :P

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8 thoughts on “Asilomar”

  1. I envy anyone able to have patience with such long exposures and mist (and in particular perhaps salty mist). I have had more than a few images ruined by my own lack of diligence in keeping an eye on that part.

    Love the photos. The rocks look rather “clean” of tide pool life. Is it just a characteristic of this beach?

    • Thanks, Mark. I’m surprised that you would say you lack the patience for long exposures — didn’t you just do more than a dozen focus stacked images for your “Leaf Creatures” series? ;-)

      The tide pool life… I don’t recall what the tide was like but most of the rocks are protruding from the water permanently; in the second image you can see the cover of algae on the rocks a little bit, which is where the intertidal zone really begins I think.

  2. I love the first one! Beautiful look and the two veins on the rocks add pleasing abstract leading lines.


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