Some Images From Point Lobos

Reminder:  You can enlarge any of the photos in this blog by clicking on it.  Click again for a full-screen image.

We’ve returned from a brief trip to Monterey, California.  I strongly recommend that you visit there if you’ve never been.  Monterey is a charming town on the Pacific Coast, about 100 miles south of San Francisco.  It is located on Monterey Bay, which has among the densest populations of marine wildlife to be found anywhere.  It’s also home to the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.  I’ll be posting some wildlife images during the next few days.

Today, however, I’m going to show a few landscape photos.  Monterey is just up the coast from from Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, a park that features some of the most spectacular ocean views that I’ve seen anywhere.  This has to be one of the most scenic and beautiful locations in the United States.  We spent a very pleasant afternoon there.  Here are some images.

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The shoreline at Point Lobos is rocky, with some fairly high bluffs ending right at water’s edge.  In a lot of places the surf pounds against the base of the bluffs, creating some spectacular scenes.

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I rendered several of these landscapes in black and white.  I’m particularly partial to that medium even though I don’t think I’m very skilled at it.  Black and white photography is kind of a lost art and trying to recreate the range of tones that some of the great landscape photographers of 50 or more years ago produced is a huge challenge.

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However, Point Lobos is simply gorgeous whether one photographs it in black and white or in color.

Images made with a Canon 5Diii, 16-35mm f4L IS wide angle zoom, M setting, ISO 100.  First image @ 35mm, f10 @ 1/125; second and third images @ 16mm, f13 @ 1/60; fourth image @ 20mm, f8 @ 1/80

One response to “Some Images From Point Lobos”

  1. Liesl Kii says :

    Looking at both the color and black-and-white images, I have to say the color ones make more of an impact.

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