McWAY FALLS, BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
This place is priceless. I had never even heard of this state park until fellow photographer Matt Kuhns from the Los Angeles area tipped me off to it while we were getting a good chill in Yosemite National Park in January 2012. I had to go to Big Sur anyway to shoot a little bit for an unknown editorial client…so secret. I knew I needed to hit this place up before I left so I drove all the way back down from Monterey after finishing up. Getting there far too early in the morning, I decided to wait for the sunset, only about 8 hours away. I meandered around the area a bit more, finished the book I was reviewing GOINGPRO by Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen and then enjoyed the golden hour. Many of the images I’d seen of McWay were over-stylized for my taste. I prefer a bit rougher or RAW feel to the landscape and I chose a wide angle lens a bit more to tell the story of these killer falls that pipe right down into the water. Admittedly, I was going for a money shot as I have been forcing myself to shoot wide more often. This forces me to think more about composition and not just zooming into what is interesting. The Singh-Ray filters always come in handy for these sky scenics and a 4-stop Reverse Graduated Neutral Density filter alone seemed to hold back enough light in the sky. Check out the image on the website.
Camera: Canon 5DMarkII,
Lens: 17-40 mm lens at 20 mm
Settings: ISO100, f/22, 4.0 seconds
Filters: Singh-Ray 4-stop Reverse Graduated Neutral Density filter, LB warming polarizer
Other: Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Tripod, Cable Release