Friday, October 7, 2011

Fireworks at Pfeiffer

Fireworks at Pfeiffer by right2roam
Fireworks at Pfeiffer, a photo by right2roam on Flickr.

Has it really been that long since I've posted anything to my blog? I'm back from several months on the road, now spoiled with a reliable internet connection and a hard drive full of California backlog to sift through. So, congrats!... If today is October 7th 2011, you're one of the first to see this little gem that I came across this morning.

There is a narrow window during the winter when the sun sets in just the right position casting a beam of light through this natural arch at Big Sur's spectacular Pfeiffer Beach. The first time I saw a photo of this effect I thought that it had to impossible, some kind of trick. But I did an image search on Pfeiffer Beach and saw a large number of impressive photos of this arch at sunset, and from the dates the photos were taken derived that the beam of light effect can be seen November through January. I perused a number of websites and blogs looking for the precise dates, but couldn't find anything. During my stay in California I made a number of trips to this amazing place, but the weather and lighting conditions only aligned once for me so that I could capture this effect.

Canon EOS 5D
Focal Length: 105mm
Aperature: f/14
Exposure: 1/10 second
ISO 250


  1. oooohhh... aaaahhhh!!!! Awesome and beautiful shot shot!!! all that research paid off!
    p.s. nice to see you back!

  2. It is nice to see you back on your blog again. We miss seeing your cool photos! This shot is amazing! I love the colors. How were you able to capture this shot?