The specifics of the Big Sur coastal drive is you drive along the coast and see something interesting so you stop to take a couple of shots and, in five to ten minutes, you continue on your way.
But, for the featured shot, I had to work. When you shoot from the road, the Rocky Creek Bridge is almost entirely shielded by the coastal cliffs. I wanted to include the bridge into my composition.
I had to climb down along the edge of the cliff through the dense and sharp bushes. And even from the very tip of the cliff, I could not capture the entire bridge.
But, I had fun, and it was worth it.
The only challenge with the shooting was that I did not have enough room to set up my tripod. I had to shoot in a monopod mode keeping the tripod legs together.
Editing & Processing
It was a single RAW processing workflow.
First, I used the Crop Overlay tool to straighten the horizon. I also made the composition tighter by cropping out the rocks in the foreground and the sky.
I started with Shark Cove preset from my Landscape Collection. Then I used TOOLKIT to open up the shadows in the foreground and boost the Contrast.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Shark Cove (9,12, 16, 20, 32)
Total Time: 12min