Big Sur – Rocky Creek Bridge (California)

Last Updated on by Viktor Elizarov

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.

California. Big Sur
Loc: 36.379474, -121.902504


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.

Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-70
Focal Length: 24mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
ISO: 100
Aperture: F/6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/200s
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442

Editing & Processing

It was a single RAW processing workflow.

Lightroom (85%)

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.

Next, I used the standard Lightroom Rapid Editing workflow.

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)

Photoshop (15%)

First, boosted the contrast and vibrance and in the end, I enhanced the details and reduced noise.
Plugins: DeNoise (noise reduction), Topaz Detail (local contrast boost).

Total Time: 12min

Before & After Transformation