Big Sur – Rocky Creek Bridge (California)

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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