Sandeep Thomas

One always wonders about roads not taken...

- Warren Christopher.

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This was one of my toughest shots in a long time. I used a Lee 3 stop ND grad to balance the exposure and other that no other gadgets were used for this capture. We reached Big Sur around noon and the plan was to drive all the way down to Hearst Castle with family who were visiting and come back. Unfortunately CA Route 1 was closed that day just after Pfeiffer State Park due to a 6500lbs rock sitting right on the road. The plan was abandoned and we drove all the way back to Carmel by the Sea and had lunch and said farewell as our relatives took Rte. 101S on their trip to LA. We decided to salvage what’s left of the day and get some snaps of the Bixby Bridge, another icon of Big Sur Coastline.

I had this shot in mind since I last visited the place and the sun had already gone down but the sky was lit up in beautiful red hues and the clouds were absolutely perfect for a sunset shot. The only thing missing were some break lights and unfortunately due to the road closing there not much traffic. So my wife decided to drive our little Mazda over the bridge and I ended up with this great shot. While she came back from the ride I realized to my horror that the little case I use to hold all my very expensive lee filters were left on the hood of the car. I couldn’t believe how lucky we were no to drop them. I know I would be crying myself to sleep if I had lost them.

Hope you all enjoy the picture and have a Great New Years..

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