The Power of Persistence

I feel like I preach this a lot, but it’s worth saying again.  There is nothing like finding a way to get the shot you want.  I had heard of this place thru some other photographers, but in my naivety, didn’t go as far as to look up where to find it.  That proved to be quite a mistake!!  While we cruised the Pacific Coast Highway, I assumed that there would be some sort of sign (at least) for this awesome place, but alas, we had driven all the way thru Big Sur and not come across anything.   Having nearly no cell phone service for the duration of our trip, and both Britta and I running extremely low on batteries, I made a few desperate attempts to call around and find someone near a computer.  After failed attempts, I finally reached her brother, who did a little searching for us.  Seems that he had found it!!   Finally, I thought, we would be able to get there!  As we started to figure out where we were and where it was, cell phone service dropped again.  The end.  Or so it seemed, until a spurt of service came back, and a picture message of a computer screen with a non-descript sign came thru.  Instructions to find this sign left my hopes of actually coming across it a little down, but no more than 1 (yes, one full minute) after this tiny amount of service came thru, did the sign show up on the side of the road!

Last Light of Keystone Rock

Over two miles down a crooked and narrow road, we were nearly at a run to get out to the beach before there was no light left in the sky.   I dropped the tripod in to the sand, and began running off some long exposures with the waves coming in as close to the bottom of the camera as I could stand.  The long exposures created an awesome feeling of movement in the ocean, and for a while we sat and enjoyed the empty beach.

Keystone Pfeiffer Beach William Woodward