Last week I had the opportunity to travel to California. It was an educational trip where I went to learn some new ideas and techniques that would help keep our business on the edge of creativity.
While out there, I had the chance to get some really fun photos of my favorite state of California.
One of my favorite things to photograph is star trails at night, so lets start with a 15 minute exposure of the night sky. The beams of light are from cars driving along highway 1 and their headlights are cutting through the fog.
I find the rocky coast along the Pacific Ocean fascinating.
The Big Sur coastline is one of my favorite areas. This overlook of McKay falls in Julia Pfeifer Burns State Park is a really unique spot with the thin waterfall coming right down to the beach.
Every turn on Highway 1 leads to a breathtaking overlook.
This was my first time visiting Pfeifer Beach which is a beautiful beach along the coast that is not marked from the road. There are areas where the sand is actually pink. The rock formations and pounding waves are amazing at this secluded beach.
The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is a pretty site along the coast.
I stayed the night in Pacifica and photographed some beautiful coastal sunset scenes at various stops just a few miles from there.
Next stop was the incredible city of San Francisco. There is a great vista point on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge which provides great views of the city.
Just a few minutes drive from there is the Marin headlands which also provides incredible views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge from various lookout points on the side of the road. There were so many different pretty views, I didn’t know which pictures to post so I’m posting all of them!
Another San Francisco icon is the Palace of Fine Arts which is just an incredible display of architecture.
From the Coit Tower overlook, there is a great view that shows the hilly San Francisco streets.
Twin Peaks is an area right in the middle of the city that provides spectacular views of the city and surrounding areas at Sunset.
My favorite time of day to photograph a city is about 20 minutes after the sun goes down when the sky is lit with beautiful colors and the city lights start to come on.